Now that ShoreTel has closed its $146 million acquisition of hosted communications specialist M5 Networks, it has begun recruiting solution providers to pilot sales of M5′s hosted services through the broader ShoreTel channel.
ShoreTel closed the acquisition earlier this week, and M5 is now known as ShoreTel Cloud Division. Dan Hoffman, former M5 CEO and now president and general manager of the division, confirmed to CRN that ShoreTel is evaluating solution providers for participation in a beta program through which those partners will be sales-enabled for selling the M5 hosted unified communications suite.
ShoreTel is inviting a handful of partners, Hoffman said, and a broad channel program rollout specific to hosted UC is expected by next year. For now, ShoreTel partners interested in the hosted services can participate in M5′s existing referral program.
Read more at CRN.