Governor Holcomb Recognizes CleanSlate as Local Economic Development and Tech Leader

Governor Holcomb Recognizes CleanSlate as Local Economic Development and Tech Leader

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb recently recognized CleanSlate as one of Indiana’s fastest growing technology companies, and a key player in helping to expand our state’s economy through new job creation.

The recognition came as Governor Holcomb unveiled his 2018 Next Level Agenda, a plan that emphasizes the role of high-demand, high-wage sectors like technology in strengthening Indiana’s economy. Having recently announced plans to add up to 50 employees within the next three years, CleanSlate is positioning itself to bring more jobs—and prosperity—to our state.

“With 29,000 new jobs announced this year and one million expected over the next decade, we must act now to ensure Hoosiers have the skills they need to secure good jobs and succeed in our growing economy,” said Governor Holcomb.

To advance Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Agenda, CleanSlate will help attract the industry’s best talent to Indiana to take on the challenges of the evolving tech landscape. It’s why we’re expanding our IBM sales team and consulting practice, as well as doubling down on services such as cloud technology, security, and mobile development.

“Our company is growing and expanding our services, and we’re happy to be doing it right here in Indiana,” said John Loveys, CEO of CleanSlate. “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished so far in 2017, and we’re excited to continue our momentum into 2018 and beyond.”

We’re lucky to live in a state that supports growing technology companies like ours. And we’re happy we can give more IT professionals great employment opportunities with our planned expansion. If you have any questions about our plans for the future—or about our expanding services—we’d love to talk.

 

CleanSlate wins prestigious Ingram Micro IBM Business Unit Partner award.

CleanSlate wins prestigious Ingram Micro IBM Business Unit Partner award.

Close-up of Ingram Micro's IBM Business Unit Partner of the Year awardAll of us at CleanSlate are excited to announce that we’ve just received Ingram Micro’s IBM Business Unit Partner of the Year award. It’s a great testament to our team and the exceptional work we’re doing—and we’re always happy to be recognized by a company as influential and innovative as Ingram Micro.

Founded in 1979 and based in Irvine, California, Ingram Micro is one of the world’s largest IT companies with more than 27,000 employees across the globe and more than $43 billion in revenue in 2015. We’re lucky to work with them, and even luckier that they’ve thought enough of us to give us this award—especially since this is the first year that the award has been given.

“As one of the largest and most respected IBM Software partners out there—and Ingram Micro’s top IBM Software partner with $50 million in IBM business in 2016—it made sense to give CleanSlate this award,” said George Wagner, market development executive at Ingram Micro. “They’ve also grown their IBM Software business by $16 million within the last five years, which is a huge achievement. We thought it was important to recognize them.”

Ingram Micro is our VAD (Value Added Distributor) of choice, and we’ve been working with them for more than a decade. Our relationship has grown immensely over these last 10 years as we’ve gotten to know the company and its senior management. We think it’s pretty cool that a company with tens of thousands of employees has taken the time to work closely with a determined, growing business like us—and to become such a valuable partner.

As we’ve rolled out our new CleanSlate brand this year, we’ve been encouraged by all the positive feedback we’ve gotten. Winning the IBM Business Unit Partner of the Year award from Ingram Micro is great affirmation that we’re moving in the right direction. We hope our outstanding relationship with them will continue for many years in the future.

Want to learn more about CleanSlate and all the ways we can help your business thrive? We’d love to chat—contact us today.

You Win: CleanSlate is Now an IBM Platinum Partner.

You Win: CleanSlate is Now an IBM Platinum Partner.

Take a look at any area of human endeavor, from the Olympics to album sales to fine wines. You’ll find the distinction of platinum reserved for the rarest of achievements.

That’s why we’re so pleased to announce that CleanSlate is an IBM Platinum Partner. Because Platinum Partner status means CleanSlate will be able to offer platinum-level advantages to our current and future clients, while continuing to provide the expertise and dedication to quality that got us here in the first place.

As a CleanSlate client, you’ll now enjoy easier access to innovation across the IT continuum, as well as enhanced technical support and more innovative IBM financing solutions. You’ll also benefit from our ability to more fully leverage IBM innovations—like BigFix for systems management and security, or the Smarter Planet initiative for harnessing the potential of complex systems—as quickly as they become available.

Platinum Partner distinction offers us increased access to IBM product development through team members and senior management. We use this access to gain greater insight into what’s next in our industry, and to keep IBM in touch with our clients’ needs and concerns.

Platinum Partner is the highest level of the IBM PartnerWorld program. But we’re not resting on our laurels. We’re now working to increase our competencies across IBM’s array of technologies and services, so that we can continue to provide uniquely innovative solutions for our clients.

We couldn’t be prouder of the teamwork and ingenuity this status represents. We’ve always worked hard to help you get the most out of your IT investment and maximize your success. And we’ve tried just as hard to earn your satisfaction and loyalty. Becoming a Platinum Partner represents all of this and more, and gives us the tools we need to take you further.

We can’t think of a prize that shines more brightly than that.

Contact us to hear more about the innovative solutions CleanSlate can provide as an IBM Platinum Partner, or any of our comprehensive technology solutions.

The advantages of becoming a CleanSlate Channel Partner.

The advantages of becoming a CleanSlate Channel Partner.

Over the years, we’ve found that many IBM Business Partners don’t have the required certifications to provide their clients with the software licensing support they need. That’s why we created the CleanSlate Channel Partner Program: a cooperative arrangement where CleanSlate works with other IBM Business Partners to give them access to just about any IBM certification or license they might need.

When you become a CleanSlate Channel Partner, you get lots of perks:

More service opportunities through cross-selling. Having access to more certifications and licenses means more opportunities to sell your clients the latest and greatest options from IBM. We can help with cross-selling and bundling so that both you and your clients get the best deals possible.

Pre- and post-sale marketing support. Ongoing support is critical for making sure software is up-to-date and functioning properly. We’ll work with you throughout the process—from the initial sale and deployment through software retirement—to get you and your clients all the support you need to keep everything is running smoothly.

Access to system integrators, ISV, and consultants. We work with some of the top system integrators, Independent Software Vendors (ISV), and consultants in the world. When you’re a CleanSlate Channel Partner, you can count on us to give you immediate access to the people and resources you need.

Help with leveraging IBM Passport Advantage. Passport Advantage is IBM’s platform that enables you to buy and manage your software licenses. We’ll make sure you’re getting the most out of it, and leveraging it to the advantage of your business.

Expedited sales cycle. We live in a need-it-right-now world. Becoming a CleanSlate Channel Partner gives you top priority whenever you need support. We’ll assist you to ensure that your sales cycles are quick and easy.

Access to a wide range of IBM certifications and licenses. We have more than 125 IBM technical and sales certifications covering a huge range of product groups. For a list of these groups, check out our Channel Partners page.

Interested in becoming a CleanSlate Channel Partner? Contact us today to learn more about the benefits—and how to get started.

PreferredPartner is now CleanSlate, and we’re so excited!

CleanSlate brings our IBM and other consulting services together under one name.

Starting in 2017, we’ve changed our name from Preferred Partner to CleanSlate. We also launched a new website to showcase our software sales and consulting services.

CleanSlate seems to capture the best of our culture—because we start each project and partnership with a clean slate, full of promise and possibility. CleanSlate also represents how we’ve grown and where we’re headed.

A Full Slate of Offerings

Since 2001, we’ve built a reputation as one of the largest, most respected IBM software resellers in the world. In 2014, we added cloud consulting, software asset management, and mobile/app development services under the CleanSlate division, expanding our offerings to include basically any customized technology solution you might need.

We’re proud to be an IBM Premier Business Partner and certified to sell the full stack of IBM solutions. Under our new name, we will continue to help clients wade through the world of licensing and asset management, leaning on our very strong understanding of current IBM and legacy products.

New Partners, Big Plans

We also know how—with the right strategy—the cloud can power a company forward. We’ve added Amazon, Salesforce, Google, Conga, and DocuSign as technology partners and can develop strategy and integrations for any of these distinguished providers.

I joined CleanSlate, then Preferred Partner, as its third employee in 2004 and was honored to be named president and CEO last year. And we’ve got big plans. With this cleaner, better brand, CleanSlate will help us grow.

You can’t build a successful business without a talented and driven staff, and ours is no exception. Our 32 employees have an average of 10 years of experience and hold more than 125 IBM technical and sales certifications. We’ll add 10 more positions this year.

We’ll also continue to host free webinars and will share insights through blogs, white papers, and case studies on the new website. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook as well.

CleanSlate: A Comprehensive Technology Solutions Company

Whether you need help with architecture, data integration, quality assurance programs, or any aspect of software and app dev, including cloud deployments, we’re here to help. We can modernize your technology platforms, and with our expertise and many strong partnerships, you know they’ll work for you in the most effective ways.

So here’s to a new year and a new name! Thank you for entrusting your business with us. You can count on us for the same level of service and expertise you’ve come to expect from Preferred Partner. With CleanSlate, I know you’ll get even more.

Sincerely,

John Loveys
CleanSlate President & CEO