RESTON, Va., May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Unify, formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications, today announced the company has been named to CRN's 2014 Partner Program Guide and awarded a 5-Star Partner rating for the fifth time. The 5-Star Partner Program recognizes an elite subset of CRN Partner Program Guide vendors who give solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs. The CRN Partner Program Guide is the definitive listing of manufacturers and software publishers that service solution providers or provide products to the IT Channel. "Solution providers have a lot of choices when it comes to selecting vendor partners. Identifying the right vendor, with the right technologies, and the right approach can make all the difference," said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. "Our annual Partner Program Guide and 5-Star rating recognizes the very best channel programs available in the market today to help solution providers determine which vendor delivers the best partner elements for their individual business goals." The list methodology is based on objective criteria that takes into account each vendor's investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support and communication. Vendors are assessed using information provided in their completed applications. Over the past year, Unify's Go Forward! Partner Program, with over 600 accredited partners across the world, has been enhanced by new and innovative resources to enable partners to more effectively, efficiently and economically develop qualified leads. One example is PartnerCONNECT, which enables Unify partners and their support teams to have direct access to all information and task assignments in Unify's CRM system to streamline the sharing and management of sales information and accelerate the sales cycle. "We are honored to be named a 5- Star Partner by CRN for the fifth consecutive year," said Jon Pritchard, executive vice president of worldwide channels for Unify. "Unify is focused on being channel-ready with program offerings that fit a collaborative model and provide value to our partners, helping them expand their businesses." The 2014 Partner Program Guide is featured on CRN.com and the 5-Star Partners listing was highlighted in the April issue of CRN.