Howdy, and welcome to Channel Partner Program Roundup, our weekly collection of news you need to know in the channel space. This week we’ve got news from Parascript, STORServer and VISI, so grab your partner and let’s get a move on.

Parascript: The machine print, handprint and cursive recognition technology provider, has joined Canon USA’s Image Capture Solutions (ICS) Alliance Program. As a result of the alliance, VARs offering Canon’s imageFORMULA document scanners will have access to Parascript’s intelligent document recognition software, FormXtra Capture, to help business customers to read and extract information from a wide variety of document types.

With Parascript software, customers will have greater access to all types of information scanned on the imageFORMULA devices. FormXtra Capture automatically classifies document types and can process structured, as well as semi-structured images using optical character recognition and intelligent character recognition.

STORServer: The data backup vendor has launched an online Appliance Wizard, which helps channel partners and their customers determine which STORServer Appliance solution and associated products and services best fit their backup environment and business goals.

The Appliance Wizard asks users a series of questions about their data environment. Once all questions are answered, the tool automatically shares the results of the brief survey, including:

  • The amount of data you need to back up
  • The appropriate-sized solution for your environment
  • Necessary storage requirements
  • What’s needed to comply with federal regulations, such as SOX and HIPPA
  • Disaster recovery needs
  • Necessary backup for virtual machines and storage area networks
  • Budget requirements

"The Appliance Wizard allows customers to find out about our solutions, while potentially uncovering some aspects of a backup solution that had not been thought of prior,” said Bill Smoldt, president of STORServer. “Simply put, the tool allows customers to get a better handle on their needs and provides a great starting point for considering any data protection solution."

VISI: The data center solutions provider announced it has attained a Microsoft (MSFT) Gold Hosting competency. The badge demonstrates VISI’s “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft customers’ needs, according to the company.


To earn a Microsoft Gold competency, partners must successfully complete Microsoft exams to demonstrate their level of technical expertise. Companies must also submit customer references which detail successful projects, perform yearly customer satisfaction surveys and meet revenue commitments.  


Through achievement of this competency, VISI will leverage its knowledge and provide support to customers using many of the colocation and managed services solutions in their data centers. This achievement demonstrates VISI’s commitment to staying current with the latest applications and systems used by their customers. For many customers, VISI is their outsourced IT provider, enabling them to focus on their core business competencies and their customers.

And that’s the roundup for this week. The roundup will return in two weeks to accommodate my yearly pilgrimage back to Tucson (and, some might say, “research” for this column, there still being cowboys in Arizona). Don’t miss me too much. And, above all, stay safe.