SAN DIEGO — June 8, 2015 — Ping Identity®, the leader of Identity Defined Security, today announced an enhanced partner program at the annual Cloud Identity Summit. The PingPartner Network strengthens security for customers through a vibrant, global partner ecosystem, enabling faster growth, increased market differentiation and an improved bottom line for all partners. The Identity Access Management market is predicted to reach $18.3 billion by 2019. The program gives partners the opportunity to capitalize on this market growth by providing access to Ping’s Identity Defined Security Platform - the only Identity and Access Management (IAM) platform that takes an agnostic approach to identity - including hybrid, cloud and on premises offerings.
Ping Identity enables organizations to ensure that only trusted employees, partners and customers can seamlessly access the right applications using any trusted device by applying an adaptive, risk-driven model for access control. Only Ping Identity solves the complex enterprise challenges imposed by cloud, API, and mobility for workforce, customer, and partner identity security. Putting identity at the center of the security paradigm enables organizations to provide secure, seamless access to applications by continuous evaluation of authentication and authorization factors, instead of relying on antiquated firewalls as a defensive barrier.
The PingPartner Network offers new partnership options and clearly defined benefits and requirements for prospective partners in three distinct programs: Channel, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Alliances.
“Ping Identity has a long history of strong partnerships across the globe that have contributed significantly to our growth,” said Andre Durand, CEO at Ping Identity. “Our partners are a valuable extension of our own expertise -- bringing their capabilities into play and bringing Ping in where they can because we have the most flexible, proven identity solution. Today’s announcement solidifies our partnership network as a more explicit program that benefits all of the organizations we work with and offers great opportunity for those we may partner with in the future.”
Partners can qualify for the Platinum, Gold or Referral programs for different levels of support and benefits, including in person pre-sales training, web-based trainings, certifications and competitive margins.
“Our premier partnerships with leading technology providers such as Ping Identity are critical to the success of our business,” said Bryan Wiese, VP, IAM at Accuvant and FishNet Security, becoming Optiv Security. “We need technologies like Ping’s Identity Defined Security Platform in our arsenal of the industry’s most comprehensive solutions and services that help our enterprise clients solve their increasingly complex security challenges.”
Managed Service Providers (MSPs) Program
The MSP Program is a single-level program with a variety of benefits, including on location technical support training, pre-sales and post-sale support training, implementation training at Ping Identity, resale and referral margins, a dedicated Ping Identity partner manager and access to sales and marketing tools.
“We are excited to partner with Ping Identity, leveraging their federation platform to deliver IDaaS (Identity as a Service) solutions to our customers. Their ability to easily onboard on-premises as well as SaaS services creates a seamless experience for customers," said Hidemune Sugahara, SVP, head of applications and content at NTT Communications, one of the world's leading cloud services providers. "We are focused on strengthening this partnership, and believe that it will help us realize high quality solutions to the Identity Access Management (IAM) market.”
“The federation and single sign-on offerings from Ping Identity are ideal for our business customers," said Kim Green-Kerr, regional vice-president for Sprint. "With Ping, our customers can securely access cloud applications, including Google Apps for Work, from any device while meeting our IT department’s stringent security and access requirements. We look forward to continuing our work together to build a more secure and accessible work environment for modern enterprises.”
The Alliance Program caters to SaaS providers and technology partners. Current SaaS provider members include Netskope, ServiceNow, Box and Concur and current technology partner members include UnboundID and Radiant Logic. Depending on an organization’s partner level, benefits of the Alliance program include web-based sales and pre-sales training as needed, free implementation training on all products, referral margins, a dedicated account manager, testing environments, access to Ping products, as well as access to sales and co-marketing investment.
"BYOD-friendly policies and an increasing acceptance of shadow IT as the new normal have driven a massive increase in the number of cloud apps used in enterprises,” said Sanjay Beri, CEO at Netskope, a Ping Alliance Partner. “Netskope's goal is to enable safe cloud app usage, be it from the growing adoption of apps like Microsoft Office 365 or the hundreds of unsanctioned apps across the enterprise. Securing access to these apps is an essential component of any organization’s security strategy, and our partnership with Ping provides a comprehensive SSO option for our customers who require a secure way to roll out cloud apps to their employees.”
New Developer and Community Portals
To support the PingPartner Network, the company also launched two new online communities to encourage best practice sharing and provide direct access to Ping’s tools and resources. The community portal gives partners and customers a direct line of access to Ping products, best practices, tips, feedback and questions. The developer portalprovides access to software development kits, documentation and code samples to enable developers to bring Identity Defined Security into their applications by leveraging Ping products and open standards, including support for OpenID connect.
For more information on the PingPartner Network’s program options, and to find out more about becoming a Ping Identity partner, please visit: https://www.pingidentity.com/en/partner-network.html
About Ping Identity | The Identity Security Company
Ping Identity is the leader in Identity Defined Security for the borderless enterprise, allowing employees, customers and partners access to the applications they need. Protecting over one billion identities worldwide, the company ensures the right people access the right things, securely and seamlessly. More than half of the Fortune 100, including Boeing, Cisco, Disney, GE, Kraft Foods, TIAA-CREF and Walgreens, trust Ping Identity to solve modern enterprise security challenges created by their use of cloud, mobile, APIs and IoT. Visit www.pingidentity.com.