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Shelagh Montgomery and Frank Eagle November 04, 2016

Annual Partner Advisory Council Brings Input, Excitement

Last week, QTS was proud to host our annual Partner Advisory Council at our mega data center in Chicago. It was great to get people we work with on a daily basis together at our beautiful new site.

Let’s take a step back, on why a Partner Advisory Council?! First, we both feel passionately about continuously improving our processes and getting an outsider’s perspective. In fact, QTS has several councils throughout the year, including Customer Advisory and Healthcare Advisory councils. We developed the Partner Advisory Council a couple years ago to not only talk about ways to improve our partner program, but to have one-on-one time to walk through QTS initiatives.

The Partner Advisory Council is intentionally represented by a cross-section of all categories of partners and most geographies, including:

  • Sales Agents
  • Brokers
  • Resellers
  • Carriers
  • Technology Alliance Partners

As you can imagine, we gain invaluable perspectives about how we are seen in the industry and where we are going. This year we had great input and excitement as it relates to QTS Hybrid IT platform – especially as it pertains to AWS, both in our recently announce Chicago Direct Connect and our AWS cloudConnect product launched earlier this year

The team also heard from a couple QTSers on some key initiatives for 2017. Jon Greaves, our Chief Technology Officer, kicked off our meetings with a look at our integrated services solutions and how they benefit our partners. Second, Oliver Schmidt, our Chief Audit Executive got us up to speed on everyone’s favorite subject – compliance!

It was an informative and productive couple days in sunny Chicago and we are excited about where we are going as a company. We truly couldn’t have asked for better partners to join us in our ongoing journey. Thank you to all those who were able to make it and we look forward to catching up again in 2017.

To learn more about QTS partner program, please reach out to Frank Eagle, Vice President Business Development – QTS at 440.708.6224 or Frank.Eagle@qtsdatacenters.com.