Herndon, VA – December 12, 2011 – Apptix (OSE:APP), the premier provider of hosted business communication, collaboration, and IT solutions, today announced the appointment of Shane Smith to the position of SVP of Technology.
Smith will lead the design, development, and implementation of organizational information systems, software applications, and IT support and infrastructure systems. In addition, he will direct and mange IT plans, schedules, policies, and programs for the Apptix data processing, network communications, computer services, and management information systems. His extensive background, including positions with increasing responsibilities at VeriSign, Network Solutions, and most recently as the Vice President of Engineering and R&D with Apptix, makes him eminently qualified to support Apptix cloud service strategies and delivery to its 325,000 business users.
“Shane Smith is a collaborative business leader with a deep understanding of Apptix cloud technology and experience delivering enterprise-class hosted communications and collaboration solutions,” said David Ehrhardt, President and CEO of Apptix. “More importantly, he is an insightful visionary and an able pragmatist, laser-focused on providing value to our customers. We are proud to have Shane in his new role to guide us through the exciting technological developments ahead in 2012 and beyond.”
Apptix will leverage Smith’s experience and guidance as the company rapidly grows its key channel partnerships. Apptix experienced a 125% increase in bookings value through its channel partners in Q3 2011, a trend expected to continue into 2012 with the addition of Insight Enterprises, Inc., a $4.8 billion provider of IT solutions, to the Apptix channel program. Apptix also seeks growth among the highly-regulated financial, health care, and legal industries through partnerships with specialty associations including AICPA and CPA2Biz, while within the rising small business market, Apptix channel partners include business service organization Network Solutions
Apptix (OSE: APP) is the premier provider of hosted business communication, collaboration, and IT solutions to business of all sizes – from SOHO to Fortune 500 – with particular expertise supporting legal, financial, healthcare, and telecom firms. A pioneer in the hosted services space, Apptix currently serves over 325,000 users around the world. Apptix’s comprehensive portfolio of Cloud solutions includes Microsoft Exchange email, VoIP, SharePoint, Web Conferencing, and Secure IM with Presence. Services are delivered over a highly reliable network leveraging best-in-class technology, housed in SAS 70-compliant data centers, and backed by U.S.-based 24/7 support. For more information, visit www.apptix.com.