SonicWall, ConnectWise Announce Integration Partnership
Through a partnership between ConnectWise and SonicWall, cost-conscious companies will see tighter integration from the two companies' management applications.Network security firm SonicWall and ConnectWise, a SAAS/Cloud provider of professional service automation applications designed for technology consultants, integrators and developers, announced a partnership aimed at deeper integration between the SonicWALL Global Management System (GMS) and ConnectWise Professional Services Automation (PSA) Software.
Jan Sijp, director of policy and management for SonicWall, said the company understands that customers do not use the Global Management System in a vacuum. "In fact, many customers use a wide variety of software consoles to manage, report on, and monitor their IT infrastructure for either themselves or, in the case of Managed Service Providers, their customers," he said. "Customers also typically use a number of enterprise applications. Managed service providers and other IT solution providers use Professional Services Automation tools, such as ConnectWise PSA, to improve efficiencies in the operations of their business."
Via the Web Services API, SonicWall GMS will serve up additional periodically scheduled SonicWall-specific XML reports to ConnectWise PSA, which will associate the reports to specific customers, bundle SonicWall reports with reports from other sources. In addition, SonicWall GMS will provide company and device information to the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) portion of ConnectWise PSA allowing the IT solution provider customer to tie SonicWall devices to company accounts. IT administrators will also be able to automate the retrieval of service contract levels and expiration dates from GMS for use in the warranty/ service renewal parts of ConnectWise PSA. Thirdly, it will be possible for SonicWall GMS alerts to trigger the automatic creation of trouble ticket in the service board part of ConnectWise PSA. For example, the administrator can create alerts for devices going offline or VPN tunnels going down."It is important that SonicWall GMS interoperates with these other applications and this is why we developed the new Web Services API," Sijp said. "We are confident that the upcoming tighter integration between SonicWall GMS and ConnectWise PSA will benefit many of our IT solution provider partners who deploy our equipment and use both SonicWall GMS and ConnectWise PSA."