Cisco partners finish specialisation programme

Cisco has announced the certification of a group of solution providers who have passed its Partner Specialisation Programme. The training involved is complicated and demanding so those that have completed should be able benefit from increased credibility with customers, according to Cisco.

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By  Guy Mathew Published  December 23, 2001

Cisco has announced the certification of a group of solution providers who have passed its Partner Specialisation Programme. The training involved is complicated and demanding so those that have completed should be able benefit from increased credibility with customers, according to Cisco.

The programme offers the chance for partners to gain expertise in all aspects of a purchase from specification, through implementation to support services. Cisco sees a need for this sort channel partner development as networks in the region become more sophisticated and businesses rely on the immediacy of information more and more.

Jon Saunders, regional sales manager for channels at Cisco, said: “This is an outstanding accomplishment. Our partners in the region are committed to raising the bar on the services they offer and the skills they can bring to bear on behalf of their customers. They are focused on an effort to increase the level of both the Cisco sales and support capabilities within their organisations and developing new expertise in a variety of complex networking technologies.”

Partners involved in the programme included: Mideast Data Systems, Saudi Business Machines, Getronics Middle East, United Business Machines Jordan, Gulf Business Machines, NCR, Data Consult Lebanon, Emirates Computers, Kuwaiti Danish Computer Company and International Turnkey Systems (ITS) Saudi Arabia.

“We have always been distinguished as a total solution provider and system integrator,” said Saad Nasir, ITS regional manager, Saudi. “ We are focusing on providing Wireless LAN solutions to customers that have a short set-up time, which is a great benefit to our customers who need urgent connectivity.”

“The recently acquired specialisations will allow us to provide our customers with new business applications,” said Hazim Al Nemri, branch manager of Mideast Data Systems. “This will allow us to focus better on technology solutions offered by Cisco and enable us to tailor solutions to our customers to reduce security risk and provide a platform to expand their business.”

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