Last week in sunny Acapulco, we were joined by more than 1,800 colleagues in the IT and networking industry. In its 13th year, the Networkers Mexico is as vibrant this year as ever before, despite the economic slowdown. We’re energized about the future and the possibilities ahead for Mexico, and the entire Latin American region.
The resounding theme was that collaboration tools make it possible for companies, customers, colleagues, partners to connect and interact anytime, anywhere, with any device. Announced at the event, here are examples of how Cisco is helping users to collaborate quickly, safely and effectively:
- Cisco TelePresence -- TELMEX announced regional plans to market and deliver Cisco TelePresence in Latin America. TelePresence is a cost-effective way to connect in virtual “in person” meetings—enabling personal interactions, a reduction in travel time and expenses, increased productivity, and reduced environmental impact. The first of their kind in Latin America, the public TelePresence Suites will allow companies of all sizes as well as individuals to use TelePresence to conduct meetings with colleagues, customers, suppliers, partners or even family and friends.
- Unified Communications -- We are working with Vsys to increase collaboration and productivity for small and medium-sized companies in Latin America through the use of Cisco® Unified Communications. The goal of this collaboration between Cisco and Vsys is to help organizations overcome adoption barriers of information technology (IT) business solutions by offering Cisco Unified Communications as a service. With this model, companies avoid upfront investments, deploy solutions developed by highly trained experts, and avoid the costs and challenges associated with operating the systems and solutions. Managed services are one of the most effective methods for companies to reduce IT costs while gaining access to innovative network technologies that can establish a competitive advantage. The service provider manages and administers the network equipment and applications, reducing hardware and operational costs for the client.
- Training -- Cisco is expanding talent development initiatives to increase Mexico’s capacity to train, employ and retain highly-qualified networking and systems engineers. Cisco is expanding its participation in Mexico FIRST, a program developed by Mexico’s Ministry of Economy and the World Bank. Cisco is also giving steep discounts on Cisco Certification Training and Exams for more than 135,000 Cisco Networking Academy alumni and potential new IT workers in Mexico as well as Spanish versions of training materials and exams.
Cisco is committed with Mexico to drive productivity, social inclusion and development of world-class talent through collaboration. The way we work is changing and collaboration is and will be the key to success.
Carlos Dominguez, Senior Vice president, Office of the Chairman and CEO
Jaime Valles, Vice president Latin America (In Spanish)