Today, Ricardo Moreno–Senior Director, Strategy, Planning & Programs, Worldwide Partner Organization–blogged about evolving our channel partner program and specific architecture specializations: Borderless Networks, Collaboration, and Data Center.
As Cisco evolves its products and services to map to architectures, partners and customers must develop new skills to be successful. Engineers will need to be able to devise network-centric architectures, and salespeople will require the ability to identify business issues and map technology solutions to the issue.
Building competencies in key areas including business consulting, architecture practice and business and solution modeling will position channel partners with the skills they need to thrive in this new architectural framework.
As the Global Director of the Worldwide Learning Partner Channel, my team works directly with our network of more than 450 strategic partners located in over 130 countries globally.
Learning Partners are authorized by Cisco to deliver technical, certification, product, and solutions training. They are key to supporting the company-wide transition to architectural strategy by delivering architectural proficiencies and related certification courses.
You have undoubtedly joined the more than 300,000 worldwide Cisco customers and channel partners who annually receive authorized training and enablement through Authorized Cisco Learning Partners.
To help Cisco partners and customers make the shift to architectures, we’re working closely with Learning Partners to create specialized training and skills development. In fact, Cisco is evolving its entire global Learning Partner Channel program to deliver architecture-based skills and training.
To speed customer adoption of the new architectural approach and help partners embrace architectural capabilities, Cisco is transforming its Worldwide Learning Partner Channel program into two tracks for FY12:
1) Learning Partner Associate partners will focus on core technology training and preparing end-users for career certification.
2) Learning Partner Specialized partners will evolve their practices to provide specialized training in specific areas of expertise mapping to Cisco Architectural Specializations.
There are well over 1.1 million Cisco certified engineers globally in support of our customers and channel partner success and we see Cisco Authorized Learning Partners as the key catalysts for the growth and professional development of those engineers.
With training through Authorized Cisco Learning Partners, partners and customers can be confident that they have access to best-in-class Cisco training tailored to the their unique needs.
I welcome your questions and feedback on our Learning Partner program or the changes being announced today. I’d like to hear from you, so please leave your questions and comments below. And be sure to follow me on Twitter for all the latest Learning Partner info.