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2012 Cisco Learning Partner Awards Showcase the Best of the Best

This week, Cisco unveiled the winners of its 2012 Learning Partner Awards at its Global Learning Partner Conference in Cancun, Mexico.

Cisco Learning Partners help Cisco prepare partners to meet their customers’ technology needs by providing technical and business-readiness authorized training and enablement. Cisco Learning Partners provide the advanced technical, certification, and product training to individuals that enable Cisco partners and customers to deploy technology and business solutions with greater confidence and increase the overall productivity and profitability of their businesses. Cisco authorized training provides a solid foundation of skills and resources to enable channel partners to design, implement, and manage the latest converging technologies.

The Cisco Learning Partner Awards recognize exemplary Learning Partners who demonstrate best-in-class business practices. These winners also  serve as a model to the industry. Criteria include:

  • Collaboration with Cisco and other Learning Partners
  • Developing innovative new programs to enhance the student experience
  • Acceleration of positive growth
  • Delivering the highest quality training and enablement for the channel

Award winners in various categories are below.  Read More »

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What’s the Key to Cisco Cius Success? ‘Appify’!

March 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm PST

With the proliferation of iPads and other consumer devices, the Cius is quickly becoming a hot commodity for customers. With the device’s support for a diverse set of third-party endpoints and Unified Computing System (UCS) integration, unique applications, and video, the Cius is truly a business-focused tablet that fits right into the network.

And the key to selling the Cius? According to Tech2000 CEO George Churchwell it’s all about “appifying” the environment.

Appify? Huh? What does this Learning Solutions Partner know that we don’t?
Well, let’s start with a definition. You won’t find this in the dictionary:

appify [ap-uh-fahy]
verb: To apply mobile solutions that allow the Cius developer’s kit to be implemented, thereby letting the Cius apps and functionality lead the sale. With apps, UCS solutions and WebEx solutions can be integrated right into the Cius platform and help solve customer problems.

This strategy has been wildly successful for Tech2000, which has helped a number of Cisco partners sell UCS solutions by creating apps. Unlike an iPad, the Cius offers the ability to integrate wireless and WebEx solutions right into apps and into the platform while solving a customer problem.

Watch this video as George offers advice and examples of successful Cius apps and tips to help partners get training on the go.

What else did George have to say? Keep reading for his advice, tips, and experiences with apps and the Cius. Read More »

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Partner Update Uncovers the Top Cisco News and Gets a Tattoo

August 23, 2011 at 8:00 am PST

Happy summer, everyone! The sun’s shining, it’s a new fiscal year, and, Andrew’s back from his honeymoon in Hawaii. Now we’re gearing back up to bring you all the partner news and info you may have missed over the last couple of weeks.

In this episode of Partner Update, we cover amazing incentives and profitability programs for partners, discuss an upcoming broadcast to help you learn more about how to deliver architecture-based solutions and maximize ROI for your customers, a new way to calculate customers’ Borderless Networks ROI, Amazon Consulting’s recommendations for solution providers, and two new Social Media Spotlight posts to help you learn the ins and outs of video editing and promotion. We also get to check out Andrew’s new Hawaiian-inspired tattoo.

Sit back, tune in, and watch the latest episode of Partner Update for all of your Cisco news (in less than five minutes.)

Keep reading for links and additional details on the news we covered this time and time stamps so you know where to find each item.
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Cisco Learning Partners Key to Architectural Evolution

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.
Architectural Specializations

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: Read More »

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