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Master Cloud Builder Specialization–Helping Partners Evolve

You’ve often heard me say that Cisco partners need to continue to evolve their businesses to stay competitive and be successful. As the trend for delivering technology as a service continues, now more than ever partners must evolve their business to support the demand for new consumption models, like cloud and managed services.  And in order to support our partner’s evolution, Cisco is evolving our Partner Program with the availability of the new Master Cloud Builder Specialization.

As I announced at Partner Summit back in April, this new specialization brings together the data center architecture specialization, Cloud Builder designation and adds competencies to deliver solutions like Vblock, Flexpod, and VXI.  Think of the new Master Cloud Builder specialization as the customer’s “one-stop shop” for the highest level of competencies for data center and cloud.

No matter which analyst report you read, the market opportunity for both private and public cloud infrastructure will be billions of dollars over the next several years. The Master Cloud Builder Specialization allows partners to differentiate even further to help capture a greater share of the rapidly growing cloud market.

Partners have a choice in the role they want to play in cloud (Builder, Provider, Reseller) and the level of investment they want to make. Cisco is committed to continuing to invest in the success of our partners, to help you optimize your business value and see the greatest return on your investment in Cisco.

Along with the availability of the new master specialization, Cisco is launching the Cisco Cloud Partner Marketplace. Created based on your feedback, this tool gives partners a place to market and promote their Cisco cloud-based solutions and services.

I encourage you to learn more about the new Master Cloud Builder Specialization and the Cisco Cloud Partner Marketplace and I look forward to our continued journey together in this ever-changing marketplace.

Find out what some of our partners had to say about the Master Cloud Builder Specialization.

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Putting Partners at the Center of Cisco’s Cloud Strategy: New Specializations, Marketing Tools

September 26, 2012 at 8:00 am PST

The worldwide cloud services market will likely surpass US$109 billion in 2012. What’s more, the cloud services market is a high-growth sector within the overall IT marketplace, a recent Gartner report says. No shock there!

So what are you doing to take advantage of this shift? Cisco is here to help you create demand for your services and market them, too.

Last year, Cisco introduced the Cloud Partner Program. Today, the program has 133 approved Cloud Builders and 46 approved Cloud Providers. Collectively, the 46 Cloud Providers are offering more than 50 Cisco Powered Cloud Services to the market.

Today we’re taking the next step along that path and introducing a Master Cloud Builder Specialization that rewards channel partners who have proven capabilities to build and deploy cloud-ready integrated infrastructures using Cisco solutions and our partner cloud offerings across storage, virtualization, cloud management, and virtual desktop.

Essentially, Cisco is elevating the Cloud Builder role from a designation to a full-blown Master Cloud specialization. (After September 19, 2012, Cisco will no longer accept new enrollments or applications for the Cloud Builder or Cloud Infrastructure designations.)

The new Master Cloud Specialization comes with differentiated branding and incremental financial incentives, too. With this new specialization partners can create competitive differentiation and facilitate a new generation of IT and cloud services. We talked to Susheel Chitre who is the Director of Cloud and OEM Business Development at Cisco, and he told us some more ways that Cisco is helping partners help themselves and customers.

“We help partners differentiate services and offer support to help you build and sell unique solutions to customers so they can select the right cloud model and solution for their networks,” he said.

We’re not only helping you differentiate and build new services, we’re giving you new tools to help you market your solutions directly from Cisco’s web site. How’s that? Keep reading.  Read More »

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Show Us Your New Cisco Partner Logo and Win

June 25, 2012 at 10:08 am PST

Over the years, Cisco’s partner logos have gone through a number of iterations…

Some of you may remember the old-school Cisco logo with the white bridge on a teal background.

Who could forget the updated Cisco logo with a white backdrop?

 

 

 

But the latest partner logo update brings a modern, streamlined look and feel and is in line with the Cisco brand. These new partner logos help partners more effectively represent, leverage, and extend the Cisco brand to their customers.

Cisco is also actively promoting these logos to end customers to raise awareness of and differentiation for partners and your unique capabilities. Customers will quickly identify these logos with a partner’s given expertise, helping them find the right partner to help them build the right solution. Start using your new partner logo to promote your expertise today.

But back to the contest and how you can win. Simply share your updated or new marketing assets featuring your new Cisco partner logo, and be entered into a drawing to win US$2000 in Joint Marketing Funds. Five winners will be selected in August 2012.  All you need to do is show us your partner logo.

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Master Unified Communications Partner Alliant Saves the Day with New Phone System

May 15, 2012 at 11:42 am PST

A phone system that doesn’t work means business lost. After all, if you can’t interact with customers and staff, productivity goes down while frustration goes up.

When Oticon, a company that manufactures and distributes hearing aids in the U.S., first met with Cisco Master Unified Communications Partner Alliant Technologies, their phone system left much to be desired. Some of the challenges included the system’s lack of scripting support and its inability to integrate with other applications.

In this video, we hear from Oticon IT Director Lars Anderson who talks about his experience with Alliant and the process of setting up the company’s entire Unified Communications and Contact Center.

What was it like working with Alliant and how can customers find partners in their area with the specialties they need? Keep reading…
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