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September 20, 2012
Cisco News - Converged Technology Group Achieves Specialization in Cisco Master UC Solutions
By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor
Converged Technology Group recently announced that it has been awarded the Master Unified Communications (News - Alert) Specialization from Cisco. Converged Technology Group had to complete a series of rigorous training in the processes of selling and deploying as well as providing support for Cisco's (News - Alert) applications-based UC solutions before it could be awarded the Cisco certification.
In a statement, Richard McLeod, director of unified communications for worldwide channels at Cisco, said that, "To help turn the promise of unified communications into a strategic advantage, customers are demanding an enhanced set of skills and capabilities from channel partners. Converged Technology Group’s investment in the Master Unified Communications Specialization ranks them among the industry’s elite.”
Converged Technology Group has been providing its customers with best-in-class advanced solution options. To certify as a Cisco release channel partner for the Master Unified Communications Specialization program, Converged Technology Group was required to attain the Advanced Unified Communications Specialization. Partners are required to clear stringent tests to build on their master-level sales, technical, and services capabilities and are required to clear specific Cisco and industry-standard technical certifications. Additionally, they are required to provide customer references detailing Cisco approved design and deployment capabilities and provide evidence of possessing supporting infrastructure for the suite of Lifecycle Services.
Converged Technology Group’s president Leo Galletta, said that, “As a Cisco Gold Certified Partner, we’ve made it a top priority to provide cost effective design, implementation and ongoing support services for these highly sophisticated Unified Communications solutions to our customers, so they can reap the productivity rewards and competitive advantage they offer. As organizations consider their migration and upgrade plans for existing Unified Communications solutions – and how to capitalize on the collaboration benefits of business video – Converged Technology Group is here to help them evaluate the optimal path aligned with their long-term business, financial and technical goals."
Partners within the Cisco Resale Channel Program are trained in the development of sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills, which are then certified via a third-party audit. Under the Cisco master specialization program, Converged Technology Group will have access to an extensive array of sales, technical, and lifecycle services training resources and support options from Cisco.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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