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October 05, 2009

Cisco News - Cisco Expands Developer Program, Intel, Italtel and BMC Join

By Kelly McGuire, TMCnet Editor

Telecom major Cisco (News - Alert) has expanded its developers program with Cisco Developer Network, targeted for businesses and individuals that develop network-based applications.

“The community-based Cisco Developer Network represents a strategic shift for Cisco,” Paul McNab, vice president of Mid-market and Enterprise Solutions for Cisco, said.  “Developers help enhance the business value of Cisco solutions by customizing the solutions for specific industry needs. Cisco developers and the fantastic products they create are the very realization of the Network as the Platform."

Developers that are seeking out advanced technical, marketing and sales resources, to help drive the development of more applications that take advantage of Cisco APIs will benefit from the new program. 

That being said, Intel, BMC, Italtel (News - Alert), Johnson Controls and Singlewire have already joined the program. 

"As wireless becomes the standard method for accessing business applications, Intel (News - Alert) will continue to work closely with Cisco to ensure that businesses using laptops with Intel wireless adapters can easily and securely connect to Cisco's wireless infrastructure,” Alexander Quach, director of wireless marketing for Intel, said.

Cisco’s new developer network offers a variety of features that benefit any member. The program offers developers both APIs software development kits, or “SDKs,” and technical documents for Cisco's access routing, network management, unified communications, unified computing, WebEx and wireless networking technologies.

“Intel has licensed Cisco's wireless SDK as part of our membership in the Cisco Developer Network, which provides our customers enhanced security, greater integration and interoperability, and joint customer support for both companies' products," Quach said.

With over 14,000 developers in the program, the social networking aspect of the developer community could generate and traffick a lot of potential business for companies involved. 

In order to assess a company’s involvement in the program, Cisco has broken the membership into three different levels: registered developers, solution developers and preferred solution developers. 

Registered Developers are primarily self-supported, and have access to basic development tools, while solution developers receive an additional set of technical, marketing and sales resources and have been tested for interoperability with Cisco products via Cisco labs. 

Lastly, the preferred solution developer members receive extensive technical, marketing and sales resources from across Cisco, and are developers with proven customer satisfaction, tested interoperability with Cisco products in Cisco labs, and strong business processes to engage with Cisco industry leading channel partners.

Kelly McGuire is a TMCnet Editor. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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