Cisco Sponsors Channel Partner Training

Networking giant Cisco is once again stepping up its channel efforts by subsidizing up to 75 percent of the training costs to channel partners for its Business Architecture (BA) training initiative, which includes technology company tracks in Borderless Networks, Collaboration, and Data Center/Virtualization. That translates to about $10,000 of the usual $13,000 required to train someone in these solutions. Its the first time Cisco has offered co-funding to its BA partners. The offer will run until July 31, limited to one representative per partner organization, according to a report from IT Channel Planet.

As part of the drive toward hosted and cloud services, Cisco is moving to empower its channel partners in every business segment, from SMBs to the enterprise, by providing partners with more consultative services and education for these complex, multifaceted solutions. Its a smart way to help partners both stand out from the competition by ramping up their own expertise and consultative chops across a number of long-sales cycle technologies that frequently must come together to form a complete customer solution, while also helping them to increase their architectural selling potential.

The training is part of Ciscos Learning Partner Programs, which will provide Gold, Silver and Premier partners with a six-month learning program, administered over a six-month span by authorized Cisco Learning Partners. The online training provides Architecture electives for each of the tracks listed above in a virtual environment, incorporating instructor-led or self-paced instruction, as well as social learning techniques.

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