Integr8, part of Africa’s largest publicly traded ICT management and managed services company, announced today it has achieved Select Certification from Cisco. The Select Certification recognizes Cisco® resale channel partners that focus on meeting the technology and services needs of small businesses.
Bennie Strydom, Chief Sales Officer at Integr8, says the company has enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Cisco, via its established Partner Program, and the strategic alliance continues to add value to its growing market. “Our model is based on transferring benefit and value to the core infrastructures of our clients. We have always placed a premium on housing the most advanced and up-to-date skills sets and product available to offer our clients a choice in terms of solutions. This certification strengthens the credibility of our service offering, which is used extensively across a number of industries to meet the increasing demands on the network and help adapt to changing market conditions,” says Strydom.
The certification also reinforces the company’s ongoing technical training program, based on an extensive range of Cisco technology solutions. “It ensures that our technical engineers are trained up on the very latest technology and continue to add measurable value on all integration projects, particularly in line with an increase in interest and activity amongst businesses,” adds Strydom.
“The Cisco Select Certification was created in response to customer demand for channel partners capable of designing and implementing Cisco solutions purpose-built for small businesses,” Stefano Mattiello, Director, Partner Led Cisco, Africa. “With the Select Certification, Integr8 has made an investment in obtaining the training, skills and knowledge necessary to play a pivotal role in meeting this growing demand.”
To earn Select Certification, Integr8 fulfilled the training and exam requirements for the Cisco Small Business Specialization. Integr8 also met the personnel, training and post sales support requirements set forth by Cisco.
The Cisco Resale Channel Program provides a framework for channel partners to build the sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills required to deliver Cisco solutions to end customers. Through the program’s specializations and certifications, Cisco recognizes a channel partner’s expertise in deploying solutions based on Cisco advanced technologies and services.
Using a third-party audit process, the program validates channel partner qualifications such as technology skills, business best practices, customer satisfaction, and presales and post sales support capabilities — critical factors for customers choosing a trusted channel partner.