Cisco has announced Global Gold, the company’s highest partner certification tier.
The new tier makes it easier for Cisco and its partners to collaborate at a global scale and broadens Cisco’s global reach within its ecosystem of partners.
“Global Gold increases the value exchange with our resellers by helping them expand their customer bases,” says Michael Owusu-Adu, channel sales and ecosystem leader at Cisco Southern Africa. “Their sales and technical teams can now reach across borders and support their global customers more effectively than ever before.”
As much as there are specific requirements to become a Cisco Global Gold partner, partners have a choice in how they can meet the requirements. For example, a partner can choose to achieve a certain set of Cisco Channel Partner Program certifications in each region, or they can show their expertise in the form of equivalent competencies using a centres of excellence model. This flexibility provides a partner the ability to scale their Cisco resources and teams in the way that works best for their business.
Dimension Data and Cisco (a Cisco partner in South Africa since 1991), have seen their partnership grow to nearly 150 countries.
John van der Vyver, Dimension Data Cisco executive for Middle East and Africa, comments: “Dimension Data and Cisco have a relationship that extends 25 years and we are excited and honoured to be only one a few Cisco Global Gold Partners in Africa.
“Dimension Data Middle East and Africa can offer clients across the continent market leading solutions, delivered efficiently, through the best local skills and technology. This evolution in the partnership model and reach aligns very closely to Dimension Data’s brand purpose: ‘If you believe you can do anything, we’re here to help you do it.'”