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Datacentrix becomes Cisco Premier Partner


Datacentrix has been named one of only four local Cisco Premier Partners,
the culmination of months of intensive training and certification
examinations by the reseller's networking team.

According to Duncan van Jaarsveld, networking business unit manager at
Datacentrix, Cisco utilises the certification process to ensure that, as a
Premier Partner, Datacentrix is equipped to sell, implement and operate
Cisco networking solutions and provide customers with the comfort that it
has the correct skills within the networking arena in place to support its
"In becoming a certified Cisco Premier Partner, Datacentrix has demonstrated
its commitment to technical excellence and continuing education, and
persistence in furthering the goal to expand its presence in the networking
market by embracing the philosophy that the network begins in the data
"This is a huge differentiator for us within the marketplace and something
of which we are incredibly proud," he adds.
"Cisco believes that an industry evolution is underway in which the network
is becoming the platform for all communications, collaboration, and
interactions," explains Meryl Lautenbach of Cisco South Africa. "Developing
broader, integrated technology skills enables partners to deliver the
integrated networking solutions customers are demanding and to broaden their
role and enter new markets.
"Through building deeper technology skills, these partners can further
differentiate themselves by offering more sophisticated advanced technology
solutions. And using the Cisco Lifecycle Services approach helps partners
define the activities they need to successfully deploy and operate Cisco
The Premier Certification designation recognises and rewards partners that
have achieved the Express Foundation Specialisation. This foundational
specialisation expands technical competency in the integration of basic
routing and switching, wireless LANs and security technologies. In addition,
Premier Certified Partners have integrated a level of Cisco Lifecycle
Services into their offerings and demonstrated a measurably high level of
customer satisfaction.
The Cisco Premier Certified Partner designation offers branding recognition,
economic incentives and differentiation as a reward for loyalty to Cisco,
for capabilities in providing value-added services, and for a commitment to
customer success.
With this level of certification, partners benefit from an increased level
of support from Cisco, including access to best-in-class products and
services, technical support, productivity tools, online training, marketing
resources and sales promotions.
As part of an elite group of providers with proven, in-depth technology
skills and customer success in selling, deploying, and providing services
for Cisco solutions, partners reinforce their role as a trusted technology
advisor, helping customers to accelerate growth and profitability, gain and
keep a competitive advantage and stay in front of the latest technology.
"Cisco has identified huge opportunities within the largely untapped
mid-market space," says Lautenbach.
"Based on this, it is critical that we have certified partners like
Datacentrix on ground and operating within a sustainable business model to
help reap the benefits within the SME and mid-market sectors."