Cisco simplifies SMB partner specialisation

Cisco has announced updates to its SMB (small to medium-sized business) partner specialisation.

The American networking company has made the process simpler by reducing the amount of training hours partners need to qualify for the scheme from 15 down to four.

The new specialisation was revealed by the firm earlier this month. The company has introduced the scheme in the hope of boosting its presence within SMB space. Topics that are covered under the measures are telepresence, collaboration, data centre, updated services training and cloud concepts.

Talking about the specialisation, Steve Benvenuto, senior director of business development, strategy, planning and partner programs team for the Worldwide Partner Organization at Cisco, told “The key thing here was to really simplify the approach for our partners that are focused in this [SMB] space.”

He added: “Over the years, we were adding training and sort of building it on top of specializations that we had in this space. Now we are saying, ‘Let’s take a clean-slate approach.'”

The new scheme combines both the former Small Business (SB) and the Small Business Foundation (SBF), according to Cisco. The new specialisation is also set to be more advanced that the previous measures.

Meanwhile, it was also revealed today (September 16th) that Cisco has announced intends to acquire data storage system company WHIPTAIL. The company hopes the joining of the two companies will simplify datacentre and virtualised environment processes according to