Logicalis Achieves Cisco Master Unified Communications Specialization & Cisco Gold Certification in the U.S.

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Designation Recognizes Channel Partners with Highest Level of Unified Communications Expertise, Lifecycle Services and Success in Sales

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To help turn the promise of unified communications into a strategic advantage, customers are demanding an enhanced set of skills and capabilities from channel partners.

Logicalis, an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services, announced today it has achieved both the Master Unified Communications Specialization and the Gold Certification from Cisco®.

Master Unified Communications Specialization
The Master Unified Communications Specialization recognizes Logicalis as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support highly sophisticated applications-based Cisco Unified Communications solutions.

“Logicalis is very pleased to have once again earned both of these prestigious certifications,” says Bob Hankins, vice president, Communications and Collaboration, for Logicalis. “The fact that Logicalis has been able to consistently deliver the breadth and depth of services in the unified communications and networking space that meet the strict requirements of these programs is a testament to the knowledge and expertise we have within our staff and the outstanding ways in which we serve our customers in these important market spaces.”

“To help turn the promise of unified communications into a strategic advantage, customers are demanding an enhanced set of skills and capabilities from channel partners,” says Richard McLeod, director of unified communications for worldwide channels at Cisco. “Logicalis’ investment in the Master Unified Communications Specialization ranks them among the industry’s elite.”

To achieve the Master Unified Communications Specialization, resale channel partners must first attain the Advanced Unified Communications Specialization. Partners must then meet stringent requirements that demonstrate their master-level sales, technical, and services capabilities. Furthermore, master specialized partners must possess a number of Cisco and industry-standard technical certification requirements, provide customer references that document Cisco-prescribed design and deployment capabilities; and show evidence that they have the infrastructure to support a full menu of Lifecycle Services offerings and capabilities.

More information regarding the Master Unified Communications Specialization can be found at: http://www.cisco.com/web/partners/program/specializations/ucom/master/index.html .

Cisco Gold Certification
To earn Gold Certification, Logicalis had to meet rigorous standards set forth by Cisco in networking competency, service, support and customer satisfaction.

“We are committed to providing the tools, training and programs that facilitate partner growth, differentiation and profitability,” says Edison Peres, senior vice president of worldwide channels at Cisco. “With specializations in unified communications, routing and switching, security, and wireless LAN, Logicalis has made an investment in developing the capability to deliver the integrated and customized technology solutions that today’s customers demand.”

As a Cisco Gold Certified Partner, Logicalis has met the requirements for attaining the broadest range of expertise across multiple technologies by achieving Cisco advanced specializations in unified communications, routing and switching, security, and wireless LAN. In addition, Logicalis has integrated Cisco Lifecycle Services into its offerings and is required to maintain high levels of customer satisfaction. Cisco Gold Certification provides Logicalis with access to comprehensive sales, technical, and lifecycle services training and support available from Cisco.

About the Cisco Resale Channel Program
The Cisco Resale Channel Program provides partners with the training required to build sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills, and then validates their skills through a third-party audit. Cisco resale partner certifications—Select, Premier, Silver and Gold—represent an increasing breadth of skills across key technologies and a partner’s ability to deliver integrated networking solutions. Cisco resale partner specializations—SMB, Express, Advanced and Master—reflect an increasing depth of sales, technical and service expertise in particular technologies. Cisco master specializations provide partners access to comprehensive sales, technical, and lifecycle services training and support available from Cisco.

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About Logicalis
Logicalis is an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services founded on a superior breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications & collaboration, data center, and cloud computing and managed services.

Logicalis Group employs nearly 2,500 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, specify, deploy and manage complex ICT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 6,000 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM and Microsoft.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1 billion, from operations in the UK, US, Germany, South America and Asia Pacific, and is fast establishing itself as one of the leading IT and Communications solution integrators, specializing in the areas of advanced technologies and services.

The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of approximately $5 billion.
For more information, visit http://www.us.logicalis.com .

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