Zones Achieves Advanced Unified Communications Specialization from Cisco U.S.

Advanced Certification Broadens Company's Solution Offerings

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AUBURN, Wash. (PRWEB) July 09, 2012

Zones, Inc. announced today that it has achieved the Advanced Unified Communications Specialization from Cisco®. This specialization recognizes Zones as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support comprehensive Cisco Unified Communications solutions.    

“Business networks are no longer confined to the tangible office—they are spread out across mobile networks and global value chains. To adapt to these complex business networks, Zones sees a greater need to integrate collaboration and communications into applications,” said Asif Hudani, senior vice president, IT services at Zones. “Cisco’s Advanced Unified Communications Specialization enables Zones to create the best solutions offerings for each unique customer.”

“As a Cisco Advanced Unified Communications Specialized Partner, Zones’ investment in the training required to provide integrated, collaborative and adaptive unified communications solutions rank them among the industry’s most qualified,” said Richard McLeod, director of unified communications for worldwide channels at Cisco.

The Cisco Advanced Unified Communications Specialization is designed to help Cisco resale channel partners—whether small to medium-sized businesses or enterprise-scale organizations—meet a wide range of customer needs. It allows partners to focus on unified communications market opportunities that require advanced product knowledge and the ability to deploy solutions over multiple sites and geographies. Cisco Advanced Unified Communications Specialized Partners are specialists in building solutions based on the industry-leading Cisco Unified Communications portfolio. These products include Cisco Unified CallManager, Cisco Unity Connection, Cisco Unity voice messaging and unified messaging, and Cisco Unity Express, Cisco Unified Contact Center Express, Cisco Unified Videoconferencing and Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express.

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. Achieving Cisco Advanced Unified Communications Specialization also provides Zones access to comprehensive sales, technical, and lifecycle services training and support available from Cisco.

About Zones
Zones, Inc. supports business, healthcare, the public sector, and specialty markets by applying innovative technology solutions across a variety of specializations including networking, security, software, storage, data center and virtualization. The Zones “Expert Connect” organization provides customers with the technical expertise needed for advanced solutions. Zones holds more than 55 of the highest distinct certifications in the industry including Cisco Gold, EMC Velocity Premier, Dell Server and Storage Technical, IBM System and Storage Technical, HP Enterprise Networking, and VMware Infrastructure, among others. Zones is also a certified MBE company. Incorporated in 1988, Zones, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn, Washington. More information is available at http://www.zones.com, or by calling 800-258-2088.

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