25th May 05

Cisco launches Premier Express Program for its Value Added Resellers

Facilitates accelerated growth for the reseller community

Mumbai, May 25, 2005 - Cisco, the global leader in networking for the Internet, today launched a country wide channel initiative, Premier Express Program, aimed specifically for its Value Added Resellers (VARs). The Premier Express Program is designed to accelerate the upward migration of Cisco's VARs to the next level of Cisco Premier Certified Partner category through a combination of E-learning and discounted class room training to its partners.

The Premier Express Program is a focused technology training covering sales, pre-sales and post sales modules. This training is made available as a combination of on-line E-learning modules and trainer led classroom focused technology sessions with Cisco domain experts. This program will enable partners to attain the 'Premier Partner' certification with specialization in Routing and Switching. Cisco recognizes this certification by including such partners on its web site.

The Premier Express Program is currently available to all Cisco Registered Partners, who can leverage this initiative to progress to the next higher level of engagement with Cisco as a Premier Certified Partner.

Commenting on the Premier Express Program initiative, Mr. Shirish Joshi, Vice President-Channels, Cisco (India & SAARC) says, "With 100 percent of our revenues coming through our channel partners, it is imperative that we create programs that improve partner profitability and drive mutual success by equipping them with the right tools and training for their growth. We are confident that the Premier Express Program will enable our resellers to expand their portfolio and move up the value chain in a time bound manner through a structured training program and certification capsules."

The Premier Express Program is to be executed in batches over the next 6 months. The training is conducted in a batch of 12 people thus ensuring individual attention by quality trained professional. 

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