Banks and retailers planning global multimedia networks are being invited obligation free to a new demonstration and testing centre in London launched by NCR, in partnership with Cisco.
NCR says its Multi-service Customer Center, launched today, provides an environment for customers and prospects to see Cisco kit in action and even bring in their own applications to test on a Cisco based system.
NCR's networking service division supports all vendor platforms, but Cisco accounts for around 90 per cent of its revenue from network hardware services.
"One of the big opportunities for customers is rapid prototyping - the ability for a customer not only to come in and see, but to bring in their own applications in and prototype them," said Dick Gillespie, vice president of enterprise at Cisco UK.
NCR has already opened two similar centres, in St Paul, Minnesota and Kuala Lumpur. Centres in Paris, Sydney, Dubai and Tokyo are scheduled to open by January 2000. This lets customers plan and test global systems.
"When he leaves, he has a business case for senior management and has a design, if he needs it, for a system on a global basis," said Marc Stiefel, VP networking solutions, NCR Emea.
The companies claim the centre will also save companies' testing resources: "It will take a shorter time that if the customer tried to do it himself and set up his own lab," said Gillespie.
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