Cisco has launched a network management specialisation programme as part of an ongoing scheme to encourage partners to develop areas of expertise.
The initiative is aimed at international system integrators wanting to specialise on Cisco Works 2000, a range of software applications used to manage all of Cisco's networking tools.
Scott Ferguson, Cisco’s director of channel programmes, said: "End users want to know which channel partner has specialist knowledge. This programme supplements our certification programmes, with the difference being that specialists focus on specific technology, whereas certification is broad based and is support oriented."
Partners are expected to send four of their staff for training, including sales and technical personnel, which must take examinations to gain accreditation.
Network management is one of a range of technologies that Cisco wants its partners to focus on. Since the overall scheme was announced in January (see Newswire 20 January, 1999,) it has launched retraining programmes for security, SNA/IP integration, wide area networks (Wans), voice access, and voice applications.
The company also plans to launch a policy management initiative focusing on multiservice networks in September.
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