Dimension Data, Cisco announce co-innovation partnership

Johannesburg, South Africa / San Jose, California, 23 Apr 2019
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Dimension Data and Cisco have announced a new co-innovation agreement to develop a deeper collaboration environment and framework to jointly solve clients' business needs. Drawing on their respective core strengths, competencies and technologies, Dimension Data and Cisco are coming together to provide the scale and market reach to transform ideas into viable, deployable solutions.

As part of the multi-year agreement, both companies plan to leverage Cisco's global network of Co-Innovation Centres to drive collaboration in key areas such as 5G, the Internet of Things and blockchain. Additionally, the two companies will continue to enrich and expand their Connected Conservation programme, which is about leveraging sophisticated solutions to protect and preserve the planet, endangered animals and their communities.

Working closely to innovate beyond traditional products to solve business and operational challenges will allow both companies to drive more ambitious projects and outcomes. They share a vision of tapping into their deep pools of existing technology and co-innovating with customers and the broader ecosystem to meet client needs as they arise and deliver enhanced capabilities in an agile fashion.

"This partnership means we're in a stronger position to research, test and develop new offerings at a speed beyond the traditional market cycle," said Ettienne Reinecke, chief technology officer, Dimension Data. "By creating a deeper collaboration environment, we will share and leverage our intellectual property, including products and code, allowing us to move faster with a focus on applied innovation to challenge the art of the possible, which will result in some exciting innovations for our clients."

Cisco's chief technology officer, Dave Ward, added: "Innovation doesn't happen in a vacuum; it requires diverse skill sets and multiple points of view. Co-innovation as a formal, structured process with our ecosystem, including partners and customers, is part of our foundation simply because the market demands it. It's a way to speed up innovation, allowing us to move at the speed of digital and adopt start-up methodologies to bring products and solutions into being."

Dimension Data and Cisco have over 28 years' experience working together, bringing to market a technology portfolio that offers solutions from the cloud to the data centre, and all the way out to the edge. The focus remains on delivering new customer experiences, transforming processes and business models, and supporting workforce innovation.

Dimension Data

Founded in 1983, Dimension Data is a $8 billion global leader in designing, optimising and managing today's evolving technology environments. This enables its clients to leverage data in a digital age, turn it into information, and extract insights.

Headquartered in Johannesburg, Dimension Data employs 28 000 people across 47 countries. The company brings together the world's best technology provided by market leaders and niche innovators with the service support that clients need for their businesses, from consulting, technical and support services to a fully managed service.

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