Blue Networks and Infrastructure achieves Cisco Gold Partner certification


Johannesburg, 03 Feb 2020
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Blue Networks and Infrastructure (BNI)one of South Africa’s newly started exempt micro enterprises (EME), has been certified as a Cisco Gold Partner in South Africa – the highest certification level attainable within the Cisco Channel Partner programme. This annual certification follows BNI meeting rigorous standards set out by Cisco to demonstrate it is qualified to sell, install and support Cisco solutions in South Africa.

"Cisco is privileged to work with some of the best channel partners around the world, and it is our honour to welcome BNI as a Cisco Gold Partner in South Africa," said Clayton Naidoo, General Manager, Cisco Sub-Saharan Africa. “BNI joined the Cisco EDGE Program in June 2019, which aims to share business knowledge, help develop small and medium businesses in the digital age, speed up their entry to market and, as a result, create new jobs for the local economy. BNI has shown tremendous commitment since joining the programme. Cisco is proud to see the reward of our efforts around the EDGE Program.”

Debbie Lane, Senior Product Manager at BNI, commented: “BNI benefited enormously from the Cisco EDGE Program, whereby small and medium businesses had the opportunity to attend multiple weekly training sessions remotely or at the various national Cisco EDGE Incubation Centres. BNI's close relationship and strategic partnership with Cisco will enable us to provide end-to-end solutions to our clients. With the latest technologies and moving with the latest trends and our niche in-house solutions, we guarantee our commitment to our clients in providing industry-leading solutions in the market space.”

As a Cisco Gold Certified Partner, BNI has access to technical support, productivity tools, online training, marketing resources and sales promotions with specific emphasis on applying best business practices, technology specialisations, as well as managing and measuring customer and end-user satisfaction.

BNI currently holds the following Cisco specialisations:

  • Advanced Collaboration Architecture Specialisation
  • Advanced Data Centre Architecture Specialisation
  • Advanced Enterprise Networks Architecture Specialisation
  • Advanced Security Architecture Specialisation
  • Collaboration SAAS Authorisation

Reshma Fynn, CEO of BNI, adds: “We are extremely pleased to achieve our Cisco Gold Partner certification in less than 10 months since our inception. Through our partnership with Cisco and our involvement in the EDGE Program, we were able to focus on all the policy, system and training requirements needed to comply in becoming a Cisco Gold Certified Partner. I am tremendously proud of the BNI Team that demonstrated their commitment and focus to support our goals in order to achieve this major milestone. We also want to thank Cisco and all our distribution partners for all the support, and look forward to a fruitful relationship that will benefit our current and new customers.”

For more information, contact Blue Networks and Infrastructure at pm@bniglobal.co.za.

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