Burwood Group Achieves Cisco Master Collaboration Specialization in the US


Chicago, IL – January 06, 2016 – Burwood Group announced today that it has achieved the Master Collaboration Specialization from Cisco®. This specialization recognizes Burwood Group as having the ability to represent Master-level business expertise as well as technical efficiency, having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support highly sophisticated applications-based Cisco Collaboration solutions.

"We are honored to receive this distinction as it recognizes that Burwood Group possesses the highest level of expertise with collaboration solutions in the most complex network environments," said Jim Hart, President at Burwood Group. "Burwood is firmly invested in people, processes, and network management tools that help clients drive business productivity. This specialization helps Burwood deliver robust, value-added voice and collaboration solutions to our customers."

"To help turn the promise of unified communications into a strategic advantage, customers are demanding an enhanced set of skills and capabilities from channel partners," said Gary Wolfson, Global Partner Organization collaboration lead at Cisco. "Burwood Group's investment in the Master Collaboration Specialization ranks them among the industry's elite."

To achieve the Master Collaboration Specialization, channel partners must first attain the Advanced Collaboration Specialization. Partners must then meet stringent requirements that demonstrate their Master-level sales, technical, and services capabilities. Furthermore, Master specialized partners must possess a number of Cisco and industry-standard technical certification requirements, provide customer references that document Cisco-prescribed design and deployment capabilities and show evidence that they have the infrastructure to support a full menu of Lifecycle Services offerings and capabilities.

"As a Cisco channel partner, Burwood Group is thrilled to have demonstrated our expertise in collaboration through this outstanding team effort," said Dan Speck, Vice President of Technology Consulting at Burwood Group. "Burwood consultants have a deep understanding of the business requirements for collaboration and how to improve our clients' productivity through tailored solutions."

The Cisco Channel Partner Program provides partners with the training required to build sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills, and then validates their skills through a third-party audit. Cisco Channel partner certifications—Select, Premier, and Gold—represent an increasing breadth of skills across key technologies and a partner's ability to deliver integrated networking solutions. Cisco Channel partner specializations—SMB, Express, Advanced and Master—reflect an increasing depth of sales, technical and service expertise in particular technologies. Cisco Master specializations provide Burwood Group access to comprehensive sales, technical, and lifecycle services training and support available from Cisco.

About Burwood Group
Burwood Group is a systems integrator, helping forward-thinking IT leaders deliver knowledge to the end-user within the organization's unique business context to increase profitability, reduce risk and enhance customer loyalty. We partner with leading technology and service organizations to provide tailored product and industry solutions. We work to ensure an optimal fit for each individual client. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Burwood Group serves local, national, and international clients. We pride ourselves in being trusted business advisors to clients by providing smarter solutions that deliver better outcomes. Visit http://www.burwood.com.

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