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Alliant Technologies Achieves Cisco Master Unified Communications Specialization

ALLIANT TECHNOLOGIES ACHIEVES CISCO MASTER UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIZATION

DESIGNATION RECOGNIZES CHANNEL PARTNERS WITH HIGHEST LEVEL OF UNIFIED COMMUNICATION EXPERTISE, LIFECYCLE SERVICES AND SUCCESS IN SALES

Morristown, NJ - November 11, 2013- Alliant Technologies announced today it has achieved the Master Unified Communications Specialization from Cisco® for the fourth consecutive year. This specialization recognizes Alliant as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support highly sophisticated applications-based Cisco Unified Communications solutions.    

"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 Richard McLeod, senior director of business development at Cisco.  Alliant Technologies’ investment in the Master Unified Communications Specialization ranks them among the industry’s elite.”

To achieve the Master Unified Communications Specialization, resale channel partners must first attain the Advanced Unified Communications 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. 

"Staying ahead of the continued evolution of Cisco’s Unified Communications technologies has allowed Alliant to focus on helping our customers solve some of their most pressing business needs," said Jeff Cohn, Alliant's Vice President of Engineering Services.  "What’s even more exciting, is leveraging the Cisco Unified Communications solution portfolio to support our customers transformation to as-a-service models."

More information regarding the Master Unified Communications Specialization can be found at:http://www.cisco.com/web/partners/program/specializations/ucom/master/index.html

The Cisco Resale Channel 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.  The Cisco Gold partner certification represents an increasing breadth of skills across key technologies and a partner’s ability to deliver integrated networking solutions.  The Cisco Master partner specialization reflects an increasing depth of sales, technical and service expertise in particular technologies.  Cisco master specializations, such as this, provide Alliant Technologies access to comprehensive sales, technical, and lifecycle services training and support available from Cisco.

Alliant Technologies also just received its Cisco Master Security Specialization, adding to a long list of Cisco advanced technology certifications including Gold Partnership, Advanced Routing & Switching, Wireless LAN, Data Center Storage, Customer Service Excellence and many more. 

About Alliant Technologies, LLC
Headquartered in Morristown, NJ with sales and service offices across the Northeast, Alliant Technologies, LLC is a certified and experienced IT engineering and operations firm delivering integrated IT infrastructure solutions.  Alliant’s services include: borderless networking, IP collaboration, server and desktop virtualization, data storage, Alliant Managed Services, and infrastructure cabling.  Alliant assures your success with a proven Project Management methodology, consistent engineering oversight applied from pre- to post-sale, and a comprehensive set of lifecycle services. Our creative, innovative services make your business more powerful and profitable.  Alliant Technologies. Consult. Connect. Care.  www.AlliantTech.com 

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Press Contact:
Katie Patterson
Alliant Technologies
973-775-4112
kpatterson@allianttech.com

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