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 – August 11, 2009 – Alliant Technologies announced today it has achieved the Master Unified Communications Specialization from Cisco®. 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 (UC) solutions.   

“After deploying thousands of Cisco UC handsets around the US and across the globe, our professional engineering and Alliant Managed Services teams have seen it all,” said CEO, Bruce Flitcroft. "We are very proud to be recognized by Cisco for the efforts we’ve made to achieve this designation."  

"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, director of unified communications for worldwide channels 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. 

Alliant Managed Services (AMS), a subsidiary of Alliant Technologies, provides Lifecycle Services for Cisco solutions and many other technologies.  The engineers at the AMS service desk monitor, manage and maintain customer’s critical IT devices on a 24/7 basis. Network status and application performance levels, including unified communications applications, are available on-demand via a private web portal.

More information regarding the Master Unified Communications Specialization can be found at:

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.  Cisco resale partner certifications—Select, Premier, Silver and Gold—represent an increasing breadth of skills across key technologies and a partner’s ability to deliver integrated networking solutions.  Cisco resale partner specializations—SMB, Express, Advanced and Master—reflect an increasing depth of sales, technical and service expertise in particular technologies.  Cisco master specializations provide Alliant Technologies access to comprehensive sales, technical, and lifecycle services training and support available from Cisco.

"The depth and breadth of Alliant’s Cisco achievements are due our engineers’ dedication to education and excellence," added Alliant COO Richard Tarabour. “The Alliant technical staff wants to provide the best service possible to our customers before, during and after the solution is installed.” As a Cisco Gold Partner, Alliant has earned the following specializations, ATPs and awards from Cisco:


  • Gold Partner
  • Master Unified Communications
  • Advanced Unified Communications Specialization
  • Advanced Data Center Networking Infrastructure Specialization
  • Advanced Routing & Switching Specialization
  • Advanced Wireless LAN Specialization
  • Advanced Security Specialization
  • Advanced Technology Partner – Video Surveillance
  • Advanced Technology Partner – MDS Fabric Switching
  • Cisco Authorized Unified MeetingPlace Partner
  • SMB Specialization
  • Customer Satisfaction Excellence


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About Alliant Technologies and Alliant Managed Services
Headquartered in Morristown, NJ, with sales and service offices across the Northeast, Alliant Technologies is a proven leader in IT engineering and operations services. Alliant Technologies offers a full range of IT infrastructure services including: enterprise networking, IP telephony, information security, server virtualization, data storage solutions, and infrastructure cabling. Alliant Managed Services (AMS) provides 24/7 monitoring and management of critical IT infrastructure; AMS provides IT operations support around the clock and across engineering disciplines so you can staff more efficiently. Alliant combines deep technical knowledge with a strong business focus . . . for IT solutions that work. 

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Kathleen Patterson
Alliant Technologies