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Westcon Group Announces Cisco Smart Care Service Initiative, Helping Resellers Deliver Differentiated, Customized Service Offerings

Tarrytown, NY, June 23, 2009 - Westcon Group, Inc., the leading specialty distributor in networking, convergence, security and mobility, today announced it is introducing Cisco Smart Care Service to the United States reseller market. With Cisco Smart Care Service, resellers can develop and brand a distinctive service and support capability with network level support to help foster long-term, strategic relationships with end-user customers.

Westcon Group is promoting Cisco Smart Care Service to a select group of Cisco certified, SMB-focused resellers. This follows Westcon’s introduction of the Service last year to its European reseller customer base, now with over 300 resellers participating. To coincide with the announcement, Westcon and Cisco have planned a series of in-person and online training opportunities in the U.S. and in Canada over the next couple of months.  

Christopher Fender, Director of Service Sales for Westcon Group North America, commented: “By introducing Cisco Smart Care to our customers, we are helping them create a differentiated value proposition around customized services. Resellers who evolve their capabilities and embrace services offerings such as Cisco Smart Care can benefit by increasing their margins and creating repeatable revenue. The Cisco Smart Care offering also creates an opportunity for our resellers to create more meaningful, strategic relationships with their customers.”

“Cisco Smart Care Service takes advantage of the complementary strengths of Cisco and the channel partners’ service capabilities, providing the end user with a unique, personalized service. End users will enjoy comprehensive network support service that proactively helps ensure that their network is highly secure, reliable and functioning optimally,” said Debbie Dunnam, vice president, Cisco Services. “These collaborative Smart Care Service capabilities represent the future of the services industry and are a win-win for our customers and partners.”

“Cisco Smart Care Service presents an excellent opportunity for us to brand our services offerings and take advantage of our existing expertise in this area,” commented Anu Bhartiya, managing director of Universal E-Business Solutions, a NY-based reseller. “By utilizing Cisco Smart Care and Westcon Group’s resources, we are able to minimize the overwhelming burden that network management presents to our customers. At the same time, this innovative service helps us bring the relationship to a new level, as we help our customers create a holistic roadmap for their Cisco-oriented network infrastructure.  Certified partners can then create their own customized offerings as they compete with each other to optimize service solutions for customers.”

Cisco Smart Care Service is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) simplify network maintenance through regular, proactive network assessments, remote software repairs and technical support. This collaborative service is delivered exclusively through Cisco Smart Care Certified Partners via a single maintenance customer service contract.

For more information about Cisco Smart Care Service, please visit Cisco’s site at www.cisco.com/go/smartcare or visit Comstor’s OneNetwork solution site.

About Westcon Group
Westcon Group, Inc. is the leading specialty distributor in networking, security, mobility and convergence for leading technology vendors, including Cisco, Nortel, Avaya and Polycom. Through its Westcon and Comstor business practices, Westcon Group sells products and services to resellers, systems integrators and service providers. Westcon Group has particular expertise in the convergence of voice, data and video applications and technologies, including voice-over Internet protocol, or VoIP, security for networking and communications systems, remote access, Internet and e-business, virtual private networks, videoconferencing and wireless connectivity. For more information, visit www.westcongroup.com.

 

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