SOURCE: Ingram Micro Inc.

Ingram Micro Inc.

November 19, 2014 11:00 ET

Ingram Micro Cisco ELITE First to See New Partner Enablement Services

New Programs Remove Complexity, Speed the Sales Cycle and Deliver Greater Business Value to Cisco Partners

SANTA ANA, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 19, 2014) - Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) today announced it has expanded its "Fly Higher" Cisco partner enablement program with three high-value, low-cost partner enablement offerings.

Available in the U.S., the new and enhanced Cisco-focused resources include:

  • Config to Order Portal: A new, flat-fee, configure-to-order service offer that reduces installation complexity for channel partners by preconfiguring Cisco's Business Edition 6000 series midmarket solution platforms to be ready-to-deploy upon arrival at the customer's site. Going live in December 2014, the new implementation service will feature an online component that allows channel partners to order and transact customer configuration data, and validate and track the status from a security-optimized website.
  • Customized Enablement Services: Through an expanded relationship with MPI, Ingram Micro will be launching new and exclusive trainings opportunities for Cisco channel partners. These trainings and consultative offerings will help channel partners develop talent and build soft skills to further customer engagement.
  • On Course Program: This helpful program has been enhanced to better assist Ingram Micro channel partners to manage their Cisco certifications and specializations and advance their Cisco practice.

The offerings were previewed this week at the ELITE 2014 Ingram Micro and Cisco Partner Exchange in Scottsdale, Ariz. The exclusive event welcomed Ingram Micro's top 100 Cisco channel partners for two days of insights, education and business enablement discussions. Ingram Micro's Fly Higher partner enablement campaign has been well received from new and established Cisco partners.

"Ingram Micro and Cisco continue to raise the bar and find new ways to help accelerate our growth -- particularly in the data center and hybrid cloud space," says Alan McDonald, CEO, AllConnected and member of the Ingram Micro VentureTech Network. "The expertise offered from the Ingram Micro team combined with its Fly Higher program and other Cisco-dedicated pre-sales technical, administrative and marketing resources have proven invaluable to our team, and enable us to better execute against our long term strategy, investments and client commitments."

In addition to the Fly Higher program, Ingram Micro's Advanced Technology Division and Cisco Business Unit offers channel partners access to a team of highly specialized Cisco sales, marketing and technical support specialists. Cisco channel partners can also leverage Ingram Micro's field technical experts, Cisco UCS Build-to-Order services and unique Experience Center featuring Cisco's Enterprise Networks portfolio.

Earlier this year, Ingram Micro was named a multiple Cisco 2014 Americas Distribution Forum award winner, capturing the title of U.S. Cloud Distributor of the Year, U.S. Security Distributor of the Year and Canada Collaboration Distributor of the Year.

"Ingram Micro and Cisco share a long-standing relationship of success and innovation," says Paul Bay, North America president, Ingram Micro Technology Solutions. "The ELITE event was the perfect venue to debut these new and enhanced offerings and demonstrate how we are bringing even greater business value to our Cisco channel partners."

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