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Global Knowledge is Worldwide Delivery Partner for Cisco Business Value Practitioner Promotion

Cisco announces mandatory certifications for all Gold Partners worldwide

Wokingham (United Kingdom) - 31st March 2014 - Edison Peres, SVP Worldwide Channels at Cisco Systems, announced on 25 March 2014 at the Worldwide Cisco Partner Summit in Las Vegas, that the new Cisco Business Value Practitioner certification is a mandatory requirement for all Gold Partners around the globe as part of Cisco's official Channel Partner Program.

Global Knowledge, worldwide leader in Architecture and Business Transformation is proud to have supported Cisco in developing the Business Value-roles, -certifications and -training, and bringing these to Cisco's Partner community.

Cisco is funding training for their Gold Partners and has awarded Global Knowledge exclusive delivery partner status for BVPP in Asia Pacific, EMEAR and the US and Canada Theatres. This project delivers all 3 new Business Value courses and examinations.  It uses a unique Business Value Specialist Bootcamp which combines Cisco courses; Understanding Cisco Business Value Analysis Fundamentals (BTUBVAF), and Applying Cisco Specialized Business Value Analysis Skills (BTASBVA).  It also delivers the Cisco Business Value Practitioner course Executing Cisco Advanced Business Value Analysis and Design Techniques (BTEABVD).

"Since 2010 Global Knowledge has worked closely with Cisco, delivering our award-winning Business Architecture Transformation Program (BATP), which is part of our Architecture Services & Practices (ASaP) portfolio", said Richard Pryor-Jones - President Global Knowledge EMEA. "We have worked with more than 200 Cisco partner organizations worldwide and have helped Cisco create more than 170 Cisco Business Architects across the globe. During this process Global Knowledge has become a strategic partner and provider of Enterprise Architecture (EA) learning and consulting to Cisco in North America, EMEAR and AJPC. This next evolution is testament to the results achieved over the last 4 years and Cisco's desire to change the way it does business with customers."

"Cisco is committed to evolving the way it does business. It acknowledges the need to work with customer business leaders to develop a business driven view of the customer's enterprise in order to align technology solutions and services as part of a capability focused business transformation process. Cisco is investing in a competence development program for key partners working with, and supporting, these customers", commented Alison Hawksworth, visionary for, and primary author of, the BATP. Alison leads Global Knowledge's Architecture Services and Practices organization.

"Customers are demanding Technology and Services Providers (TSPs) demonstrate more business relevance than ever before", she continued. "Business leaders want to understand the business value of their IT acquisitions and be certain that their investment decisions allow them to achieve their required future state business capabilities.  Without doubt Cisco is leading the alignment between vendor, partners and customers across the architecture value chain."

Global Knowledge has a dedicated team to help Cisco Channel Partners.  This team offers advice on Enterprise and Business Architecture practitioner competence development and mature architecture business capability design and delivery.  This approach gives Partners access to a subject matter expertise responsible for Cisco Business Value certification design, development, and delivery, providing detailed information on the new Business Value certifications.

About Global Knowledge

Global Knowledge is a world's leading IT and business training provider. Offering the most relevant and timely content delivered by the best instructors, we provide customers with their choice and convenience in class times, delivery methods and formats to accelerate their success. With thousands of courses that span foundational and specialized training and certifications, our core training is focused on Cisco, Microsoft, IBM, Avaya, VMware, Red Hat, business process improvement and leadership development.

Founded in 1995, Global Knowledge employs more than 1,300 people worldwide and is headquartered in Cary (United States) and EMEA headquarters are in London (United Kingdom). The company is owned by New York-based investment firm MidOcean Partners. Learn more at www.globalknowledge.net

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