Ingram Micro Canada will configure Cisco collaboration solutions

Distributor Ingram Micro Canada has announced new configuration to order (CTO) services built around networking vendor Cisco Systems’ suite of collaboration solutions.

The CTO services are designed to expedite deployment, reduce implementation costs and drive sales of Cisco collaboration solutions, such as the Cisco Business Edition 6000, for Ingram partners.  The program is available now through Ingram Micro Canada’s Cisco business unit, and aims to allow partners to deploy Cisco solutions right out of the box.

“Ingram Micro continues to build upon its ability to provide greater value to our reseller partners and help them increase the speed and efficiency with which they do business,” says Dave Mason, executive director, sales, Ingram Micro Canada, in a statement. “By providing these new Cisco CTO services to our mutual partners, we’re positioning them to gain a clear competitive advantage in the market and take their collaboration business to the next level.

One element of the CTO service is a portal through which partners can choose the applications they want pre-installed on an end customer’s server and enter details on the customer’s end user network environment. Each server is configured with the information and updated with the most current Cisco software. The configuration work will be carried out at Ingram’s 25,000 square-foot configuration centre in Mississauga, Ont. by Cisco-authorized technicians.

“Combining Ingram Micro’s integration services into the Cisco Business Edition 6000 solution will provide a simplified installation process for resellers across Canada,” said Todd Madgett, director of distribution sales, Cisco Canada, in a statement. “With this new CTO tool and process to complete orders, together we will provide reseller partners with an out-of-the-box installation and easy 1-2-3 wizard process. This integration service offering will not only save them time, but also add profit to their bottom line.”

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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