Cisco Philippines kicked off 2008 with new initiatives that will make its technologies more accessible to a wider range of customers. First up is a promotional campaign that will make it easier for companies with fewer than 1,000 employees to own Cisco’s enterprise-class unified communications system, the Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series for Small Businesses (UC 500) at affordable price options.
This announcement gives small and medium businesses (SMBs) the opportunity to reap the business benefits of unified communications without breaking their budget. Combined with Cisco’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Advantage Program, a low-cost subscription model that will deliver enterprise applications on a customer portal via the Internet, the program will also give SMBs easy access to CRM applications like Call Details Logging, Security Reports, VPN Reports and Call Center Reports.
Able to support up to 50 users, the UC 500 is an all-in-one, smart platform that eliminates multiple servers and features voice, data, voicemail, Automated Attendant, video, security, and wireless capabilities. It also integrates with existing desktop applications such as calendar, e-mail, and customer relationship management (CRM) programs. The UC 500 is an integral part of the Cisco Smart Business Communications System (SBCS), a complete system of voice, data, video, and wireless networking products for small businesses.
“SMBs are the bedrock of any economy and we are convinced that these companies can benefit from networking and ICT technologies,” said Luichi Robles, Cisco’s Country Manager in the Philippines. “By investing in a unified communications platform, SMBs are taking advantage of a new way to communicate, enabling secure access to information anytime and anywhere, while helping people to work together more efficiently and effectively.”
Another milestone to mark the opening of the year for Cisco Philippines is the upcoming arrival of the Cisco Express-Network on Wheels (Cisco Express-NoW), a 40-foot mobile solutions showcase featuring the latest networking communications products from Cisco. Part of a 12-month, 30-city tour across Asia, the Cisco Express NoW will be in the Philippines from January 21 to February 7, 2008, making stops in 7 key locations across Luzon to demonstrate how Cisco technologies can transform how businesses, governments and communities communicate.
“We see tremendous opportunity for the Philippines and for Cisco in 2008. Starting early with the launch of the UC 500 promo campaign and the Philippine tour of the Cisco Express-NoW, Cisco is demonstrating its commitment to our customers in bringing our world-class technology and solutions right to their doorstep,” added Robles.
Cisco had a banner year in 2007, with significant partnerships formed among top players in the outsourcing industry and the education sector. Its initiatives included a partnership with the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) to implement a fully Wireless Campus Mesh to lay the foundation for a collaborative online environment. The new network provides high-speed wireless Internet connectivity to the more than 35,000 members of the Thomasian community.
Key wins also characterized the year with Cisco winning its first TelePresence customer in the Philippines. Cisco TelePresence is a new technology that delivers a unique, “in person” experience over the network using advanced visual, audio, and interactive technologies. Cisco was also selected by a printing and imaging giant to further improve its internal efficiency by migrating to IP and implementing Cisco’s 10 Gbps (Gigabits per second) backbone.
Cisco also grew its channel base, gaining 30 new partners in 2007. The new channel partners include Commverge, Compucare, Another Level Consultancy Inc., Fastnet Development Corporation, Netmarks Phils., Advance 2000 Inc. and Accent Micro Inc. The addition of these new partners will give Cisco wider coverage of the Philippine market and enables enhanced delivery of its technologies and services to its customers in the Philippines.
In 2007, Cisco also celebrated the 10th year of the Cisco Networking Academy, a program enabling Filipino students to learn about networking technologies and become world-class IT professionals. In the Philippines, there are 124 active Academies with an estimated 22,000 students. Cisco expects to further enrich its training program with ongoing efforts in partnering with recruiting companies for its graduates, curricula enhancements and other initiatives.