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Cisco addresses MEA channel skills shortage

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 7 March 2008

Networking giant Cisco has unveiled a new partner talent portal for the emerging markets of Africa and the Middle East. The new portal links channel partners in the region with local Cisco Networking Academy graduates. Cisco channel partners can browse through the CV and profile of the graduates on the new portal.

“The Middle East and Africa as a whole is experiencing tremendous IT growth and people are the heart of this boom. Finding the right talent to support this growth is a critical challenge for both Cisco and our partners,” said Guido Romagnoli, director of Channels, Middle East and Africa.

“To help our partners successfully address today’s skills and talent shortage, we must look beyond the traditional channel strategies that have focused on providing partner training and programs. With the Partner Talent Portal, we are taking an active role in helping partners tackle business critical issues such as recruiting, retaining and developing talent,” Romagnoli added.

A recent Cisco-commissioned IDC study forecast that the UAE alone faced a shortage of 19,000 skilled networking professionals by 2009. The new Partner Talent Portal is alreadly live and accessible to Cisco partners in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia.

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