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CDW Wins Cisco’s Partner Innovation Challenge
November 14, 2019
Tom Cahill and John Coleman accepting awards from Cisco leadership.

CDW’s robust services and lifecycle management practice and customer-first focus was recognized at Cisco’s Partner Summit in Las Vegas as CDW was named the winner of the Cisco Partner Innovation Challenge and numerous other awards.

The Cisco Partner Innovation Challenge is designed to drive awareness and adoption of Cisco application program interfaces (APIs) across Cisco’s global partner community. Cisco challenged its partners to develop creative solutions to unique business challenges using Cisco open APIs. More than 150 partners submitted solutions to this year’s challenge. From among 14 finalists, CDW was awarded the first place prize – a $200,000 bonus to the company and recognition on the Cisco Partner Summit main stage. 

A team of engineers and architects across the CDW Integrated Technology Solutions practice won for their office building management solution, which is based on Cisco APIs and Cisco products such as Meraki and Webex Teams and leverages other technologies such as mobile devices and chatbots. The suite orchestrates visitor management, energy management, physical security and more. It is designed to produce significant cost and resource savings. 

“We are so proud for our coworkers to be recognized for their technical depth and creative talents. They prove, every day, how We Get IT and leverage technology to solve real business problems,” said Bob Rossi, vice president, networking, digital workspace and security solutions, CDW. “The Cisco Partner Innovation Challenge is just one example of how we take Cisco’s portfolio of technologies along with our services capabilities and accomplish great things together, with our customers.”

Also at Cisco Partner Summit, Cisco presented CDW with the Global Award for Commercial Partner of the Year and nine geography and theater/area awards:

Geography Awards:

  • IoT/Industry Partner of the Year (Americas)

Theatre/Area Awards:

  • Architectural Excellence Partner of the Year: Enterprise Networks (Canada)
  • Cisco Capital Partner of the Year (U.S. Central)
  • Area Partner of the Year (U.S. East)
  • SLED Education Partner of the Year (U.S. Public Sector) 
  • Commercial Partner of the Year (U.S. South)
  • Commercial Partner of the Year (U.S. West)
  • Software Partner of the Year (U.S. West)
  • Commercial Partner of the Year (United Kingdom & Ireland)

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