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Converged Technology Group Achieves Cisco Master Unified Communications Specialization in North America

Designation Recognizes Channel Partners with Highest Level of Unified Communication Expertise, Lifecycle Services and Success in Sales

ISLANDIA, NY – September 19, 2012 – Converged Technology Group announced today it has achieved the Master Unified Communications Specialization from Cisco®. This specialization recognizes Converged Technology Group as having fulfilled the rigorous training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support highly sophisticated applications-based Cisco Unified Communications solutions.

"To help turn the promise of unified communications into a strategic advantage, customers are demanding an enhanced set of skills and capabilities from channel partners,” said Richard McLeod, director of unified communications for worldwide channels at Cisco. “Converged Technology Group’s investment in the Master Unified Communications Specialization ranks them among the industry’s elite.”

“As a Cisco Gold Certified Partner, we’ve made it a top priority to provide cost- effective design, implementation and ongoing support services for these highly sophisticated Unified Communications solutions to our customers, so they can reap the productivity rewards and competitive advantage they offer” said Converged Technology Group’s President Leo Galletta. “Achieving the Master Unified Communications Specialization is something we felt essential to assuring our customers that they are working with a partner who possesses total expertise in this rapidly evolving technology set.”

Converged Technology Group continues to demonstrate a commitment to providing the most advanced solution options to its customers. “As organizations consider their migration and upgrade plans for existing Unified Communications solutions – and how to capitalize on the collaboration benefits of business video – Converged Technology Group is here to help them evaluate the optimal path aligned with their long-term business, financial and technical goals”, Galletta concluded.

To achieve the Master Unified Communications Specialization, resale channel partners must first attain the Advanced Unified Communications Specialization. Partners must then meet stringent requirements that demonstrate their master-level sales, technical, and services capabilities. Furthermore, master specialized partners must possess a number of Cisco and industry-standard technical certification requirements, provide customer references that document Cisco-prescribed design and deployment capabilities, and show evidence that they have the infrastructure to support a full menu of Lifecycle Services offerings and capabilities.

More information regarding the Master Unified Communications Specialization can be found at: http://www.cisco.com/web/partners/program/specializations/ucom/master/index.html.

The Cisco Resale Channel Program provides partners with the training required to build sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills, and then validates their skills through a third-party audit. Cisco resale partner certifications – Select, Premier, Silver and Gold – represent an increasing breadth of skills across key technologies and a partner’s ability to deliver integrated networking solutions. Cisco resale partner specializations – SMB, Express, Advanced and Master – reflect an increasing depth of sales, technical and service expertise in particular technologies. Cisco master specializations provide Converged Technology Group access to comprehensive sales, technical, and lifecycle services training and support available from Cisco.

About Converged Technology Group
Converged Technology Group is the leading provider of co-managed advanced technology solutions that improve IT performance, end-user productivity and organizational efficiency for commercial organizations. Located in Islandia, NY, Converged Technology Group provides network infrastructure, unified communications and virtualized data center solutions and services to multinational enterprises headquartered in the Northeast region.

For more information on Converged Technology Group, please contact Anthony Malley at 631-468-5728 or amalley@convergedtechgroup.com and visit our website at www.convergedtechgroup.com Cisco, the Cisco logo and Cisco Systems are registered trademarks of Cisco Systems Inc. in the United States and certain other countries.