Many hands make light work appears to be the inspiration behind a newly announced partnership between Dimension Data and Cisco.

The pair have signed a co-innovation agreement with a view to developing a deeper collaboration environment and framework which would ultimately be used to jointly address the needs of the customer.

“This partnership means we’re in a stronger position to research, test and develop new offerings at a speed beyond the traditional market cycle,” chief technology officer at Dimension Data, Ettienne Reinecke said in a statement,

“By creating a deeper collaboration environment, we will share and leverage our intellectual property, including products and code, allowing us to move faster with a focus on applied innovation to challenge the art of the possible, which will result in some exciting innovations for our clients.”

The co-innovation partnership will make use of Cisco’s own Co-Innovation Centres located around the world. These centres will be used as a platform to drive collaboration in key areas such as 5G, IoT and blockchain.

While this partnership is newly minted, Cisco and Dimension Data have 28 years of experience working together.

In addition to this, we’re told that Cisco and Dimension Data will continue to expand its conservation programme, Connected Conservation which makes use of sophisticated technology to help protect our planet.

“Innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum; it requires diverse skill sets and multiple points of view. Co-innovation as a formal, structured process with our ecosystem, including partners and customers is part of our foundation simply because the market demands it. It’s a way to speed the innovation , allowing us to move at the speed of digital and adopt startup methodologies to bring products and solutions into being,” chief technology officer at Cisco, Dave Ward said of the partnership.

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