The Associate Technical Solutions Specialist (ATSS) is a technical sales professional who provides high level technical support and guidance to customers, partners and Cisco Sales. Collaborates with the requester to recommend and develop appropriate customer solution offerings.
The ATSS is familiar with a wide variety of products and technologies and is a specialist in at least one Architecture where the majority of their time will be spent. The ATSS shares knowledge and best practices throughout the GVE Community.
Most engagements are handled via virtual tools (WebEx, Telepresence, phone, etc). The ATSS works in a pooled fashion supporting requests Globally.
Identify Opportunities • Look past the initial request intended to clarify and confirm the requirements before focusing on an accurate response and identify if there are opportunities to upsell or cross sell.
Qualify Opportunities • Use good judgement to assess the Request and uncover the true scale, business need and timescales of opportunities. And upsell the current engagement to a Speialist As A Service (SPaaS) engagement.
Develop and Present Solutions • Develop Bill of Materials (BOMs) and answer highly complex product inquiry from the customers. Assist in addressing technical response to RFPs and the technical elements or approach for the proposal, including products, solutions, software, and services.
Close: • Work with VSAMs, Field personnel, & Cisco partners to successfully resolve all customer questions to aid in the closure of a Sales Opportunity.
Personal and Organizational Development • Passion for helping others. Perform specialized training on SME products as requested. • Help new product/services launch. • Time management.
Queue Management: • Case handling – Prioritize cases as suggested by GVE AI based case assignment algorithm “Skill Based Routing”
• SLA – Assure Response to Requester time is met. • Monitor practice queue & provide feedback as issues arise.
Practice Excellence: • Become the SME – achieve Deep dive technical expertise within Specialization. • Practice Performance – contribute to the development of the practice. • Ability to anticipate / gather / consolidate trends and communicate to Architecture Lead. • CSAT – Encourage survey participation and follow up when LSFU is encountered. • All requests must have existing Case and if needed a Deal ID.
1. Performs & represents the network design activities with minimal assistance, effectively engages extended team for support.
2. Strong knowledge of/and fluency in articulating; features, functions, benefits, and positioning of Cisco products, technologies, and services in reference to industry. Ability to apply this knowledge to address customer/partner network requirements.
3. Lead discussions concerning direct comparisons of Cisco's products and technologies against the competition specifically relating to design strategies.
4. Exposure to Remote Support and Collaboration processes/methodologies --- preferred.
5.Cisco Architecture & Technology Knowledge:
a)Familiar with Cisco’s Routing, Switching and Wireless portfolio
b)Familiar with Cisco solutions such as Software Defined Access (SDA), Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN)
c)Familiar with Cisco’s Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA)
d)Familiar with Cisco Meraki full stack solution
e)Articulate the value proposition of the above portfolio, solutions and strategy
f)Ability to upsell and cross sell across the different Cisco Enterprise Networking Solutions.
g)Some familiarity of other Cisco Architectures such as Security and/or Data Centre would be an advantage in Cross Selling across Architectures
6.Good understanding of IP Routing fundamentals and LAN Switching.
Who You Are
Basic Qualifications: • Experience with IT infrastructure • Pre-Sales and design & implementation experience • Customer facing experience within Pre-Sales or consulting environment • Good Presentation and communication skills in Japanese • Demonstrated ability to adapt to new technologies and learn quickly
Technical Qualifications (have good understanding and skill set in 2 or more of the following): • Experience on Cisco Routing and Switches • Experience on Cisco wireless solutions • Awareness on Cisco DNA and SDA solutions • Awareness on Cisco SD-WAN
CCNA/CCNP Certification (Preferred)
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