Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 10.34.56 PMIt is a landmark day for two tech companies, and it is the beginning of a promising partnership. LightRiver Technologies, Inc., a leader in the design and commissioning of Factory Built NetworksTM, has joined forces with Ciena®, becoming Ciena’s first North American Ciena-Authorized Learning Provider (ALP).

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 10.35.20 PMCiena is as an industry leader for network infrastructure and intelligent software solutions. The company also offers a comprehensive services practice. Ciena Learning Solutions is tasked with providing knowledge services in support of customers, partners and employees.

With the success of Ciena’s networking solutions and the subsequent growth in demand for knowledge services, the organization is partnering with select companies and leveraging the long-standing BizConnect partnership with LightRiver to expand the reach, breadth and availability of Ciena Learning Solutions.

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 10.43.18 PMAfter going through the same rigorous instructor qualification process that Ciena utilizes for its own instructor staff, LightRiver technical instructors will provide Ciena Learning Solutions to their joint customers at the newly built Concord, Calif.,Training Center (fully equipped with Ciena hardware and software needed for hands-on training programs) or at its customers’ locations directly.

“As an Authorized Learning Partner, LightRiver will become a valuable extension of Ciena’s knowledge services capabilities to deliver educational programs in support of Ciena products and technology certifications,” commented Vincent Morin, Vice-President of Global Field Systems Engineering and Knowledge Transfer at Ciena. “Our goal is to provide LightRiver and all users of Ciena’s solutions the knowledge and insights needed to be operationally successful.”

“This is an exciting advancement for LightRiver,” says Mike Jonas, President of Global Sales and Marketing for LightRiver. “With the market intelligence, deep customer knowledge, geographic placement, and technical aptitude gained from years of providing Ciena solutions to our customers, we are now in a perfect position to further expand our offerings of support, which will include Ciena Learning Solutions.”