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The Power of the Text Message

Laura Walker Hudson, CEO Foundation, FrontlineSMSBy Laura Walker Hudson, Guest Columnist

FrontlineSMS grew out of a conviction that mobile could be a more powerful tool if it was made completely accessible to smaller teams and projects as a professional tool. Also known as text messaging, SMS is the most widespread digital communications platform to date and is still growing. The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Service Adoption Forecast predicts that 90% of global mobile subscribers will be using SMS by 2016, up from 74% in 2011.

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Cisco Wraps Up 5th Annual SecCon Conference

Having recently wrapped up the 5th Annual Cisco SecCon Conference, I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you what Cisco SecCon is and the benefits to our products and you, our customers. With that, let’s start with a brief overview!

What is Cisco SecCon?

SecCon is a security conference for Cisco engineers that focuses on two critical elements for a healthy corporate Security intelligence: 1) expansion of knowledge for all and 2) building a sense of community. We allocate two days for intensive hands-on security training, and then we provide two general session days to discuss a variety of security topics including:

  • Cisco Secure Development Lifecycle
  • Best practices for security test suites
  • Cutting-edge cryptography
  • Implementation challenges
  • Current threat landscape
  • Vulnerability trends

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Mission Accomplished: Federal Teleworkers Report Higher Satisfaction

December 17, 2012 at 11:17 am PST

AM86551Telework has become more prevalent within government agencies, and the latest intelligence from the Office of Personnel Management says employees are pleased! From the environment to the budget, the benefits are far-reaching. But perhaps the most important advantage is to the employees themselves.

Teleworkers say they are more engaged and satisfied than their onsite counterparts, according to the 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Other reported benefits included a reduced number of sick days, increased employee motivation and greater workforce flexibility. As a teleworker myself, I can attest to these benefits.

All things considered, it’s no surprise  adopting collaborative tools in support of a mobile workforce is becoming a top priority for government agencies. These survey results demonstrate just how fast telework opportunities are growing:

  • In 2012, one out of three government employees were eligible for teleworking, up from one in four in 2012
  • Almost a quarter of the government workforce engaged in a form of teleworking over the past year
  • The General Services Administration and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation have the highest rate of teleworkers with more than 80 percent of their employees working remotely

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Social Media Tips in Bite-Sized Packaging

December 17, 2012 at 10:26 am PST

As the year is drawing to a close, I like to reflect on the friendships and professional relationships I have built and nurtured over the year. There are many people and organizations that come to mind and it would be too long to list them all. Let’s just say, it’s been a wonderful year and I cherish all of these relationships. For my last blog post of the year, I want to spend a few minutes to introduce you all to a friend whom I met 2 years ago in a professional capacity, and our professional relationship has blossomed into a friendship over the course of this year. Natascha Thomson (@nathomson) is a fellow social media practitioner and a fellow yogini (an added benefit in my book :-)). How do I know Natascha? Well, we met on Twitter…

Natascha has started several social media groups in the Silicon Valley and you may have seen her passionately giving social media tips in this video collage. Just last month, she published her first book, 42 Rules for B2B Social Media Marketing, she co-authored with other social media practitioners. This book is a collection of hands-on social media marketing tips and real-life examples you can act upon right away.  I had a chance to (virtually) sit down with Natascha to learn more about this new book. Read More »

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Unlock New Opportunities with Cisco Distributors

Today, more than 170 Cisco Authorized Distributors around the world help more than 40,000 of our Cisco Authorized Resellers grow their business.

Distributors all over the world are helping partners increase revenue and accelerate knowledge of Cisco products and services through a wide range of tools, resources, and information. As a result, these partners can execute more efficiently, and extend their service offerings and market coverage.

Each distributor offers an abundance of services and expertise such as technical support, architectural expertise, certification training, marketing guidance, and experience developing a services practice. Many also have solution demonstration centers, financing options, and extensive training on Cisco products and services.

This video shares some of the details on how Cisco Authorized Distributors can help you create more demand, close deals faster and gain a competitive edge.

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