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Size DOES Matter

“œWhat took ya so long?”-…was the pretty much the feedback we got from many in the industry analyst community when we shared our news on Cisco’s efforts to evolve it’s Small Business Channel Partner Program. The program became effective this week and the big shift was incorporating Linksys Small-Business Channel Partner Program into Cisco’s Channel Program and bringing the Linksys Business Series products into the Cisco SMB portfolio. http://www.cisco.com/web/partners/pr11/linksys.htmlNow, one might not have immediately put Cisco and Small Business together in the same sentence, except perhaps when you thought of Linksys and Cisco. Times change.Actually there’s more beyond the Channel program evolution at work from across the company, it’s just one of many efforts underway at Cisco to demonstrate its commitment to the SMB market. For example, earlier this summer, Cisco established a Small Business Council to align the company’s small-business strategy and go-to-market across all functions globally. The council was created to ensure that our small business customers and channel partners have access to the most comprehensive and innovative range of technology solutions in the communications industry. The Small Business Council is led by three Cisco veterans: Sue Bostrom, chief marketing officer and executive vice president; Keith Goodwin, senior vice president of Worldwide Channels and Ian Pennell, senior vice president of the Small Business Technology Group.Curious to your reaction to the changes we’ve made and any”council” you have for our Small Business Council as well…

Cisco to Acquire Jabber!

Today Cisco announced the intent to acquire privately-held Jabber, Inc. This latest acquisition announcement further exemplifies Cisco’s build, buy, and partner innovation strategy to move quickly into new markets and capture key market transitions. Why Jabber, you ask?…Jabber’s technology leverages open standards to provide a highly scalable architecture that supports the aggregation of presence information across different devices, users and applications and federates across many different presence systems such as Microsoft Office Communications Server, IBM Sametime, AOL AIM, Google and Yahoo!. Hear more about Cisco’s intent to acquire Jabber on the Podcast website: http://www.cisco.com/go/arpodcasts What do you think about the addition of Jabber to the Cisco family?

Cisco Enhances IP NGN Carrier Ethernet Design for Video Services

The introduction of a 40 Gbps line card for a big router (http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2008/prod_091508.html) and things like an SLA and a cell-site router doesn’t necessarily jump off the page as the being one of the biggest things happening. But when you step back and take another look, you realize that Cisco’s September 15 announcement — focusing on video and business services, broadband mobility, and carrier-class reliability — was another significant point supporting what we’ve all been saying over the past year: video is having a huge effect. Consider . . . the YouTube phenomenon, the significant growth predictions provided by Cisco’s Visual Networking Index (http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2008/prod_061608b.html), and the growing acceptance that we are now in the Visual Networking era -just to name a few things. So, even if Monday’s announcement didn’t cause you to spill your coffee, the introduction of things like a line card, some new offerings, and enhancements to existing products are critical to Cisco’s support of video as the transformational medium for consumers and businesspeople alike.

“Mommy Moments” and 21st Century Education

As I dropped my four-year-old Emily to her first day of class at pre-kindergarten on Monday, I couldn’t help but to think about the activities/projects that her teachers have planned throughout the next 8-9 months for the class and hope/pray that would adequately prepare her for the BIG leap…to kindergarten (a different school) this time next year! Mommy anxieties…I get too many and too often. This “mommy moment” leads me to share with you an insightful perspective from a woman who has a passion for education, Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs. She talks about education for the new century and how it has changed little since the early 1900′s. Rethinking Education in the 21st CenturyTae speaks of the Four Pillars of Education Transformation and while they may be quite ambitious upon reading, I can definitely mull over them on my trips as Emily’s personal chauffeur to/from home/pre-kindergarten and beyond.Enjoy! :-)

Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire PostPath

Exciting news! Today Cisco announced the intent to acquire PostPath, Inc. This acquisition is a tremendous display of commitment to Cisco’s collaboration growth strategy and innovative partnering.Why PostPath you ask? —-.The company extends Cisco’s Collaboration Platform through a Linux-based email, calendaring and collaboration software solution. These additions clearly augment Cisco’s Saas based WebEx Connect Collaboration Platform which currently includes- Instant Messaging, Wikis, Web 2.0 applications, Teamspaces and Document Sharing. In addition, PostPath’s email and calendaring software has: --native compatibility with Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange. --compatibility with mobile clients such as Blackberry and ActiveSync.Upon the closing of the acquisition, PostPath is expected to become part of Cisco’s Collaboration Software Group and integrated with WebEx Connect and Cisco’s Unified Communications portfolios. Take a closer listen to the announcement and details of the acquisition on the Cisco Analyst Relations Podcast website:http://www.cisco.com/go/arpodcastsProvide your feedback on this acquisition: How do you think the addition of PostPath to Cisco’s portfolio will ultimately affect/influence the Collaboration marketplace?