There’s been lots of discussion in the news lately about rising unemployment numbers, both in the United States and around the world. But interestingly, a recent study conducted by IDC and Bain & Company projects a gap of nearly 3 million skilled IT networking professionals globally by 2012.
What’s the reason for that projected gap? The global workforce is getting older, and technology is becoming more complex and more integrated into business operations. As a result, the demand for technical knowledge and business acumen is rising quickly.
To help partners attract the right talent, Cisco has developed CiscoFit4Talent (CCO login required), a comprehensive approach to talent management. Cisco Fit4Talent supports efforts throughout the entire lifecycle of your employees with an emphasis on business alignment and leadership at all phases. It can help you get your talent into shape, train your talent to succeed, and help you achieve greater results from a comprehensive approach and investment.
Want to learn more about this new program? Read on to find out our upcoming broadcast.
On Tuesday, our resident marketing guru Luanne Tierney (VP of WW Partner Marketing) held a live video chat via Ustream. Our conversation covered lots of ground, from co-marketing with partners to marketing trends on the horizon to fashion (OK, we only touched on that briefly!). If you missed the broadcast, you can watch a replay on Ustream, or right here.
So what essential information do partners need to know about marketing? Here are some key points Luanne made, and also some answers to questions that came in during the broadcast that we didn’t have time to get to.
Data storage is critical to the day-to-day operations of any business, big or small. And these days, file sizes seem to be getting bigger and bigger (video files, anyone?). Enterprise-level businesses can easily deploy a server, but what about small businesses?
Enter Cisco’s NSS 300 Series Smart Storage family of products. The 2-, 4-, and 6-bay network-attached storage (NAS) devices offer up to 12 TB of hard drives pre-installed, and provide top performance for a competitive price. They also feature backup and file sharing, and include a built-in web server and WordPress blog publishing software.
Leigh Martin, Solutions Marketing Manager for Smart Storage, walks through the key features of the new Smart Storage devices in this video.
What are the other benefits of these devices? Here’s what partners need to know…
Putting a finger on the pulse of what you’re thinking: This is the goal of the Global Touch Partner Pulse Survey with Small Business Partners. The survey is conducted on a quarterly basis, and the results help guide our decision-making for products, programs, and services in the small business arena.
In this video, Andrew Sage, VP of WW Small Business Sales, shares some highlights from the Q2 Pulse Survey.
So what exactly is on the minds of Small Business partners? Read on to find out.