As you know, we’ve been on a journey toward increasing collaboration via social media, and along the way we’ve created a consistent and ongoing dialog with you, our partners.
It started at Partner Summit 2009 with our social media platform, The Vibe, where we posted videos, uploaded photos, and shared tweets. Whether you were attending the event live or virtually, you could participate in the discussions. But when the event ended, so did The Vibe.
For Partner Summit this year, we invited you to join Channel Buzz. “The Buzz” put all of your partner communications in one place — Twitter, videos, a feed from the Channels blog, a partner newsletter feed, as well as discussion forums. You liked it, but the platform didn’t offer the mobility we require in today’s increasingly mobile world.
As I’ve learned over the years with social media, nothing is static. As new services emerge and new tools are adopted, we must change and evolve. It is with that sentiment in mind that we make our move to a site that more than half a billion people around the world are already using: Facebook.
Not only is Facebook a free platform where many of you are already posting vacation photos and status updates to friends, it is increasingly becoming an integral part of many businesses.
With all the tasks and information we have to keep on top of these days (I often find myself juggling my work projects alongside managing my children’s schedules), it’s no wonder that most of us simply get lost in the deluge of data thrown at us. There’s email, blogs, newsletters, Twitter feeds, and other vital information vying for your attention every day. How can we track it all?
Thankfully, when it comes to keeping track of Cisco resources and information, our partners have My Cisco, a simple, customizable workspace. You can visit My Cisco either through Partner Central, or you can access My Cisco directly. (From Partner Central, you can click on the My Cisco drop-down on the right-hand side of the page.)
Once you’re on the My Cisco page, you can set up and customize your page to provide software alerts, track service events, access WebEx Connect spaces, check on recent service requests, and a whole lot more.
As if staying on top of the all of your vital information weren’t enough of a reason to use My Cisco, we’re also giving away Apple iTouches. But what does using My Cisco have to do with an iTouch? Read on to find out.
Streaming video used to be the stuff of science fiction. I remember watching “Star Trek” as a kid and seeing two people talk to one another via video monitors and thinking I would never see that technology in my lifetime.
Yet here we are, years later, and these things are part of our daily lives — we talk to each other on giant HD screens, use video conferencing via WebEx, and we’ve been touting video as the “killer app” for some time. (Though Teleportation may not be here for a little while longer.)
A new study from comScore confirms that we’re not the only ones who think video, particularly live streaming video, is here to stay. In the past year, live streaming video use jumped 600%, according to that comScore study. Not 60, but 600%!
What’s more, viewers tuned in to live streaming sites like Justin.tv, Ustream, Livestream, LiveVideo, and Stickam a total 1.4 billion minutes over the past year.
Imagine your customers’ network. Now imagine that your customers’ network is smart. Really smart. What would it do?
So maybe it wouldn’t make coffee, take out the trash, or answer the phone. But what if workers could each have their operating systems follow them wherever they went and from any combination of PCs, Macs, laptops, thin clients, and smartphones? They could log in via any computer and their data would essentially travel to wherever they were on the network. And imagine IT could control everything centrally, giving them the ability install, update, and patch once for all desktops.
These visions are no longer just in your customers’ imaginations.
VMworld is underway in San Francisco this week—this annual IT conference brings together thousands of attendees to hear about the latest developments in cloud computing and new applications for virtual environments. And as you, our partners, likely know, Cisco and VMware provide innovative and integrated solutions specifically designed for virtualization. In fact, Cisco is a Global Diamond sponsor of VMworld 2010.
Attendees are getting the opportunity to hear from a number of speakers as well as to attend breakout sessions, but for those unable to make the trek to San Francisco, lots of useful information has been posted to the VMworld website. There are webcasts of general sessions, YouTube interviews from VMworldTV, and a community for sharing information. A live video stream within the community also shows talks and discussions as they are taking place throughout the day. If you want to follow the latest goings-on via Twitter, look for the #vmworld hashtag.
So what’s in it for Cisco and our partners? Here’s what you need to know: