Last week, I promised a big announcement on this blog. True to my word, I’ve got big news from Cisco Capital and a bit of sun on this otherwise gloomy winter day: a three-year, zero-percent financing offer for small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. The financing offer applies to all Cisco products and services from $1,000 up to $250,000.
“There are a lot of zero-percents out there,” said Maryann Von Seggern, Director of WW Channel Development. “This is true zero percent, same as cash.” I interviewed Von Seggern over TelePresence so she could walk through the announcement:
Here at the Channels blog it’s been a rather quiet week, but that’s only because we’re prepping for big stuff coming up — on tap is an interview with Cisco’s CTO Padmasree Warrior, announcements for partners, innovative talent recruiting, and some useful how-to posts on Web 2.0. And that’s just a taste of what you can expect here on the blog in the coming weeks.
It’s Friday, so some entertainment for the weekend is in order. Here are a few links and videos I gathered together to keep things interesting:
Dentist Takes Anxiety out of Visits with Cisco Area Network Storage
Some folks never thought they’d see a human in space during their lifetime, let alone a router. Yet here it is!
In the news today, an article on Fortune’s site details the first deployment of a Cisco IP router aboard a commercial GEO satellite.
The router and software will support network services for voice, video, and data communications so that government agencies and the military can communicate and data can be routed to ground receivers in a single step, saving valuable time and resources. Router and modem can even be upgraded in orbit. Now I’ve seen it all.
Now that a new year is upon us, you may be thinking about that resolution you set to create more videos. And since the Channels blog is all about helping you keep those New Year’s resolutions, here are some of our patented video secrets.
In November, I led a workshop at Cisco Partner Velocity to help partners bring their marketing to life with video. Rather than make you watch my entire presentation from start to finish (though it’s available on the Velocity site here to registered Cisco partners who are so inclined), I’ve broken my talk down into five components that comprise the typical steps I take when creating a video.
There are obviously many ways to go about creating a video and I don’t always stick to my own formula, but these are the steps that work for me.
If you’re a partner pondering whether to make the move into managed services, you’re probably scratching your head with all sorts of questions of your own, not to mention tough questions you may be getting from customers.
You may be wondering: What network management discussions need to take place? How do we enable end customers to be ready for real-time communications via voice and video? Is my network ready? Is my team ready?
Before you make a move, watch this video with Cisco’s Todd Roth and NetiQ’s Erik Rudin as they tackle some tough questions around managed services and unified communications.