As 2009 comes to a close, most bloggers feel it necessary to post that “year in review” blog entry. Myself included. I have to admit, I’ve been wracking my brain the past few days trying to figure out what to write as I finish my holiday shopping, prepare to visit relatives, and do my best to avoid packing on end-of-the-year pounds with so many holiday cookies and treats in my midst.
So when I saw ChannelWeb’s The 10 Biggest Cisco Stories of 2009 slideshow today, I realized that my holiday wish had come true! Not that I’m lazy, mind you, but there were so many events this year that it’s difficult to narrow them down to a mere top 10 list.
Cisco’s new ISR G2 routers may not sound like a big deal. That is, until you look a little deeper…
With Cisco’s nearly 80% market share and $10 billion ($US) install base of legacy routers that are ripe for refresh, this is an ideal way for you to upgrade customers’ older technology and bundle additional managed services in the process.
Add to that the new router’s capabilities: up five times faster “speeds and feeds” than the current platform, virtualization, video, and operational cost reductions. (No, it doesn’t make coffee, but hopefully that will be a feature next time.)
Today Cisco celebrates its 25th birthday, the big 2-5. It’s hard to believe that Cisco began so modestly in December 1984 when two Stanford professors Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner created the multiprotocol router.
Over the years, Cisco has set numerous milestones: more than 7000 patents issued, pioneering a channel partner program, surpassing direct sales with channel sales, and launching a partner talent network.
But enough about us! As Edison Peres — Senior Vice President of WW Channels Go-to-Market Group — says, “We wouldn’t be who are today, without you, our partners.”
In commemoration of 25 years and as a personal thank you for your support and loyalty over the years, our executive team from all around the globe grabbed their Flip cameras and filmed a video message to share with you:
You Tube videos get 1 billion global views per day. That’s right, 1 billion per day or more than 30 billion per month. So if you’re not tapping into this growing audience with your own videos, you should definitely consider it!
But maybe you’re thinking, “how do I get started?” “what am I supposed to talk about?” “how can I use video for business?” “does my hair look OK?” or, in general, “why video?”
We’ve assembled a Flip for Business guide to help you get started and figure out just how to effectively bring video into business. Video is just one tool of many, and when used effectively, provides a tangible way to help your customers connect to a real person. To download the free guide, visit the Channels Buzz partner community.
But before you do, here are nine types of videos you can create (along with some real-world videos for inspiration).
This month marks the anniversary our $100 million investment in small business, a specialized market that many of you currently serve. But instead of giving ourselves an anniversary gift, we want to give you something instead.
Around the world, the first anniversary is usually marked with paper, cotton, or a clock. So maybe we’re a little bit unconventional in that we’re marking this anniversary with something that will help you be successful and profitable in the small business market. Today we’re announcing new partner presales technical support and a new hardware advanced-replacement service, as well as new and enhanced networking, security, and collaboration technologies.
In this video, Andrew Sage, Vice President of Worldwide Small Business Sales, reflects on the past year and discusses how the new services, technologies, and ongoing profitability programs will help partners build and grow profitable small business practices.
What are some of the new services and programs being announced?