It’s been a month since Tandberg became part of Cisco, so we caught up with Fredrik Halvorsen--former CEO of Tandberg and now the new leader of Cisco’s TelePresence Technology Group--for a video interview to find out where he sees TelePresence headed. During our brief chat, he shared his bold insights.
Here are some highlights and predictions from the interview:
TelePresence will go mainstream — from the desktop to fully immersive systems — and we may all have units in our homes in just a short while.
Video provides a massive growth opportunity for Cisco and Tandberg partners, helping deals grow and driving the network as well as network upgrades.
Both Cisco and Tandberg have strong partner ecosystems; Frederik shared ways we will work together to collaborate on end-to-end customer solutions.
Interested in getting started with Tandberg? Here’s info on a discount and starter kit…
You uploaded your videos for the contest and we picked three finalists that are in the running for the grand prize. Thanks for your creative entries! Our finalists include a partner playing the violin, a spoof on an Old Spice commercial, and karaoke song about TelePresence.
We need your help to crown a winner! Log into the Channels Buzz partner community this week, watch the top videos featured on the top-right of the community, and then cast your vote for your favorite--one vote per person. The winner of this contest will walk away with a cool $1000 and bragging rights.
In between bites of hors d’oeuvres, we caught up with some of the winners. We asked them to reflect on what it means to win the award and how they are integrating some of the themes of Partner Summit: collaboration, virtualization, and Borderless Networks.
What’s the secret for success? Speaker and best-selling author Jason Jennings has studied more than 120,000 companies from around the globe that have successfully reinvented and transformed themselves. He spoke at this year’s Partner Summit, sharing ways that these top companies think, do business, and truly own the game.
Jason identified the six most successful and productive companies in the world: IKEA, Smuckers, Staples, Koch Industries, Nucor Steel, and H&M. These companies, in his eyes, have the best growth track records and have created the greatest amount of economic value. Using their stories as a backdrop, Jason pinpointed the five rules that successful companies follow to own the game:
Our minds were buzzing with all of the ideas we took home from Partner Summit 2010 last week, and one of the key themes we kept returning to was this year’s theme: “Write the Rules, Own the Game.” As Keith Goodwin, SVP of WW Partners explained, partners can write the rules for new market transitions, and own the game by competing using these new rules, rather than being controlled by rules of the market.
One of the other big points that kept coming up during both keynote sessions and networking events was the importance of video: From CEO John Chambers to CTO Padmasree Warrior, partners heard about how video is a “killer app” that will transform the way we do business.
Now you have a chance put those ideas together: Create a short video that looks at what “Write the Rules, Own the Game” means to you, and head over to the Channels Buzz community enter it in our video contest, which is open to all Cisco Registered partners. Every contest has a winner, and this one’s no different: The top prize is a US$1000 gift card.
All entries are due by May 14, so get those cameras rolling. More details…