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Moving into the Cloud: Cisco Partner Shares Success Story

January 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm PST

Over on the MSP Mentor site, blogger and Editorial Director Joe Panettieri’s FastChat series features quick interviews on a variety of tech topics.

In a recent episode, Cisco partner ePlus Inc. made an appearance. The company’s Director of Managed Services Tarun Sondhi talks about his role in helping ePlus to move from managed services into the cloud services market.

Watch the video interview below to find out the details.

ePlus has also received its Gold Partner, Master Unified Communications Specialization, Master Security Specialization, and Managed Services Master Certification so the company is poised to help customers on a number of levels.

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New Cisco Capital Financing Helps Empower Partners

January 25, 2011 at 9:57 am PST

IT spending is on the rise says a recent report from Raymond James & Associates. In fact, 2010 was the first year in a decade to see double-digit growth. So what’s one of the reasons for that spike?

According to the report, an improved credit environment has played a part. And guess what? Here at Cisco, we’re doing our part to make it easier for partners to get fast access to credit decisions. Cisco Capital is opening its doors to small business with competitive financing in the US, Canadian, and European markets.

With straightforward, flexible leasing options, competitive rates, and fast credit processing, Cisco Capital can help any business acquire the solutions it needs to be successful. I got the chance to chat with Kristine Snow, President of Cisco Capital. She filled me in on what exactly Cisco Capital is doing to expand small business financing.

Want to learn more? Here are the specifics:

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Partners are Going Green with Cisco’s Smart Grid Solutions

Scientists have been sounding the alarm about global warming for the past several years, and recent studies have indicated that warmer global temperatures will reduce the number of animal species across the world by 20 or 30 percent.

While there are certainly plenty ways for each of us as individuals to try and live a more green lifestyle in the hopes of turning the tide of global warming—whether driving less, or composting our trash—here at Cisco we have the Connected Grid portfolio of Smart Grid communications solutions, which can help utilities more reliably and efficiently deliver electric power from generation facilities to businesses and homes, resulting in better energy management, while also providing economic and environmental benefits.

It’s been more than a year since we launched the Smart Grid Partner Ecosystem. So in that time, how have our partners gotten involved? Here’s an update on ways that partners are using Smart Grid solutions to help customers.

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Got 3 Minutes? We’ve Got Your Top Cisco Partner Headlines

January 20, 2011 at 2:02 pm PST

OK, we realize you’re busy. You’re working full time, taking the kids to school, sending out tweets, and going on business trips, so when do you have time to peruse the top headlines?

If you’ve got three minutes, you’ve got all of the latest Cisco Partner headlines and news that matters.

Partner Update, our bi-weekly video newscast features all the top headlines that matter to partners — in less than 5 minutes. Watch the latest newcast below and be sure to like our Cisco Channels Facebook page so you don’t miss an episode.

If you’d like to submit an item for one of our broadcasts, leave a comment here on the blog or send us a tweet @Cisco_Channels.

Keep reading for links and details of what we covered in the newscast…
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3 Ways Cisco is Helping Partners with Social Media

January 18, 2011 at 7:51 pm PST

Did you know that:

  • If Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest.
  • 34% of bloggers post opinions about products and brands.
  • You Tube is the second-largest search engine in the world.
  • 50% of mobile Internet traffic in the UK is to Facebook (imagine what it means for bad customer experiences).
  • 78% of consumers trust peer recommendations.

Those stats came from this video, which is what I usually show someone who’s on the fence about social media.

You may be off the fence and ready to get started with social media, but you can’t decide whether to focus on Twitter. Or You Tube videos? Facebook fan pages? LinkedIn Groups? The sheer number of options is enough to drive any sane person crazy.

While the Channels blog can’t offer a magic social media bullet, we can give you the tools and advice you need to reach customers and do your social media best.

Here are three ways we’re helping you with your social media practice:
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