It’s been another big year for Cisco and its partners in accelerating growth and opportunity in the data centre and cloud. In 2013, there was a particular focus on Cisco Powered cloud providers building the foundation necessary to deliver integrated services (collaboration, security, infrastructure as a service and video) for private, public and hybrid cloud use across Australia and New Zealand.
This past year, we have teamed up with a wide range of partners to deliver Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) to the market, which has proved to be somewhat of a ‘silver bullet’ for the widespread adoption of Unified Collaboration in Australia. In addition, our Cisco Unified Computing Solution (UCS) continues to drive growth for Cisco and our partners in Australia with a host of customers rolling out the platform to speed up and improve the efficiency of their private data centre operations.
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Cisco would like to congratulate Telstra for achieving Cisco Cloud and Managed Services (CMSP) Master Partner certification globally. This is due recognition for Telstra who has built the capabilities to sell and deliver Cisco cloud technology to its customers throughout the world. The certification is designed to help partners build, market and sell cloud and managed services to customers and incorporates a thorough sales training and business acceleration program.
The accreditation coincides with the official launch of Telstra’s globally connected Cloud Infrastructure solution. The solution is built using Cisco technology and is further evidence of the strong partnership between Cisco and Telstra.
Telstra’s global Cloud Infrastructure platform combines Telstra’s global telecommunications with Cisco’s leading technology to offer customers best-of-breed, end-to-end solutions which enable global businesses to consistently deploy applications across multiple geographic locations to support business transformation, productivity and growth.
While Telstra Global was at Cisco’s Cloud Connections event in Hong Kong yesterday, earlier this year at Cisco’s Global Partner Summit, Telstra was awarded Global Cloud provider Partner of the Year at the Cisco Global Partner Summit in June 2013.
Congratulations to the team at Telstra for reaching the Master Partner certification and we look forward to continuing our strong partnership in the future.
From the 1st to the 7th of December 2,000 Special Olympics athletes, 600 coaches and officials, over 4,000 volunteers and an estimated 200,000 spectators from over 32 countries in the Asia Pacific region converged on the City of Newcastle to take part in the first ever Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games.
I am extremely proud to say that 130 of those volunteers were from Cisco’s Product and Service Sales, Technical Services, Advanced Services, Technical Assistant Centre (TAC), Customer Service, Marketing, HR and other functional groups. These Cisco employees made the trip up the F3 from Sydney to devote their personal time to what was a fantastic event, but one that could not have happened without the contribution of the over 4,000 volunteers.
The Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games is 2013’s biggest event in regional Australia and was opened by Quentin Bryce, Governor General of Australia, in a glittering opening ceremony. The highlight of the event was the sheer enthusiasm shown by the athletes, officials and spectators from all the countries participating. The Special Olympics are all about inclusion and making everyone feel a part of something big. Spectators attending the opening ceremony and each event showed the same levels of enthusiasm for the small contingents of athletes from likes of Mongolia and Cambodia as they did for the mammoth 398-strong Australian Team.
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As part of the annual Australian and New Zealand Cisco marketing forum, yesterday we hosted the 2013 Marketing Awards which recognise our partners who are developing and executing the most innovative and exciting marketing cross-promotions with Cisco.
This year there were three categories: Enterprise & Public Sector, Commercial and Distributor with the partners and respective campaigns being judged against the following criteria:
- Effective utilisation of resources for initiatives
- Creativity and innovation
- Measurable business impact
- Alignment of campaign to Cisco’s own marketing
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I was thrilled and honoured to have Jessica spend this week with me learning about the world of PR as part of her Work Experience Program. I didn’t have this type of program when I was in high school in the US and wish I had. It is an excellent way to provide Australian students with insights into careers they are considering pursuing in the future.
While we discussed the role of a PR professional, the media landscape, pitching journalists and developing story ideas, we also talked about Cisco and our vision to “Change the way we work, live, play and learn.” It is on the topic of “how the Internet has changed the way we learn”, that Jessica has elected to write the following blog.
Technology: The Heartbeat of Generation Z
Your heart thudding inside your chest is as fundamental to human life as technology is to Generation Z (those born since the late 1990s). Their smartphones, tablets and computers are an extension of themselves. This is evident in their compulsion to constantly check devices as they seek new information, connection and independence. Perhaps what they do not realize is that their lives and learning are dependent on this technology, without which, they could risk losing marks and even a heartbeat.
Still in school, Australia’s Generation Z is immersed in the rapid influx of knowledge and resources that the Internet supplies. They are accustomed to advancements in technologies and the presence of the Internet, which is now supplied in a seamless manner, wirelessly. This gives students the ability to move effortlessly without being hindered by a cable. Other developments in technology have increased the flexible approach to learning; appropriate study techniques; multitasking and optimal usage of time studying.
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