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Cisco’s New Managed Services Channel Program

Post by Edison Peres, Vice President, Worldwide ChannelsIt is not hard to see that the managed services space is HOT. Customers are seeing the benefit of buying technology as a service, proven by the fact that the managed services market continues to outpace IT industry growth. I recently read a report from Ovum Research which forecasts managed services to grow at approximately 20% CAGR and reach US$7B in revenue by 2009. Advanced technologies such as managed IP telephony and security show the most momentum with 65% and 28% growth, respectively. This growth presents a phenomenal opportunity for Cisco and its partners, and I am proud to announce the availability of the new Managed Services Channel Program. Think of this new program as a framework designed to accelerate the development and delivery of managed services through Cisco partners. This program marks a major step towards the development of the IT industry’s first offer-based channel strategy. To learn more about the program, please visit our Managed Services webpage.In this video, Tom Williams, Director, Managed Services Channel Program, talks a bit about managed services, SLAs, and why managed services are beneficial to our customers.

Video: Cisco Globalisation Centre Unveiled in Bangalore

Cisco unveiled its state-of-the art Globalisation Centre East campus in Bangalore today at an opening ceremony.The new facility aims to support attracting and retaining talent, with amenities such as sports facilities including fitness center, cricket practice pitch, multi-cuisine cafeteria, an open amphitheatre, library and a coordinated landscape to help the employee population work, live, play and learn.In the following video, Cisco’s Chief Globalisation Officer discusses Cisco’s strategy answering:1. What strategic factors led to the creation and investment of the Globalisation Centre in India?2. What new business models will be emerging in the East?3. How will you be measuring your success over the next three years?

Video: Cisco Executive Food Sort at Second Harvest Food Bank

Yesterday, a group of Cisco executives and employees participated in an annual food sort at Second Harvest Food bank in San Jose, California. See the video below and hear executives and employees discuss the importance of giving back and what makes it so fun to do.

Video: Cisco to Acquire Navini Networks

Today Cisco announced the definitive agreement to purchase Navini Networks, a pioneer and a leader in the the Mobile WiMAX 802.16e-2005 broadband wireless industry. The acquisition of Navini will expand Cisco’s market-leading WiFi and WiFi-Mesh portfolios and expand Cisco’s “Connected Life” vision to deliver any service to any device over any network. Cisco also expects that WiMAX technologies will play a key role in Cisco’s”Digital Inclusion” initiative that will drive broadband penetration to consumers and business in emerging countries. This has the potential to add millions of new Internet users who cannot be reached economically because of the lack of copper and fiber infrastructures in those countries. In this video, Ned Hooper, senior vice president of Cisco’s Corporate Business Development, discusses the reasons Cisco acquired Navini and how this deal fits into Cisco’s acquisition and innovation strategies.

The Power of Social Networking

Post by Dan Scheinman, SVP and GM, Media Solutions GroupJust a quick note to demonstrate the power of social networking: Shortly after giving my talk at the Web 2.0 Summit, I had this note waiting for me on NHL Connect, one of the social networking sites I’m active in, and a partner running an early version of the Community component of our Eos platform: “I was in the audience for your high order bit at Web 2.0. You asked audience members to email you or find you on NHL.com and I discovered that it’s easier to join and contact you here than to find an email address through the Cisco site. :-)”Imagine when social networking is packaged with video content all the way to your TV! If you haven’t had the chance, check out http://fans.nhl.com.