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The Ground Rules: Cisco Annual Partner Summit

TC Doyle and Mandy Knotts, Cisco’s bloggers for the Cisco Annual Partner Summit, outline their plans for the event.Post by Mandy Knotts

Honolulu’s Transformation: Updating with Cisco

Partner Summit 2008T.C. Doyle, of Cisco, visits with Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann and talks about the use of technology in his city. He also talks with Honolulu CIO, Gordon Bruce, about their use of Cisco Unified Communications and some challenges that he’s seen since becoming CIO.Post by Mandy Knotts

Partner Summit 2008 Kick Off

Our 12th Cisco Partner Summit is kicking off in Honolulu this week. Throughout the week on this blog, you’ll hear from (and see via Video blog posts) Cisco executives and Summit attendees. If you can’t be in Hawaii this week, you can attend the Summit virtually.In this video, Keith Goodwin, SVP for Worldwide Channels, gives an overview of what Partners can expect at this year’s summit.He answers the following questions:- What’s happening in Hawaii? Who is here?- Why are partners coming to Hawaii?- What are partners going to be hearing this year?- If you were to have any downtime during the Summit, what would you most likely do? Snorkel? Surf? Firewalk?

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Commentary is not needed here, but, today, as we remember the life of Nobel Laureate and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I thought it appropriate to post his “I have a dream” speech from 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The speech has been viewed and/or heard by many millions of people and this particular video submission to YouTube has been viewed over 3 million times. Video technology is a powerful medium to remember our past as well as help us look to the future.

Sick…Working from Home

Maybe I should be sleeping. I should definitely not be blogging. But, here I am: Sitting up in bed, a couple of pilows behind me, Kleenex at my side…doing some work, responding to e-mail, approving a comment or two on the blog. Sure, I’m not killing myself on the work front today, but I have been engaged much more than I would have been 10 years ago. Ten years ago, if I were sick, I’d call in and let the boss know that I was under the weather and cancel any appointments via dial-up e-mail and be done with it. Now, with my wireless (yes, Linksys), in-my-bed broadband, I’m able to drift in and out of consciousness and actually get a little work done. Which is good, dare I say, for overall productivity and, taking it one step further, good for the economy. I guess what I’m saying is that because of technology, I am much more productive today while sick, than I would have been 10 years ago while sick. So, when measuring the impact of technology on productivity, we must not discount the sick broadband worker. However, I’m still sick…thanks to my one-year old still not getting the concept of covering his mouth while coughing all over me. He’ll get there one day, I’m sure.With mobility and unified communications, of course, we can be more productive wherever we are, whenever we are. I would argue that is a good thing, but I would also argue that writing a blog with a medicine head and Kleenex strewn about my bedside is likely not the brightest thing to do, but, hey, I’m sick…I’m not thinking clearly. Maybe a nap will help.