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Innovating Beyond Technology

When people talk about innovation, they typically refer to the underlying technology and its benefits to users.  For example, articles on innovation in the cloud often describe the new features and applications organizations can now access and the ways these will transform how they do they business.

Innovation, however, can go far beyond technology.  Sometimes, how technology is delivered is as important as the technology itself.  There can even be innovation in how a customer pays for services.

In their blog “How Predictable is the Cost of Your Cloud?” Cisco partner Vodafone describes how it has added value to its Cisco Powered Unified Communications service offering through their unique pricing model.

According to Vodafone, one of the benefits of unifying an organization’s communications is the ability for users to work where they want.  For many users, this means they can stay connected even when traveling in other countries. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – February 6, 2015

Partner-Weekly-Rewind-v2Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:

Off the Top

Gary Serda kicked off this past week on the Partner Blog with his look at capitalizing on the Windows Server 2003 migration opportunity. Microsoft is ending support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14 of this year and Gary wants to make sure our partners are able to take advantage of the marketing campaign resources that are available from Cisco.

Read through Gary’s blog and let us know if you need more information. Don’t be afraid to share your feedback on how we’re doing in providing the information you need to be successful.

Partner Voices: Making the Grade

I always mention how much I enjoy our ongoing Partner Voices series. It gives me a chance to meet many of our partners, at least virtually, and to get a little more in-depth with all the great solutions being produced by Cisco partners.

This week, I posted a look at what ePlus has going on in the education space. This blog looks at how ePlus has tackled some real world problems using Cisco technology. In turn they have improved security, provided world-class technology to students and created unique, one-on-one learning opportunities for students. Read More »

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On February 12 Partners Learn How Cisco Big Data Analytics Transforms Business

In an Internet of Everything era, enterprises and public sector organizations have developed an insatiable appetite for data. Data is being gathered from an increasing number of sources, and—from an analytics perspective—the more data your customers have, the better the insights they can gain.

We recognize that analytics represent a truly transformational business opportunity for our partners. It enables enterprises to make dramatic changes in their business processes that will significantly strengthen the competitive edge.  Many strategic analytics deployments will be driven by line of business (LoB) managers representing key roles within enterprise organizations. These are things like manufacturing, product development, sales, operations, marketing, and HR—where an increasing percentage of IT spending is being initiated.

The great news is that Cisco has the ideal, end-to-end infrastructure for big data and analytics deployments, featuring Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), and our robust suite of management automation and data virtualization software.

But infrastructure is only part of the equation! Engaging a range of analytics ecosystem partners to help manage data, integrate data, and finally, analyze data will be critical in delivering successful big data and analytics solutions to your customers. Read More »

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Partner Voices: Making the Grade

This past week, I had the opportunity to speak with Dawn Kerwick, Vice-President of Marketing at ePlus. She had some great insight into what ePlus has been doing in the education sector, and I wanted to share that with you as part of the Partner Voices series. Rather than hear me blather on, I’ll just turn it over and let you hear what Dawn had to say, in her own words:

If you talk to any school district today, you’ll hear a common goal.  They want to give students the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.  Putting the latest technology into the hands of students and their teachers—and equipping schools with a leading IT infrastructure—are key.  Working together, ePlus and Cisco have been doing just that,  and earning rave reviews in the process.

ePlus has a long history serving the K-12 and higher education markets.  We understand their challenges.  We have experience under our belt helping them achieve their technology visions.   And we’ve been successful at transforming classrooms into collaborative learning environments—allowing students and teachers to interact without boundaries.

We have a great story to tell, and some pretty neat videos to prove it!  Please take a few minutes to check out the videos here, and hear directly from our joint customers about how ePlus helped them leverage Cisco technology to create a first-class learning experience for their students. Read More »

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Capitalize on the Windows Server 2003 Migration Opportunity

Infographic. Modernize Your Data Center with Windows Server 2012 R2. July 2014-1Today’s IT leaders want more from their data centers – and their technology partners. Customers want their technology partners to work together to deliver integrated solutions that enable business innovation. They can’t be limited by aging infrastructure and legacy platforms. With the end of support for Windows Server 2003 rapidly approaching, Cisco channel partners have an opportunity to help their customers migrate to a modern data center solution based on Cisco UCS and Windows Server 2012 R2.

Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. After this date, security updates will no longer be available and customers will be exposed to significant compliance and security risks. With millions of Windows 2003 servers still in production, channel partners have an opportunity to grow their UCS and Microsoft revenue with value added services including:

  • Design and manage the migration of customer environments from Window Server 2003 to Widows Server 2012 and Cisco UCS
  • Design and manage server consolidation projects
  • Plan, build, and manage the transition to Microsoft Private Cloud on UCS integrated infrastructures

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