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Free Your Customers from Network Tyranny with the Right Network

Error messages. Network outages. Photocopiers that spew toner in your face. These are the things that a bad day at work are made of.

But what happens when one employee has had enough and channels his inner William Wallace? Find out if he frees his fellow co-workers from the tyranny of a network gone bad. Will he enable his team to experience the freedom and enhanced business productivity that a robust network can provide? Read More »

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Register for Virtual Partner Velocity: Ideas, Innovation, and Air Sandwiches

November 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm PST

Have you ever tried to eat an “air sandwich”? You can probably guess that it’s a sandwich with two slices of bread and nothing inside. Not too tasty.

In business, an air sandwich happens when strategy is decided by a few people at the top with no input from the rest of the company, leaving a gap or a bunch of air in the middle.

And if you look at the world’s most successful companies, they share a few common traits: creative thinking and problem solving, along with a collaborative work environment.

These are the keys to a company’s success, according to Nilofer Merchant, speaker, Harvard Business Review columnist, business strategist, and author of the book The New How: Building Business Solutions Through Collaborative Strategy.

Nilofer is the next Virtual Partner Velocity speaker on the topic of “Igniting Performance” and in her hour-long session, she will:

  • provide actionable ways to leverage the best ideas within your company
  • show you how to create a clear vision
  • offer tips for collaborating effectively
  • provide tactics for co-creating success
  • and how you can ensure the entire company is invested in an idea

In short, how to put some meat (or for vegetarians, perhaps some cheese or peanut butter) into that dry air sandwich.

Want to participate in the broadcast? Find out how to sign up. Read More »

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Ghosts, Routers, Zombies! Get Top Cisco Headlines with Partner Update, Halloween Edition

October 31, 2011 at 9:15 am PST

Happy Halloween! Whether you’re commemorating today by telling spooky ghost stories, visiting a haunted house, dressing up in costume, enjoying some colcannon, having a soul cake, or going door to door with the kids yelling “trick or treat!” for candy, have we got a real treat for you.

For this haunted Halloween Partner Update newscast, Andrew and I dress up in costume and cover the news (as always, in less than five minutes).

This week’s headlines include: new innovations across our data center and switching portfolio, Aironet 3600 Series Access Points, a recap of our recent Partner Velocity broadcast covering LinkedIn tips for B2B, details on the next Partner Velocity broadcast on igniting performance and innovation, our 21 favorite mobile apps, how to join our upcoming TweetChat with new VP of Partner Marketing Amanda Jobbins, and much more.

So watch this ghoulish Partner Update, if you dare.

Trick or treat? Keep reading for more details and links to all of the stories we covered, along with timestamps so you can easily find each item in the video.

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We Know What Cisco Partners Are Doing: Highlight Reel

October 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm PST

No, we’re not stalking you--well, maybe a little--but in an effort to share what our partners are doing, we scoured the Web to find your blogs, the videos you’re posting, your new initiatives, charities you support, awards, and your contests. This is part of a regular series we’ll be posting recapping what you’re doing. (Be sure to let us know if we missed anything.)

So here’s a list of some interesting Cisco partner happenings from the past couple of weeks.

Cloud Solutions Video Demonstrate Value to Customers
We all know customers are asking for cloud solutions. Logicalis has posted a video about its cloud solutions using Cisco technology that walks through its offering, which is scalable and leverages virtualization to provide elasticity and scalability.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrvRFEspvgg

Collaboration Solutions for Growing Companies Read More »

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Virtual Velocity Broadcast Recap: Tips and Tricks for Leveraging LinkedIn for Business

October 21, 2011 at 11:18 am PST

Fun LinkedIn Facts:

  • LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 120 million members in over 200 countries and territories.
  • Professionals are signing up to join LinkedIn at a rate that is faster than two new members per second.
  • LinkedIn counts executives from all 2011 Fortune 500 companies as members; its corporate hiring solutions are used by 75 of the Fortune 100 companies.

With statistics as impressive as those, can your company afford not to be utilizing LinkedIn in its marketing strategy?

I’ll admit, LinkedIn is not a service that I check several times a day like I do other social media sites. But after sitting in on our latest Virtual Partner Velocity broadcast, which fellow Channels blogger Alex Krasne hosted and moderated, I think I’ll be changing my social media tune.

During this informative broadcast, guest speaker Heather Margolis, Channel Maven Consulting President and Founder and Everything Channel contributor shared tips on how to use LinkedIn to brand yourself online, increase your network, engage with prospects, drive marketing tactics, and build your thought leadership platform.

She gave key pointers on simple things you can do today to spruce up your LinkedIn profile and how to correctly use the features the powerful platform has to offer. Then, Heather answered questions that our audience tweeted in during the broadcast.

Couldn’t tune in to the broadcast? The video replay is available now.
The replay is available on the Partner Velocity site. Look for Heather Margolis in the list of events and click “View replay” to access the On Demand broadcast.After you watch the replay, complete the event survey on the Partner Velocity site to be entered into a sweepstakes to win a social media assessment and consulting from Channel Maven Consulting (US $1800 value).

After Heather presented, we took questions the audience submitted. Keep reading to check out the useful advice Heather had. Read More »

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