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Go Global with GPN and the TelePresence Distributor-as-Agent Initiative

The saying goes that you should think globally, but act locally. Well guess what—now you can, thanks to Cisco partner Westcon Group.

Comstor, the distributor business unit of Westcon Group, now offers support for the Global Partner Network for the Cisco TelePresence Distributor-as-Agent track. Cisco’s  Global Partner Network (GPN) enables customers with global requirements to better utilize resources of Cisco partners. And now, you can efficiently conduct project management, delivery and logistics globally for your customers’ TelePresence requirements.

Here’s how it works: The program can allow you to act as host in your customer’s headquarters to deliver a globally coordinated solution. According to Bill Hurley, CTO of the Westcon Group, this can help you not only think, act, and grow your business from a global perspective, but also do a single local transaction with local support.

“TelePresence is a global technology—it’s not about just putting it in a local campus. Most companies look to it for global communications, and this program enables our partners to be confident that they can speak with their end-users intelligently and confidently about TelePresence,” he said.

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Broadcast Recap: How to Thrive with Cisco Architectures

August 31, 2011 at 10:04 am PST

With architectures being all the buzz, we held an informative Channels Chat live broadcast “How to Thrive with Cisco Architectures” to learn how partners can win big with Cisco’s architectures.

Fellow blogger Alex Krasne hosted and moderated the session which featured a lively, informative discussion among guests Andres Sintes, Global Director of Cisco’s Worldwide Learning Partner Channel; and Cisco Learning Partners George Churchwell, CEO of Tech2000 and Pat Bodin, CEO of Firefly.

Andres, George, and Pat discussed how partners can take advantage of Cisco’s architecture-based solutions. Then our guests shared tips on how partners can maximize the Return on Investment (ROI) of their architectural deployments by leveraging authorized Cisco training from Cisco Learning Partners. Lastly, they rounded out the broadcast by answering audience questions.

Missed the broadcast? Watch the replay below.

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VMworld 2011 Watchlist: Tweets, Videos, Feeds, and News

August 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm PST

Today VMware kicks off VMworld in Las Vegas and we’re already seeing interesting news announcements, cool innovations, and informative technical sessions.

If you’re not there in person to be close to the conference action, we’ve gathered together a list of important conference info. Thanks to live feeds, Twitter, and video, you can participate in much of the event from the comfort of your home or office.

Let’s start with some of the fun activities we’re seeing at VMWorld.

Check mate! Just another day at the giant chess board as conference attendees play a rousing game. Check the VMworld You Tube channel to see what else is happening.

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Make yourself at home…attendees sit in what looks like a video game set, complete with grass cubes for seating.

Keep reading for links to conference materials, live streams, notable tweets, and social media happenings. Read More »

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Partners, Get Cisco Quad at 95% Off the List Price

Here’s a Thursday quick quiz: What integrates social networking, voice, video, and unified communications into one workspace? Is it:

a)    Facebook
b)    Microsoft Office
c)    Cisco Quad

If you chose “c” then go get yourself an ice cream cone! But seriously, Cisco Quad, just like your ice cream cone, is pretty sweet—it’s a powerful enterprise platform that can improve business productivity, and accelerate growth by bringing content, business applications, communications, and enterprise social software into a single, intuitive experience.

So how does it work? Quad is a truly unified communications platform, with blogs and wikis. Users can also schedule meetings and engage in instant messaging, voice, and video communication, as well as manage and share documents.

Ready to leverage Quad at your own office? Right now, partners can take advantage of the QuadNow program, which offers Quad at a significant discount—95% off the list price.

Read on for details on the program, as well as to watch a demo of how Quad works.

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Partner Update Uncovers the Top Cisco News and Gets a Tattoo

August 23, 2011 at 8:00 am PST

Happy summer, everyone! The sun’s shining, it’s a new fiscal year, and, Andrew’s back from his honeymoon in Hawaii. Now we’re gearing back up to bring you all the partner news and info you may have missed over the last couple of weeks.

In this episode of Partner Update, we cover amazing incentives and profitability programs for partners, discuss an upcoming broadcast to help you learn more about how to deliver architecture-based solutions and maximize ROI for your customers, a new way to calculate customers’ Borderless Networks ROI, Amazon Consulting’s recommendations for solution providers, and two new Social Media Spotlight posts to help you learn the ins and outs of video editing and promotion. We also get to check out Andrew’s new Hawaiian-inspired tattoo.

Sit back, tune in, and watch the latest episode of Partner Update for all of your Cisco news (in less than five minutes.)

Keep reading for links and additional details on the news we covered this time and time stamps so you know where to find each item.
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