With its integrated Wi-Fi, 4G data, 720p HD video, and interoperability with Cisco TelePresence systems, not to mention its inclusion of one-click access to WebEx meetings and AppHQ, the new application ecosystem built specifically for Cius, the Cius can be a powerful tool that can help customers collaborate and work from remote locations, both seamlessly and securely.
The Cius enables multiple opportunities for partners to drive sales, offer professional services and expand their customer base, according to Richard McLeod, Cisco’s senior director of collaboration sales in the Worldwide Partner Organization. He says there are opportunities for partners to upgrade their customers’ networks, particularly since it cuts across Cisco’s technology architectures: Collaboration, Data Center and Virtualization, and Borderless Networks.
And that’s definitely what I heard when I chatted with Ken, as well as with Steve Reese, director of solutions marketing for partner Nexus IS, Inc., about their experiences using the Cius and selling it to customers. Ken and Steve also offered advice to partners looking to include in the Cius in their portfolio.
In this episode of Partner Update, we find out what Andrew does first-thing in the morning, learn about a free new mobile app that delivers the latest partner news from Cisco, get the scoop on what kind of network can best solve endpoint and application challenges, get tips on minding your Twitter manners, learn how Cisco partners can grow cloud revenues, and figure out what Triple V means. (And a lot more.)
Tune into this action-packed newscast to get the latest news and info you need to know (in less than five minutes).
So what’s in the news this week?
Keep reading for a transcript of the newscast with timestamps so you can view the parts of the video you want to see and important links where you can find more information. Read More »
Get Onboard With The Cloud
Doesn’t it sometimes seem like we live in a world where the technology band wagon is rolling forward at warp speed. Cloud computing is the technology topic on every IT manager’s mind these days, as it promises the prospect of reducing IT costs, freeing up resources and relieving headaches.
But how do you get onboard? You need to think creatively to attract customers. Cloud service providers need to differentiate their services, to add value, and reassure customers of reliability.
The key to delivering a compelling service is to build it on a converged compute platform that is optimized for the cloud, like Vblock. With the Vblock platform Cisco partners can address the concerns and challenges of enterprise customers who are looking to move their data center operations and applications to the cloud.
Let’s take a closer look at ways that service providers can differentiate services, assure customers that solutions are reliable, and help customers move to the cloud with confidence.
The Cloud Service Opportunity
The cloud delivery model is an opportunity for service providers to develop new services that meet the changing needs of customers. But to succeed in this evolving marketplace, service providers must offer added value when competing with established Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.
The key to delivering a compelling service is to build it on a converged compute platform optimized for the cloud. Adding service-level agreements (SLAs) for enterprise customers for whom performance, security, and availability are paramount can reassure customers that their applications are hosted on optimized platforms and delivered from reliable data centers that will be consistently available.
This is a motivator for customers who are considering moving to the cloud-computing environment to enter in to longer-term contracts. Read More »
If you’re like the nearly 30% of mobile workers who check their smartphones every six-to-12 minutes during downtime – for those doing the math, that’s nearly 80 times a day provided that you’re not checking during work hours or in your sleep—you want easy ways to help you keep up with the latest news and info.
Now there’s a way to keep track of the latest Cisco partner news from your phone: the new Cisco Partners app. It’s available to all iPhone and Android mobile devices users for free!
The Cisco Partners app gives you access to late-breaking Cisco partner news, how-to articles, tips, program updates, the most current blog posts, and our video library – all at your fingertips. Plus, you can share with friends and colleagues using social media.
Ready for a quick tour of the new Cisco Partners app? Read More »
If you’re an active Twitter user, then you know that working within the confines of Twitter’s restrictive character limit can be tough—what’s the best way to cram in a catchy message, a link, and a few important hashtags without exceeding 140 characters?
I know I’ve struggled to write catchy tweets—sometimes I feel proud of my messages, other times, I feel like they just enter the Twitter stream only to be completely ignored. So I set out to get some advice, and turned to our resident expert, Alex Krasne, for her tips.
Alex is a veritable Twitter expert, having used the service for years, both for personal use as well as through @Cisco_Channels. She offered me some advice on how to get the most out of Twitter, and how to tweet effectively to reach your ideal audience.
In addition to her tips, Alex has advice on how to mind your Twitter manners. Watch her video to see what you need to know to maintain and grow, rather than alienate your followers.
So what do you need to know to use Twitter effectively? Here’s what Alex recommends.