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When it comes to Mobility, What Are You Waiting For?

The very first mobile call took place in 1973. It wasn’t so much a conversation as a taunt: Dr. Martin Cooper, a former general manager for Motorola, used a portable cell phone to call his chief competitor, Joel Engel, from Bell Laboratories. Engel had introduced cellular communications in 1947, but it was Cooper and Motorola who evolved the technology to the point of mobility. So what was said on that historic mobile call? “Hi Joel – guess where I’m calling from?”

How far we’ve come since then is staggering. Now, not only can we make calls from pretty much anywhere, but the devices have evolved to become powerful mini computers.

As I tweeted recently, Gartner predicts that by 2014, 90 percent of organizations will support business apps on personal devices. And as the Wall Street Journal reported just a few days ago, companies need to think through how they’re going to handle that.

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Cisco Learning Partners Key to Architectural Evolution

Today, Ricardo Moreno--Senior Director, Strategy, Planning & Programs, Worldwide Partner Organization--blogged about evolving our channel partner program and specific architecture specializations: Borderless Networks, Collaboration, and Data Center.

As Cisco evolves its products and services to map to architectures, partners and customers must develop new skills to be successful. Engineers will need to be able to devise network-centric architectures, and salespeople will require the ability to identify business issues and map technology solutions to the issue.
Architectural Specializations

Building competencies in key areas including business consulting, architecture practice and business and solution modeling will position channel partners with the skills they need to thrive in this new architectural framework.

As the Global Director of the Worldwide Learning Partner Channel, my team works directly with our network of more than 450 strategic partners located in over 130 countries globally.

Learning Partners are authorized by Cisco to deliver technical, certification, product, and solutions training. They are key to supporting the company-wide transition to architectural strategy by delivering architectural proficiencies and related certification courses.

You have undoubtedly joined the more than 300,000 worldwide Cisco customers and channel partners who annually receive authorized training and enablement through Authorized Cisco Learning Partners.

To help Cisco partners and customers make the shift to architectures, we’re working closely with Learning Partners to create specialized training and skills development.  In fact, Cisco is evolving its entire global Learning Partner Channel program to deliver architecture-based skills and training.

To speed customer adoption of the new architectural approach and help partners embrace architectural capabilities, Cisco is transforming its Worldwide Learning Partner Channel program into two tracks for FY12: Read More »

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Automation: Custom Automation the New Craftsmanship?

This year for Christmas my wife gave me the wonderful gift of membership to our local gym, and in addition,  a discounted gift pack of 8 personal trainer sessions.  My first reaction was to be offended by the gesture until I gazed at the sincerity on her face and the “keg” below my chest. So, instead of wallowing in self pity. I proceeded to pull out and dust off my 1998 Brooks track shoes, my knee high athletic socks and my 2000 Los Angeles Laker’s Championship head band, and proceeded to walk out the door on my quest for a new and improved six pack.

How does this story relate to manufacturing? Well let me explain.

I did not make it out the door before my teenage daughter glanced at me, chuckled and stated, “Dad. Where are you going with that outfit? And where did you get those shoes!!!”, “You need some new “stompers” (translation for the tweet challenged generation…new shows. Oh and I needed the translation.) She directed me to the NikeID website to find some new “stompers”

Nike -- Custom Solution

Global manufacturing stalwarts like Nike and Harley Davidson are re-engineering their plants to address the growing trend of custom “productization.”   Where customers can personalize and customize their product with unique detail and style. Customers end up paying a little more for  this service, but in many instances it turns out to be more reasonable than exclusive branding.  Is Custom Automation the new craftsmanship of the 21st century?  If so, what is required to implement this new paradigm into a viable business and operational reality -- a sort of Industrial Intelligence? Read More »

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Network Design Mastery

February 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm PST

Now live in our brand spankin’ new virtual environment -- our latest episode ‘Network Design Mastery: Learn from the Pro’s

*What do you think of our new home?  When you click the link above, you will need to give up a little info at first to get registered…but once you do…you are DONE!  You can watch this show and all the others…surf around, leave a comment,…or let us know what you think about all of it in the comments below.

I never ask for directions... but...

This show features a little something for everyone -- see you after the jump…
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VIP 17: Creating Opportunities for Partners’ Growth and Profits

February 3, 2011 at 6:51 am PST

A message from Ricardo Moreno--Senior Director, Strategy, Planning, and Programs, WW Channels…

Cisco’s Value Incentive Program (VIP) helps increase partner profits by rewarding you twice a year with a rebate payment for building Cisco-based practices.

The role of the network continues to grow and creates new opportunities for Cisco and our partners. It’s also changing the dynamics of the industry. We’ve heard from so many of you that you really value the VIP program, so we are simplifying and enhancing it to create new growth opportunities, revenue streams, and more profits for you.

January 30 marks the 17th consecutive rollout of the VIP program, or VIP 17 (it runs until July 30, 2011). With this iteration, there are a number of changes that are designed to create new growth opportunities, new revenue streams, and greater profitability for you.

Let’s walk through those changes now…

VIP 17 has three tracks (Borderless Network, Collaboration, and Virtualization). Here is a summary of the changes by track:
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