If you are in some way connected to the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry, you probably have an opinion on cloud-based services. The past couple of years have seen a frenzy of activity in the business to business cloud services with manufacturers, service providers, and users extolling the virtues of the virtual. Product and service models once confined to the realm of the consumer have started gaining mindshare within the business community. As someone who went through the stages of being confused, then convinced, and finally converted, some of my learnings from partnering with Cisco to launch a Unified Collaboration as a Service (UCaaS) in Canada may be of interest to some of you.
Interest in UCaaS typically stems from one of two areas of the market – providers and users. Irrespective of which side of the business you fall, you are likely to come across some, if not all, of the concerns listed below when considering the deployment of a UCaaS solution. Read More »
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Cisco Champions ask Challenging Questions. This is the third and final blog in our series presented by Carlos Dominguez and Jimmy Ray Purser. You can read the first blog by Carlos addressing connectivity and the less tech-fortunate here and the second blog by Jimmy Ray on the future of the CCIE here.
I recently had an opportunity to sit down with our Cisco Champions to discuss a range of topics and this was by far the most interesting question as it was inspired by high school students. High school teacher, Hector Albizo’s students wanted to know:
“What is currently considered the dark side of technology?”
Indeed a great question! Technology has a ying and yang. For every good there is a dark side. Let’s look at history to see examples. The axe was created for chopping down trees, keeping us warm with fire wood and building things, all good results that we benefit from. On the dark side, it became a weapon of war. The same trend is true for technology. Read More »
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Cisco Champions ask Challenging Questions. This is the second in a blog series presented by Carlos Dominguez and Jimmy Ray Purser. Check out the first blog by Carlos here.
I recently had an opportunity to sit down with our Cisco Champions to discuss a range of topics about technology. Here’s a question that was top of mind for Edward Henry:
“The CCIE is easily recognized as one of the most elite certifications in the industry. It’s currently turned 20 years old, where do you see the program in 5 or 10 more years?”
What a great question! Let’s take a quick look at why the CCIE program was created. Cisco announced the CCIE program on Sept. 27, 1993, in a press release where John Chambers, said:
“The CCIE Program begins where other vendors’ certification programs leave off. It can be compared to completing a university course versus taking college entrance exams. Prospective CCIE candidates must be highly qualified just to enter the program, and then, after taking an intensive troubleshooting course, must pass a rigorous hands-on lab test conducted by senior support engineers. This very stringent set of requirements ensures that only the best professionals are selected.” Read More »
Tags: advocates, CCIE, certifications, Cisco Champions, Jimmy Ray Purser
Are you passionate about Data Center and Cloud Technology? Do you love sharing your knowledge? Do you want access to Cisco experts? Today is your lucky day.
Share your passion as a Cisco Data Center Champion!
I’m happy to announce the call for nominations for the all-new Cisco Champions for Data Center. From now until October 31, 2013, nominate yourself, a friend, a mentor, a luminary in the community for inclusion in this program.
Here’s what’s in it for you (aside from Internet fame, of course): http://www.cisco.com/go/ciscochampions
Here are the rules.
Submit your nomination today to firstname.lastname@example.org! Be sure to mention “Data Center” in your nomination, so it will be routed correctly. All Cisco Champions for Data Center will be selected and alerted no later than November 15, 2013.
Tags: advocates, Bloggers, Cisco Champions, cloud, data center, influencers, social media, tech evangelists
I have been getting a lot of questions about advocacy so I want to take a few minutes to share my thoughts. I often hear people use the terms “influencers” and “advocates” interchangeably. While there are similarities between these two groups, in my opinion they’re not necessarily one and the same. You may have a different viewpoint on this, and that’s fine. What I’ve discovered is people define these terms differently which results in mixing these 2 groups. Taking some liberties with Ant’s Eye View’s (AEV) definitions of advocates and influencers, this is how I would like to describe them:
An influencer is someone who actively shares their opinions and expertise through their (large) personal and professional networks. An influencer is someone that can cause an effect without apparent exertion or force. Most common examples include analysts and media.
An advocate is someone who proactively defends, promotes and participates in the public conversation for a particular brand, product, service or cause. An advocate is someone that has positive affinity toward and stands behind a brand, product or cause. Most common examples include your most passionate customers and general brand aficionados.
In my mind, advocacy implies Read More »
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