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The Internet of Everything: New Job Roles, New Education Required

****This article has been updated to remove a factoid discussing IoE and manufacturing job growth.****

We have entered the world of the Internet of Everything (IoE)—a world that brings people, data, processes and things together into a vast web of connectivity. From wearable devices that monitor our vital statistics to household appliances that anticipate our needs to smart cars that detect traffic jams and automatically re-route our journeys, the IoE represents an increasingly digital and mobile world that promises to improve our lives.

Twenty-five billion devices will be connected by next year, and that number will grow to 50 billion by 2020. All of this new data that the IoE generates will change the job landscape forever.  These are exciting developments with unprecedented potential, but the rapidly expanding IoE requires specialized skill sets that don’t yet exist, resulting in a critical talent gap. Read More »

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Back By Popular Demand – Learning Opportunity on Catalyst 3650

AN94721_240x200A few months ago we had a webcast on the Catalyst 3650 and it was so popular, there were so many questions, we thought we’d host another one! This webcast is being held on August 19th at 10am PT and you can register here!  

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Top of mind IT issues
  • The Catalyst 3650 Series Switch features & innovations
  • Model selection recommendations
  • Campus and branch office deployment considerations
  • Live Q&A

Why should you attend?

Managing your network today has become more complicated than ever. In addition to the challenges of supporting an increasingly mobile workforce and a plethora of BYOD users, you are being asked to reduce IT complexity and cost and strengthen security.

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep19 Cisco Learning Network

#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists hosted by Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week we’re talking about the Cisco Learning Network (CLN).

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Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE.
See a list of all #CiscoChampion Radio podcasts HERE.

Cisco SMEs
Brett Lovins @brettlovins, Community Manager for the Cisco Learning Network (CLN)
Matt Saunders, @citylifematt, Community Manager for the Cisco Learning Network (CLN)

Cisco Champions
Colin Lynch @UCSguru, Principal Consultant
Brad Haynes @GK_bradhaynes, Client Solutions Specialist Read More »

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The Art of Ambassador Programs: 5 tips from a geek

Cisco Nexus 9516 SwitchAll right I confess I’m not that kind of geek. I admire and work with many IT engineers, but if you need me to configure a Nexus switch you’ll be out of luck. I am a geek though, and I know about building successful B2B and B2C Ambassador Programs.

Before I start sharing my 2 cents, let’s take a look at what I mean by Ambassador Programs. Below are three major types. This is a simplified scenario but these large buckets help clarify.

Ambassador Program Types

1. Cast of Thousands: this type of program focuses on amplifying large volumes of content externally. Membership is open to anyone who registers, and includes automated content delivery, gamification, and tracking, where participants are rewarded for their actions in real time. Actions include low-hurdle social media tasks like sharing existing content to social media networks, rating a product, or entering a contest, but can also offer more challenging projects like writing a review, helping users solve problems, and communicating with potential customers. Ideally, ambassadors’ actions are integrated with a CRM platform in order to track ROI. Top participants are identified and nurtured, and in some cases transitioned into the second type of program (below). Read More »

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From Cisco Network Academy student to Cisco Champion

I was selected as a Cisco Champion for the year 2014. Becoming a Cisco Champion is a privilege for Cisco enthusiasts and experts who are passionate about sharing, teaching, and discussing (Cisco) network technologies. In this blog post, I want to tell you about the road I took from my first CCNA classes (Cisco Network Academy) to becoming a Cisco Champion.

My networking career started ten years ago with Cisco Network Academy. In those days, Cisco Network Academy was a pretty new learning ‘center’ but it had enough information to help you start your career in the networking field. At my university, we used Network Academy modules during the semester. We had 2 or 3 chapter exams every week! To gain more understanding about the theories, we were required to attend labs. During my university years I needed to study for the Network Academy exams every day. Not just every day, but really every day! That was not a problem though, because network technology is just awesome! Read More »

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