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10 Smart New Ways to Keep Your Network Up and Running: Final Thoughts from Cisco Live

After several days of attending Cisco Live, I’m excited about what I’ve seen and heard. Not just from my Cisco colleagues but from customers who are transforming their businesses by using their networks in new and previously unimaginable ways. Today’s business call to action, “Disrupt or be disrupted,” couldn’t be more true.

In my blog before Cisco Live, I described how we decided to combine our two most popular enterprise support services to create one powerful and flexible service. Converging SMARTnet with Smart Net Total Care under the name of Smart Net Total Care allows you to choose the basic network support capabilities traditionally found in SMARTnet, as well as reach higher to access the proactive smart service features of Smart Net Total Care. In doing so, you can optimize the full lifecycle of all your Cisco equipment. This consolidation creates more flexibility and more value for you when it comes to selecting a single solution that supports all your company’s Cisco network devices. Learn more here:

 

In my last blog, I also shared with you five of the most popular user applications of Smart Net Total Care based on customer feedback.  Now, I’m sharing the final five applications to complete the ten smart ways to keep your network up and running smoothly and reliably – and to protect it from unnecessary risk.  As a reminder, I’ve included the first five. Skip to number 6 if you’re already familiar with them.

1. Simplify Contract Management

Many customers use the contract management features of SNTC to simplify how they manage their Cisco service contracts. It provides a consolidated view of all the Cisco devices in the network and their support contracts.  This visibility can help dramatically reduce the number of contracts and result in less administrative overhead, faster renewals and timely product refresh. If you’re not familiar with how to take advantage of this functionality, take a few minutes to check out this video. It demonstrates how you can plan for service coverage renewal and save hours and even days managing your contracts in the future.

2. Save Installed Base Management Time

Time is your most valuable resource … yet you never have enough. Freeing up time from routine network maintenance tasks helps you focus on more strategic IT assignments. SNTC lets you eliminate steps – and accelerate others – in your IB management process. Learn how you can get more out of your day with time saving tips found in this videoRead More »

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Application Developers: Completing the Intercloud Ecosystem Puzzle

During the past year, the pieces of our Intercloud strategy have been falling into place. We’ve built out the technology, created services and orchestrated a robust partner ecosystem.

The reality is that Cisco is placing a big bet on our partners. We believe that a partner-centric strategy will prove to be the winning cloud model. We believe that by working with our partners we can move more quickly, deliver more innovation, and provide global scale and local presence.

Today we’re announcing that 35 independent software vendors (ISVs) will join the Intercloud partner ecosystem. The addition of these application developers not only adds another piece to the Intercloud Ecosystem puzzle, it actually completes the picture.

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Cisco Live US 2015: Cisco CSR Partners Help to Speed the Pace of Social Change

Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility aims to empower global problem solvers with the skills they need to thrive and speed the pace of social change around the globe, but that mission wouldn’t be possible without the help of our partners, many of whom are here at Cisco Live US 2015.

At the Cisco CSR Booth in the World of Solutions, our partners are sharing their stories of creating social change around the world.

At the Cisco CSR Booth in the World of Solutions, our partners are sharing their stories of creating social change around the world.

If you haven’t had a chance, stop by the Cisco CSR booth (#1441) in the World of Solutions and meet six of our partners, including CyberPatriot, Digital Divide Data, NetHope, Water for People, NetDev Group, and Good World Solutions. Together, we’re bringing unique programs and services to people around the world and helping solve pressing social issues, from a growing IT skills gap to the global water shortage.

With these partners, you can become a global problem solver and make an impact in any corner of the world. Below, they share their stories of global impact and how Cisco is helping to speed the pace of social change.

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Game Theory and the Power of Innovating as an Industry

The recent passing of John Forbes Nash made me wonder how his ingenious game theory can be applied to technology innovation.

Very simply put, Nash’s theory of equilibrium puts forth that outcomes are more attainable for all parties when they work cooperatively toward a goal rather than against each other in isolation. Knowing each other’s mindset and working together gives each party a better chance at achieving his or her objective than working on their own.

This theory has been used to analyze everything from wars and sports to evolutionary biology and games of skill. Read More »

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Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team Thrives at Cisco Live US 2015

Yesterday, over 25,000 Cisco customers, employees, and executives helped kick off Cisco Live US 2015 in San Diego, California, attending everything from John Chambers’ final keynote to the World of Solutions in the massive San Diego Convention Center. The venue, which measures over a quarter mile from end to end, features a public, secure wireless network for attendees to access from any room in the building.

Because of this network, they can tweet, post Facebook statuses, and share their favorite pictures on Instagram throughout the week, all without worrying about a faulty Internet connection. But who is keeping that network running, and who helped set it up?

As part of the Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team, students are building the skills they'll need to thrive in the connected economy.

As part of the Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team, students are building the skills they’ll need to thrive in the connected economy.

The Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team! As part of the Dream Team, 30 Networking Academy students have been working side-by-side with the Cisco IT team to maintain the event’s massive networks and develop the hands-on skills they’ll need to thrive in the connected economy.

Each year, more than 160,000 students in the United States and Canada enroll in Cisco Networking Academy courses, where they develop IT know-how and valuable problem-solving skills in preparation for jobs in the IT field. Of those thousands of candidates, 10 North American students are selected to participate, and another 20 local students join them to provide additional support.

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