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Play Big: XChange Solution Provider 2015

This week I had the privilege of joining my Cisco colleagues and more than 225 partners at the XChange Solution Provider event hosted by the Channel Company in Dallas, Texas.  I arrived on Sunday to colder weather (and snow!) than I would have liked coming from Portland, Oregon, but I soon forgot all about that once in the comfort and setting of the Gaylord Texan resort.

I was joined by my Cisco colleagues Raja Sundaram (@rajasundaram), Steve Benvenuto (@yobenvo), Bridget Bisnette (@bbisnette), Robb Berger, and Ashley McCann (@ashleymccann). Key themes for the two and a half day conference included convergence, cloud, security, and partner marketing.

Opening_Ceremony_XChangeThe general session  kicked off with a lot of energy and momentum thanks to Steve McClatchy, best-selling author and consultant.  From a family of 12 kids (he was #11), Steve used personal anecdotes to make us laugh and encouraged us all to go after our dreams and goals. His motto is “make gain, not pain.”  In other words, make time for things that add to your life (gain) instead of spending all your energy on the “have to” lists (pain). So if you want to build that custom speedboat, as Cisco partner Kyle Vinar of Verus Corporation told me was his dream, then do it! His advice in a nutshell: schedule it, defend it, and play catch up with the maintenance of life. Read More »

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Register now for the Connected Health Summit at HIMSS15

Join us at Cisco’s 8th annual Connected Health Summit at HIMSS15 to hear how the Internet of Everything is enabling new innovations in care delivery. This popular half-day meeting, which includes a complimentary lunch, provides a forum for networking and best practice sharing unlike any other.

Employees of healthcare organizations may attend the Cisco Health Summit at no cost by selecting this “optional event” when registering for the HIMSS Annual Conference, or by adding it to their existing registration*.

Registration is required as seating is limited.

This is a half-day program and all sessions are included in the registration. At the conclusion of this year’s summit, there will be a giveaway, sponsored by Intel, of two Ultrabook™ systems.  Must be present to win. Approved for up to 3.25 CPHIMS and CAHIMS CE hours.

Monday, April 13, 2015
10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (check-in starts at 9:15 a.m.)
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Regency Ballroom
Chicago, IL

The agenda will feature these engaging presentations:

10:00 am – 10:05 am
Welcome

Mike Haymaker
Healthcare Marketing for The Americas
Cisco

10:05 am – 10:45 am
The Path to the Internet of Everything

Stuart James
IS-COO
Sutter Health

Dr. Craig Sable
Director of Echocardiography and Telemedicine
Children’s National Medical Center
Professor of Pediatrics
George Washington University

11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Lunch (included)

Ashley Simmons
Director of Innovation and Development
Celebration Health

Ketan Paranjape
General Manager, Life Sciences
Intel

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Intel Prize Giveaway and Closing Comments

Mike Haymaker
Healthcare Marketing for The Americas
Cisco

 

Register now

 

*If you have already registered for HIMSS15, you can add the Connected Health Summit to your registration record by selecting “Optional Educational Events” and editing your record to select the “Community for Connected Health Summit.”

In Collaboration with Intel®

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Building Confidence in the Cloud

Confidence is an important ingredient in selling cloud services.  In Deliver Cloud Services Meeting the Highest Standard, cloud provider Cirrity shares how fragile customer confidence can be.

Reliability is the foundation for establishing and maintaining a customer’s confidence and trust.  Reliability begins with the architecture of services and builds upon how services are put deployed.  This is one of the reasons why Cisco partners are required to complete a third-party audit to offer Cisco Powered services.  Cisco Powered sets the highest standard for cloud services, and this rigorous audit requires providers to verify that they can deliver as promised.  Cisco Powered also enables organizations to quickly differentiate the value of our partners’ cloud services from the many commodity-based services available. Read More »

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Let’s talk about the new Cisco WAP131

It is now March. It actually hailed here in Huntington Beach, but we’ll call it snow for the novelty. It’s always neat to see things like this happen here in Southern California mainly because things like snow rarely seems to happen. We freak out on rainbows. Get the picture?

Well to keep things sane here locally, I asked my brethren Wireless Product Manager, Nasser Tarazi to take a few minutes to talk about his new Cisco WAP131.

Here’s a few nuggets about the new WAP131:

The new WAP131

  • The WAP131 supports concurrent dual band radios for improved coverage and performance
  • Designed for Desktop/tabletop deployment
  • It can be powered by a PoE Switch using the WAP131’s PoE ethernet port, meaning less cabling demands for deployment
  • Works out of the box
  • Quick and easy deployment
  • Free feature upgrades
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • A good product to replace the popular WAP4410N

Simply put, this new wireless access point is a perfect upgrade for those who were previously using a single wireless router (network-in-a box) for their small business networking needs. Nasser adds, “We are providing our customers with affordable yet highly reliable, secure wireless solutions. The new Cisco WAP131 is yet another example”.

Quick note, Nasser’s son used his GoPro to video this piece, pretty good for his first attempt. Maybe the next video we will show Nasser snowboarding!

That is all for now. Thank you for spending some time with us.

Marc

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Your Country Needs You … to Share Your Business Outcomes Story!

business outcomes picIs your solution helping customers solve their business problems?

Are you helping customers save money, increase revenue, or boost their agility?

If you are delivering great business outcomes for your customers, then don’t keep it to yourself!

Tell us about it by Friday, March 6 and you could be a winner in our Business Outcomes Contest for Cisco Solution Partners.

As a winner, you will be invited to Partner Summit 2015 in Montreal, and our worldwide partner sales executives will showcase you and your innovative solution to channel partners.

This is a fantastic opportunity to promote your company and supercharge your growth.

And it’s really quick and easy to enter. Just follow this link and submit your 250-word outline of the customer problem, how it was solved, and the ROI/business impact before March 6. Read More »

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