Every Friday, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories of the week, as well as point you to important Cisco-related content you may have missed along the way. Let’s have it.
Off The Top
Sherri Liebo has been named Vice President, Global Partner Marketing, overseeing Cisco’s Strategic Partner Marketing, Channel Programs, Services Partner Marketing and Strategic Partner Communications teams. Bruce Klein, senior vice president, Worldwide Partner Organization, talked about Sherri’s appointment here on the Channels blog and why this is such an important role at Cisco. Channelnomics, CRN and Channel Partners were among the first press to cover it on Friday.
As you may have seen, Cisco redesigned the CCNA Routing and Switching certification with new training and curricula. It’s part of an overall effort to better align Cisco’s certifications to the demands of an IT industry undergoing paradigm shifts like the Internet of Everything phenomenon we’ve been talking about for a while now. It’s also a way to better train engineers for the types of dedicated, segment-specific jobs that are going to be in high demand over the next few years.
The recent weeks of teleworking controversy has been interesting to follow for anyone passionate about collaboration technologies. There is no doubt that teleworking offers significant work/life balance benefits, as exemplified by Cisco´s own Angie Mistretta in her recent blog post. On the other hand, it is equally evident that companies that do not invest in the right tools or training for effective remote collaboration aren’t realizing the true potential and benefits of teleworking.
Being part of a leadership team with people scattered from the Russian border, through Oslo, Boston, Texas and California has made it very clear to me that a lot of innovation, time and money would have been lost if we did not have the proper collaboration tools. Simply said, bringing all the right people into the same office is generally not an option in a global operation.
In my team, the primary tool for collaboration is the Cisco TelePresence EX series personal systems; we all have endpoints on our desks at the office and at home. This is essential to us because, be it late night or early morning, the number of overlapping hours when we are in our respective offices are just too few. Personal telepresence ensures in-person communications within the team whenever we need to meet, and it also allows us to attend other meetings over telepresence at any hour ensuring we’re able to capture all of the details and have maximum impact.
The continued evolution of Cisco’s partner-facing teams is critical to Cisco’s partner strategy and our partners around the world. In that regard, I’m very pleased to announce Sherri Liebo as Cisco’s new Vice President, Global Partner Marketing — effective April 1, 2013.
In her new role, Sherri will take on ultimate responsibility for Cisco’s global partner marketing programs and initiatives, from our highly regarded Marketing Velocity conference (scheduled for next month in Cannes, France) to all of the offerings and co-marketing resources you see on Cisco Partner Marketing Central.
A common perception is that there is a difference between being secure and being compliant. A Verizon analysis on cybercrime reported that cyber-attacks on Retailers are increasing and becoming streamlined and automated. According to the 2012 Verizon PCI compliance report, “97% of breaches were avoidable through simple or intermediate controls”. How does a Retailer protect itself? One method is through PCI Compliance. Does that sound contradictory to that common perception?
Join Cisco on April 16th, 2013 10:00am PT for a webcast on PCI compliance and security with guests from Ponemon Institute, Verizon Business and PCI Security Standards Council.
As part of the planning of the webcast, we sat down with Bart McGlothin and Christian Janoff from Cisco’s security team to discuss PCI compliance and security for retail and get some answers. Here’s what we learned:
A few months back we announced how Hrvatski Telekom, Croatia’s largest telecommunications company, is using a Cisco’s end-to-end solution for its advanced TeraStream cloud-enabled Internet Protocol (IP) architecture. Operated by Deutsche Telekom subsidiary Hrvatski Telekom (T-HT), it’s initially providing broadband services to residential users in the Zagreb area of Croatia.