Imagine you’re at a lunch meeting with prospective customers and they begin to ask you questions about the Cisco Nexus 5010 Switch. Wouldn’t it be great if you could use your iPad or other mobile device to show a demo of the switch before your entree even arrived?
The Kaon 3D Data Center Models make it possible for you to do just that. Download the interactive 3D models of the Cisco data center products to your iPad, iPhone, laptop, or desktop. Once it’s downloaded, you’re able to quickly and easily demo Cisco data center and switching products anytime, anywhere. No need for access to an in-person demo center or actual product to show off the features and benefits to prospects and customers.
What would anytime, anywhere access to Cisco data center products mean to you? Shorter sales cycles, of course!
Take a tour of this handy tool and find out how you can start using it today. Read More »
Tags: 3D, Cisco, data center, kaon, partner
It’s daunting, exhilarating, and a lot of hard work, all rolled into one…that’s the day in the life of social media! Each day is different as this social communication channel continues to evolve and grow. So how do organizations keep their best brand ambassadors (aka their executives, employees, contractors, vendors, partners, and customers) up-to-speed with social media?
While it’s really a mix of components, including policies and guidelines, communication, and clear strategies, training is a key component. There are a variety of social media webinars, chats, workshops, and other learning resources out there, but often times, a more robust training program is needed to educate new users and enable those with an existing skill set.
With a collaborative effort, a common goal, and a set of focused training courses, organizations can empower these ambassadors to use social media effectively, build their own reputations, and bolster the brand. Internally our Corporate Social Media Marketing team has been working hard to build a robust training program for employees, contractors, executives, partners, and customers. Below is a summary of highlights from this expanded program, tips to creating a similar initiative, and an opportunity to participate in the upcoming @ciscosocial #smtraining Twitter chat on August 2, 2012 at 9am PDT. (Please note new date.)
Cisco Social Media Training Snapshot
After assessing internal company training needs around social media and existing resources, we looked for ways to expand learning, developing the following model and implementing it this past May.
Cisco's Corporate Social Media Marketing Training Program Snapshot
Courses are offered across Cisco both in live and on-demand session formats to accommodate different regions on an ongoing basis. And in the true spirit of collaboration, we work with Cisco subject matter experts (SMEs), global social media peers, fellow team members, and even a few guest speakers. Not only does this approach create a stronger shared investment across the company, but it also enables those interested in stretch goals, the opportunity to participate in a larger role. Lastly, the program includes special incentives including three levels of certification and gaming badges to earn along the way.
Since we launched the first course on May 29, 2012, we have seen a huge interest in the training programs with over 550 participants, with many on their way to the first level of social media certification! As the word gets out internally to more and more teams, we are seeing larger registration and participation across organizations such as engineering, support, marketing, sales, and several others.
Currently, we are also offering a smaller partner-focused set of training sessions. And at the end of this summer, we will launch the executive-focused track of this program, followed by customer training opportunities in 2013.
Tips to Create a Training Program
Creating a training program like the one described above takes resources, time, determination, and support. Here are some tips to developing this type of training program:
- Get to know the audience, internal and external.
- Assess the current training resources available to these audiences.
- Outline gaps in courses, materials, and other types of resources.
- Create a social media training strategy and get management buy-in.
- Look for ways to leverage existing resources, internal team member expertise, and external contacts.
- Build content that resonates with audiences, sharing a mix of best practices, techniques, and examples.
- Tie into the organization’s overall training programs and systems.
- Start out slow, evaluate course feedback and ratings, and build out program accordingly.
- Identify opportunities to gamify the program to further incent participants.
- Recognize those that reach milestones and acknowledge participant feedback and needs.
Over the course of the next several months, we will share more program details and best practices.
In the meantime, let’s meet up virtually for a @ciscosocial Twitter chat to learn more from each other regarding social media training and how different organizations are developing this type of education. Join us on August 2 at 9am PDT, following #smtraining, directly on Twitter or another Twitter application. (Please note new date.)
What questions are top-of-mind for you regarding social media training? Share your feedback with us using the comment section below and we’ll incorporate your questions into this special Twitter chat.
This post was developed in collaboration with Petra Neiger (@petra1400).
Tags: #smtraining, Cisco, education, marketing, marketing communications, social, social learning, social media, social media strategies, social networking, training, Twitter chat
One of this year’s Meeting of the Minds themes is “reinventing public/private partnerships.” And one question on the table for discussion: what do the partnerships need to look like in order to succeed in fostering smarter, more connected communities? In fact, in a recent post on May 29th, one particular question was highlighted as a promising area for collective inquiry: how can collaborative partnerships speed the development of a new broadband-centric economy?
A key element to bringing citizens, private enterprise, and the public sector together, especially in public-private projects is the presence of forward-thinking leaders to rally the players. That’s one of the roles performed by the annual Meeting of the Minds. One way that the sponsors, including Cisco, Toyota, Schneider Electric, Phillips, and the Lincoln Institute, lead is by bringing together diverse groups of professionals from many sectors. We’re thrilled this year to also bring an influx of new leaders who come to the table with real multidisciplinary skills and a definitive cross-sector vision to contribute. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, IBSG, public-private partnerships; Meeting of the Minds, university; learning; higher education; leadership; innovation; MBA; training
With Partner Velocity, Partner Summit, and Cisco Live under our belts, we’re sad to say “goodbye” to this year’s conference season.
It was tons of fun getting to meet so many partners in person during the events, and the Cisco Channels team is looking forward to seeing all of you again next year.
But before we do, we wanted to share a full recap from Cisco Live! 2012, starting with our favorite photos.
No, you’re not having a déjà vu moment. The San Diego Convention Center was a popular spot for events this year.
17,000 in-person attendees! And almost half were first-time attendees.
Demo time during Chairman and CEO John Chambers’ keynote on day two of Cisco Live.
Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior discusses the Cisco Open Network Environment (Cisco ONE).
Cisco partners showing off their new Cisco partner logos. (Find out how you can be entered into a drawing to win US$2000 in Joint Marketing Funds simply by sharing your updated or new marketing assets featuring your new Cisco partner logo.)
Couldn’t make it to Cisco Live this year and want more? We’ve got you covered!
Keep reading to get a full recap from the event, including a list of Cisco Live resources, replays, videos, announcements, blogs, and news coverage. Read More »
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Over the past years, with the growing success of UCS, the partnership between Cisco and Redhat has been stronger and stronger. Cisco is a Gold Sponsor of the RedHat Summit 2012 in Boston, and the UCS platform has been once more again praised on stage in front of the 3000 participants . During his keynote address yesterday SAP Sybase’s Irfan Khan, senior vice president and chief technology officer, announced that in two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmarks, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and its Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor running the SAP ERP 6.0 application achieved leading performance results running on… Cisco UCS servers *.
If UCS attracts more and more SAP customers, the Oracle customers can also rely on this platform to gain significant performances and reduce cost as they migrate from a Risc migration environment to Cisco UCS .Check the blogs from Cisco Timothy Stack on this topic.
One of the best way to achieve this migration from Unix to Linux, is certainly in deploying a solution such as Flexpod, presented at RedHat Summit 2012 by NetApp, which is a Silver Sponsor (see NetApp activities here) -- So I ask Jon Benedict (@CaptainKVM) , oVirt board member and NetApp Sr Virtualization Solutions Architect to share with us what Flexpod can provide in this context.
“Anyone who has had to maintain a rigid, outdated infrastructure knows it’s a time-consuming and painful process. Prior to joining NetApp I was a Red Hat solution architect and led a mainframe migration project for a large financial services company running both Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Solaris. We were confronted with an issue that impacted both platforms; getting the issue resolved with Red Hat and the newer Solaris versions was relatively straightforward but custom-tweaked applications running on older, end of life platforms required a ridiculously expensive per system financial investment. A key outcome of the project was the requirement that the IT team create a plan for migrating older Solaris-based applications from UNIX to Linux.
FlexPod would have been a great way to handle this, but unfortunately this project was pre-FlexPod.
The Cisco Unified Computing System represents an ideal computing platform for Linux-based applications while the joint collaboration between Cisco, NetApp and Red Hat is key to accelerating this type of transition. Instead of just upgrading servers and the operating system, our pre-validated FlexPod data center platform enables you to modernize your infrastructure holistically with an integrated solution including Cisco UCS servers, Cisco Nexus switches, and NetApp FAS storage. As my marketing guys love to say, “It’s a platform capable of meeting your needs today and scaling to meet your needs in the future.” Like me, the comment looks fluffy but it’s solid.
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Tags: Cisco, data center, FlexPod, Linux, RedHat Summit 2012, Risc Migrations