With so many schools looking to integrate various technologies for things like blended & distance learning, increased staff and student collaboration, and mobility options, many are asking “are we sure we have the necessary infrastructure?”. And if they answer yes, will it support the newest technologies, and will it work all the time, every time?
We all know technology-enabled classrooms are becoming necessary for students and teachers living in a network-connected, mobile world. Luckily, schools can actually reduce operating costs at the same time they are enabling these technologies by providing a wireless network infrastructure. Read More »
Tags: bring your own device, byod, campus, Cisco, education, K-12, K12, mobile device, mobility, student, tablet, teach, technology
How do you turn social media on its head and make it unique for your initiatives? I’m always fascinated to see new approaches to using social media and get inspired by different organizations’ creativity. From specific initiatives to drive more traffic and awareness (like American Express’ Passion Project) to getting executives involved (like HubSpot’s CEO Manager Twitter for a Day) to countless other examples in sports, entertainment, B2B, and B2C, creativity is a key factor in the success of our efforts.
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Social media is especially intriguing when it comes to the way it can be used for on- and offline events. (E.g., webcasts, virtual environments, onsite conferences and meetings, Twitter chats, etc.) Based on the nature of these types of activities, social media is a strong communication channel to pilot new ideas, convert more traditional approaches to 2-way engagements, and create real-time impact.
Specifically social media can be used to:
- Drive registration traffic
- Create a much more engaging environment
- Tie on- and offline participants together
- Generate more information sharing, innovations, and crowdsourcing
- Provide more direct access to speakers, executives, peers, and others
- Offer ongoing engagement opportunities long after an “event” has taken place
- Troubleshoot and resolve issues quickly
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Tags: #eventprofs, Adobe, B2B, B2C, Cisco, ciscosmt, education, events, Executives, information-sharing, learning, mentoring, offline events, online events, SAP, social, social learning, social media, social media strategies, social networking, training, ustream, virtual
Today , I met Chandra Jacobs, Product Marketing at EMC to talk about her experience at Cisco Live 2013 in Florida and the solutions she presented.
Chandra – Can you introduce yourself ?
I love creative and challenging projects in the emerging technology product space. I have a background in technology, innovation, and product development, especially as applied to web and mobile development, but have recently expanded into content marketing and digital marketing.
In my role in product marketing at EMC, my specialties are Backup and Recovery Solutions for highly virtualized, converged environments (like the VCE Vblock System) as well as “Cloud Backup as a Service “(BaaS) for Service Providers, Outsourcers, and Systems Integrators. I am active on social media, often tweeting from @EMCBackup as well as @therestlessroad, and write regularly for TheBackupWindow.emc.com, the Backup Recovery Systems Division blog
Sounds that you had a lot of fun at Cisco Live , but you also have been pretty busy ?
Yes ! With over 20,000 show attendees, Cisco Live was all about the power of networking. I hope you enjoyed the play on words—I particularly think it is clever, considering the theme of the conference as well as the value attendees, partners, and customers get out of interacting and connecting with one another.
Representing EMC Backup Recovery Systems here at Cisco Live, I witnessed first-hand exceptional collaboration between EMC partners around booth activity, social media promotion, and product expertise. VCE is the perfect example. In fact I counted up to 4 VCE Vblock Systems on the show floor !
At the EMC booth, the VCE booth, the Cisco Data Center and Cloud booth, the VMware booth !
Not only is that a lot of exposure for a great product, but it also shows the level of commitment and support the partner companies have in making the Vblock System a success.
So in this spirit , how does your team contribute to the success of the Vblock System ?
My team is dedicated to provide the best Data Protection solutions for the Vblock System, which is built upon a foundation of backup and recovery architected with TLC around leading edge EMC products EMC Avamar and EMC Data Domain systems.
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Tags: Avamar, Cisco, data backup, data center, disaster recovery, EMC, Vblock, VCE. VMware. Data Protection
Cisco Partner Summit 2013 was an amazing event this year, and as you saw throughout the week, we had lots to tell you about the huge opportunity for partners focused on the midmarket. Partner participation was excellent both live in Boston and at Virtual Partner Summit. Together with Cisco regional leaders, we engaged with more than 1,100 partners during our VPS Dialog Sessions.
Some of the topics covered during our VPS Dialogs: Grow your Business with Cisco sessions included:
- Midmarket opportunity: 1.4 million midsize customers, $25 billion in potential product revenue and $30 billion in potential services revenue and how Cisco is helping all of our certified partners capture this opportunity.
- Enhanced Training: New SMB Specialization, SMB University and an updated Smart Business Roadmap
- New Mobile App: Cisco Engage Mobile App designed especially for Select Partners
- Business Focused Event Series: An opportunity for hands-on product demos and networking with peers
- Customer Case Studies: Developed by Cisco to promote our partners successes
- Meraki Acquisition: New cloud offering available for partners
Participating partners responded very positively to polling questions during the sessions. According to the feedback we received: Read More »
Tags: Cisco, partner, smb, strategy
In today’s business world IT professionals have to manage multiple collaboration applications in order to support an increasingly mobile workforce, flexible desktop solutions as well as collaboration and video rooms within their organizations. The collaboration environment is multi-endpoint and multi-vendor and reaches beyond enterprise boundaries – both B2B and B2C.
Compounding this IT challenge is the maturity of the collaboration market. To date, companies have typically made significant investments and want to protect these investments as they move forward. In particular, companies want to protect the quality of experience as they move to integrate across department, company and consumer boundaries, and as they look to expand their deployments. This challenge grows more acute as the market rapidly evolves towards innovations such as H.265 and WebRTC.
Companies are looking for true interoperability with a seamless user experience that:
– Allows them to benefit from new innovations
– Interoperates with existing and future investments
– And, works across company boundaries and functions in a diverse environment
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Tags: Cisco, collaboration, h.265, infocomm 2013, interoperability, standards, TelePresence, video, Video Contest, WebRTC