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XChange 2014 is bringing the heat in San Antonio

August 19, 2014 at 7:30 am PST

Well, I made it into San Antonio on Sunday afternoon. The high was 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and even coming from North Carolina, it was a little warm for me. Of course, the resort was cool and comfortable, even when the Channel Company kicked things off with great speakers and top notch networking.

The general session I attended on Sunday afternoon opened up with Joseph Michelli. Joseph is a consultant and best-selling author. He spoke about the customer experience and how it cannot be a disjointed set of transactions. With an emphasis on culture, his presentation was humorous and informative. If you have the chance to see him speak in the future, I highly recommend it. He definitely has some great insight on how the customers’ experience dictate whether or not your business is successful.

XChange OpeningI spent the rest of Sunday meeting with partners, and preparing for a busy Monday and Tuesday at XChange 2014. As usual, it was great to catch up with the partners I already know, and it was fantastic to meet some new faces as well. Oh, and you know what? Texas beef brisket is not half bad… Read More »

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Top Things to Know About VIP 24

I am excited to share the changes we’ve made to the Cisco® Value Incentive Program (VIP) 24. As you know, we are evolving our Channel Partner Program to maintain the best partner program in the industry. As an important part of this evolution, we have aligned VIP so that it fits with our evolved Cisco architectural strategy, and continue to focus VIP on new market trends and business models that our customers need for their businesses. We believe you will see greater profitability and customer satisfaction as a result. That’s a win-win for you and for Cisco.

Here are the top things you should know about VIP 24: Read More »

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Changes in #ITConsumption Spark Public Sector Innovation

Information technology advances have changed the way we do everything, from listening to music and reading books to connecting with clients and making the world our mobile office. And as these changes have been introduced, they have also influenced the management style of Chief Information Officers (CIOs), shifting their priorities to focus on consumption, data center optimization, cloud computing, information security, mobility, analytics and big data.

In the public sector, the prevalence of cloud and mobile technologies has completely transformed the way CIOs are achieving their goals. One key takeaway from government experiences in IT Consumption (how organizations and individuals purchase and use information technology assets) is that an organization needs to have the flexibility to adapt in order to meet challenges and maximize opportunities presented by this new environment. Add in the challenge of “Shadow IT” practices, and agencies are left asking themselves what is the correct response to IT consumption in our agency?

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – August 15, 2014

August 15, 2014 at 8:58 am PST

Partner-Weekly-Rewind-v2Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:

Off the Top

Arjun Lahiri was here this week to talk about Cisco compatible solutions. Arjun had some great insight on how all is being connected via the Internet of Everything (IoE) and how the need for business applications is increasing exponentially.

With the rising need for business applications, Cisco simply cannot produce all of the necessary applications on its own. That is where Cisco compatible solutions come into play.

Read what Arjun has to say about Cisco compatible solutions filling in those gaps. Be sure to let him know what you think!

Partner Voices

I have mentioned several times how much I love working on the Partner Voices series. We focus on a lot of the cool solutions that our partners are putting into the marketplace, and it always makes for a more fun story.

In my post from this week, I talked to David Powell of TekLinks about their latest cloud-delivered electronic health record solution. Be sure to give it a read and give me your feedback in the comments section. Read More »

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The Things that Make Everything in the #InternetOfEverything

The Internet of Things continues to add new things daily to a growing list of already connected things; and these “things” have the opportunity to completely change our world. Capabilities like context awareness, increased processing power and energy independence have all been made possible as more people and new types of information are connected. And each day, society gains and learns from these innovations, all a part of the Internet of Everything – a network of networks where billions of connections create unprecedented opportunities as well as new risks.

When it comes to the actual physical devices that are moving the Internet of Everything forward, most think of traditional conduits such as laptops, phones and “wearables.” But, the connections that are creating the Internet of Everything come in forms many may not even consider, from toothbrushes, trashcans, power tools – even entire cities. And while all of these connections amaze with their technology, the value that they create is the real story, for what it means now and for the future of our society.

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Much is at stake when discussing the value that the Internet of Things holds. At this year’s CES Conference, it was estimated that the Internet of Things would become a $19 trillion market over the next several years. The number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the world’s population by the end of this year and by 2018, 96 percent of mobile data traffic will originate from these smart devices. The amount of these connections, coupled with reduced technology costs, has created possibilities for the future of the Internet of Things that are seemingly limitless:

  • Sensors all along the food supply chain, together with Big Data analytics and the intelligence of the cloud, will help us optimize the delivery of food from “farm to fork.” Sensors in the field will be combined with weather forecasts and other data to trigger irrigation and harvest times for each crop. And sensors on the food itself will alert merchants and consumers about when the “sell by” and “use by” dates are approaching to prevent spoilage. All of this will significantly reduce food waste—which today amounts to about one-third of total world food production.
  • A blue-tooth connected toothbrush that connects to a smartphone app is just one of the many devices on the market that promote a better quality of life through improved healthcare. Wearable technology like fitness trackers, health monitors, insulin pumps and even “smart” clothing can measure consumed calories, heart rates, the amount of medicine in a person’s body and transmit that data to patients and medical professionals in real-time. And 71% of Americans claim these types of devices have improved their overall health.
  • The city of the future will be “smarter” as sensors turn street lights, waste receptacles and cameras into tools that will help municipalities operate on more efficient levels. Wim Elfrink outlined how Barcelona has used a network of sensors that transmit real-time data on temperature, noise and other conditions in one of the city’s most popular areas. Kansas City, Missouri has used the network of street lighting and interactive digital kiosks in conjunction with a $114 million streetcar project to promote the city to both residents, and companies potentially looking to relocate their operations.

Serving as a link to the Internet of Everything, all of the connected things that make up the fabric of the Internet of Things are leading to new economic opportunities, increased personalized connections and more importantly, positive intersections of technology and the human experience. Far beyond the monetary values that it can present to society, the Internet of Things is powerfully changing and improving quality of life for people across the globe, with billions of opportunities awaiting us all.

What impact has the Internet of Everything had on your life, professionally or personally? Thinking futuristically, in what ways can you dream of that use the Internet of Things and the Internet of Everything to change our world?

We want to know what examples of the Internet of Everything you see in your own City of Tomorrow – your neighborhood! Join the conversation online by tagging your photo and video examples with #InternetofEverything and #CityofTomorrowHow is the Internet of Everything changing your city? 

Additional resources:

Review the Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2013

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