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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – January 9, 2015

January 9, 2015 at 7:30 am PST

Partner-Weekly-Rewind-v2Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem 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

Cisco Live Milan is fast approaching. The event begins on January 26 and this week on the Partner Blog, Pat Sampson dropped by to give an update on the agenda and how partners can take advantage of the event.

Be sure to read Pat’s blog and get the latest information on Cisco Live Milan!

Partner Voices

I took a break from the Partner Voices series this week to make way for my colleague, Smita Dave. Smita had an excellent feature about how Core BTS created a solution for their customer. The blog features a fantastic video you don’t want to miss. Let us know what you think. Read More »

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10 Predictions for the Future of Wi-Fi and Mobility

The close of every year brings startling headlines that herald the continued meteoric rise of mobility. This past year was no exception. The 2014 announcement that there are now more mobile subscribers than inhabitants on the planet exemplified the mobile zeitgeist and its importance in our daily lives.

But, the big mobile news in 2014 was around Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi continues to blanket the world, with iPass estimating that the number of public hotspots will increase almost 8-fold over the next four years to cover 1 out of every 20 people on the planet. And, Wi-Fi is becoming more like the mobile cellular experience. The seamless authentication and experience promised by Hotspot 2.0 is now available, with Time Warner and others announcing last year that they would roll it out across their entire Wi-Fi networks. And, we can now roam to other international Wi-Fi networks, like we do on cellular, with Comcast and Liberty Global, and other providers, announcing global roaming agreements. And, 2014 saw mobile operators beginning to embrace Wi-Fi in a big way. T-Mobile USA began shipping wireless routers to provide five bars coverage at home by allowing customers to make calls over Wi-Fi instead of the mobile network.

Of all the 2014 Wi-Fi activities, perhaps the biggest event was Read More »

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Creativity: The Secret Sauce for Successful Consultants

One of the challenges we’re seeing in business today is the need to re-learn the problem solving process. This need is increasing demand for creativity as a critical competency of the consultant of the future – driven by how businesses capture value harnessing the connectivity and intelligence enabled by the Internet of Everything (IoE). Read More »

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Partner Voices: Be a Leading Player and Tell your customer story

January 7, 2015 at 8:19 am PST

The most powerful marketing content is an inspired success story. In my recent blog, I told you how our Master Specialized partners are solving customers’ key business problems.  I want to share another incredible story of how a Cisco partner, Core BTS, created a powerful solution for their customer.

A technology foundation for the future

The banking industry has a reputation for speaking conservatively. So, when a bank president describes working with a Cisco partner as “remarkable,” it speaks volumes about the partner and their capabilities.

Core BTS, a Master Specialized partner, was chosen by North Country Savings Bank to help transform the 100-year old bank’s services. They needed a video solution to connect their customers to their offsite service representatives. The bank wanted to improve collaboration and training across offices. And decrease travel time and cost.

The bank described the new wireless, voice, and video solution as the “technology foundation that will carry us into the future.”

Up your game with the Cisco Partner Ecosystem

As a Master specialized partner, customers will expect to have deep, far-ranging conversations with you. Become a part of the Cisco Partner Ecosystem and find the capabilities your customers need, all within the safety of Cisco-validated partnerships. Give your customers more value and solve even more complex problems. Read More »

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How Can Satellite Service Providers Deliver At The Speed Of The Web?

In the go-go-go marketplace that is pay television, one of the most important raw ingredients for success is the ability to rapidly respond to competitive interlopers of all stripes — online and over-the-top, in addition to the “known” / traditional video purveyors. This is particularly true for satellite video providers. Their ability to quickly upgrade the installed base of consumer premise equipment (CPE), and all the associated services, is somewhat trickier than their competitors, for many reason reasons.

Most of the installed base of boxes lacks a two-way or “return” channel, and where there is one, it doesn’t necessarily operate in a “managed” environment. Meaning the satellite provider doesn’t control it, and there is no guarantee of connectivity.

So how can satellite-based service providers efficiently build Read More »

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