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How A School District Prepares for PARCC and More

CreepyKidIndian Prairie School district, the third largest school district in Illinois, conducted an in-depth investigation to develop an execution plan to adopt Partnership for Assessment and Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium guidelines and meet the Common Core State Standards head-on. Their execution plan took them beyond the basic requirements of online testing to providing a secure, borderless learning environment for a variety of devices, over wired and wireless.

Not only was this a great opportunity for them to upgrade their network to meet the state and national testing standards, but also to lay the foundation for any future requirements as technological advances are rapidly changing the education landscape.

Requirements: 

  1. Meet the computer-based testing requirements under PARCC
  2. Provide a borderless learning environment through mobile and online learning
  3. A stable infrastructure that can meet the dynamic network demand
  4. Prepare for the growing importance of technology in classrooms, wired and wireless, with trends such as BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) as well as an increased use of district-owned devices.

 

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014 at 9:52 am PST

Each 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:

And we’re back. After taking the last couple of weeks to attend and wrap up the coverage for Cisco Partner Summit we’re back in the normal swing of things with the Partner Weekly Rewind. Let’s get back to it…

Off the Top

Before we move away completely from Cisco Partner Summit 2014, I provided one last recap blog this week. Be sure to check out the final recap for this year’s event. It contains a couple of executive videos about what’s on partners’ minds and what the key takeaways were for this year’s Cisco Partner Summit. In addition, there is a highlight video at the end you don’t want to miss. It’s proof positive that we are indeed, Amazing Together.

Be sure to keep following our Partner Ambassadors from this year’s event and drop us a comment congratulating the winners of our social media contests!

Cisco Partner Summit will be in Montreal in 2015. I hope to see many of you there again, and if you can’t make the trip up to Canada, we will be providing full coverage through Virtual Partner Summit (VPS) and social media as always. Read More »

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Cisco Intercloud Provides a Platform for Application Enablement and Innovation

 

Over the past weeks, Cisco Cloud Services  introduce a global Intercloud .  Today I’d like to explain how Cisco Intercloud provides a platform for Cisco, ISVs, and partners application enablement and innovation.

Infrastructure as service (IaaS) is a very small part of the overall cloud adaption requirements needed to enable business agility, growth, and transformation. This is an area that service providers and Telcos have been trying to optimize with traditional BSS, OSS, and provisioning systems over the last several years. The overall market for cloud in these providers is very small and not growing quickly due to their lack of development and application enablement in the physical and virtual layers. These layers are becoming commodity capabilities and not easy to differentiate business capabilities on without adding tremendous cost from enterprise software and advanced services. Even with this added cost, enterprises are failing to transform because basic IaaS is a very small part of their overall business needs.

IaaS

This is not to say that IaaS does not matter. Where IaaS matters is their efficiency and platform capabilities that enable businesses to innovate seamlessly. In addition, cost models and SLA are very important to businesses.
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Recognition for Sales People: The Motivation They Crave

Having worked in Sales for more than 18 years, I have learned that all sales professionals have a common need for recognition and motivation.   Only about 5-20 % of sales people are, “intrinsically motivated” meaning internally driven and not seekers of recognition, whereas 80 percent are “extrinsically motivated” and want ongoing encouragement, praise and recognition to keep up sales.

For many sales managers, most of whom are self-motivated and don’t seek out recognition, it can come as a complete shock that three quarters of their sales team may be extrinsically motivated . This awareness gap can cause serious morale and productivity issues if the recognition needs of the sales teams are not addressed adequately. American Psychologist published a study where researchers found that top performers experienced a positive to negative emotions ratio at a minimum 3:1 and as high as 11:1. In other words, for a person to “thrive” he/she needs to experience at least 3 positive interactions for every 1 negative. Negative feedback is a regular part of a salesperson’s daily life so you can imagine how important it becomes to give regular praise and recognition to sales teams to keep them feeling upbeat and motivated. Read More »

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Manufacturing in America – Turning the Corner

April 9, 2014 at 9:51 am PST

What does manufacturing mean to America? While there may be no quantitative right answer to that question, in my opinion, manufacturing is the creation of new jobs, the empowering of individuals, and teamwork that helps make dreams a reality. Manufacturing has long been wrongly perceived as a dirt and grime industry that lacks the appeal necessary to build and grow a strongly educated workforce, vital to our nation’s industrial and economic growth.

Recently, I watched a video released by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) titled, “What Manufacturing Means to America.” The video addresses the current state of the manufacturing industry and provides fresh insight into utilizing the skill and talent of America’s workforce. It shows that with the right education and skills, manufacturing can be the key to a better future and making dreams come true. Read More »

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