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Don’t You (Forget about Employee Engagement)

Tonight I’m heading out for a huge slice of nostalgia. I’m going to see 1980s pop group Simple Minds. No doubt there’ll be much reminiscing and swaying of hands to classics like “Don’t You (Forget About Me).”

This year Cisco has been celebrating its 30th birthday. Another recent addition to the 30-something list is the movie “The Breakfast Club.” This John Hughes classic became an icon of the time and helped make Simple Minds and “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” world famous.

As a remote worker, I understand it could be easy to feel “forgotten” and become disillusioned with a lack of information and sporadic contact with your managers, peers, and co-workers. How do you, for example: Read More »

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Cisco Partner Summit Day 2: Disrupt or be Disrupted

MVPS

Bruce Klein welcomed everyone back to Day 2, “Innovation Day”, of Partner Summit and asked Rob Lloyd to lead today’s general session. Rob Lloyd reinforced John’s message from yesterday. Things are changing and they are changing fast, and if you don’t find a way to disrupt your industry, you will be disrupted. As Cisco has said all week long, “You must Be Bold!”

Rob hosted iTalks this year as if they were a tv talk show, bringing Cisco executives up on stage as guests for quick talks about specific areas. This iTalk approach allowed each executive to give a brief description of what’s top of mind in their area, but before we get to those recaps, why not see what people at the show had to say about today:

Rob Soderbery

Rob Lloyd brought Rob Soderbery up on stage to talk about security, and he led off by asking Rob S., “Is Cisco really ‘in it to win it’ in Security? Some people don’t necessarily think so.”  Rob Soderbery went on to explain that Cisco is definitely all in on security and we are in fact refreshing the entire product line at the moment. Read More »

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Igniting the Intercloud Partner Ecosystem

IT today is filled with disparate islands of clouds. Cisco’s strategy to connect those islands into an interconnected global network of clouds—the Intercloud—is unique in the market. But it’s our partner-centric cloud model that really helps us stand out from the usual cloud crowd.

We believe our partner-centric model is the winning strategy. A tightly knit ecosystem of trusted partners provides far greater infrastructure and application choice, greater industry expertise and better geographic coverage than any single vendor could.

Together, in just over a year, we’ve moved quickly from vision, to execution to momentum. We’ve laid the foundation for the Intercloud with a significant partner ecosystem of more than 60 Intercloud partners spanning more than 350 data centers across 50 countries.

While we are proud of what we’ve collectively achieved, our job is not done.

Today, we are introducing new programs, services and initiatives to help cloud builders, cloud providers and cloud resellers grow with us and further capture the Intercloud opportunity. We want to win with Intercloud together. Read More »

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Cisco Recognizes and Applauds its Global Award Winners at Partner Summit

Last evening during a global awards reception held at Cisco Partner Summit in Montreal, Canada, I had the distinguished privilege of recognizing the achievement of our top global partners for seizing new opportunities, unleashing innovations and empowering customers in all-new ways. Seventeen global partners were selected for their exemplary performance across several categories.

Take a look at some of the photos from last night.

Winners of the 2015 Cisco Partner Summit Global awards are: Read More »

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The Importance of Taking an Integrated Architectural Approach to Your Collaboration Deployment

Collaboration is all about enabling diverse and distributed team members, both inside and outside your organization to effectively communicate, share information, and work toward a common goal. The benefits of collaboration show up as:

  • Productivity gains
  • Better and faster decision making
  • Improved communication and teamwork
  • The ability for remote and virtual team members to take part meaningfully

Before investing in new collaboration technology, it pays to take a moment and define your goals: What do you want collaboration to deliver, and to whom?

I’m not talking about departmental or point-to-point focused  goals that will address only an immediate need (like deploying video endpoints to several offices to enable better team interaction for a particular group, say an engineering team). I am talking about looking beyond that.

What benefits do want your organization as a whole to derive from collaboration? Read More »

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