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Join Us Online for Cisco Partner Summit 2011

February 1, 2011 at 12:04 pm PST

Register now for Partner Summit!2011 will be “The Year of Disruptive Technologies and Business Models,” if Everything Channels’ predictions hold true.

Not only is cloud is becoming mainstream as a business IT solution, but mobile is taking over as the preferred method of computing, and virtualization is proliferating, too.

Want to learn more about these opportunities and find out about what role the network will play in supporting these opportunities--from the comfort of your home or office? Then be sure to register for Cisco Virtual Partner Summit 2011. Virtual Partner Summit will be the spot in which you can learn, share, and engage.

Virtual Partner Summit takes place online on March 1–3, 2011 and costs nothing for Cisco partners to attend. All you have to do is register and join us.

What are the benefits of attending?

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Broadcast Recap: How to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web

January 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm PST

Yesterday I had the chance to host a live broadcast with social media guru Brian Solis—our first Partner Velocity Virtual Engagement. In our hour-long session, Engage: How to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web, Brian discussed the importance of building engagement with both current and potential customers through new social media tools.

Here’s a replay of our broadcast in case you missed it.

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“Your Valet Life” Contest – Win a Personal Assistant for 6 Months

Want to simplify your life? Valet, the surprisingly simple wireless router can help. Today we’re kicking off the ‘Your Valet Life’ contest, which will award one lucky winner the services of a personal assistant for six months.

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Happy Community Manager Appreciation Day! #CMAD 2011

Community Managers are the unsung hero of social media ballads. However, today is Community Manager Appreciation Day (#CMAD), so step away from your Facebook, Twitter, Quora, or blog and give yourself a pat on the back!

In honor of #CMAD we created this image that truly captures the role of a Community Manager.

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Is “5 years” the new decade for Data Center and Cloud?

Yesterday Google announced a change in their executive leadership. There is much speculation about why it happened, but the immediate consensus is that it was focused on driving change faster within the company. That may be right or it may be wrong. Every company goes through some executive changes over time, but the more interesting area to explore is how this fit into a broader “industry timeline” perspective.

For the first 5 years of the past decade, Google was the belle of the ball. It became a verb. It changed the way we find, use and look at information.  It didn’t invent search, but it built a better mousetrap and changed the world in amazing ways. People predicted that it would replace the Internet!! And then the “social Internet” happened and people started finding more interesting information from Facebook and Twitter instead of Search and RSS. The business of information changed, just as many other industries go through change. Nobody truly saw it coming, but the last 5 years of the decade were much different from the first 5 years. And while Google is still “it” in Internet search, they aren’t really “it” in social Internet. People can speculate all they want about if this is a strategy issue or execution issue, it doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that people are legitimately talking about Google as a “maybe they missed it” in this decade. And that’s an interesting discussion because of the pace at which it happened. About 5 years. [NOTE: I'm not predicting, assuming or implying anybody's demise. I'm a huge Google fanboy. It's the pace of change that's interesting to me.]

So what does all of this mean for companies that aren’t Google, or aren’t one of the core pillars of the Internet? What if you make cars, or pharmaceuticals, or widgets? Maybe you’re a brick and mortal retailer. What if your business isn’t in the hyper-competitive information business? Read More »

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