If you haven’t looked at opportunities in Africa in the last couple of years, it’s time to take another look. A massive amount of new internet connectivity is creating new possibilities for the continent, changing the face of Africa forever. The economic and social development opportunities created by high speed, stable and affordable internet access were something that the people of Africa could only dream of until relatively recently – now that dream is fast becoming a reality. Read More »
A message from Ricardo Moreno--Senior Director, Strategy, Planning, and Programs, WW Channels…
Cisco’s Value Incentive Program (VIP) helps increase partner profits by rewarding you twice a year with a rebate payment for building Cisco-based practices.
The role of the network continues to grow and creates new opportunities for Cisco and our partners. It’s also changing the dynamics of the industry. We’ve heard from so many of you that you really value the VIP program, so we are simplifying and enhancing it to create new growth opportunities, revenue streams, and more profits for you.
January 30 marks the 17th consecutive rollout of the VIP program, or VIP 17 (it runs until July 30, 2011). With this iteration, there are a number of changes that are designed to create new growth opportunities, new revenue streams, and greater profitability for you.
Let’s walk through those changes now…
VIP 17 has three tracks (Borderless Network, Collaboration, and Virtualization). Here is a summary of the changes by track:
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With the election season behind us, as a nation it’s time we come together and quickly address the serious challenges facing the U.S. economy and American workers. Our number-one goal must be to restore confidence in our economy and put people back to work.
As a U.S.-based multinational company, Cisco is committed to the continued economic growth and technological leadership of the United States. Given that it is the world’s largest economy, the United States must continue to drive global economic stability through policies that create jobs, promote innovation and foster new opportunities at home and abroad. If we don’t, we run the risk of being left behind. Just this week, a China-based company claims to have developed the fastest supercomputer in the world. This kind of innovation has previously been a hallmark of the United States—a leadership position created by commitment and investment from both government and the private sector. This country must have an environment where innovation and investment is encouraged and rewarded.
Currently, however, U.S. tax policy does the opposite. Incremental tax rates as high as 35% on money made overseas discourages companies such as Cisco from bringing back these resources and investing them at home – whether to create new jobs, boost R&D spending, or return value to shareholders. This high taxation of repatriated foreign earnings is in marked contrast to the tax practices of almost all of the world’s major economies—Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, Canada, Russia, and the Netherlands, to name a few.
As we face the combined challenges and opportunities presented by globalization, technology acceleration, and demographic shifts, competition is increasing, and innovation is becoming more and more critical for companies and countries to succeed and stay ahead of the curve.
This past week at Educause, we announced the availability of our new Research and Administrative Computing solution based on Cisco’s world-class Data Center and Collaboration technologies. This solution can help administrative leaders and research center directors save time and money and improve performance by working better together. By improving research collaboration within the university, and between universities, companies, and governments, we can improve the ability to innovate.