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What’s New? Partner Update Newscast Recaps Top Cisco Headlines, in Less Than 5 Minutes

November 30, 2011 at 1:55 pm PST

It’s time for another Partner Update newscast. This week, Andrew’s feeling a bit hungry and tries unsuccessfully to eat an air sandwich. The concept of an air sandwich is explained in detail during a live Virtual Partner Velocity broadcast with speaker, strategist, and New How author Nilofer Merchant. While the air sandwich may be low in fat and calories, it’s also lacking in taste. In the business world, an air sandwich can mean a company lacks innovation. Grab a real sandwich and tune into this episode of Partner Update to learn how to get rid of air sandwiches.

This newcast’s highlights also include: WebEx and Jabber news from the Collaboration Summit, incentives for partners, SMARTnet service deals, CRN’s Top 100 stars of the IT industry, how to enter our new contest, ways Cisco is helping partners with marketing, a recap of our Twitter chat with Cisco’s VP of Global Partner Marketing, a new free social media ebook for partners, and more.

Keep reading for additional information on the news we covered, links, and time stamps so you can forward ahead to the items that interest you.

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TechWiseTV and the Post-PC Experience

November 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm PST

One of the reasons I personally love our collaboration technologies is that I am a productivity nerd. I am a zero-inbox follower of David Allen’s GTD methodology that loves nothing more than tinkering with my ‘perspectives’ in Omni-Focus. It is a great time to be at Cisco and I am blessed to have this TechWiseTV show that affords me access to the best engineering minds and the latest technologies.

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Cisco Unveils New Ways to Collaborate in the Post-PC Era

At the Cisco Collaboration Summit 2011 in Miami today, Cisco unveiled new solutions to help people collaborate more effectively in the post-PC era. This era moves past the limitations of “PC centric” communication and instead evokes a “people centric” approach where people can collaborate anywhere, anytime and on any device or application. The advancements Cisco is introducing today --from Cisco WebEx to Cisco Jabber — can change how people meet utilizing expanded cloud-based services, and can give workers an easy way to collaborate directly from Web applications they use every day, driving new levels of business productivity and competitiveness.

I sat down with Murali Sitaram, Vice President and General Manager of the Cisco Collaboration Software Group, at Collaboration Summit to learn more about these new announcements and how they fit into Cisco strategy.

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Cisco Fuels Collaboration Innovation with Jabber for Mac

Earlier this year, we announced our vision for Cisco Jabber, a unified communications application bringing together presence, instant messaging, voice, video, voice messaging, desktop sharing, and conferencing securely into one experience on any device, anywhere, and delivered through a traditional on-premises deployment, or via the cloud.

Cisco Jabber client

Jabber provides a simple way for business workers to easily and securely find the right people, to see if and on what device they are available, and to collaborate using their preferred method or device.

Last week, we took another big step in that vision, with the release of Cisco Jabber for Mac.  This release delivers powerful new capabilities and a compelling user experience, providing what we feel is the richest UC experience for Mac users in the enterprise to date. Jabber for Mac continues our commitment to bring unified communications to “any device, anywhere.”

In addition to desktop environments, we have already delivered UC capabilities across Android, Blackberry, Nokia and Apple smartphone and tablet devices and will continue to roll out additional capabilities across these platforms.  Beyond voice, voicemail and instant messaging, we have also included compelling applications for web conferencing (WebEx) and enterprise social software (Cisco Quad).  In fact, WebEx became one of the most downloaded business applications on the iOS with over one million downloads from the iTunes App Store, and Cisco Mobile for iPhone won best of show at MacWorld when we introduced it in 2009.

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The Yang of Open Standards, the Yin of Open Source

Every time I think about the relationship between Open Standards and Open Source I am reminded of a fascinating talk by Paul Saltman, a biochemist from Caltech, invited to speak to a Chinese forum years ago, about national food policy for China, later published in Caltech’s Engineering & Science, titled The Yang of Nutrition…The Yin of Food.

I am not a nutritionist, or biochemist, or expert on food -- though in more than one occasion I’ve been known to venture in the art - but I do know a little about open standards and open source - let’s just say enough to be sentient of the wholeness and synergy in which these opposites attract and coexist, perhaps not unlike The Cathedral and the Bazaar.

By the very nature of our industry, open standards are not just important, they are indispensable, the foundation upon which every internetworking protocol is based, the pre-requisite of interoperability, so naturally we take open standards seriously, the yang side, as it were.  But what is often overlooked, just as the case with the yin of food in Saltman’s parallel, is the yin of open source, some of which is in fact the implementation, the other side, or yin as it were, of these open standards and more, with things like jabber or tigerstripe just to name a few.  We’d like to tell you more about what we’re doing with these and other open projects, soon to be covered in this blog.

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