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Partner Voices: Identity, Security and the Internet of Everything

As I often do with our Cisco Partner Voices blogs, this week’s entry is really more about me getting out of the way and letting the partner tell the story. I mean, after all, that’s what this whole series is about, right?

This week, I had the opportunity to hear from Geoff Webb (@GeoffvWebb), Senior Director, Solution Strategy for NetIQ. Geoff had some thoughts on the Internet of Everything (IoE) that are definitely worth sharing with the Cisco Partner Ecosystem.

In Geoff’s words, the Internet of Everything holds incredible promise – the opportunity to completely redefine how we interact with technology, the way we use information, even the way we perceive the very world around us.  We’re going to be surrounded, 24/7, by smart devices that do everything from help us drive our cars more safely and monitor crop yields across the world to double checking that we turned the oven off before we left home, even run an airliner’s engines at peak efficiency as it flies around the world.

These smart tools – whether it’s wearable, drivable, sitting in our homes and/or in our bodies – are going to change absolutely every aspect of the way we think about, and use, information and technology.  Yet at the same time, this is going to make new demands on the way we plan for security and privacy.  And, the key to building the new, safe and secure IoE is going to be a deep understanding of a very old concept: that of “identity.” Read More »

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – March 13, 2015

Partner-Weekly-Rewind-v2Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem 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:

Off the Top

Sherri Liebo provided an update on how Cisco has marketed the Cisco Partner Ecosystem since its launch last March at Cisco Partner Summit. It’s a great look at how far the we’ve come with the Cisco Partner Ecosystem and how Cisco will continue to work to grow it.

There will be more to come in April during Cisco Partner Summit 2015 and at Cisco Marketing Velocity 2015, but be sure to read Sherri’s blog and let us know what you think about the strides Cisco made since last year.

Cloud Innovation

The power of the Cisco Partner Ecosystem is on full display in Edison Peres’ blog this week on how and ecosystem makes cloud innovation possible. Tying back to this week’s announcement of new Intercloud partners, Edison’s blog post shows just how the Cisco Partner Ecosystem powers the cloud. Check it out and let us know what you think! Read More »

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Partner Voices: Be a Leading Player and Tell Your Customer Story

Welcome back to my “Tell Your Customer Story” series. I hope you enjoyed my previous blog on how Core BTS, a Cisco partner, created a powerful solution for their customer.  The second in this series spotlights Cerium Networks and how they brought a customer’s vision to life.

Innovating for Success

When “it becomes crystal clear that we cannot keep doing things the same way,” what level of technology expertise does it take to help a county overhaul the way it’s been operating for 30 years? According to a county official, that was the problem facing Benton County, Washington. They needed to serve their constituents with a shrinking operating budget.

So Benton County turned to Cerium Networks, a Master Collaboration and Master Security Specialized Partner. The county worked with several vendors over the years, leading to a complex technology environment. Cerium helped streamline their operations. They made sure that the county’s business ran smoothly during the process.

The implementation required a number of Cisco technologies, including a high-speed switching backbone, data center virtualization, unified communications, and Cisco TelePresence. Cerium had the knowledge and experience to handle the project. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – February 6, 2015

Partner-Weekly-Rewind-v2Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem 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:

Off the Top

Gary Serda kicked off this past week on the Partner Blog with his look at capitalizing on the Windows Server 2003 migration opportunity. Microsoft is ending support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14 of this year and Gary wants to make sure our partners are able to take advantage of the marketing campaign resources that are available from Cisco.

Read through Gary’s blog and let us know if you need more information. Don’t be afraid to share your feedback on how we’re doing in providing the information you need to be successful.

Partner Voices: Making the Grade

I always mention how much I enjoy our ongoing Partner Voices series. It gives me a chance to meet many of our partners, at least virtually, and to get a little more in-depth with all the great solutions being produced by Cisco partners.

This week, I posted a look at what ePlus has going on in the education space. This blog looks at how ePlus has tackled some real world problems using Cisco technology. In turn they have improved security, provided world-class technology to students and created unique, one-on-one learning opportunities for students. Read More »

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Partner Voices: Making the Grade

This past week, I had the opportunity to speak with Dawn Kerwick, Vice-President of Marketing at ePlus. She had some great insight into what ePlus has been doing in the education sector, and I wanted to share that with you as part of the Partner Voices series. Rather than hear me blather on, I’ll just turn it over and let you hear what Dawn had to say, in her own words:

If you talk to any school district today, you’ll hear a common goal.  They want to give students the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.  Putting the latest technology into the hands of students and their teachers—and equipping schools with a leading IT infrastructure—are key.  Working together, ePlus and Cisco have been doing just that,  and earning rave reviews in the process.

ePlus has a long history serving the K-12 and higher education markets.  We understand their challenges.  We have experience under our belt helping them achieve their technology visions.   And we’ve been successful at transforming classrooms into collaborative learning environments—allowing students and teachers to interact without boundaries.

We have a great story to tell, and some pretty neat videos to prove it!  Please take a few minutes to check out the videos here, and hear directly from our joint customers about how ePlus helped them leverage Cisco technology to create a first-class learning experience for their students. Read More »

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