I’ve often said that the boundaries between work and life are blurring. I use Twitter every day to collaborate, talk with friends and engage in conversations I don’t normally have in the natural course of my business day. It’s amazing to send out a tweet and to have people react immediately.
And while technology lets us send a single tweet to people around globe, it has other fantastic benefits, too—it also lets us attend a conference without having to even board a plane.
Join me at Cisco’s Virtual Partner Summit March 1-3, 2011 to see live keynotes, breakout sessions that will help you prepare a customer for a cloud solution, and a chance to ask me and other Cisco executives questions during live video chats. (All without having to leave home.) Register today.
Want to hear more about the topics that are top-of-mind for me as I head into Partner Summit?
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Tags: architectures, business, ciscops11, cloud, data center, padma, padmasree warrior, partner summit, partners, twitter, video, virtual partner summit, virtualization
This is an exciting time—I am happy to announce Cisco’s participation in the Microsoft Fast Track 3.0 program for data warehousing. The Microsoft Fast Track program has been in existence for some time, but this is the first time Cisco has been invited to participate in this Microsoft program.
Fast Track 3.0 is the third generation of a marketing program designed to accelerate consideration and adoption of data warehouse solutions based on the latest version of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Release 2 software. Microsoft SQL Server is gaining importance as a critical tool for enterprises and midsize companies to gather business intelligence. The Cisco reference configurations for SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse for scale-up data warehousing will empower customers with choices only Cisco can offer. To provide more flexibility for our customers, Cisco will be releasing SQL Server data warehouse configurations with EMC storage and configurations with NetApp storage.
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Tags: Cisco, Data Warehousing, Exchange 2010, Fast Track 3.0, Microsoft, Microsoft SQL Server, partners, Sharepoint, UCS
Partners who implement Smart Care may realize 2-3 times the growth in services margins and be entered into a drawing for one of 10, $500 gift card prizes.
Travel through the galaxy by clicking on the image:
Click on the SUN for Smart Care program details
Click on the ARROW to see the Accelerate Smart Care training program and incentive contest details
Click on the PARTNER PLANET to see the criteria for outrageous success
Click on the COMET to see partner testimonials and tips for implementing Smart Care
Partners who learn to sell Smart Care services beat their competition!
Partners active in the Accelerate Services Sales Program see increases in attach and renewal rates!
Partners who play earn points towards COOL prizes!
Learn how to propel your US&C Smart Care services and increase your margins
Tags: contest, partners, sales, Smart Care
When The Who sang about going mobile, they were talking about taking a vacation with no particular destination in mind, not smartphones. But that song could be an anthem for the times: These days, just about every one of us uses a smartphone or mobile device, whether to check email, update our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and to attend teleconferences. But using your phone to attend to a videoconference? That’s the new trend.
Wait, what, mobile videoconferencing? Yes, thanks to a slew of different devices, videoconferencing on mobile devices is the next big thing—a trend that’s predicted to hit “critical mass” in 2011. Here at Cisco we recognize that mobility is a key trend—and one that unites our Collaboration, Borderless Networks, and video strategies. Essentially, we should be able to connect anytime, from anywhere, to any device.
So what’s influencing the rise in mobile videoconferencing? Here’s the rundown, as well as a list of Cisco solutions that help with videoconferencing, and an example of one the ways that one of our partners is responding to the trend.
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Tags: Cisco WebEx, Cius, iPad, iphone, mobile phone, mobility, Orange Business Services, partners, videoconferencing
If you serve small or medium business and aren’t planning to attend Partner Summit 2011, we’ll bring some of the content to your area with the Advantage Now! event on March 1, 2011.
The event will give you the information you need about new and enhanced Cisco collaboration solutions that will help you build a more profitable practice.
After all, the nature of how businesses communicate is changing. Your customers are interacting with their customers in new and different ways – to serve them better and to build stronger relationships.
And the pace of change isn’t slowing down.
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Tags: Advantage Now!, andrew sage, business, Cisco, collaboration, customer, medium, partner, partners, profit, small, small business, UC, unified communications