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New Cisco Capital Financing Helps Empower Partners

January 25, 2011 at 9:57 am PST

IT spending is on the rise says a recent report from Raymond James & Associates. In fact, 2010 was the first year in a decade to see double-digit growth. So what’s one of the reasons for that spike?

According to the report, an improved credit environment has played a part. And guess what? Here at Cisco, we’re doing our part to make it easier for partners to get fast access to credit decisions. Cisco Capital is opening its doors to small business with competitive financing in the US, Canadian, and European markets.

With straightforward, flexible leasing options, competitive rates, and fast credit processing, Cisco Capital can help any business acquire the solutions it needs to be successful. I got the chance to chat with Kristine Snow, President of Cisco Capital. She filled me in on what exactly Cisco Capital is doing to expand small business financing.

Want to learn more? Here are the specifics:

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Partners are Going Green with Cisco’s Smart Grid Solutions

Scientists have been sounding the alarm about global warming for the past several years, and recent studies have indicated that warmer global temperatures will reduce the number of animal species across the world by 20 or 30 percent.

While there are certainly plenty ways for each of us as individuals to try and live a more green lifestyle in the hopes of turning the tide of global warming—whether driving less, or composting our trash—here at Cisco we have the Connected Grid portfolio of Smart Grid communications solutions, which can help utilities more reliably and efficiently deliver electric power from generation facilities to businesses and homes, resulting in better energy management, while also providing economic and environmental benefits.

It’s been more than a year since we launched the Smart Grid Partner Ecosystem. So in that time, how have our partners gotten involved? Here’s an update on ways that partners are using Smart Grid solutions to help customers.

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Talent Is a Recession-Proof Investment

Retaining top-performing employees is a constant challenge that many companies face. And during these rocky economic times, managing that challenge can be difficult.

For those businesses looking at ways to find and keep great talent, here are three tips, courtesy of Leigh Clifford Drake, Director of Cisco’s Worldwide Partner Talent Organization.

So what does Leigh suggest? Here’s her advice, as well as some key findings from a recent survey conducted by the Cisco Partner Talent team. Read More »

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Harnessing the Power of Marketing at Partner Velocity

December 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm PST

With new ways to amp up your marketing, innovative ways to use social media, ways to market the cloud, and outside-the-box thinking, the fourth annual Partner Velocity event kicked off yesterday in Barcelona, Spain.

So far, attendees have heard from speakers about a variety of topics, including: How to “thinque funky,” differentiation, using mobile for marketing, cloud, and personal tips on growing professionally and balancing home/work life. We’ll have interviews with speakers and session recaps over the next few days. I got the chance to visit with a few partners to find out what they’re eager to learn about at this year’s event.

With only one full day of the event under our belt, we’ve already learned a ton. Read on to find out what we’ve heard about so far.

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Live from Partner Velocity: Recap of our Channels Chat with Scott Klososky

December 7, 2010 at 3:55 pm PST

After jumping on two planes, and lugging along all of my video equipment, I’ve made it to Barcelona, Spain, for Partner Velocity, which is taking place this week. This annual event brings together thought leaders from across the marketing world to talk and engage with our partners, helping them learn the latest marketing tips and tricks.

Today I had the chance to host a Ustream broadcast with Scott Klososky, the former CEO of three startups. Scott filled us in on cloud computing, one of the most disruptive technologies since the advent of the Internet. Scott will be hosting a session here at Partner Velocity titled “What Is the Cloud and Why Should I Care?” With that as the jumping point for our discussion, we had a far-ranging talk on why cloud is critical right now.

Here’s a replay of the broadcast:

Want to read more about what we talked about? Read on for a recap. We also have information about our next Ustream broadcast, which is on hosting a Ustream broadcast, scheduled for tomorrow, at 11:45 a.m. CET.

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