It’s no secret that we’re looking to simplify things at Cisco, streamline, provide stronger marketing support for partners, and increase partners’ profitability.
Now, new in-depth coverage from CRN gives more detail around the changes based on discussions with Rob Lloyd, EVP of Cisco’s WW Operations.
Here’s a quick recap and links to the coverage:
Cisco Gets Back To Business
Years from now, Cisco Systems’ landmark restructuring could be viewed as a highly profitable sales game changer that effectively squelched the rising competitive threat from from aggressive competitors like Hewlett-Packard, Juniper Networks, and Brocade.
Many believe that number 13 equals bad luck. And on Friday the 13thsome may take extra precautions to ensure nothing bad happens. There are literally hundreds of myths out there around things that could bring bad luck: a black cat crossing your path, walking under ladders, and breaking mirrors, to name a few.
One thing that’s guaranteed to bring good luck to all, however, is watching the latest Partner Update newscast. What could be more lucky than getting all of the latest Cisco partner news in less than five minutes?
It’s been a busy week! In this newscast, we share ways that Cisco is simplifying and making easier to do business with us, we cover the top networking myths, new IT cloud and print solutions, give you a recap of our B2B lead generation and marketing webcast with tips on turning leads into customers, a way to turn your customers’ old networking equipment into money for you, showcase B2B blogging tips, and highlight our Tweet of the Week.
Keep reading for highlights and links to everything we covered in this week’s Partner Update along with timestamps so you can easily jump to each item. Read More »
We’ve all heard some pretty outrageous myths and urban legends. You know, your mom probably warned you that if you swallow chewing gum, it will remain undigested in your gut for seven years.
Or did you hear that penguins will fall on their backs trying to see airplanes flying overhead?
And, finally, you may have heard that a “good enough” network will work just fine for video, voice, and mission-critical applications.
The truth is, none of these myths is true.
And there was some major mythbusting going on yesterday during the “Debunking the Myth of the Good Enough Network” webcast.
Bob Cagnazzi, CEO of BlueWater Communications Group (Cisco Master Partner); Rob Lloyd, Cisco’s EVP of Worldwide Operations; and Mike Rau, Cisco’s VP and CTO of Borderless Networks helped to debunk the seven most misleading myths of the “good enough” network. They talked about the dreaded Single Purpose Myth, the horrific Security as a Bolt On Myth, and the scary Application and Endpoint Ignorant Myth, just to name a few.
After he debunked those myths, Mike then provided key questions for our partners to ask their customers to find out if their network is ready.
We’ve all settled for less in our lives. Maybe you bought a pair of shoes that were a little tight, but the sale price was way too good to pass up. Or perhaps you got a brand-new digital camera that wasn’t exactly the one you wanted, but last year’s model way a much better price.
While everyone loves getting a good deal, sometimes buying the less expensive option means sacrificing quality. You’d pay good money to make those blisters on your feet disappear and when those pictures of your daughter’s graduation don’t come out, you curse yourself for spending less.
When it comes to the network, saving a few dollars up front may sound good, but losing the ability to capitalize on trends such as video, mobility, and cloud just don’t add up. (And may cause headaches down the road.)
In fact, research shows that over the long run, it may not even be the most cost efficient. Building a tactical network based on low-cost point products and services increases the total cost of ownership for most organizations by at least 20 to 35 % over a three-year time frame, according to the white paper “Debunking the Myths of A ‘Good Enough’ Network.”
The white paper findings also indicate that a network is only as reliable as its weakest link. And saving a bit of money on a router may be offset by the cost of an outage – and then some. That’s just one of the seven deadly network sins.
What are the other seven deadly network sins? And what should you know about a multi-vendor approach to building business-critical networks?
Tune into our webcast, hosted by Rob Lloyd (Cisco’s executive vice president of worldwide operations) to find out. The webcast will also feature executives from The Royal Bank of Scotland and Cisco Gold Partner BlueWater Communications Group.
Andrew and I missed our college days so much that we decided to join the spring break revelers and film Partner Update from sunny Coronado Beach in San Diego, California. In this episode, we’ll be delving into such important spring break topics as:
SPF 15 vs. SPF 20? Choose the right SPF for you!
Survival Guide: What to do if your friends bury you under sand while you’re napping.
Salt water – more nutritious than you realize.
Watch our special “Spring Break Survival Guide” edition of Partner Update.
Curious about how to prepare for your upcoming spring break? Read More »