As the Cisco conference room became quiet for the start of day 2 of Social Media Week – San Francisco, attendees were typing rapidly. What may otherwise be construed as rude was actually a room full of attentive people eager to post in-the-moment thoughts about the days’ presentations.
Here are 5 things I liked, and 5 things I loved:
1. Rebecca Brown, Director of Social Media at Intel, shared her guidelines for social media: disclose who you are, never disclose confidential information, and use common sense. Now that’s refreshing, and a lot easier to follow than a verbose social media policy.
Michael Brito, left, moderating a panel with Todd Wilms of SAP, Gina Ballenger of Wells Fargo, Rebecca Brown of Intel, and Maria Poveromo of Adobe.
2. Robb Begg, VP of marketing at Radian 6 pointed out that people focus too much time on the extreme situations, causing unwarranted fear and doubt. For every terrible outlier, there are hundreds of thousands of positive interactions and opportunities.
3. During a panel on the future of social business, Mario Sundar from LinkedIn said we can look forward to measurement tools that will be able to calculate return on investment (ROI) for social media.
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Tags: #SMWCisco, #SMWSF, Adobe, Altimeter, Cisco, Intel, linkedin, radian6, san francisco, SAP, Social Media Week, Wells Fargo
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Medtronic to Join Cisco-SAP HANA Panel @ TechEd Las Vegas
At next week’s TechEd in Las Vegas, SAP HANA hardware partner Cisco will be presenting a customer session featuring Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology, discussing their recent SAP HANA deployment. As one of the first customers to install SAP HANA on a Cisco Unified Computing System Server Platform (UCS), Medtronic will join Cisco and SAP in a lively discussion to explain how SAP HANA will allow them to stay ahead of their competition through innovation.
Ben Eiref and Ulrich Kleidon from Cisco, Alan Westfall from Medtronic and Greg Monaco from SAP all will discuss the deployment in depth to show how SAP HANA installed on Cisco UCS will help Medtronic to better analyze their business operations, lower their TCO and speed time to market.
Date/time/location: Wednesday, September 14 from 10:30-11:30a, Bellini 2001A in the Venetian Congress Center
Tags: Cisco, HANA, SAP, Scale-Out, Scale-Up, UCS, unified computing system
SAP HANA Scale Up or SAP HANA Scale Out. That is the Question
Ever since SAP HANA in-memory computing was announced and started shipping as a rack-mount appliance, a market disruption began. Customers have begun to realize the value of receiving instantaneous results to their data inquiries instead of having to wait for days to make critical business decisions. Cisco Unified Computing System server platform made it easy as a self contained appliance for SAP HANA for customers to install and start utilizing this technology day one.
But there are changes in the wind. Not only can you use SAP HANA as an appliance, but SAP has now announced that they will be installing SAP HANA in a scale-out model, meaning they will have the software available on blade technology. Now we are talking. This means that you will not be butting up against any memory challenges in the capacity of the servers. Of course Cisco UCS already has extended memory capability. This means that you will not bump up against CPU core challenges. Since you can daisy chain servers together, you can use as much compute power as needed. You can also add compute mid-stream in a little as 15 minutes with the Cisco UCS server profile tools. Cisco UCS service profiles allow you to deploy servers in 15 minutes by allowing you to attach a server profile you already have set up directly to that blade, saving you the time and effort to configure each blade individually.
So what does this mean to the average customer?
1) The customer can have as many servers (depending upon the configuration and certifications) as needed for the SAP HANA architecture
2) The customer can make instantaneous decisions, thus beating the competition and getting their product into the hands of their customers in a more expedited way.
3) The compute is still non-disruptive meaning that these processes are done outside of the normal day to day running of the business
So is there any reason not to embrace this technology? No. The winds have changed and that is the answer to the question
You can see this solution live by visiting the Cisco Booth 1000 at SAP TechEd in Las Vegas Sept 12-16 at the Venetian Hotel.
Tags: Cisco, data center, HANA, SAP, Scale-Out, Scale-Up, UCS, unified computing system
According to Mashable, today is Social Media Day. Whether or not you think that social media should have its own day (#smday), a group of us, Silicon Valley practitioners thought we’d have some fun today anyway…social media style. We created 2 videos to celebrate the lessons we have learned over the years and remind ourselves of the effects social media has had on our lives….so far. I say “so far” because there’s more to come. If you’re new to social media, we hope you’ll walk away with some good conversation starters. If you’ve been doing this for a while, we hope to put a smile on your face – maybe because you recognize your own advice or maybe because you have a similar story.
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Tags: Alex Plant, Ariba, best practices, CA Technologies, Cisco, EMC, engagement, Gurmeet Dhaliwal, Jeanette Gibson, Justin Fogarty, Listening, Natalie Ajluni, Natascha Thomson, netapp, paypal, Perrine Crampton, SAP, social media, strategy, tips
What’s a FlexPod—is it a highly flexible case for your favorite MP3 player? A cool new modern chair? No, FlexPod is a design architecture combining networking, computing and storage infrastructure that’s now available through 120 channel partners worldwide!
Yes, that’s right—since its launch in November of last year, FlexPod has seen tremendous growth in the marketplace, with 120 partners worldwide now offering this flexible, scalable shared infrastructure that helps customers lower deployment risk, increase data center efficiencies, and create a flexible IT environment to build a private cloud. FlexPod, which is built on the Cisco UCS server platform, Cisco Nexus switches, and NetApp unified storage, has also been adopted by more than 150 customers.
Furthermore, to make it even easier to purchase and deploy a FlexPod, Avnet Technology Solutions today announced it is pre-bundling the FlexPod, based on the Cisco and NetApp reference design architecture guides, for our resellers partners in the U.S. and Canada. Avnet will now provide a single source through its newly introduced FlexPod Services, offering partners all the products, assembly, testing, technical expertise, and support they need to successfully bring FlexPod to market.
Do your customers use SAP applications? Then you’ll also be interested in the last piece of today’s FlexPod news.
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Tags: Avnet, Cisco, FlexPod, netapp, nexus, partners, SAP, UCS