Each 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
Great updates this week on the Cisco Partner Ecosystem. To kick off things off, Debbie Gililland talked about Partner Ecosystem marketing in general. Bruce Klein followed that up on Wednesday with his update on the Cisco Partner Ecosystem.
Bruce announced the Cisco Partner Ecosystem back in March at our annual Partner Summit event. In his blog post this week he brings you up-to-date on the growth of the Cisco Partner Ecosystem since it was announced. He also provides some insight on where Cisco will focus for the remainder of the fiscal year in order to make the Cisco Partner Ecosystem even more successful.
Check out both blog posts for some great information and learn about the Cisco Solution Partner Program as well! Let us know what you think.
Internet of Things (IoT) Specialization
The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing everything. Get the sales and technical training you need to be successful with the new Cisco IoT Specialization. IT resale partners: develop a better understanding of operational technology (OT) practices. OT partners: gain the expertise you need for industry-leading IT installations.
Save Money with SMARTnet
Want to show customers how much money they can save with SMARTnet? It’s easy with the new SMARTnet ROI calculator. Enter your customer’s numbers and show how the benefits they expect from SMARTnet translate into actual cost savings. Read More »
Tags: Bruce Klein, Cisco, Cisco Partner Ecosystem, partner, SMARTnet, Weekly Rewind
I like those heroes who say they aren’t heroes. You know who I’m talking about?
Neil Armstrong is a good example. With his passing, there’s been a renewed conversation about the first man on the Moon. I listened to pundits talk about that day in 1969. I also did some sleuthing on my own—truth is Mr. Armstrong didn’t see himself as a hero. He said he was only doing his part.
I can say the same about Renee Lyon, a voice engineer working toward her CCIE at Cisco Gold Partner Presidio.
When I caught up with her, she didn’t quite get why I wanted to talk with her. She said she was only doing her part.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not holding Renee up to space exploration or solving world hunger. What I can say is that when help was needed in a crisis, she didn’t hesitate. In my mind, that’s a true hero—famous or not.
What’d she do? She helped a whole lot of people who were trying to reach 911 emergency phone operators as a firestorm raced across the tiny Texas community of Bastrop County. Read More »
Tags: Bastrop County, CallManager, ciscochannels, Renee Lyon, SMARTnet
What do a telecommunications company and a University have in common? Well, at first glance, not a heck of a lot — unless you consider their network requirements. After talking to a telecommunications company and a University I found out they both wanted:
- To know the exact status of all networking devices…within minutes.
- A simplified service contract structure for said devices
- To better predict, and budget for, support and upgrades of devices
- Reduced network risk, simplified operations, and increased employee productivity.
Are these objectives your company is trying to achieve, too? Let’s explore how Alestra, a Mexican service provider, and George Mason University, a U.S. institution of higher education, have achieved these results, and more, with Cisco Smart Net Total Care.
Never heard of Cisco Smart Net Total Care? I included a brief description at the end of this blog.
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Tags: alestra, Cisco Services, george mason university, jill shaul, smart net total care, smart services, SMARTnet
The right service plan can maximize network uptime and minimize lost revenues
New products and technologies, increasing mobility among employees, the need for round-the-clock access to company data and resources—these are just some of the factors driving small businesses’s growing dependence on their networks. This makes network downtime costly for any small business. According to Infonetics Research, unplanned network downtime costs companies an average of 3.6 percent revenue per year. And that doesn’t include the incalculable cost of damage to your business’s reputation caused by the downtime.
To minimize network downtime and ensure your network is available for employees to connect, collaborate, and communicate with customers and partners as well as each other, you may want to consider a support contract. A service plan will not only help protect your company’s technology investment, but it can also help save lost revenue and customers. Read More »
Tags: minimizing network downtime, service plan, Small Business Support Service, small_business, SMARTnet, support contract
It’s time for another Partner Update newscast. This week, Andrew’s feeling a bit hungry and tries unsuccessfully to eat an air sandwich. The concept of an air sandwich is explained in detail during a live Virtual Partner Velocity broadcast with speaker, strategist, and New How author Nilofer Merchant. While the air sandwich may be low in fat and calories, it’s also lacking in taste. In the business world, an air sandwich can mean a company lacks innovation. Grab a real sandwich and tune into this episode of Partner Update to learn how to get rid of air sandwiches.
This newcast’s highlights also include: WebEx and Jabber news from the Collaboration Summit, incentives for partners, SMARTnet service deals, CRN’s Top 100 stars of the IT industry, how to enter our new contest, ways Cisco is helping partners with marketing, a recap of our Twitter chat with Cisco’s VP of Global Partner Marketing, a new free social media ebook for partners, and more.
Keep reading for additional information on the news we covered, links, and time stamps so you can forward ahead to the items that interest you.
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Tags: amanda jobbins, collaboration, collaboration summit, contest, csummit, jabber, marketing, nilofer merchant, partner update, right network, SMARTnet, WebEX