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Meet Carlos Anllo: The Sales Team’s Go-To SME for All Things IWE, An Internal Social Platform

July 30, 2012 at 6:22 pm PST

Carlos is a modest SME who does not take nearly as much credit for the significant business impact that his social achievements have for his team.

Carlos is very knowledgeable about various social media sites, but where he really shines is on the internal corporate social platform known as Cisco’s Integrated Workforce Experience (IWE). Carlos joined Cisco in Argentina in 2008 as a Translation Validator meaning that he ensures documents being translated into Spanish align with the “Cisco voice” and company branding guidelines. However, he has also been recognized for the excellent work that he does on the IWE by allowing employees to easily interact with one another and share content in a non-conventional, effective manner.

Carlos Single-Handedly Supports the Sales Team’s IWE Needs

In 2009, an IWE initiative dedicated to evangelizing its usage throughout the company was born. While most people struggled to adapt to this new internal platform, Carlos was one of the few who were able to skillfully maneuver the dark waters of this site by using his creativity and vast knowledge of computer languages and coding. Since then, he has supported the Sales team with their diverse IWE needs. Carlos has not only redesigned and built countless selling communities within the Global Platform for Sales IWE Community but also taught many on how to become more adept at using the various tools that the site has to offer.

Carlos is very passionate about using the IWE platform as it is and making the best of the platform’s rather limited functionalities rather than forcing actions upon it that it doesn’t support. Here’s an example of one of his creations, the “Cisco Barbarians Wall of Fame” IWE page:

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Meet Greg Smith: Mastermind Behind 2 Award-Winning Social Programs

May 16, 2012 at 5:00 pm PST

On an everyday basis, Greg has demonstrated exemplary blogging skills, but his contributions to award-winning projects that innovatively used social media to connect with fans are not to be overlooked.

A 12-year veteran at Cisco, Greg Smith is a Marketing Manager for Cisco’s Service Provider (SP) Routing & Switching platform. He mainly focuses on the SP Carrier Grade IPv6 solutions (CGv6) and worldwide marketing of Cisco’s Edge solution portfolio, which includes products such as the ASR family of routers.

Greg’s Unique Blogging Talent

Being his team’s lead for global communication efforts, this SME is involved with much of the blog-writing and editing on the SP360 Blog (check out Greg’s Cisco blogger profile). Many of these blog posts have been featured as Cisco’s top 5 blog posts (based on number of number of hits) due to Greg’s attractive writing style which easily captures readers’ attention. Particularly notable is his gift for writing intriguing headlines and connecting technological topics to life analogies as is exemplified with his blog article relating Internet gaming to 100 GB technology and this one showcasing his video on how the network is relevant to NOOAs mission to protect the environment. 

As successful as Greg has been with his blogging practice, the highlight of his social achievements have been comprised of his contributions to two exceptional projects—Cisco myPlanNet Game and the ASR 9000 “Robot Arm” demo—for  which he acted as the concept designer and promoter. What’s more, both projects were selected as winners of the B2B Marketing Awards in two subsequent years!

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Meet Jaime Valencia: Newest Member of the Cisco Support Community Hall of Fame

May 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm PST

Jaime’s daily contributions to the Cisco Support Community over the past 6 years have not only helped establish him as a Unified Communications thought leader but also reduce extraneous company costs.

The Cisco Support Community is an online technical support community on which company employees can interact with and respond to questions from Cisco customers and IT professionals. Oftentimes, SME contributors like Jaime who resolve customers’ technical issues by responding to questions on the community have greatly helped avoid opening unnecessary Technical Assistance Center (TAC) cases, ultimately diminishing company costs.

The Cisco Support Community Hall of Fame

The Cisco Support Community Hall of Fame is an exclusive group which highlights top individuals who have showcased long-term contributions to this community. Jaime is the most recent addition to this elite group which consists of a total of 8 members. His high quality contributions over the past 6+ years in the Collaboration, Voice and Video communities are said to have made a significantly positive impact to the overall online community.

Jaime’s Social Activities

Jaime is a Network Consulting Engineer specializing in the Cisco Unified Communications (UC) portfolio of solutions on the Planning, Design and Implementation (PDI) team. Although Jaime is involved with VXi technologies with PDI from the UC perspective, he studies VMWare View and Citrix ICA to get a better understanding of the technology of the whole.  Jaime claims that self-studying also helps him participate on the Cisco Support Community in a more effective manner.

Every day, Jaime volunteers his free time to respond to customers, partners and prospective clients on the Cisco Support Community. Through diverse channels including discussion forums, webcasts, blogs, Ask the Expert events, documents and more, Jaime actively shares his knowledge and expertise with others on this site.

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Meet Doug Alger: Master Data Center Blogger

May 7, 2012 at 11:47 am PST

An IT Architect with over 15 years of experience within Data Center, Doug practices AND preaches a number of different blogging best practices.

Doug’s blog posts are interesting, customer-centric, and boast wide readership. Perhaps due to his background in Journalism, he knows how to hook his reader’s attention from the start. Through his Cisco Blog website, he shares his Data Center expertise and real-world experiences from the Cisco IT organization with an informal and personal tone of voice. 

Doug’s blog posts are exceptional in the sense that he uses innovative methods to share content and displays advanced blogging skills. Moreover, Cisco Blogs Manager Lindsay Hamilton has praised his practice of using tags. For example, he always adds the same tag for all posts in a particular series; consequently, he can easily promote his blog and organize it on the blogging platform since WordPress creates a unique URL for each tag.

Data Deconstructed Blog Series

Perhaps one of Doug’s most commendable social activities includes creating the “forum-like” blog series “Data Center Deconstructed,” through which he has shared useful information about Data Centers since March 2011. This series encourages readers to ask any questions related to Data Center, and then Doug answers them with video blogs containing self-recorded videos. With his frequent and creative blog posts, he has helped generate excitement and drive visits to the Inside Cisco IT Blog on which he publishes his blog posts.

Watch this short video in which Doug introduces the Data Center Deconstructed blog series:

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Meet Barun Singhania: Epitome of a True Social Ambassador

April 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm PST

Greatly active as a Cisco voice on the social landscape, Barun is a technical Subject Matter Expert (SME) who experiments with more social media websites that you can keep track of—from Facebook to Quora to Pinterest to Paper.li…. you name it!

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