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Partner Velocity: Unleash Your Inner (Marketing) Superhero

We’ve wrapped up an action-packed week at Partner Velocity in Barcelona, Spain where Cisco partners learned, not only to change their way of thinking about marketing, but also to use social media in innovative ways.

I had a chance to interview speaker and creative director of Thinque Anders Sorman-Nilsson about ideas and how to “thinque funky.”

Anders says that in a highly digital world, high touch (and appealing to our customers’ hearts and emotions) is key. He also talked about thought leaders, those who have unleashed their own inner super heroes, who blaze a trail in new thinking.

What else did partners learn at the event? Here are just a few memorable quotes from speakers.

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Don’t Let Others Tweet On Your Behalf!

Hackers recently gained control of an Indonesian government Twitter account to falsely broadcast an impending, yet fictitious, tsunami in Jakarta, Indonesia to over 8,000 followers. While this was by no means considered a catastrophic event it certainly, I’m sure, caused a bit of chaos and disruption to the people in Jakarta and in the surrounding areas. Doesn’t this sound like the 21st century version of yelling “Fire” in a crowded movie theater? In any event, as is the case with any failures related to technology, there are some important lessons to be learned from this miscreant-generated Tweet…or shall we call it a “MisTweet”?

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Partner Velocity Broadcast Recap: Leveraging the Power of Video with Live Video Streaming

Partner Velocity has been keeping me busy! In the midst of attending sessions, interviewing speakers, capturing video clips, and catching a few quick bites, I managed to carve out some time to host my own session, “Leveraging the Power of Video with Live Streaming.” During my talk, which was also broadcast live over Ustream, I discussed and demonstrated how to setup your own live Ustream session from start to finish.

Didn’t get a chance to watch the broadcast? Here’s a replay:

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Giving Thanks to Cisco Partners…with a List of Great Resources

It’s Thanksgiving time in United States—on this holiday, we remember the things for which we are grateful, while also digging in to a hearty meal of roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and lots of side dishes (or just nosh on the side dishes, like me—I’m vegetarian.)

I’m sure many would give thanks for a warm house, family, friends, our health, a job. Of course, at Cisco, we also give thanks for the many people who support what we do every day. And that goes especially to you, our partners: Thank you for your continued commitment to Cisco.

So while I take a few days off to give thanks and enjoy a meal with my family and friends, I wanted to share a few tools and sites that will help you navigate Cisco’s offerings for partners.

While the list is long, we want to be sure that you know that there are multiple sources of information to help you in your everyday work with Cisco. And don’t worry, you won’t be tested.

Read on for the list of resources…
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Who to follow for Cisco UCS?

Last week this question popped up on Twitter, so I thought it might be helpful to pull all the responses together into a concise list.These are the ones that are frequently sighted for sharing information, problems and solutions with the broader community.

I’m sure we’ve missed many people, blogs or other great sites for information, so please help us by adding more in the comments. You can follow this via a Twitter list.

NOTE: The content on the blogs listed below are not official Cisco statements or opinions, but often contains in-depth technical details and experience from live UCS deployments. Official Cisco UCS content: such as Products, Case-Studies, Documentation, Developer Community is available via Cisco.com.

Cisco Customers
@colovirtColoVirt blog (Service Provider)
@ThomasMaurerThomas Maurer Blog (Service Provider)
@mikestanley - Desktop Virtualization
@bigmike2002 (Insurance)

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