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Feb. 2: NRF16 Wrap Up at Live CiscoChat

Retail’s Big Show offers ideas and insights into the ever-changing industry of retail. This year’s NRF 2016 drew a large and influential group of the most innovative retail leaders. Throughout the show, these leaders held extensive one-on-one conversations and hosted general sessions by some of the industry’s starring professionals.

If you missed the show (or if you want to discuss it with your peers), please invite your accounts to join us at #CiscoChat on Twitter next Tuesday, February 2, at 10:00 am PST/1:00 pm EST to talk about the changes trends emerging out of NRF and during the next year.

Together, we’ll provide highlights and consider questions such as:

  • What were the latest and most influential gadgets you saw at NRF16?
  • Where should retailers focus in this fast-changing economy?
  • How can retailers better compete with e-commerce retailers?
  • What are the most important upcoming trends, and where should you put your money in 2016?
  • And many more

I’m especially happy to be joined in this live discussion by Janet Schijns, Vice President at Cisco partner Verizon Enterprise Solutions (@channelsmart).  Janet brings a unique perspective to digitization and innovation in retail.  Whether you want to join in the chat or just listen to the discussion, it promises to be a lively and informative hour.

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To participate in the Chat:

  • Make sure you’re logged onto your Twitter account.
  • Search for #CiscoChat, and click on the Live tab.
  • The @CiscoRetail handle is the moderator and will welcome guests and post questions.
  • Please submit your answers in the following format: ex. A1: Write Answer. #CiscoChat

Follow @CiscoRetail and me @techguyshaun – you don’t want to miss this. Be sure to bring your questions!

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Your Right to Never Visit a Branch Again

The SD-WAN Bill of Rights talks about your right to never visit a branch office again. Depending on the size of your organization, budget, and operational preference etc there are various ways to exercise this right:

Option 1: Leave it to someone else

Last month, Verizon announced a new SD-WAN service that includes Cisco Intelligent WAN as a managed service offering. For customers, this means you get the best of both worlds. Verizon’s expertise in managing your network combined with the advantages of Cisco Intelligent WAN. Shawn Hakl, vice president of enterprise networking and innovation at Verizon speaks in this video about the two companies’ partnership.

“Verizon as a trusted service provider and Cisco as a trusted technology provider, together we give the customer the confidence to move forward and enjoy the benefits of the technology.”

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – September 11, 2015

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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

Verizon Partners with Cisco to Launch SD-WAN Managed Service

Verizon outlined plans on Tuesday to offer a Managed WAN service based on Cisco’s software-defined infrastructure.  Verizon is the first carrier to do so on Cisco’s platform.

The partnership is a big step in Verizon’s march toward fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless technology.  Cisco’s SVP, Kelly Ahuja, has more on what this means for the future.

As always, let us know what you think of the blog. Feedback from partners, especially around partner programs, is vital for Cisco to keep producing programs that work for all of us.

Good Reads

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Verizon Becomes the First Service Provider To Offer Cisco IWAN

Verizon Becomes the First Service Provider to Offer Cisco IWAN

Today, Verizon announced a new software-defined WAN service, becoming the first global carrier to incorporate Software Defined-WAN as a key component of their managed network service offers. We are excited that Verizon has chosen Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) as the foundation for this new service, which will give Enterprise customers even more flexibility when choosing how to purchase their SD-WAN solution.

Cisco recently published an “SD-WAN Bill of Rights”, a guide designed to help you evaluate SD-WAN solutions as you prepare your WAN for digital transformation. Together, Cisco and Verizon are strengthening your ability to achieve two of these “rights”: The Right to Choose Your WAN Connectivity and The Right to Flexible Deployment Models.

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Cisco EPN Manager Helps Carriers Drive Packet Optimized Transport

TDM transport remains the backbone of service provider networks throughout the world, but technology has matured to the point that we’re finally able to see a path toward truly converged, packet optimized transport networks. This shift puts service providers on a plan to eventually retire their SONET/SDH infrastructure, saving significant space, power, and other operational costs. For end users, it promises bandwidth flexibility and an even easier ability to tap into cloud-based applications.

Of course, such a change won’t happen overnight but will take time to ensure existing customer services aren’t affected in terms of the performance, latency, and availability.

While there has been a lot of talk about the technologies to enable IP and optical convergence — such as timing-over-packet standards and cost-effective circuit emulation — that’s just part of the solution. Just as important are the operational aspects as we converge (or “packetize”) networks, but how are we going to manage them? That’s the reason behind Cisco’s new Evolved Programmable Network Manager software, or EPN Manager for short.

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