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How to Make the Business Thankful for IT. Give them Apps!

Think about it, when was the last time the business said “thank you” to IT? It’s probably been a while. Unfortunately, all too often we hear complaints that IT is too slow, or that IT is the department of “no”.

Deploying a private cloud is one way to help turn IT into the department of “yes”, with faster and more responsive IT service delivery. The customers of Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud have compressed the cycle time for IT provisioning from weeks to minutes. That means that project managers and application developers no longer have to wait for IT – they can speed up their projects and get business applications up and running more quickly.

And if there’s one golden rule to remember for your private cloud solution, it’s that the business wants apps. They’ll be thankful if you can provision and manage their applications in a cloud environment with consistency, reliability and speed.

So if you’re interested in on-demand application delivery for your private cloud, check out this presentation from Cisco Intelligent Automation and our ecosystem partner rPath:

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Get Ready to Play Games at Work

Welcome to the world of “gamification”

There is a lot that business can learn from the gaming industry and the floodgates are about to open. Make sure you watch this amazing trend!

Being an avid gamer myself, I’m very excited about how gaming is moving from play into work.  This fall, Cisco took our worldwide sales conference from an event where we used to fly 20,000 people into Vegas to hosting it online.  This virtual environment was a great place for us to use video, web sharing, badges and quizzes to inspire, collaborate and teach.

In this video, I join Stanford University communications professor Byron Reeves and Mary Jo Kim, CEO of “Shufflebrain”, to discuss this exciting new world of gaming.  Here is the video.

“Mixing work and play”

I also want to share this week’s Wall Street Journal piece about “mixing work and play.”  Can you really play on the job?  The article describes what is happening in some large companies like IBM and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

Many of the same motivations and tactics used in your kid’s Xbox game are being used in management training, data entry and just plain old brainstorming.  Show up for a meeting on time or complete an assignment?  You get a badge.

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TechWiseTV Workshop: Unleash the Power in Your Network with UPOE

October 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm PST

Visit Cisco Live Virtual on Wednesday, October 12th at 10am Pacific to view the live TechWiseTV Workshop “Unleash the Power in Your Network with UPOE”. Join Cisco’s TechWiseTV Chief Geek Jimmy Ray Purser as he hosts one of our favorite guests Nikhil Sharma, Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer, and a panel of Universal Power Over Ethernet experts. We’ll dive into what UPOE is and is not, go through the CDP and LLDP TLV’s to see how power is delivered, and look at various design innovations the 60W enables on the network. Ready to get rid of all those cables on your users desktops? Join us in the UPOE revolution! Bring your questions for live Q&A. Access is free. Attendees to Cisco Live Virtual can access over 1,600 keynotes, super sessions and technical sessions, as well as network with peers, visit our World of Solutions, and play games.

Date: Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET / 17:00 GMT
Register and calendar reminder: http://bit.ly/CLtwTV

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TechWiseTV Workshop SAP and the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)

August 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm PST

Visit Cisco Live Virtual on Wednesday, September 7th at 10am Pacific to view the live TechWiseTV Workshop “SAP and the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)”. The Cisco Unified Computing System serves as an ideal server platform for SAP since it provides a unique Intel Xeon processor-based industry-standard infrastructure for enterprise-critical applications such as SAP. The Cisco UCS platform offers stateless computing capabilities with dynamic server provisioning, unified fabric, and comprehensive management across both physical and virtual environments for reduced total cost of ownership (TCO). When you combine the UCS platform with Tidal Intelligent Automation software for SAP, you now have a safe, secure, platform that is protected from within the platform itself. As a result the Cisco UCS platform is quickly becoming the server platform of choice for mission-critical solutions from SAP. Experts will be available for live Q&A.

Access is free. Attendees to Cisco Live Virtual can access over 1,600 keynotes, super sessions and technical sessions, as well as network with peers, visit our World of Solutions, and play games.

Speaker: Jimmy Ray Purser
Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. PT / 17:00 GMT
Location: www.ciscolivevirtual.com

For more information on TechWiseTV and to access on-demand video content, visit: https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/learning_center/techwisetv

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Techwise TV Workshop: The Power of Innovative Architecture: The Ethernet Service Plus 6500 Line Card

May 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm PST

Visit Cisco Live Virtual on Wednesday, May 25th at 10am Pacific to view the live Techwise TV Workshop “The Power of Innovative Architecture: The Ethernet Service Plus 6500 Line Card”. Join Cisco’s TechWiseTV Chief Geek Jimmy Ray Purser as he hosts Cisco Engineer Amit Singh in a deep dive on the brand new ES+ line card. They will examine the design and troubleshooting benefits this ground breaking architecture gives to Data Center, Enterprise and Service Provider engineers, with flexibility for future service deployments and scaling system capacity. Experts will be available for live Q&A.

Access is free. Attendees to Cisco Live Virtual can access over one thousand keynotes, super sessions and technical sessions, as well as network with peers, visit our Partner Resource Center and play games and win prizes.

Speaker: Jimmy Ray Purser and Amit Singh
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. PT / 17:00 GMT
Location: www.ciscolivevirtual.com

For more information on the TechWiseTV and to access on-demand video content, visit: https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/learning_center/techwisetv

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