Cisco Canada’s Networking Academy Volunteers Shine at the I CAN Develop Kick-Off!

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What do you call an event venue teeming with enthusiastic students, despite a snowy Saturday morning? A grand success! On February 7 Cisco Canada, together with Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee, kicked off the I CAN Develop student program at George Brown College to help facilitate the Games.

Over 350 Cisco Networking Academy student volunteers from high schools, colleges and universities across the GTA and as far away as Iqaluit, will help build, test and deliver the massive technology solutions that will connect the sporting venues and media centre to the world.  What does this mean for our Networking Academy volunteers? Besides providing a great platform for the students to partner in the success of the Games, this unique opportunity will also empower them to gain hands-on experience and help begin to reach their full potential in their careers. Check out this video showing students already in…

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The Future of Partner Eco-Systems

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Last month, I had a great conversation with Robert Dutt from ChannelBuzz.ca. Robert is well known for covering the Canadian IT channel and for reporting on the trends and tribulations that come with the rapidly changing IT sector. Robert and I spoke about the evolution of the partner eco-system for the IT industry, and for Cisco in particular.

Our world is changing. From analogue to digital, static to mobile. Offline is becoming online. What was here and there is now everywhere. The Internet is evolving fast and the Internet of Everything is literally changing everything. Naturally, this is having a major impact on how we consume, sell, and procure technologies, products, and services. Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 10.26.24 AM

In IT, we are moving from ‘selling great products, features, and functionalities’ to ‘delivering solutions or whole-offers that solve business problems’. The Internet of Everything is about creating solutions that deliver business outcomes to those that want…

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Understanding Adoption Barriers to Collaboration, Part 1

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This is the third post in my Collaboration Insights series, and since effective collaboration eludes so many companies, I wanted to examine the barriers to adoption. Despite the widespread availability of so many applications that enable collaboration, the results often fall short. While it’s easy to blame this on the technology being complex and/or costly, or limitations on the network/IT side, there are other factors at play. One such factor is tying collaboration to business outcomes, something you might not have considered.

Generally speaking, the easier something is to use, the more often people will use it. The same is also true when the benefit is clearly understood. Think about the telephone – everyone knows how to use it, and the benefits are clear. The same can be said for most communications applications, such as email, messaging, many forms of conferencing and even fax. They’re all easy to use, and…

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