Blackboards, chalk, textbooks and ink pens are slowly becoming a thing of the past and are being replaced by digital boards, multimedia presentations and mobile computers. Research from Connections Academy shows that 75% of America’s school districts now offer at least one online or blended learning course to their students.

Create a collaborative education experience with Cisco

Cisco collaboration blends traditional classrooms with digital learning technologies to give students the ability to learn anywhere, anytime and on any device.
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Research from Genpact found that the amount of data generated by retailers between 2010 and 2014 increased sevenfold. The digital revolution continues to grow at an exponential clip, and many of your customers would like to update their legacy infrastructures with a scalable cloud infrastructure and scale out data storage while lowering storage costs. However, big projects and customer budgets aren’t always in alignment.

Open Pay from Cisco Capital: a more proactive way to acquire Cisco UCS solutions

The newly released Spark Board’s touch-based collaboration capabilities set it apart from other smart boards and videoconferencing systems.
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One of the biggest buzzwords that’s thrown around by end users and IT solution providers alike is collaboration.

Cisco Spark Board enables a true collaboration experience

The newly released Spark Board’s touch-based collaboration capabilities set it apart from other smart boards and videoconferencing systems.
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One of the advantages of selling small, hardware-based solutions (e.g., tablet computers, bar code scanners, mobile printers) is that salespeople can easily complement their sales pitches with tangible demos. It’s common, for example, for a rugged handheld or tablet device sales presentation to include a drop to concrete demonstration to show how the device continues operating normally afterward—unlike a consumer-grade device would fare. With larger hardware solutions (e.g., servers) and cloud-based offerings, on the other hand, discussions tend to become more ethereal, and it can sometimes be difficult for prospects to grasp exactly what they’re being asked to buy.

Empower your sales team with Ingram Micro’s Experience Center

The Experience Center is available to all Ingram Micro partners and serves as an exclusive technology showroom equipped with the latest products and solutions.
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There has been an undeniable shift in IT over the last decade from CapEx-intensive hardware and software sales toward recurring-revenue business models—selling IT products and services on perpetual or recurring contracts.

Discover the power of recurring revenue with Cisco

Cisco Impact and AutoQuote, Cisco ONE Advanced Security Suite, Lifecycle Advantage, and SuccessHub are designed to help Cisco partners build recurring revenue.
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If you’ve ever had a customer put off much-needed computer, server or other IT infrastructure refreshes due to budget constraints, you may have looked into a secondary market option (i.e., pre-owned equipment) to meet their need. One primary reason many resellers don’t resell used products is that it’s hard to know for sure what kind of quality they’re getting. Knowing that selling unreliable gear can quickly harm their reputation, resellers often err on the side of caution rather than pursue sales opportunities in this important niche market, which Cisco estimates to be a $3 billion opportunity.

Overcome IT budget objections with Cisco Refresh

Cisco Refresh gives partners access to 4,000 re-manufactured and certified offerings from switching, routing, wireless, IP telephony, security and more.
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It’s no secret to the majority of Ingram Micro partners that cloud computing is showing major growth right now, but have you ever considered how big that growth is? According to the new Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide from IDC, worldwide spending on public cloud services will grow at a 19.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR)—almost six times the rate of overall IT spending growth—from nearly $70 billion in 2015 to more than $141 billion in 2019.

A winning combination: Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace and Cisco Cloud solutions

Solve your customers’ hybrid cloud needs with Cisco Cloud solutions delivered through the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace.
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According to research from IDG Enterprise Marketing’s 2015 Unified Communications & Collaboration (UCC) Study, UCC will see a surge of adoption through 2018. The fact is more workers are spending more of their workweek away from their cubicles, and they’re working outside “normal business hours.” Previously, we talked about recent updates to Cisco Spark, the company’s all-in-one cloud-based communications solution, which now enables out-of-office visibility, a new activity-based design, improved video and content sharing, and a physical extension of the Cisco Spark app in the form of Cisco Spark Board. For small businesses (up to 200 users) looking for on-premise infrastructure options for collaboration, partners should consider Cisco’s new Business Edition solution: Cisco BE 4000.

Give your customers UCC simplicity and flexibility

Cisco BE 4000 is an on-premise voice appliance for small businesses, comprising comprehensive features, a low cost and a built-in cloud migration strategy.
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If there’s one word that sums up how the next-generation workforce is using the latest conferencing, file sharing, audio and video calling and other unified communications (UC) to work more productively, regardless of geographic boundaries, it’s “collaboration.” For many companies, however, disparate applications, interfaces and delivery models turn many collaborative attempts into something resembling this Conference Call in Real Life parody.

4 Cisco Spark updates that make collaboration easier for your customers

Cisco Spark now includes out-of-office visibility, a new activity-based design, improved video and content sharing and deeper app integration.
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According to a “Workplace of the Future” global survey conducted by Vanson Bourne and sponsored by Citrix, today’s workers use an average of six devices to do their work while at the same time spending only two-thirds of their workweek at a desk. The same firm discovered that workplace sizes are shrinking, and there is a trend toward workshifting, where people shift work to more convenient times and locations. Mobile computing and BYOD (bring your own device) initiatives are another strong component linked with this trend. Not surprisingly, research shows that organizations that embrace these next-gen workforce (NGW) trends are seeing significant operational and strategic advantages over those still clinging to traditional business practices. According to the Vanson Bourne study, for example, those embracing NGW concepts and business practices were able to:

Capitalize on the Collaboration Trend

Cisco is proving you don’t have to choose between collaboration wants and needs with Cisco Spark. See how!
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One of the best visual illustrations of a typical conference call is depicted in, “A Conference Call in Real Life,” by YouTube sketch comedians Tripp Crosby and Tyler Stanton. In the four-minute video, we see participants losing their connections, experiencing audio dropouts, freezing, and dealing with annoying background sounds ranging from loud cafes to barking dogs. One of the overarching themes so humorously and poignantly portrayed in the skit is how much time is wasted during these “collaboration” sessions. The video concludes with the host asking another attendee to send an email recap “that basically could have taken the place of this whole meeting.”

Replace Your “Conference Call in Real Life” Experience with Cisco Spark

Here we discuss how Cisco Spark was created as an anecdote to the frustrations and antics of wasted time during collaboration sessions.
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