For some, Las Vegas in June means drinks poolside, maybe a little gambling, perhaps a Cirque du Soleil show. But for attendees at Cisco Live in Las Vegas during the last week of June, the focus was on learning about new Cisco technologies, hearing from Cisco executives, and even getting a first look at the Cisco Cius. (OK, maybe a little bit of gambling was in order, too – it is Vegas, afterall.)
One of the premier events for partners at Cisco Live was the National Partner Technical Leadership Conference. The conference builds upon a strategic initiative, “The Technical Leadership Council,” which the US and Canada Partner Organization has been engaged in for the past 4 years. The initiative and conference is designed to build relationships with Partner Technical Leaders, sharing Cisco’s strategy, direction, and execution plans, while also getting insight into partner, market, and customer perspectives.
We sat down with Linda Masloske, Senior Director of Engineering and Technical Operations for the US and Canada Partner Organization, and she gave us insights into why this meeting plays such a key role with partners.
Here are some of the benefits that Linda sees in attending the Technical Leadership Conference:
The conference gives SEs and engineers the opportunity to be candid, provide feedback, compare notes, and build a network. The meeting also helps create a community of technical leaders that creates a better overall ecosystem for Cisco and the partner base.
While we were at the conference, we also had the chance to catch up with a few partner attendees. What was on their mind while at Cisco Live?
Here’s some of the feedback that partners had about the event:
Greg Pruett, General Manager for Compunet, Inc., noted that this conference helps his company make proper decisions so they have a healthy and prosperous business. Greg also noted that he wanted Cisco to understand that partners are getting tremendous pressure from a pricing perspective.
Randy Olson, VP of Engineering for Presidio, noted a long-term impact from attending, namely that Cisco is listening to what partners are telling them, and making changes to help partners do business with them more seamlessly.
Steven Reese, Director of Solutions Marketing for Nexus, remarked that it’s important to have these types of interactions, as it gives his company the means to understand Cisco’s roadmap, as well as access to new product introductions, new technologies, and new market opportunities.
If you missed to conference, there are replays of so many events that occurred during the week – minus the gambling or poolside drinks (that stays in Vegas). Watch the press conference replay and visit the Facebook page for the full list of Cisco Live replays.
Did you get a chance to attend to Cisco Live (onsite or virtually)? Got any feedback on how it was useful for you? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments.