The momentum continues on the final day of Partner Summit in San Diego, bringing Catalyst discounts, additional Jabber news, advice on going from good to great, and more—so keep reading for all the details and a link to a handy document that contains all the news.
In this afternoon’s General Session, Keith Goodwin, SVP of our Worldwide Partner organization, introduced author and social scientist Jim Collins who gave a fascinating presentation centered on the day’s theme of Leadership.
He addressed the question of why some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and why others do not. He also talked about what differentiates “good” from “great.” His answers were based on nine years of research, including six books, which have sold more than ten million copies worldwide.
“The ‘x’ factor and essence of great leadership is not personality,” said Jim. “The ‘x’ factor is humility, combined with a ferocious will.” He also noted that great leaders—and great companies—pick people better than themselves to be on their teams, are tenacious about confronting brutal facts and realities, ask more questions than make statements, and see themselves as being in service for a cause.
To view Jim’s complete presentation, watch the replay on Virtual Partner Summit.
Ambassador Blogger Bonanza: Hear What Partners are Saying
A big thank you to our Partner Summit Partner Ambassador Bloggers for blogging throughout the week. This mighty group of bloggers from BCI, Compugen, Dimension Data, Force3, Logicalis, Presidio Networks, and Varrow shared their viewpoints throughout the event. Here are the most recent posts:
- Force3: In it to Win it Strategies as a Cisco Partner
- Logicalis: How to Help Customers Decide on a Collaboration Client.
- Presidio: Cisco Has the ‘Fire’ Burning Again!
Meanwhile, want to get the details on a brand new incentive for Catalyst series switches? Or find out how you can install Jabber for Everyone for free? Keep reading for details.
We had 20 announcements and offers for partners around Cisco channel innovations at this year’s event! For details on everything that was announced this week, download the Cisco Partner Summit 2012 News and Announcements executive summary PDF document on Partner Central (log in required).
Day four’s news follows below.
Transform the Network Promotion—An Opportunity to Help Customers Transition
Rob Lloyd, VP of Worldwide Sales, introduced an outstanding promotion that partners can leverage to help customers move to the next level of infrastructure necessary to handle the next-generation of Internet traffic. Here are the details:
The Transform the Network promotion will help partners successfully evolve the Catalyst 6500 Non-E Chassis to Catalyst 6500E with Sup2Ts, or Catalyst 4500s in the Campus, as well as Nexus 7000 or Nexus 5000/2000 in the data center.
To help partners capture the campus upgrade market, the program will also offer an extra discount of 5% on the Catalyst 6500E with Sup2Ts and 4% on the Catalyst 4500. To help partners go after the data center, Cisco is offering a rebate of 5% on the Nexus 7000, and 3% on the Nexus 5000/2000.
In addition, Cisco is providing limited-time offer product bundles of up to 44% on Catalyst and Nexus platforms, as well as Cisco Capital financing options to help simplify the transition.
The combination of all of the incentives listed can represent up to two to five times increase of a partner’s normal hardware margins. So don’t wait. Find out more. A Post Last Day of Support service program and key assets, including a playbook, customer decks, related services, product bundles, and incentives, are available. For more details, visit Transform the Network.
More Jabber for Everyone Freebies! You Need to Read This!
Partners at the event told us they were excited about yesterday’s announcement of Jabber for Everyone. This lets you enable Jabber instant messaging and TelePresence on every device across the enterprise with no licensing cost for customers. Today, the excitement just went up a notch: Rob announced that Cisco is offering in Q4 a $1 million Jabber for Everyone Partner Services Incentive to reimburse partners for services associated with deploying Jabber.
“We want Jabber on iPhones, iPads, Android all around the world,” said Rob. “This will lead the way to ‘Work, Your Way’ and the Unified Workspace.”
Cisco will provide a services payment to help partners kick-start their Jabber deployment and integration. There will be two different levels of services payouts—up to
$20,000 per qualifying customer deployment—based on the number of Jabber licenses or size of the deal. The services reimbursements apply to partners in every geography! But it’s first come, first serve until the $1 million is gone.
Additional details on all the announcements from Partner Summit this week will be available next week on Partner Central.
Miss a Session? We’ve Got Replays
All general sessions, executive chats, and Business Transformation breakouts will be available for replay on Virtual Partner Summit and can be replayed for 30 days after the event.
We’re Listening—Keep Tweetin’!
Our partners have been active on social media this week. Here are our favorites from today”.
- @AvnetTSChannels: Today is the final day of #CiscoPS12. They’re pulling out all the stops to show partners how to maintain a competitive edge @Cisco_Channels
- @dyarashus: Mark Sanborn -- 4 things go into reputation: Respect, Trust, Admiration, & Likeability #ciscops12
- @LiamLahey: Enjoyed my one-on-one chat with @CiscoCanada prez @nkawale this morning. There’s much optimism for the future here at #Ciscops12
- @ggroogle: Thursday leadership day… worth the whole week investment by itself. Best day of the conference. #CiscoPS12
- @EPCNews via Cberndtson: #CiscoPS12 Rob Lloyd “FInd me a customer where we can’t sell something today” http://dlvr.it/1SPzzg
- @EddiesTPWorld: Looking for a 3 minute easy answer to “What is Jabber”? Look no further http://bit.ly/xa2wXR #ciscops12 #collab
Whew! Have we taken a lot of photos? Check them out here and be sure to share your photos with us on Facebook. You can either post directly to our timeline or tag us in your posts.
Last Chance to Win an iPad
Live and virtual attendees have the chance to win one of four iPads. Simply post your favorite quote on Facebook through the suggestion box application; on Twitter tagging @Cisco_Channels #ciscops 12 #favequote; or as a comment on the Cisco Channels blog. We’ll review the submissions and select the lucky winners. (Click here for complete details and rules.)
“We are not here to participate, we are not here to compete, we are here to win,” said Keith earlier this week. As we conclude this year’s Partner Summit, we remind partners that we are in it to win it—together!