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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014 at 9:52 am PST

Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:

And we’re back. After taking the last couple of weeks to attend and wrap up the coverage for Cisco Partner Summit we’re back in the normal swing of things with the Partner Weekly Rewind. Let’s get back to it…

Off the Top

Before we move away completely from Cisco Partner Summit 2014, I provided one last recap blog this week. Be sure to check out the final recap for this year’s event. It contains a couple of executive videos about what’s on partners’ minds and what the key takeaways were for this year’s Cisco Partner Summit. In addition, there is a highlight video at the end you don’t want to miss. It’s proof positive that we are indeed, Amazing Together.

Be sure to keep following our Partner Ambassadors from this year’s event and drop us a comment congratulating the winners of our social media contests!

Cisco Partner Summit will be in Montreal in 2015. I hope to see many of you there again, and if you can’t make the trip up to Canada, we will be providing full coverage through Virtual Partner Summit (VPS) and social media as always. Read More »

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Recognition for Sales People: The Motivation They Crave

Having worked in Sales for more than 18 years, I have learned that all sales professionals have a common need for recognition and motivation.   Only about 5-20 % of sales people are, “intrinsically motivated” meaning internally driven and not seekers of recognition, whereas 80 percent are “extrinsically motivated” and want ongoing encouragement, praise and recognition to keep up sales.

For many sales managers, most of whom are self-motivated and don’t seek out recognition, it can come as a complete shock that three quarters of their sales team may be extrinsically motivated . This awareness gap can cause serious morale and productivity issues if the recognition needs of the sales teams are not addressed adequately. American Psychologist published a study where researchers found that top performers experienced a positive to negative emotions ratio at a minimum 3:1 and as high as 11:1. In other words, for a person to “thrive” he/she needs to experience at least 3 positive interactions for every 1 negative. Negative feedback is a regular part of a salesperson’s daily life so you can imagine how important it becomes to give regular praise and recognition to sales teams to keep them feeling upbeat and motivated. Read More »

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2014 Cisco Learning Partner Awards Showcase the Best of the Best

Cisco Learning Partners help Cisco prepare partners to meet their customers’ technology needs by providing technical and business-readiness authorized training and enablement. At the Global Learning Partner Conference, March 23, 2014, in Las Vegas, we unveiled the winners of the 2014 Global Learning Partner Awards to recognize exemplary Learning Partners who demonstrate best-in-class business practices and serve as a model to the industry. Congratulations to the winners below: Read More »

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Monetizing the Shift to Cloud and Hybrid IT with Services

Picture this scene, which took place last month at Cisco’s Partner Summit in Las Vegas. I had been talking for a few minutes in the lobby of the Venetian with a long-time Cisco partner when he suddenly asked, “Raja, how are you guys at Cisco going to help us use services to capitalize on cloud and hybrid IT?” I answered: “Plenty…and rapidly expanding.”

First the back story, then the details.

By now, we all know that new technology consumption patterns have shifted the business model that customers are demanding. Much of this has to do with the increased influence that line of business decision makers now have on IT buying decisions. Consider this. In just two years, 35 percent of IT spend will reside in the business — outside the control of IT – according to a recent study.1 A whopping 90 percent of IT spend will be controlled by the business in 2020. As the saying goes, “We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto.”

Then there’s the lightning-quick shift to a variety of new cloud models.  In just two years, cloud spending will account for the majority of new IT spending, according to Gartner.2 That same research also predicts that by the end of 2017, nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Summit 2014: The Grand Finale

April 7, 2014 at 9:30 am PST

I’ve been home from Las Vegas for a little more than week now, and the excitement from Cisco Partner Summit 2014 has yet to wear off. I hope you were able to either attend the event in Las Vegas or participate via Virtual Partner Summit (VPS). It’s hard to believe we wrapped up last Thursday evening. Of course our coverage has continued this week, but we’re wrapping that up today as well.

Before we close out our coverage of Cisco Partner Summit 2014, let’s jump all the way back to the beginning, so to speak. While speaking to several of our executives at Cisco Partner Summit, I asked them to give me a rundown of what’s on partners’ minds coming into Cisco Partner Summit 2014. You had the opportunity to see the responses from John Chambers, Chairman and CEO; Rob Lloyd, President, Development and Sales; Bruce Klein,  Senior Vice President, Worldwide Partner Organization; and Edison Peres, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Channels last week in Las Vegas.

As you see in the video, a wide range of partners have a lot of the same thoughts. Just look at what Edzard Overbeek, Senior Vice President of Cisco Services, said he heard from partners, “There are two or three things standing out. First of all cloud, and I hope we’ve answered that with the Intercloud announcement, and how critical the network of clouds is for our partner community. The second piece is the transition from product; technology selling into outcomes based selling.” 

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