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The Week in Review: Cisco Partner Summit 2011

March 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm PST

There was no shortage of entertainment and music at Cisco’s 15th Partner Summit last week, with New Orleans’ finest bands and musicians playing for live and virtual audiences.

The action-packed event featured big news for partners, keynotes from Cisco’s top executives, breakout speakers, magicians, theater sessions, parties, a live auction, and generous donations from partners and Cisco are helping to rebuild homes and lives in New Orleans.

We put together a short video slideshow with pictures highlighting so many of the great moments from Cisco Partner Summit 2011. Enjoy! (And please share your own photos on our Facebook page.)

If you missed any of the news from last week, here are all of the big announcements for partners. Read More »

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Closing out Partner Summit 2011: Big News and John Chambers’ Takeaways

March 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm PST

At Partner Summit 2011, the theme was all about how to create an impact, and how to grow revenues together. We caught up with Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers, who shared his key insights from attending the event this week.

At today’s General Session, the discussion focused on leadership, and how Cisco will work with partners to lead, together. Executive Vice President Rob Lloyd took the stage, and gave a clear directive to partners. He said that the network is the last great IT market opportunity, and because of that, if a competitor asks partners to sell their product, they should just say no—don’t let the competition commoditize the market.

Here’s more details on new deals for partners that Rob announced.

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Partner Summit 2011: News, Highlights, and Tweets

March 3, 2011 at 10:47 am PST

It was another great day at Partner Summit 2011 on the bayou, where the music is fantastic, the beignets are amazing, and the Partner Summit news is awesome!

At Wednesday’s general session, the focus was on how to impact innovation with Michael Capellas, CEO of VCE, and Padmasree Warrior, Cisco’s CTO. Both highlighted Cisco technologies to help partners to differentiate.

We’ve got all of the event highlights, news, and details you need to know from Wednesday.

And since social media is such a big part of this year’s conference, we’re going to highlight a few of the tweets that have come through:

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Partner Summit 2011: How Do We Impact Innovation? By Moving to the Cloud

Yesterday partners got to enjoy lively music during the General Session, but today, it was all about magic…and the cloud. Technology magician Marco Tempest treated partners to magic tricks using lights and a display, and he was followed onto the stage by Michael Capellas, CEO of VCE, and Padmasree Warrior, Cisco’s CTO. The theme was how to impact innovation, and both Michael and Padma highlighted the Cisco technologies that can help partners to differentiate.

Michael kicked off his talk with the statement that “cloud is not marketing hype,” but in fact will be a foundational part of the IT industry for the next three to five years. Michael sprinkled interesting facts throughout his presentation—for instance, did you know that 200 million users connect to Facebook via mobile devices? Or that 60 billion instant messages are sent per day? According to Michael, stats like those demonstrate that the consumer has already adopted the cloud, and it will spread into the enterprise.

This will open up a whole new world of possibilities for partners, as the world of applications that will be accessed by lots of different devices will change. Businesses will need new applications, location-based applets, new forms of integration, analytics and behavioral analysis, new development networks, development clouds, and software as a service. And all of those will be supported by the cloud. Michael concluded his presentation with his “Fearless Forecasts.” Watch out, partners: There will be a $50 billion converged infrastructure market in three years, and private cloud will lead enterprise and public sector opportunities. Read More »

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Music, Mardi Gras, and News: Just Another Day at Partner Summit

March 2, 2011 at 7:31 am PST

So much happened on Tuesday at Cisco Partner Summit: musical performances, artist Frency painting in the moment on stage, as well as keynotes from SVP Keith Goodwin, Cisco CEO John Chambers, SVP Edison Peres, and the new Cisco COO Gary Moore. We also heard big announcements around cloud and collaborative professional services.

We had some other exciting things happening on Tuesday, so watch our short Partner Update newscast for the day’s highlights.

Did you miss any of the sessions from Tuesday? Don’t worry, you can still watch them…
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