Cisco Partner Summit 2010 came to a close last Thursday with Chairman and CEO John Chambers taking a retrospective look — what a difference a year makes! The landscape in June for Cisco Partner Summit 2009 was drastically different.
John kicked off the keynote by offering encouragement to partners, thanking them for their continued support, and for helping Cisco deliver innovative solutions to customers. From borderless networks, to new business models, to the push into 30-plus market adjacencies, it was clear that partners are integral to Cisco’s strategy
Video and networked collaboration are key and growth for both is based on the network as the platform. What will the enterprise of the future look like? The enterprise of the future will have a culture of change, driven by market transitions, and will have the network as the foundation.
To demonstrate the importance of video and the role is will play with networked devices, John walked through a retail collaboration example with Jim Grubb, Cisco’s Chief Demonstration Officer, using Cisco Quad collaboration software (the social networking platform), TelePresence, WebEx and a host of approximately 10 other solutions designed to change the way we collaborate and communicate.
Video, the network, and the next generation of the Internet: Those were the themes speakers covered at Wednesday’s Partner Summit general session. Padmasree Warrior, Cisco’s CTO, started things off by talking about how video will be central to business deals, communication, and interactions.
She also remarked that the Internet is expanding from a superhighway to a platform that is transforming industries, and noted that the network will play a significant role in enabling business transformation globally. In Padma’s view, IT will also help drive economic growth and new business models.
Padma then cued up a demo of TelePresence and showed how, in the future, you can visit the DMV from your living room. Padma concluded by telling partners that the “combination of innovation and operational excellence is how we will reach new heights.
Next up, Tony Bates--SVP and GM of Enterprise, Commercial and Small Business--echoed three themes:
Partner Summit 2010 officially opened today with Keith Goodwin, Senior VP of WW Partners, addressing partners at the general session and thanking them for their continued support. Keith elaborated on the theme of Partner Summit: Write the Rules, Own the Game. So what does that mean, exactly?
We can write the rules to help us grow faster and make more money which will have a huge impact on customers. By leading the market transitions, we will own the game, thereby winning against the competition.
With this theme as the backdrop, Keith then launched into how collaboration, video, the data center, and cloud-based services will define the next-generation Internet, and encouraged partners to focus on growth and profitability. He also reiterated that Cisco will invest in its partners to help them seize opportunities.
There was plenty of news to come out of this session, new programs, and new offers…
The wait is over--Partner Summit 2010 kicked off in San Francisco today. This year, we’ve got lots of new ways to participate, interact, and share ideas on how to accelerate growth and opportunity in 2010 and beyond. We managed to chat with some partners just arriving at the event and found out what they’d like to hear.
At this morning’s Learning Partner Advisory meeting, attendees got a glimpse at how the Learning Partner program will evolve over the next year. The Learning Program will also support mobile learning—check out this video in Channels Buzz, which highlights how one partner is developing the use of an iPad to access training.
Would you like the chance to chat with Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers? Perhaps you’ve got a burning question for CTO Padmasree Warrior? Well, here is your chance to participate in a live video chat with top Cisco executives after their Partner Summit 2010 keynotes. That’s right. This year year at Partner Summit, we’re streaming all executive chats live via video, so you can watch, ask your questions/leave comments in real time, and get answers. The chats will be broadcast live in the Channels Buzz partner community and on the public CiscoChannels UStream page. (You can visit the UStream page to RSVP.) We welcome your questions, comments, and thoughts before and during the broadcasts.
The chat schedule is as follows, so please join in. (All times are Pacific Standard Time.)