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Partners Are an Extension of the Cisco Sales Force

Mandy Knotts of Cisco PR sat down with Wendy Bahr, VP of US/Canada Channels at the Cisco Worldwide Partner Summit. Wendy shares everything from why channel partner’s are critical to Cisco’s success and her interest in fire dancing while in Hawaii. — Why are channel partners critical to Cisco’s success in the US/Canada theater?– How many Partner Summit’s have you attended?– How has the Partner Summit evolved?– Have our channel partner’s business priorities changed over the last few years? If yes, how?Post by Mandy Knotts

BD Director Rob Salvagno Discusses Cisco’s Nuova Acquisition

Rob Salvagno, Senior Director of Business Development, discusses Cisco’s Nuova acquisition announced today.   This is a follow-on to our initial investment in August 2006. Nuova is focused on cutting-edge data center technology and its first product, the Nexus 5000, is also being announced today.  In this video, Salvagno discusses the following questions:  – Tell us about the Nuova transaction being announced today.- How does this fit into Cisco’s innovation strategy?- How much will Cisco be paying for Nuova?- Tell us about the Nuova team.- What is the background between Cisco and Nuova?

The Ground Rules: Cisco Annual Partner Summit

TC Doyle and Mandy Knotts, Cisco’s bloggers for the Cisco Annual Partner Summit, outline their plans for the event.Post by Mandy Knotts

Honolulu’s Transformation: Updating with Cisco

Partner Summit 2008T.C. Doyle, of Cisco, visits with Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann and talks about the use of technology in his city. He also talks with Honolulu CIO, Gordon Bruce, about their use of Cisco Unified Communications and some challenges that he’s seen since becoming CIO.Post by Mandy Knotts

Partner Summit 2008 Kick Off

Our 12th Cisco Partner Summit is kicking off in Honolulu this week. Throughout the week on this blog, you’ll hear from (and see via Video blog posts) Cisco executives and Summit attendees. If you can’t be in Hawaii this week, you can attend the Summit virtually.In this video, Keith Goodwin, SVP for Worldwide Channels, gives an overview of what Partners can expect at this year’s summit.He answers the following questions:- What’s happening in Hawaii? Who is here?- Why are partners coming to Hawaii?- What are partners going to be hearing this year?- If you were to have any downtime during the Summit, what would you most likely do? Snorkel? Surf? Firewalk?