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:
Off the Top
Well we’re wrapping up Cisco’s fiscal year 2014 and it was a perfect time for Bruce Klein to stop by and take a look back at a few of the highlights. There is a nice video of several of our events with partners this past year as well.
Bruce pointed out a few of our bigger announcements, and he made sure to point out that none of the accomplishments from fiscal year 2014 were possible without the hard work and dedication of Cisco’s partner community.
Take a look at Bruce’s blog and congratulate yourselves for driving such a significant amount of business for Cisco. Be sure to let Bruce know what you think in the comments section!
Over the years, we have covered broader and broader news amongst the Cisco partner community. Rather than solely covering resellers, where the channels blog started, we have branched out to blog about distributors, ISVs and more. Since the Cisco Partner Ecosystem is growing and evolving, we think we should be more representative of the entire Cisco partner base. As such, we will soon be renaming the Cisco Channels Blog.
As of August 15, we will rename this blog the Cisco Partner Blog. All of our associated assets will change as well. Our twitter handle will no longer be @cisco_channels and will become @ciscopartners. You can find us on Facebook as Cisco Partners.
We are working hard to ensure there is no work for you on your side. Instead, we will make sure you are redirected to our new names. However, I would like to ask you to start using our new names on August 15 if you are sharing our blogs, tweets or Facebook posts.
Watch this space for more information next week and make sure you’re all set for our change to the Cisco Partner Blog on August 15!
Using Ongoing Marketing to Nurture Leads
As usual, Karin Surber had some great insight this week into the minds of the sales force. In her latest blog on using ongoing marketing to nurture leads she talks about how important the relationship aspect of nurturing a lead can be.
Did you know that nurtured leads tend to make 47 percent larger purchases than non-nurtured leads? Great tidbits like that one are contained in Karin’s blog, so be sure to give it a read.
The Future of Cloud
Learn what leading providers have to say about the Future of Cloud. In parts 5 and 6 of this ongoing series, NWN and Peak 10 share their perspectives on “The Value of Integration to Cloud Services” and “It Takes an Ecosystem.”
CMSP in CRN’s Network Connectivity Services Partner Program Guide
Cisco’s Cloud and Managed Service Program (CMSP) has been included in CRN’s 2014 Network Connectivity Services Partner Program Guide.
According to CRN, its guide highlights some of the industry’s leading portfolios of telecom, cloud and connectivity offerings. It also recognizes industry players who seem ready, willing and able to help partners wrap their arms around IT-Telecom convergence, and the many moving parts it entails.
Just let us know if you have any questions about CMSP and we can point you in the right direction!
You Can Now Order the Nexus 3000, Nexus 9000, and ACI Solutions
Cisco Nexus 3000 and Nexus 9000 switching portfolios are now orderable. Win more deals and up-sell to Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) with four new ACI starter kits and the APIC. See how ACI can work for customers of all sizes.
- Lindsay Hiebert shows how the Internet of Things (IoT) empowers public safety
- Soni Jiandani looks at the future of networking, available today
- Rick Vanover says, “If you bundle it, they will come.”
- Renee Patton believes the Internet of Everything (IoE) can power more energy efficient colleges
- Andy Smith demonstrates Cisco’s holistic approach to reducing energy costs
Keep An Eye Out
- August 13 – NEW Cisco Collaborate Now Promotion Webinar
- September 9 -- Next Generation Security: New Products and Incentives
- Swing by the Cisco Partner Event calendar for the latest information on Cisco partner gatherings