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Executives Share Top Takeaways from Partner Summit 2011

March 9, 2011
at 2:55 pm PST

My feet got a workout in New Orleans last week—in between running to the keynote sessions, helping out with the Executive Chats on Ustream, and working on our Partner Update news broadcasts, I managed to catch up with Senior Vice President Edison Peres, CTO Padmasree Warrior, Executive VP Rob Lloyd, and Senior Vice President Keith Goodwin.

Each of them filled me in on what the key takeaways were from their presentations during the General Sessions. Here’s what they had to say.

What did they share?

According to Edison, partners should choose their role in cloud, invest in architectures and verticals, and grow their professional services business.

Padma says that Cisco has an innovative architectural approach, that cloud is here and it’s happening, and that Cisco is very partner-friendly.

Rob told partners that our business is built on a strong global foundation, that Cisco has market transitions right, and that we have the best partnering organization in the world.

And lastly, Keith wants partners to know that it’s all about the core. He also tells partners to continue to build architecture and vertical practices, to invest in professional services, and to provide us with critical feedback, which allows Cisco to make our partner programs even better.

We also caught up with VCE CEO Michael Capellas who talked about the evolution of the IT industry, specifically cloud, storage, networking, and virtualization solutions. Here’s what he had to say:

Want to watch full replays of all the sessions at Partner Summit? Here’s how:

Visit the Virtual Partner Summit site to watch replays of keynote presentations, theater breakout sessions, Executive Chats, leadership and business transformation sessions. Plus, you can download important documents and info. The replays will be available for the next 30 days, so don’t miss them.

What were your Partner Summit takeaways? Share them in the comments below.

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