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Rewarding Partner Summit 2015 Delivers New Collaboration Offers and More

Every year an incredible amount of preparation goes into my presentation and one-on-ones for Partner Summit. We had 11 or so Spark rooms of various teams coming together to make decisions about demos, graphic design, scripting, statistics, offers, and so on. Lots of hard work (made easier with Spark), but all that effort culminates in a few days that are both rewarding and inspiring. First, we got to hang out with more than 2200 of you in the lovely city of Montreal (while 6000 others tuned in virtually) and hear some great talks from our top leaders.

The second reward I got from all the weeks leading up to Summit where my team was heads down doing research and crunching numbers was gaining a buttoned-up set of facts that support the message I wanted you to walk away with – that disruption creates an opportunity to thrive. The partner trends we uncovered are compelling.

I want to make sure you have those facts and figures at your fingertips. We’ve created a Cisco Worldwide Partner Summit 2015 Collaboration Offers and Announcements page where you can find all the details on our new partner announcements and offers as well as the presentations. I think you’ll find the offers very rewarding, and if you didn’t get a chance to hear Rowan announce them on main stage and in the breakout session, you can find the recordings on the Cisco Virtual Partner Summit site.

Let’s also do a quick recap here of the three big areas you can focus on to seize that window of opportunity we talked about: Read More »

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – May 8, 2015


Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem 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:

I’m back with the Weekly Rewind after a one week absence while I covered Partner Summit and Marketing Velocity in Montreal.  Before I even get around to wrapping that up though, perhaps you’ve heard there was a big story this week…

Off the Top

Just in case you somehow missed it, on Monday, May 4, Cisco named Chuck Robbins as the next CEO, effective July 26. After 20 years of leadership, John Chambers will move into the role of Executive Chairman.

As you can imagine, we are all quite excited about this news and can’t wait to see where Chuck’s leadership will take us next. At the same time, we are so thankful to have had John as CEO for the past 20 years and I, for one, am thrilled that he’s staying on as Cisco’s Executive Chariman.

What do you think of the announcement? Join me in congratulating Chuck in the comments section below. Also be sure to follow @ChuckRobbins on twitter as he often tweets directly to Cisco Partners:

Thanks to all our partners who have reached out this week – I am so gracious! @Cisco partners are the best! @CiscoPartners

– Chuck Robbins (@ChuckRobbins)

Cisco Marketing Velocity and Partner Summit

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. I spent all of last week in Montreal covering Cisco Marketing Velocity 2015 and Cisco Partner Summit 2015. It was a busy week to be sure. With the events running in conjunction this year, there was a great deal of ground to cover. Before we even go there, how about one last fun look and what it was like to be in Montreal last week for Velocity and Partner Summit?

Hopefully, my recaps of Velocity and day one, day two and day three of Partner Summit brought you the news you needed to see, and a pretty good idea of what it felt like to be at the event this year.  You also had a chance to hear from Steve Benvenuto and Edison Peres with a couple of announcements from last week that are certainly of interest to partners. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Summit 2015: Final Thoughts from Bruce Klein


Since the close of Cisco Partner Summit 2015, I have brought you interviews with John Chambers, Rob Lloyd, Edison Peres and Sherri Liebo. Each gave their thoughts on important takeaways and announcements from Partner Summit and Marketing Velocity. I also put together a montage of interviews with numerous other executives from last week.

To close out the executive interviews during this week of wrap up coverage from Montreal, let’s hear Bruce Klein’s thoughts on this year’s Partner Summit:

So there you have it. A little later today I am bringing back the Weekly Rewind blog and I will have full recap of the events from last week there as well.

It’s a unique opportunity I have to speak with the executives every year at these events and I hope it’s worth it to you for me to relay those conversations. I would like to thank all the Cisco executives who were able to make time in their busy schedules to speak with me and a huge thanks to my co-workers and crew who help make these video interviews such a success each year. Finally, none of this is possible without you, the Cisco partners. Thank you, as always, for reading my blogs and for all your feedback on how to make these blogs and videos better.

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Cisco Marketing Velocity and Partner Summit 2015: Thank You Social Ambassadors!


I always want to provide you with the best coverage possible for Marketing Velocity and Partner Summit each year. Often that means giving you a perspective other than my own. For instance, earlier today I posted the main takeaways from our Cisco executives. Sometimes though, the best way to give you an even more transparent look at these Cisco events, an outside perspective is preferred.

This is exactly why we ask select Cisco partners each year to work with us as social ambassadors for these events. Their insight at events like Marketing Velocity and Partner Summit are invaluable. This is our fourth year of the Cisco social ambassador program and it gives a unique look at both of these events.

This year, we had 10 Cisco Partner Summit Ambassadors who represented different backgrounds and regions, and who focused on different events. We invited each of them to participate in Cisco Partner Summit 2015 as official social ambassadors who focused on tweeting and blogging about things they heard at our annual events. In addition, three of them were performing the same duties around Cisco Marketing Velocity before moving on throughout the week to give you a marketer’s perspective on Partner Summit.

There are always great stories to tell at these events, and who better to tell them than the partners themselves. Some ambassadors were on site with us in Montreal, while others participated via Virtual Partner Summit (VPS), but in both cases, the partner ambassadors did great work in capturing everything they heard last week. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Summit 2015: Final Thoughts from Cisco Executives


Well, we’re starting to wind down our coverage of Cisco Marketing Velocity and Partner Summit 2015. I’ll put a bow on it and wrap everything up in my Weekly Rewind blog tomorrow, but we still have some ground to cover.

So far, I have recapped Marketing Velocity and day one, day two and day three of Partner Summit. In addition, since we closed out the show in Montreal last week, I have also brought you interviews with John Chambers, Rob Lloyd, Edison Peres and Sherri Liebo.

I had the opportunity to speak with several other Cisco executives last week as well, including our newly named CEO successor Chuck Robbins. I know your time is valuable, so I’ve condensed their thoughts into a couple of montage videos I’d like to share with you today. First, let’s take a look at what our executives have been hearing from partners during the past year:

As you can see, Cisco partners are concerned about many of the same things we talked about all week last week. Read More »

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