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Cisco Partner Summit Day 2: Disrupt or be Disrupted


Bruce Klein welcomed everyone back to Day 2, “Innovation Day”, of Partner Summit and asked Rob Lloyd to lead today’s general session. Rob Lloyd reinforced John’s message from yesterday. Things are changing and they are changing fast, and if you don’t find a way to disrupt your industry, you will be disrupted. As Cisco has said all week long, “You must Be Bold!”

Rob hosted iTalks this year as if they were a tv talk show, bringing Cisco executives up on stage as guests for quick talks about specific areas. This iTalk approach allowed each executive to give a brief description of what’s top of mind in their area, but before we get to those recaps, why not see what people at the show had to say about today:

Rob Soderbery

Rob Lloyd brought Rob Soderbery up on stage to talk about security, and he led off by asking Rob S., “Is Cisco really ‘in it to win it’ in Security? Some people don’t necessarily think so.”  Rob Soderbery went on to explain that Cisco is definitely all in on security and we are in fact refreshing the entire product line at the moment. Read More »

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Igniting the Intercloud Partner Ecosystem

IT today is filled with disparate islands of clouds. Cisco’s strategy to connect those islands into an interconnected global network of clouds—the Intercloud—is unique in the market. But it’s our partner-centric cloud model that really helps us stand out from the usual cloud crowd.

We believe our partner-centric model is the winning strategy. A tightly knit ecosystem of trusted partners provides far greater infrastructure and application choice, greater industry expertise and better geographic coverage than any single vendor could.

Together, in just over a year, we’ve moved quickly from vision, to execution to momentum. We’ve laid the foundation for the Intercloud with a significant partner ecosystem of more than 60 Intercloud partners spanning more than 350 data centers across 50 countries.

While we are proud of what we’ve collectively achieved, our job is not done.

Today, we are introducing new programs, services and initiatives to help cloud builders, cloud providers and cloud resellers grow with us and further capture the Intercloud opportunity. We want to win with Intercloud together. Read More »

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Cisco Recognizes and Applauds its Global Award Winners at Partner Summit

Last evening during a global awards reception held at Cisco Partner Summit in Montreal, Canada, I had the distinguished privilege of recognizing the achievement of our top global partners for seizing new opportunities, unleashing innovations and empowering customers in all-new ways. Seventeen global partners were selected for their exemplary performance across several categories.

Take a look at some of the photos from last night.

Winners of the 2015 Cisco Partner Summit Global awards are: Read More »

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Cisco Partner Summit Day 1: Being Bold


It was a packed house this morning at the Palais de congrès de Montreal as Bruce Klein kicked off Cisco Partner Summit 2015. It has been a full day of announcements and breakout session, so as always, take a look at our recap video to get a taste of what today was like in Canada.

John Chambers

Being Bold is what this year’s Partner Summit is all about and when Bruce welcomed John to the stage, John wasted no time in announcing that Cisco is going to be bolder than ever.

“There is a transformation that’s going to digitize governments, companies and countries. Cisco has the ability to lead here. I truly think this next year is an inflection point where every company starts to become a digital company. If companies don’t change, they are going to be left behind, because either you disrupt, or you’re going to get disrupted,” John said. Read More »

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Opening the Door for Partners to Capture New Opportunities in Software and Cloud

Be Bold. That was the message that kicked off Cisco Partner Summit in fabulous Montreal. Our fearless leader John Chambers talked about Cisco’s bold ambitions to capture the unparalleled market opportunities created by digitization and the Internet of Everything. Then Bruce Klein outlined our bold vision of rallying a broad ecosystem of partners to capture these opportunities together.

Cisco’s bold visions aren’t just talk. As Henry Fold once warned: “Vision without execution is just hallucination.” We’re igniting the Cisco Partner Ecosystem around software and cloud. Today, Cisco introduced new and evolved partner programs designed to help partners build out their software practices and further expand hybrid IT capabilities.

Cisco Software Partner Program

We’ve heard loud and clear that partners want our help in growing their software business through a more structured approach. Cisco has made significant investments to broaden our software offers, delivery and buying models, and ecosystem capabilities to deliver business outcomes to customers. During the past couple of years, we’ve doubled down on software innovations through new product introductions, including Cisco ONE Software Suites, Cisco Connected Analytics, Cisco Cloud Suite and many others, as well as our recent company investments and acquisitions, including Embrane, MetaCloud, and Sourcefire. Our actions reinforce our words by demonstrating a commitment to enabling customer transformation, harnessing new growth opportunities, and providing greater agility through software.

Now it’s time to ignite our partner ecosystem.  Announced today, the new Cisco Software Partner Program helps current and new partners capture profitable revenue streams and build competencies around software. This program provides partners with enablement resources, incentives, benefits and rewards to capitalize on the large software opportunity. Read More »

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