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Partner Voices: A Look Ahead to Cisco Partner Summit 2014

March 18, 2014 at 7:07 am PST

I spend a lot of time behind a keyboard for work. It’s not so bad. I get to work with incredibly smart and talented people at Cisco, and I certainly get to interact with some fabulous folks at our partner companies. Sometimes though, it is nice to meet people face-to-face, you know, like we all used to do.

I had that opportunity a few weeks ago at XChange Solution Provider in Los Angeles.  As I mentioned in my wrap-up for that week, I had the opportunity to have lunch in L.A. with Edison Peres, Sherri Liebo and numerous Cisco partners. I took advantage of the time to ask them about their thoughts on Cisco Partner Summit this year and what value they see in attending the event, or by participating through Virtual Partner Summit (VPS).

Partner Lunch XCHANGE

Lunch with Cisco Partners at XChange Solution Provider earlier this month.

I suppose it’s no surprise that the common theme I heard from all partners was that Partner Summit provides an opportunity to network. Much like I just mentioned, we often don’t get enough face-to-face time these days. Partners highly value the ability to meet with Cisco executives, and with other partners at Partner Summit. The idea exchange that happens each year at Partner Summit is phenomenal. The ability to make connections with other partners, while getting guidance on what Cisco has in store for the upcoming year is invaluable, according to the partners I spoke with.

The connection that is available to you via VPS is crucial as well. In fact, more than one partner I spoke with thought highly of VPS as a way to remain engaged at Partner Summit, even when unable to attend physically.

For example, Brad Cicero, Partner at Allied Technology Group, LLC, told me, “Networking is the most important part of being there for me, but when I can’t attend like this year, I really do try to watch all the sessions I can on VPS. I also know I can catch up on the sessions later if I do miss something.” Read More »

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014 at 9:03 am PST

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:

We are getting really, really close to Cisco Partner Summit 2014. I have not started packing yet, but I will start planning that out soon. Oh never mind, who am I kidding? I am the world’s worst procrastinator when it comes to packing. I’ll probably still be stuffing things into my bag on the way to the airport.

Regardless of my lack of planning when it comes to what I’ll be wearing in Las Vegas, we have put together a great social media plan for our partners heading into this year’s Partner Summit. We have already shared with you our general kickoff information and the social media contests for this year. This week we have some more Partner Summit information for you, but first, let’s talk about the latest post from Richard McLeod. Read More »

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Introducing This Year’s Cisco Partner Ambassadors

March 13, 2014 at 6:26 am PST

Heading into Partner Summit in Las Vegas at the end of the month, we have been bringing you waves of news related to this year’s event. Well it’s time we made the conversation less about Cisco and more about Cisco’s partners.

This marks the third year of the Cisco Partner Ambassador program. It provides partners with the opportunity to share their thoughts and impressions about the news they hear about during Cisco Partner Summit. As we continue to evolve the Partner Ambassador program, we are working hard to shape the mix of global resellers, distributors, and Independent Software Vendors (ISV) to more closely represent the participants at Partner Summit. Just like last year, we even have some partner ambassadors who won’t be onsite in Las Vegas, but will be joining us via Virtual Partner Summit (VPS).

Our partner ambassadors will be blogging and tweeting before, during, and after Partner Summit. As always, we’re excited to hear their perspectives and look forward to sharing their content with you. Be sure to follow our hashtag, #ciscops14, to follow their content and to offer your own feedback. We also created a convenient Cisco Partner Ambassadors twitter list to make it easy for you to subscribe to all handles, including some related twitter handles from the partner ambassadors.

Now let’s meet the ambassadors for Partner Summit 2014. Each partner ambassador was kind enough to provide some information about how they play in the Cisco Ecosystem and where you can track their social media information. Read More »

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Exploring Virtual Partner Summit 2014

March 12, 2014 at 12:03 pm PST

Cisco Partner Summit is only days away, and if you aren’t attending the live event in Las Vegas, there’s still time to register for Cisco Virtual Partner Summit (VPS). You will be joining thousands of Cisco partners from around the globe for three days of Cisco Partner Summit keynotes, executive chats, and breakout sessions on business-critical topics.

So what’s in store for VPS this year? When you enter VPS, you will see a range of options and tabs that will allow you not only to register for sessions, but also review speaker and related information for these sessions, VPS Dialog information, and get updates on Business Transformation Sessions.

VPS_sessionsYou’ll be able to view the live keynote presentations happening from the main stage in Las Vegas (replays will be available until April 28), and also participate in breakout sessions targeting different technology segments, business transformation strategies, and market opportunities specific to each region and presented in local times and languages.

With so much going on that week, you’ll need a way to keep track. Check out the Sessions tab > My Agenda to access all of the sessions you registered for. Read More »

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Open New Opportunities with Amazing Collaboration Experiences

March 12, 2014 at 5:01 am PST

As a Cisco Collaboration partner, you are always looking for new ways to reach more buying centers and dazzle your customers with an engaging collaboration experience. Today, Cisco announced new innovative solutions to help you do just that. This is our most significant video launch in many years, and we are changing the game with great experiences for any screen, from the browser to the boardroom. Rowan Trollope’s blog describes our unique approach to developing collaboration solutions that customers will want to use each day. But, of course, collaboration is about more than just video. We have big enhancements to packaged solutions and cloud capabilities, as well. Together, our new advancements will not only help accelerate your sales, but help you deliver greater business outcomes and drive value for your customers.

Make Collaboration Simple and More Affordable

In order for more people to use collaboration as an essential part of their workday, it must be simple to use. Our new innovations such as the Cisco TelePresence SX10, Cisco TelePresence MX200 and MX300  products break down barriers to video adoption and make it affordable to turn every conference room into a videoconference room. For example, the SX10 is a simple, easy to deploy new system that turns any standard flat panel monitor into a videoconferencing system, letting you demonstrate how video can boost the productivity of any meeting. This can enable access to new budgets and new conversations across customer organizations. Read More »

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