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Security Everywhere Helps Partners Create New Conversations and Revenue Streams

It’s impossible to turn on a TV or read a newspaper without hearing about cybersecurity breaches. Security is top of mind for everyone, and it’s definitely a top priority for Cisco.

Yesterday, at Cisco Live 2015 in San Diego, CA, we announced “Security Everywhere.” The Internet of Everything has generated new business models, better work environments, and consumer experiences. It has also opened more opportunities for hackers. Our new portfolio embeds security across the extended network, from the data center to endpoints, branch offices, and the cloud. This provides threat visibility and control. By integrating “Security Everywhere,” you can deliver the security requirements demanded by today’s dynamic threat landscape, and capture emerging business opportunities.

I’d like to highlight some of the solutions that will help you. Read More »

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Cisco Live 2015: Touchdown in San Diego!

So I encountered a bit of turbulence on my way out west yesterday, but it’s been smooth sailing since I touched down in San Diego for Cisco Live. It looks like it’s been that way for most of the partners I’ve talked to as well.

Solution Partner ReceptionThe weather is gorgeous here (it is San Diego, so no shocker there) and the conversation has been lively. In fact, I was lucky enough to arrive yesterday in time to take in part of the Solution Partner Forum before Cisco Live officially kicked off today.

The Solution Partner Forum provides program members with networking opportunities, new program updates and useful resources. All of this is designed to help you accelerate your business growth and advance your partnership with Cisco.

Solution Partner Hormel FoodsWe opened up today visiting a packed Cisco ONE Software Partner Forum to see partners interacting and discussing our Cisco ONE Software offering, which is “A more valuable & flexible way to consume software”.  The interest level from partners was at a peak during the customer success story interview with Hormel Foods. You can learn more about Cisco ONE and how to start selling right here.

Solution Partner LunchThe Solution Partners were able to reconvene for a partner power lunch where Cisco condensed about eight hours of material into an interactive two hour lunch that provided a great deal of feedback and insight as well.

Don’t forget that the Cisco Partner Social Media team will be on hand to help keep you focused on the happenings of interest to Cisco Partners throughout the week. Be sure to let me know where my focus can help you and I will certainly do what I can to make sure you have the information you need. Watch the partner twitter feed for the latest information!

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – June 5, 2015

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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:

Off the Top

The good folks over at CRN announced their 2015 edition of the Women of the Channel this week. Cisco was honored to have 11 women named in this year’s list!

Sherri Liebo even posted a blog giving a little more background and inviting you to congratulate the honorees. Please check it out and offer your support in the comments section.

Cisco Live

Cisco Live US is next week in San Diego. I left a little reminder from me that I’ll be there. Find me if you’re in San Diego and let’s meet face to face.  In the meantime, do check out my blog this week to get an idea on where I’ll be focusing my efforts for Cisco partners while I’m out on the west coast. Read More »

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Heading to the Left Coast for Cisco Live US!

Cisco Live is coming up next week in San Diego. I know many of you will be there to show just how the Cisco Partner Ecosystem provides the business outcomes our customers demand. I’ll be heading there on Sunday and I hope to see many of you while I’m there.

The Cisco Partner Social Media team will be on hand to help keep you focused on the happenings of interest to Cisco Partners. Be sure to let me know where my focus can help you and I will certainly do what I can to make sure you have the information you need.

Now before we get to San Diego next week, I thought I’d give you a brief look at where I’ll be focusing my efforts next week: Read More »

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Inclusion: The New Core Competence for Leaders

We all know that not one person has all the answers, so it only makes sense that a company would want to have an inclusive, diverse workforce to bring in varying points of view. The problem is that most companies focus on diversity stats, but that doesn’t really make a difference in the culture of an organization, particularly when the whole point is to drive better business results through collaboration.

GVSOteamdiverseI prefer to focus on inclusion, and believe that inclusion precedes diversity. A more inclusive work environment will attract a more diverse workforce. Just as communication is a core skill for a modern leader, I believe inclusion is a core skill for the 21st Century – a style you can learn and practice. What is inclusion?  Simply put, it means including people…seeking diverse opinions and taking into account other points of view.  It’s treating people like they belong and feel valued, and making sure you are building teams and environments where no one feels they are on the outside. This isn’t always easy. You have to demonstrate it by interacting and engaging, and treating people with respect. It’s not what you say, but how you are that counts.

I also believe in focusing on the strengths of our people, rather than their weaknesses. That’s how we get people to go from good to great, instead of not-so-good to mediocre. This is especially important for women. In my experience, there is no difference in competence between men and women, but there is a massive difference in self-belief. We try to challenge women to regularly operate outside of their comfort zone so they can build confidence, aspiration level and impact on the organization.  Read More »

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