Partners, the Cisco software simplification team has heard you loud and clear on software licensing. You want a better Cisco software experience, from how you request a quote to how you activate and manage your software.
Well, you’ll be happy to know that on March 18 Cisco took a major step to simplify and unify this experience. New for Cisco partners is Cisco Software Central, a site that provides one-stop access for:
- Quoting, ordering and delivery of software and licensing documents
- Registering software products and obtaining license files
- Downloading minor upgrades and patches
- Ordering major version upgrades
The ultimate goal was to make this site easy to use, and to present you with relevant content and links to applications such as Cisco Commerce Workspace, eDelivery, License Registration and Product Upgrade Tool, based on your entitlement and access rights.
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Tags: Cisco, Cisco Software Central, Cisco software license, partner
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind. Every Friday, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories of the week, as well as point you to significant Cisco-related content you may have missed along the way. Let’s have at it.
Off The Top
Edison Peres, senior vice president, worldwide channels, highlighted significant wins for Cisco at this week’s Channel Champions awards, presented by UBM Tech and CRN at XChange Solution Provider in Orlando. Cisco won an overall 16 awards – not too shabby! – and several overall category wins, including Unified Communications, for the 10th straight year, and midrange servers.
As Edison notes, that server win, for technology crucial to Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) strategy, is particularly significant.
“Just look at how much this community has grown: 3,000 partners actively selling UCS Solutions and more than 20,000 end customers,” Edison writes. “Partners are building software solutions using the UCS developer tools we’ve provided and major strategic allies like VCE, NetApp, and Hitachi are winning in the data center with our combined technology and solutions.”
Check out photos of all the Champs winners, including Cisco, here, and Cisco’s Wendy Bahr, Richard McLeod and Thomas Wells collecting the hardware (at right).
Speaking of UCS, there are now build-to-order and configure-to-order options for UCS available from distributors Ingram Micro and Tech Data in Canada – part of an ongoing push toward UCS enablement for Cisco distributors around the world. As ChannelBuzz.ca’s Robert Dutt notes, it’s an important move because it “could drop the leadtime for a UCS order from months to days.”
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Tags: Cisco, distributor, edison peres, HCS, partner, UCS, Weekly Rewind
True collaboration solutions offer communications and collaboration capabilities on any device, at any time, and from anywhere. That’s been the case for some time, and never more true than now as customers embrace hosted collaboration as a key consumption and delivery model.
Here at Cisco, we’re constantly refining our efforts to make hosted collaboration not only easy for customers to use, but also easy for partners to sell. And I’m happy to report that Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) is delivering for Cisco partners on our promise of “no compromise” cloud collaboration.
You’ve probably seen the recent industry reports, including researcher Gartner’s favorable assessment of how HCS adoption is accelerating. But Cisco’s momentum with hosted collaboration is showing up all over the place. With a robust global network of 40 HCS partners, we are leading a market shift toward cloud through which we could see several million HCS seats sold and delivered by the channel this year alone.
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Tags: Cisco, distributor, HCS, hosted collaboration, Ingram Micro, partner, richard mcleod, wholesale
It’s been four years since Cisco officially introduced the Unified Computing System (UCS) and began the challenge of convincing the industry – and the channel – that we were serious about being a server player and serious about making a difference in the data center.
We all heard the naysayers at first, and especially our competitors, saying: “Cisco? Servers? What does a networking company know about servers?” We had our work cut out for us.
Today we’re proud to have a number of industry accolades for Cisco’s data center strategy behind UCS, and a continued and growing partnership with a range of channel allies building ecosystem-based solutions around UCS. Just look at how much this community has grown:3,000 partners actively selling UCS Solutions and more than 20,000 end customers. Partners are building software solutions using the UCS developer tools we’ve provided, and major strategic allies like VCE, NetApp and Hitachi are winning in the data center with our combined technology and solutions. Read More »
Tags: awards, cisco channels, edison peres, partner, UCS
Do you watch Modern Family? I love that show and it just keeps getting better. The episode where parents Phil and Claire moved daughter Hailey into her college dorm was particularily hilarious and I’m still laughing over the “Phil’s-Osophy” book he created for Hailey on “things I’ve learned” — hence, my strange title.
When Cisco asked me to participate on the Channels blog, I decided to risk the obvious and write about soft skills because it’s my observation they’re not widely appreciated – especially by women. What I mean by soft skills is personal brand: the image you portray and how others percieve you. It’s the very foundation on which your career is built. The timing couldn’t be better: we are in the throes of launching a very exciting project here at Westcon Group (more on that later) and today — you may note — is International Women’s Day.
Women want to develop professional and business skills, but often overlook what I call their soft skills foundation. For starters, there’s that nagging perception of the glass ceiling. Well, let’s ask this question: is it a glass ceiling that’s holding women back or is it something else? You might consider the following when evaluating your own soft skills foundation. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, distributor, International Women's Day, partner, Westcon Group