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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – June 14, 2013

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Every Friday, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories of the week, as well as point you to important Cisco-related content you may have missed along the way. Let’s have it.

Off The Top

It was a great Cisco Partner Summit last week in Boston. This week, we spent time recapping some of the key messages, reviewing the important themes and conversations, and hearing from Cisco executives and our partners about what resonated. In case you missed it, check out our overall summary of Cisco Partner Summit as well as our executive briefing on the news and announcements made during the week.

Remember: we have more Partner Summit discussion still to come, so check back next week for deeper dives into our services and technology strategies as well as Cisco’s unique value proposition for customers.

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Drumroll Please…Cisco Partner Summit Contest Winners Announced

It’s hard to believe that Cisco Partner Summit 2013 is already a week behind us. We had such a great time chatting with partners, attending the sessions, and seeing your Vine and Favorite Quote Contests submissions roll in. We have some very creative partners out there!

To recap, there were two Cisco Partner Summit Contests, you could participate in:

  • Vine Contest: Using the Vine mobile app, capture the essence of what Cisco Partner Summit means to you in a video that is six seconds or less.
  • Favorite Quote Contest: Send a tweet of your favorite Cisco Partner Summit quote or key message that resonated most with you.

Now that the contest details are fresh in your mind, here are the Cisco Partner Summit 2013 contest winners. Drumroll please… Read More »

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A Thank You to Our Cisco Partner Ambassadors

Partner perspectives are some of the most valuable resources we have here at Cisco, and it was with that idea that we first launched the Partner Ambassador program in 2012.

This year, the program continued: we invited 10 Cisco partners representing different geographies, backgrounds and specialties to report on Cisco Partner Summit using their own blogs, Twitter handles and other social media platforms. We hope you’ve enjoyed these 10 perspectives from across the Cisco partner ecosystem. There are so many good partner stories and vantage points out there and the Cisco Channels social media team wants to tell them all – rest assured Partner Ambassador will return!

A big thanks to each of our Partner Ambassadors and the great work they did throughout Partner Summit 2013. And check out the full rundown of where to find all Partner Ambassador social media content. You can also continue to follow our Ambassadors on Twitter using this Twitter list.

To close this chapter of the Partner Ambassador program, we’re pleased to feature a last roundup of blog posts, Tweets and other content our Ambassadors created throughout the last two weeks, including several post-event discussions shared in the last few days.  Read More »

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How Cisco Can Help Partners With Business Transformation Challenges

If you’ve met Edison Peres, SVP, worldwide channels or heard him address the audience at Cisco Partner Summit before, you know he’s all about partner evolution — specifically, how Cisco can help partners grapple with a unique period of technology and business model changes in the IT industry, and transform their businesses to meet those changes.

During his General Session discussion on Day 1 of last week’s Partner Summit, Edison urged partners to focus on three priorities: making hybrid IT a foundation of your value proposition, leading with solutions and professional services, and transitioning your sales teams to address new buying centers. Business transformation, Edison said, in one of the most repeated (and re-tweeted) quotes of the week, “is kind of like remodeling an airplane while it’s flying and there are people on it. We know it’s not easy. But if you focus on these three areas today, you will be well on your way to a successful tomorrow.”

Let’s hear a bit more from Edison on how Cisco wants partners to think about these changes:

You can check out our day-by-day summary of Cisco Partner Summit or grab our executive summary of news and announcements But let’s review some of what Edison, Bruce Klein, SVP, Worldwide Partner Organization, and other Cisco executives announced last week to help partners with this often-challenging evolution. Read More »

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That’s A Wrap: Cisco Partner Summit Summary and Takeaways

It was a great Cisco Partner Summit, and whether you joined us live in Boston last week or participated in Virtual Partner Summit, we hope you found the sessions, discussions, networking and parties as valuable, nurturing and fun as we did. Watch this video for a look back at the week that was:

Partner Summit may be over, but the key conversations that highlighted the event are just beginning. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be looking in detail at many of those conversations, from partner evolution to services and technology innovation. Check back often for new interviews with our executives and partners, and get ready to advance these discussions over the next few months. We’ll also be announcing our Partner Summit contest winners this week so stay tuned!

For now, let’s rewind and cover the big news and events of Partner Summit day by day. We also have an executive summary that you can download of all the major news and partner announcements from Partner Summit 2013.  Read More »

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