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Partner Summit 2011 Kicks Off in New Orleans

March 1, 2011 at 7:03 am PST

There’s a lot happening at our 15th Partner Summit—big news announcements for partners, not to mention keynotes, business breakout sessions, executive chats, and parties, too.

So what’s on tap for this week? To keep you in the know, we’ll have special Partner Update newscasts from New Orleans, so you don’t miss any of the Partner Summit news. And here’s what happened on day one of the event:

So what are we announcing this week?

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A Peek Into the Future with Dr. James Canton

Well, the time has come—Partner Summit 2011 gets underway tomorrow in New Orleans, and it’s sure to be a fun and informative week. For those of you attending virtually, be sure to visit the Virtual Partner Summit registration page to sign up (it’s free). The virtual event runs March 1 through March 3.

We have lots in store at the event—everything from breakout sessions to live executive chats to keynote sessions. I got the chance to chat with keynote speaker Dr. James Canton. Dr. Canton is global futurist, social scientist, and author whose research is focused on future trends in innovation.

Dr. Canton gave me a sneak peek into what he’ll be discussing at Partner Summit—here’s what he had to say.

Want to learn more about what’s going on this week, and how you can get involved?

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Things to Know Before You Go: Cisco Partner Summit 2011

I’ve attended 12 Partner Summits, if you can believe it, so I wanted to take a moment to share with you some of the things you need to know before you attend this year’s event. The event starts on Monday, February 28 in New Orleans, Louisiana and Virtual Partner Summit begins on Tuesday March 1.

As a Partner Summit veteran, I’ve got some tried-and-true tips for enjoying the event. (Watch the cartoon version of me in this video, walking you through the things you should do to prepare.)

Keep reading to find out about some of the big topics we’ll be covering next week at Partner Summit 2011 and how you can get involved.
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Virtual Tour of Virtual Partner Summit 2011

February 23, 2011 at 5:21 pm PST

Can you believe it? We’re less than a week away from Cisco’s Partner Summit! Many of you will likely be attending the event virtually—if you haven’t yet registered, please visit the Virtual Partner Summit registration page to sign up (it’s free). The virtual event runs March 1 through March 3.

But maybe you’re wondering, “all right, what’s so cool about this Virtual Partner Summit thing?”and “What exactly do you do inside a virtual event?”

Glad you asked! Join me on a quick tour of Virtual Partner Summit (or VPS for short) so you can find out…

When you enter for the first time, the friendly face of none other than Edison Peres Cisco’s SVP of WW Channels will greet you. He will provide some background and give you a quick rundown of what you’ll find inside VPS and help you navigate the environment.

Using the kiosk behind Edison, you’ll be able to visit the various rooms and areas in Virtual Partner Summit allowing you to attend keynotes, breakout sessions, network, earn prizes, watch replays, and join live video chats with Cisco executives and guest speakers. To get back to this main screen, just click Home from the kiosk or use the menu bar at the top of the page.

What else will you find in VPS?
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How Partners Can Drive Deals With Managed Services

Chances are you’re looking for ways to innovate, differentiate and monetize your offerings —who isn’t? Then look no further than Managed Services—Cisco’s Managed Services Channel Program can help you provide value to your customers, while helping you drive deals.

So how does that work? I got the chance to sit down with Bob Gault, VP of Worldwide Service Provider Channels, and he filled me in on what’s going on with Managed Services and Service Provider Channels as a route to market, and how you can take advantage of more deals out there today.

Here’s what Bob had to say.

Want to learn more about the details? Here’s what you need to know about the big topics and trends in Managed Services right now, and how Cisco can help you capitalize on those trends. Read More »

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