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Cisco Partner Summit 2015: Rob Lloyd Thoughts for Partners

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The wrap up week of coverage for Cisco Partner Summit 2015 begins with Rob Lloyd’s thoughts from this year’s event in Montreal, Canada. Rob and I spoke about the progress of Cisco Intercloud since its launch last year at the same event.

Rob was also gracious enough to give us some insight into last week’s announcement of the Cisco OpenStack Private Cloud Bundle. Of course we also had a brief conversation on what’s on the mind of partners and what Cisco partners should be sure to take away from Cisco Partner Summit 2015.

Watch my interview with Rob and let me know what you think in the comments section.

My wrap up coverage of Partner Summit continues this week with several other executive interviews and a wrap up blog in my Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind on Friday.

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Identifying Cisco’s Next-Generation Leader

By Roderick C. McGeary, Cisco Board Member and Chair, Compensation and Management Development Committee, and Francine Katsoudas, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

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Cisco CEO John Chambers has consistently said that the next time we would talk about CEO succession would be when a successor is announced. Today is that day, and we are proud that Chuck Robbins has been appointed Cisco’s next CEO.

Over the past 16 months, Cisco’s Compensation and Management Development Committee and Board of Directors have been focused on the succession process for one of the most dynamic, respected, and longest-tenured CEOs in the tech industry.

For almost a decade, we have led robust succession planning and leadership planning for all of our critical roles. And, as a result, since John Chambers has been CEO, we’ve managed numerous successions seamlessly, including our CFO transition last fall.

The board initiated the formal CEO succession process in January, 2014, knowing that the transition would occur at some point in the following couple of years. Early in this process, we adopted five key principles to guide our approach and decisions:

  1. Execute a transition that is thorough, strategic, well managed and, in hindsight, highly successful.
  2. Establish clear criteria that will define a successful CEO for the next decade and beyond.
  3. Assess and develop the leaders who will play key roles during the CEO transition and beyond.
  4. Lead a highly confidential process that minimizes the distractions to the business and is fair and respectful to all candidates.
  5. Given the speed of disruption in our industry, select a candidate who can both execute in the short term as well as drive a dynamic vision and strategy for the next decade.

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Microsoft Integrated Infrastructure Solutions. Deploy, Deliver, and Scale with FlexPod and VSPEX

Like many of us I am in the wonderful city of Chicago on a warm sunny day preparing Cisco’s presence for Microsoft Ignite 2015. Starting Monday in booth #122 at McCormick Place we’ll be showcasing our leading solutions for the Microsoft stack.  Stop by if you are here!

Our Ignite focus will be on our core technologies: our UCS family for compute, the Nexus  portfolio for switching, and our industry leading integrated infrastructure solutions. In addition we will breakout some cool new Cisco technologies and solutions but you are going to have to wait until Tuesday morning to get that news!

Sunday Morning Booth Set-up and Prep

Sunday Morning Booth Set-up and Prep

 

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Cisco Partner Summit 2015: John Chambers’ Message to Partners

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As always at Cisco Partner Summit, I take the opportunity to speak with our Cisco executives throughout the week, and one of the treats of my job is having a few moments to speak with Chairman and CEO of Cisco, John Chambers.

This year, John and I took a few moments out of his busy schedule to discuss the ever-increasing pace of change in our industry. We also discussed digital disruption and how it is affecting Cisco partners, how Cisco is ready to lead in the digitization of cities, countries and companies, and what they should take away from this great event. Want to hear John’s in-depth answers to those questions and more? Check out our interview:

It’s been a great Partner Summit in Montreal. I’m heading home today, but our coverage continues next week. Stay tuned to the Cisco Partner Blog through May 8 for the entire wrap up from this year’s event.

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Cisco Partner Summit Day 3: Wrapping up the Week

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This morning, Bruce Klein welcomed everyone back to the morning general session for one last time at Cisco Partner Summit 2015. He mentioned that it’s been such a great week he wishes that we could all stay together a couple more days.

Bruce commented on the fabulous regional parties from last night and he even showed a clip of some footage from the GoPro cameras that were given to partners this week. The highlights from all of the parties certainly highlighted that the partners embraced the theme of “Being Bold” this week.

Speaking of video, let’s take one last look at the highlights from this week’s event:

Bruce then introduced the guest speaker for the morning, Steven Kotler. Steven Kotler is a best-selling author and co-founder of the Flow Genome Project.

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