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Cisco Partner Summit 2014: Rob Lloyd on Cisco Global Intercloud

March 31, 2014 at 9:25 am PST

We had a great Cisco Partner Summit last week. In case you missed any of the information, be sure to check out the day one, day two and day three recaps of this week’s event.

All this week, we will be wrapping up our coverage of Cisco Partner Summit 2014 with more executive interviews, additional thoughts from our partner ambassadors and a final recap on Friday, April 4.

To get started with this week, I would like to share with you my interview with Rob Lloyd, President, Development and Sales. Rob took some time last week to sit down with the Social Media team and discuss what’s on partners’ minds. He also broke down the Cisco Global Intercloud announcement for us into what Cisco partners should really focus on moving forward.

It was great to sit down with Rob and get his takeaways for partners. Continue to watch the Cisco Channels Blog this week and as always, let me know how we are doing in the comments section below.

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BYOD helps boost creativity and sales for family-owned midmarket furniture manufacturer.

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Vitra is a renowned for producing quality furniture. Their designs are well known for innovation and style. What makes Vitra unique is that they not only encourage creativity from their employees but they also invite visitors to participate in their creative process.

Vitra is headquartered in Switzerland and their flagship store, Vitrahaus is located in Weil am Rhein in south Germany. Vitrahaus embodies the company’s vision and this is where visitors get to experience the company’s creations in real life settings.

Vitra has been partnering with Cisco for over a decade. Communications and collaboration are integral to their success and their latest strategy is to embrace the megatrends in mobility and wireless to improve their guest services by enabling BYOD access for employees and customers with simple management. These trends are gaining popularity in midmarket businesses.

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Scandinavian Minimalism Combined With Californian Approachability Wins Red Dot Award 2014

In the world of product design, the best intertwine form and function.  Design stalwarts Apple, Sony and BMW get it right; and we’re honored to be listed alongside them as Red Dot Award winners.

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I’m proud to report that all the new Cisco video collaboration endpoints we unveiled during Enterprise Connect received the coveted Red Dot Award 2014 for product design:

This recognition is a rewarding validation for the no-compromise, design led approach we undertook when developing our newest video solutions. And just as important as the awards is the feedback I’ve received from the people who use our technology.

You let us know that you appreciate the attention to detail and unparalleled user experience. And our focus on harmonizing the technology with the human aspect of face-to-face communications. By combining Scandinavian minimalism with Californian approachability, I believe we’ve succeeded in letting the technology recede and emphasizing the connections between people. It’s about allowing people to connect with one another, anywhere, in a powerful way without distraction – from the browser to the boardroom.

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A Global Intercloud: Cisco Cloud Services, Cisco Powered, and You

In a previous blog post, I discussed some considerations organizations should keep in mind when selecting a cloud  provider. After all, in today’s world of many clouds, organizations must have confidence in their decision – both from a technology and business perspective.  This week Cisco announced plans to build a global Intercloud – a network of clouds – together with a set of partners.

Partners are an essential part of Cisco’s DNA. Only through the help of our partners can we provide customers with the world’s largest network of clouds. So far, over 200 Cisco cloud partners have already created 430 Cisco Powered services worldwide. With the addition of Cisco Cloud Services, together, we will have an unmatched portfolio of enterprise class offers.

Cisco Powered is the power behind the cloud: cisco.com/go/ciscopowered

Cisco Powered is the power behind the cloud: cisco.com/go/ciscopowered

Cisco is expanding the Cisco Powered program to include Cisco Cloud Services. Cisco will sell these new services through channel partners and directly to end customers. Partners who develop Cisco Powered services can extend their portfolio with unique Cisco technologies such as WebEx, Cisco Cloud Web Security and Meraki, as well as third party applications. This provides a significant opportunity to leverage the scale of a global Intercloud. In doing so, partners can tap into new revenue streams while improving profitability, and business relevance.

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Cisco Partner Summit 2014: John Chambers’ Message to Partners

March 28, 2014 at 7:30 am PST

It’s the end of a fantastic week at Cisco Partner Summit 2014. In case you missed any of the information this week, be sure to check out the day one, day two and day three recaps of this week’s event.

During next week, we will wrap up our coverage of Cisco Partner Summit 2014 with more executive interviews and some more thoughts from our partner ambassadors. However, to wrap up this week, we had the opportunity to talk to the man that heads up Cisco, Chairman and CEO John Chambers.

John was gracious enough to sit down with us and offer his thoughts on what’s been on the minds of our partners, what you need to focus on to make the Internet of Everything (IoE) viable for your clients, and what key takeaways you should walk away with from Cisco Partner Summit 2014.

As John mentioned, we are all facing the “pace of change squared,” but by staying committed to its partners, focusing on market transition, and listening to customers, Cisco can be the number one IT company in the world.

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