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Partner Summit 2012 Day Two Recap: Cisco and Partners are ‘In It to Win It’

What a way to open an event! Cisco’s 16th Partner Summit began with partners filing into a packed auditorium to the Olympics theme song holding flags from their home countries—with more than 90 countries represented here this week. This year’s theme, “In It to Win It,” was especially apt given the news announced at today’s event.

Senior VP of the Worldwide Partner Organization Keith Goodwin welcomed live and virtual attendees, and then took everyone on a trip down memory lane, sharing recollections of the first time he presented at Cisco Partner Summit on the very same stage six years prior.

In addition to Keith, CEO John Chambers, EVP/COO Gary Moore, SVP Wendy Bahr, VP Andrew Sage, SVP Edison Peres, and SVP Nick Earle all addressed the audience, talking about Cisco’s accomplishments over the past year, and goals and priorities for the year ahead.

There was also plenty of news to share, with announcements about the Cisco Services Partner Program (our biggest Services announcement in 15 years, according to CRN, Enabling Architectures Sales Excellence, the Master Cloud Builder Specialization, the Partner Plus Incentive program, and much more. In addition, Edison shared his vision around the value that partners derive from their relationship with Cisco.

After today’s keynote, we caught up with a few partners to get their thoughts on the value they see in being a Cisco partner.

Our Partner Ambassador Bloggers have also been busy sharing their thoughts about this year’s Partner Summit. Be sure to check out their blogs:

Today there were a number of big announcements, as well as key information shared around Return on Cisco and the value of partnership. Keep reading to find out what was announced today. Read More »

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Partner Summit 2012 Kicks Off in San Diego!

April 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm PST

Cisco Partner Summit 2012 began today in San Diego for those attending onsite. There’s a lot of excitement in the air, and we’re thrilled to begin meeting partners, attending sessions, and sharing top news.

We know a few of you are already here, but for those of you arriving later today, or joining us on Virtual Partner Summit, don’t forget to refer to the handy checklist we created to help you navigate the event. You’ll find key information about our Partner Summit Ambassador bloggers who will be providing partner perspectives, our new Roving Reporter who will be providing the inside scoop, how you can win an iPad or snag a t-shirt, and how to stay updated on all the Partner Summit news as it happens.

And speaking of Virtual Partner Summit, have you registered yet? There’s still time to register, so make sure you head over to the Cisco Virtual Partner Summit 2012 page. Once you’ve registered, start building your personalized agenda under the sessions tab so that you don’t miss out on any of the action.

What kind of action you ask? Well, on Tuesday, April 17 at 9 a.m. PST, we’ve got John Chambers, Keith Goodwin, and Edison Peres kicking off the event at the Global General Session. We also have Executive Chats, where you can interact directly with executives; Geo and Theater Sessions; guest speakers; and Business Transformation Breakouts happening throughout the week. I also hear there may be some exciting entertainment, so make sure you tune in.

If you can’t make the event live or virtually, replays will be available on the Cisco Virtual Partner Summit 2012 platform each evening and for 30 days after Partner Summit.

Have we piqued your interest? Join us for a photo tour of the Cisco Partner Summit 2012 venue and check out some of our favorite tweets and moments of the event so far. Read More »

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Partner Alert: Customers Put Relationships First

March 9, 2012 at 8:08 am PST

When it came time to build a 370,000-square-foot, 72-bed healthcare facility featuring state-of-the-art services, the Chickasaw Nation had a number of important decisions to make. Among those were how to deliver excellence in medicine, tranquility, and healing to Chickasaws and other Native Americans.

Also important, according to Chuck Dougherty, CIO for the Chickasaw Nation, was providing reliable, seamless, and secure communications across its healthcare community. But technology wasn’t at the center of his decision.

In the video below, Dougherty explains how selecting to work with Presidio—a Cisco Master Security and UC Specialized Partner based in Greenbelt, Maryland—was less about technology and more about relationship building.

So what can you learn from Presidio about its commitment to customers? Read More »

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Why Contact is King, How to Build Extreme Trust, Fascinate Your Customers, and More from Cisco Partner Velocity

March 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm PST

In this special edition of Partner Update, we bring you the top partner news from Cisco’s annual partner marketing conference Partner Velocity 2012, in Las Vegas.

During the three-day event, partners learned how to make marketing innovation happen from marketing experts, attended workshops, and even got some one-on-one time with Cisco executives. Oh yeah, there was even a little bit of time for some Las Vegas fun and entertainment.

Watch this video to catch up on all of the news from the first two days of Partner Velocity 2012.

Check back next week for full interviews with all of the speakers mentioned in this video and we’ll be adding speaker interviews to the Partner Velocity 2012 playlist on YouTube.

Keep reading to get key links—and a full transcript and links to everything we covered in Partner Update. Read More »

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Collaboration in the Cloud: Here to Stay

This certainly has been a monumental year for Cisco’s Hosted Collaboration Solutions (HCS), as many service providers such as Verizon and Orange Business Services, embraced the cloud and the potential services that can come with it. In the case of  their business customers, these service providers now offer them a slew of unified communications tools (such as video conferencing and mobility solutions ) through the cloud to allow  their employees to communicate and collaborate wherever they are and on whatever device.

Even our partners are seeing the value that collaboration via the cloud can offer its customers; as one of our channel partners, Neutral Tandem, announced yesterday. As an expert in operating and managing IP networks, Neutral Tandem introduced the first cloud-based collaboration service in the United States specifically developed to be resold by Cisco’s Value-Added Reseller (VAR) community and System Integrators (SIs). The service, based on Cisco’s HCS, will enable VARs/SIs to deliver a full suite of unified communications and collaboration applications.

I guess you can say that cloud collaboration is in full swing as it continues to gain traction steadily in the market. Read More »

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