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How to Join the New Breed of Profitable Partners

This post is the second in a series we’re featuring from Beth Vanni, Vice President of Amazon Consulting. Amazon Consulting is a partnering services firm dedicated to helping companies elevate the impact of partnering. Beth has over 25 years of experience in technology sales and marketing, with a specialty focus on partnering strategies and supporting operational plans.

Reaping tangible business efficiency benefits from technology has long been the quest for end-users, and as such, has been their primary demand from their solution providers.  But what kind of channel organizations are providing the greatest value around business or industry solutions today? And are they getting the right kind of support and incentives from IT vendors to be effective and remain relevant?

Amazon Consulting research has shown that end-users have a distinct hierarchy of needs of their solution providers. On the top of that list is the solution provider’s ability to deliver on time and on budget, have a comprehensive product and services offering, then proactively anticipate the customers’ unique needs.  In our most recent research entitled “Influencing the Influencers,” Amazon Consulting identified the current breed of partners offering these tailored business solutions.

Here’s more on the characteristics of this breed of partners: Read More »

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Cisco.com is Now Your One Stop Shop

As SVP Edison Peres, SVP Keith Goodwin and EVP Rob Lloyd told you at Partner Summit, we are committed to making it easier for you to do business with Cisco. So to follow up on that promise, you can now find comprehensive industry resources and customer materials on Cisco.com.

So how does that impact you? Now, instead of having to go to both Partner Central and Cisco.com to locate all of the available resources for industries and solutions, you can simply head to the same Cisco.com pages that have always housed the latest customer materials to find everything you need…in one place.

When you get there, you should be sure to take advantage of more than 450 new and updated resources, ranging from training webcasts to marketing campaigns. Get started now by logging into the retail pages on Cisco.com (CCO and password required to view partner-only assets).

So what else can you find on Cisco.com? Read on to find out. Read More »

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Cisco’s Early in Career Network – helping our new hires to feel included

It’s an interesting activity:

Ask a diverse group of people if they remember their first day at work…you probably get a mix of reactions right? Some people are able to recall the experience quite vividly (particularly if it wasn’t that long ago) and are able to give you precise details -- their start date, their first task, perhaps even what they wore. Others may only be able to recall a vague memory…

Then ask the same group of people if they remember how they felt after week 1 and I bet most, if not all of them, will be able to give you a definite answer: “I knew I had made the right choice”; “I felt overwhelmed”; “I was excited at the opportunities that lay ahead”. Read More »

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Innovation is key to becoming a ‘people-centric’ business

When I think of “Inclusion and Diversity”, I automatically think about creating a diverse and inclusive workforce environment: providing all employees with learning and development opportunities, ensuring employees with disabilities have the right tools and resources and educating all employees on how to work with people with disabilities, sending out regular communications on techniques for how to strengthen inclusion and diversity in the workplace and so forth.

Reading this article from UTalkMarketing.com this morning over a cup of coffee made me question my own definition of “Inclusion and Diversity.” I came to the conclusion that my view on this subject was far too narrow – I was focussing on it from a purely internal perspective and needed to think outside of the box and include an external perspective too. Inclusion and Diversity isn’t just about making your diverse workforce feel included; it’s also about ensuring that your customers feel included AND that their voices and their business needs lie at the heart of your business.

The author of this article, Chris Beswick, argues that businesses need to develop a relationship with their customers, look at the world from their perspective and appreciate the problems they face and the things they aspire to. Instead of focussing on their own products and services, businesses need to put greater focus on their customers’ problems and tensions – it’s not “what you do”, i.e. what you sell; what you provide, but rather “how you do it”, i.e. how you fuel innovation and differentiation.

Yet Beswick argues that true customer-centricity is only possible if you first become people-centric. In his words the only way you can provide an exceptional end-to-end customer experience is to ensure that everyone in your organisation understands how to collaborate on solving your customers’ problems.

How do you extend Inclusion and Diversity to your customers? Share your thoughts below.

Do you have an Inclusion and Diversity story to share? Please send it to idblog@cisco.com.

To read the full article click here

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Diversity is a no-brainer, says Bank of America

“I can’t emphasise enough just how important – and real – diversity is at Bank of America. Everything we do in the company supports one of our core values: inclusive meritocracy. For us, diversity is all about inclusion. It is not just about gender. It’s not just about ethnicity. Here, diversity and inclusion mean respecting and valuing all nationalities, cultures, religions, sexual orientation, economic and social backgrounds and disabilities. By working with our differences, we can develop innovative products for our customers and a unique environment for our associates.” Geri Thomas, global diversity and inclusion executive from the Bank of America Read More »

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