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Cisco Partners Provide Multiple Awards at XChange Solution Provider

Yesterday in Los Angeles, CA I attended XChange Solution Provider, where Cisco was honored with multiple Channel Champions awards. This conference brings together 225 solution provider decision makers from across the United States and Canada and provides a great chance to network. The 24th annual Channel Champions Awards were part of this event, and it was great to see Cisco perform so well once again.

Cisco Channel Champions Awards 2014

Channel Company CEO Bob Faletra; Cisco Senior VP Worldwide Channels, Edison Peres; Cisco VP, Global Partner Marketing Sherri Liebo; Cisco Senior Manager, Executive Communications Carol McCutcheon; Cisco Senior Director, Channel Business Development, John Growdon; and Channel Company Editor, Steve Burke.

Cisco picked up awards for:

Converged Infrastructure – overall winner and swept the category

Enterprise Networking Infrastructure – overall winner and swept the category

Network Security Appliances – technical satisfaction sub-category

Networking Hardware – overall winner with wins in the technical and support sub-categories

Unified Communications – overall winner and swept category

Video Conferencing – overall winner and swept category

This year saw us strengthen our position in Enterprise Networking Infrastructure where we swept the category, after being the overall winner with two sub-category wins last year. We made the same move in video conferencing this year as well. Also of note, this is the 14th year in a row that we’ve received  the overall award for unified communications (UC).

This is no small feat, and I am so proud of Cisco’s strong presence in these Channel Champions awards. We obviously take a lot of pride in winning these awards. Ultimately though, we don’t win these awards at Cisco without our partners’ commitment and hard work.

As always, your efforts and feedback are the reasons we continually evolve our programs and tools. We always strive to give you the best return on your investment in Cisco and I hope these types of awards give you what you need to close deals with Cisco technology. Again, thank you partners! We were awarded these honors, but we earned them together with you. Let me know your thoughts on these latest awards in the comments below.

I look forward to hearing from you at this year’s Partner Summit, which is right around the corner. For those of you not in attendance this year, remember that you can access Virtual Partner Summit (VPS). In fact, I’ll be holding a global executive chat on March 27 as we close out this year’s event. Register for VPS now so you can add my session to your calendar. Bring your questions to that session so we can interact, even if you’re not in Las Vegas at Partner Summit this year.

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – February 28, 2014

February 28, 2014 at 7:07 am PST

Partner-Weekly-Rewind-v2Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:

Kickoff for Partner Summit 2014

This year’s Cisco Partner Summit starts in just a few short weeks in Las Vegas. This past week brought our first Partner Summit 2014 blog post, which included some great information for those of you that will attend this year, and for those who will be attending via Virtual Partner Summit (VPS).

Check out my blog post to get information on:

  • Registering for VPS
  • Using our hashtag (#ciscops14) for this year’s event
  • A tutorial on social media listening and other information to keep in your back pocket for March 24

We will see you there! Read More »

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Congratulations to My Fellow Channel Chiefs for 2014

Each year, CRN announces its list of Channel Chiefs. This list constitutes a “who’s who” within the world of channel management. According to CRN, these folks head up the partner programs that you all depend on to run your businesses.

I am extremely honored to be one of the named Channel Chiefs this year, especially since Edison Peres and I were named to the 50 most influential list. However, I really wanted to take the time to point out my colleagues who were named this year. I can’t tell you how excited we are at Cisco to have six of our executives recognized by CRN.

Most importantly, I wanted to be sure that you all realize these types of honors are not earned in a vacuum. While I am thrilled that five Cisco executives were honored by CRN this year, this type of recognition is really a statement on our wonderful Cisco partners. With your input on our programs and insight into our business relationships, we have been able to put ourselves in a position where this type of recognition, while always welcome, is not necessarily surprising. And that is not me tooting the Cisco horn. That is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Cisco’s partners, which simply cannot go unrecognized. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – January 31, 2014

January 31, 2014 at 7:36 am PST

Partner-Weekly-Rewind-v2Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:

We continue to build momentum this week as we brought January 2014 to a close. Can you believe we’ve already wrapped up an entire month of the New Year already? As always, here’s to keeping you up to date:

Off the Top

We saw a great deal of news coming out of Milan this week at Cisco Live. I had cherry picked some blogs and announcements of interest to partners in my post this week, but that was only the tip of the iceberg. In addition to what I pulled together on Tuesday, don’t miss these blogs that came out of Cisco Live this year:

If you don’t already follow @cisco_channels on Twitter, you might have missed our nod to Karen Walker and Denny Trevett, who presented on Monday. Be sure to follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date on all of our partner-related events.

One of the big announcements at Cisco Live this year came from Rob Lloyd’s announcement of our expansion of the Cisco Cloud Portfolio to enable open and secure cloud experiences. Edison Peres dropped by the blog this week to give us an update on Hybrid IT and this latest cloud announcement from Cisco.

Evolving to Cloud and Hybrid IT

Edison has been promoting a Hybrid IT business model to partners for some time now. With customers consuming IT differently, the Internet of Everything (IoE) offers opportunity, but does require a new set of services and solutions than what our partners have traditionally provided. Read More »

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Evolving to Cloud and Hybrid IT

For a while now, I’ve been promoting that partners need to adopt a Hybrid IT business model to be successful and stay competitive in a world with more market transitions, more technologies, and more customer choices than ever before.

Customers are consuming IT differently, and line-of-business decision makers have more and more influence on IT decisions. The Internet of Everything offers tremendous opportunity, but requires a new set of services and solutions than many of our partners have offered in the past.

A Hybrid IT business model requires partners to address these market transitions; to provide traditional IT (on premise) solutions, managed services, private/public/hybrid cloud services, packaged with professional services, and offered with different SLAs and consumption models.

Embracing this model opens new opportunities for partners. It may mean expanded reach. It may mean selling into a new vertical, a new geography, or addressing new business needs within an existing customer base.

At Cisco Live Milan this week, Cisco announced the expansion of the Cisco Cloud Portfolio  with the introduction of new products and services, including a new hybrid cloud solution, Cisco InterCloud. Cisco InterCloud aims at lowering the total cost of cloud ownership and creating new pathways to secure public, private and hybrid clouds. Read More »

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