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Message from John Chambers: Where Cisco is Taking the Network

Yesterday, our CEO John Chambers sent the following message to Cisco employees outlining the state of the company, upcoming changes and where Cisco is taking the network.  Transparency is a key tenet of Cisco’s culture, and given I’ve received a few media inquiries today as to the nature of the message, I’m sharing the letter in its entirety below.

Message from John Chambers

As many of you know, my values and approach to leadership are grounded in part by what I learned from my parents.  Both doctors, they taught me to fuel what’s healthy and to heal what’s not.  They taught me to seek solutions to challenges, not symptoms.  Over the years as your leader here at Cisco, I’ve also learned many things.  I’ve learned to read market transitions by listening deeply to our customers and partners.   And I’ve learned to adjust when and where it’s needed, quickly and transparently.

With this in mind, I’d like to share with you my thoughts about Cisco, as Gary Moore also shares his perspective after the first 30 days as our COO.  About what’s working well and is fundamental to who we are and what we stand for.  And about aspects of Cisco today we need to change, what you can expect from me and what I expect from you as we execute against our decisions and move forward, together.

First, as always, let’s start with our customers.  I’ve spent significant time recently reaching out to many of them around the world.  I’ve had extremely candid conversations about why they buy Cisco, why they don’t, and what they think we do best.  These conversations reinforce what I have known to be true about Cisco: our customers believe we are a company of passionate people that take time to imagine what’s possible, and to do what it takes to make them successful.

I’ve also solicited very direct feedback from many of you—as individuals, in small group meetings and through your participation in my blog postings and our CEC discussion forums (internal Cisco forums).   You are telling me that there is a reason you are at Cisco – our culture, our values, our vision.  You’ve also made it very clear that we must make it simpler to do the work we love to do, and to accelerate the impact we know we are making for our customers.

It is clear to me that we have incredible foundational strengths – our people, our relationships, our innovation and our strategy to extend the role of the network.  We have anticipated market transitions and made good decisions in capturing them.  We are disrupting the data center space. We are redefining the collaboration market. And we have gone big on video, a market that is changing society and business completely.

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Cisco Partner Update: Spring Break Survival Guide

April 1, 2011 at 10:19 am PST

Andrew and I missed our college days so much that we decided to join the spring break revelers and film Partner Update from sunny Coronado Beach in San Diego, California. In this episode, we’ll be delving into such important spring break topics as:

  • SPF 15 vs. SPF 20? Choose the right SPF for you!
  • Survival Guide: What to do if your friends bury you under sand while you’re napping.
  • Salt water – more nutritious than you realize.

Watch our special “Spring Break Survival Guide” edition of Partner Update.

Curious about how to prepare for your upcoming spring break?
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John Chambers and Rob Lloyd Talk Cloud Strategy and Partners

March 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm PST

It’s Friday now (in much of the world) and while we may not have a catchy tune to go with this blog post, we do have a catchy video for you to watch before you head off to enjoy the weekend. So pull up a chair and watch the latest from the TalkinCloud site.

The video captures Cisco CEO John Chambers and Cisco Executive VP Rob Lloyd talking frankly about Cisco’s cloud computing strategy and Cloud Partner Program.

Though the Channels blog captured quite a few video moments at Partner Summit, this press conference escaped our cameras so we’re happy to see this video emerge.

What did John and Rob cover in the video?
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Partner Update Newscast: This Week’s Top Cisco Partner Headlines

March 18, 2011 at 9:57 am PST

Another week, another Partner Update newscast.

In this week’s episode, we offer a quick recap of Partner Summit 2011 with some event highlights, important links, plus our handy, downloadable summary document with all of the important links you need – from Cloud partner programs to Architecture specializations and those great deals that were announced, like a big WebEx discount for partners. And, if you missed Partner Summit keynotes, executive chats, or theater breakout sessions, head over to the Virtual Partner Summit site for replays.

I also caught up with Virtual Computing Environment CEO Michael Capellas who talked about the importance of VCE, its value to Cisco partners, and some info about VBlock. We’ll be sharing more of his insights and the full interview with him here on the Channels blog on Monday, so be sure to check back.

Watch our Partner Update newscast for the top partner headlines.

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The Week in Review: Cisco Partner Summit 2011

March 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm PST

There was no shortage of entertainment and music at Cisco’s 15th Partner Summit last week, with New Orleans’ finest bands and musicians playing for live and virtual audiences.

The action-packed event featured big news for partners, keynotes from Cisco’s top executives, breakout speakers, magicians, theater sessions, parties, a live auction, and generous donations from partners and Cisco are helping to rebuild homes and lives in New Orleans.

We put together a short video slideshow with pictures highlighting so many of the great moments from Cisco Partner Summit 2011. Enjoy! (And please share your own photos on our Facebook page.)

If you missed any of the news from last week, here are all of the big announcements for partners. Read More »

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