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Why I Love Big Data Partner Series 6: Highlights from Cisco Live — Top Insights from Platfora

Our last but not least guest blog on “Why I Love Big Data Partner Series” is up! If you are on your way back home from Cisco Live, this would be a great read for your commute. Rob Rosen from Platfora will take us through how easy it is to uncover previously hidden threats with an integrated big data solution that dynamically analyzes large volumes of disparate security data from Cisco’s security portfolio. If you missed Cisco Live this year, Rob also did a great job summarizing some of the key highlights.


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Rob RosenSr. Director Partner Solutions at Platfora, is responsible for developing Big Data solutions within Platfora’s partner community including Cisco, Hadoop distribution providers and Platfora’s growing channel partner team. Rob has worked in leadership capacities with technology leaders in the infrastructure and Big Data space including MapR Technologies, NetApp, Check Point Software and Sun Microsystems.


Highlights from Cisco Live: Top Insights from Platfora

It was a jam-packed week at Cisco Live and I had the opportunity to dive into the latest developments around big data analytics and security. It’s well known that as IT infrastructure has transferred to virtual cloud-based applications and storage, organizations need visibility and security to keep their assets and data safe. I saw a lot of impressive presentations and I was able to share our own technology in partnership with Cisco.

Highlights from this week’s conference:

  • John Chambers’ keynote: Everyone’s talking about it—and for good reason. As he welcomed the crowd to Cisco Live, Chambers focused on exactly how businesses get disrupted in the digital age. He urged attendees and organizations to not hesitate to scrutinize their IT infrastructure and adopt the new technologies they’d see at the conference.
  •  Collaboration across companies: There was a huge ecosystem of technology companies that partnered with Cisco for a presence at the event. It’s encouraging to see that these tech giants across all industries are collaborating with one another to develop more comprehensive solutions for customers. Cisco’s leading the pack as it models an inclusive approach built on partnerships—which is better for everyone in the long run.
  • Cisco Intercloud announcement: This is a particularly exciting partnership announcement for Platfora. Cisco’s Intercloud Ecosystem could be described as a hybrid “cloud of clouds.” For anyone looking to pull value from their stored data, manage files or do a huge variety of other vital business tasks, this development is huge.

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Collaboration Notes from Cisco Live: Monday Wrap-Up

The games have begun! It’s the official start to Cisco Live 2015 here in sunny San Diego. I started my morning with digital calisthenics to prepare my digits for the keyboarding ahead. And it was a good thing I did because there was plenty about which to tweet. If you’re looking for the collaboration perspective of goings on throughout the show, I’m here to provide it via Twitter (@ciscokima) and nightly wrap-ups of the day’s activities. Read on for: Opening Keynote with John Chambers, Captain of the New Guard, Collaboration in the World of Solutions, What’s Up for Tuesday?, and #MEOW.

Opening Keynote with John Chambers

Despite the fact that it outsized a football field — or a futbol pitch for that matter — the room was full long before Chambers ran on stage. Although it was his final keynote as CEO, he focused on the future and what organizations need to do to next. In ten years, it’s predicted that 40% of today’s enterprise companies will no longer exist. Chambers points to four reasons. Companies that fail:

  • Miss market transitions
  • Do the “right thing” for too long
  • Don’t reinvent themselves
  • Get too far from their customers

So what’s his advice? He provided plenty. Disrupt or be disrupted. Have the ability to make a change before the rest of the world knows it’s possible. Just because you won in the last information age doesn’t mean you’ll win in the digital age. (Honestly, it was a fiesta of tweetable and bloggable soundbites.) Read More »

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The Marathon Sprint to go Digital: Are You Ready?

Every market and every industry is moving from the Information Age to the digital age, and the pace of change is happening faster than ever before. Every company, city and country is realizing they must transform to survive and thrive in this new era. I predict this race to go digital will be more like a marathon sprint; however, not everyone will make it to the finish line. Gartner predicts that only 30 percent of digitization efforts will be successful[1], with the inability to reinvent as the number one reason companies will fail in this new era.[2]

As a leader of a company that has successfully seen around corners and reinvented itself, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to win in an environment of exponential change. Here is my advice for other leaders as they move to the digital age:

Digitize and Disrupt.

Now, more than ever, you must reinvent yourself to embrace the opportunities that digitization presents. It used to take almost 20 years for a company to show commodity-like behavior, but now it only takes a matter of two to three. Spotify and Square, for instance, have disrupted music and point-of-sale respectively. These are only a couple of the innovative companies that are putting increased pressure on businesses to disrupt themselves by challenging traditional models.

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Rewarding Partner Summit 2015 Delivers New Collaboration Offers and More

Every year an incredible amount of preparation goes into my presentation and one-on-ones for Partner Summit. We had 11 or so Spark rooms of various teams coming together to make decisions about demos, graphic design, scripting, statistics, offers, and so on. Lots of hard work (made easier with Spark), but all that effort culminates in a few days that are both rewarding and inspiring. First, we got to hang out with more than 2200 of you in the lovely city of Montreal (while 6000 others tuned in virtually) and hear some great talks from our top leaders.

The second reward I got from all the weeks leading up to Summit where my team was heads down doing research and crunching numbers was gaining a buttoned-up set of facts that support the message I wanted you to walk away with – that disruption creates an opportunity to thrive. The partner trends we uncovered are compelling.

I want to make sure you have those facts and figures at your fingertips. We’ve created a Cisco Worldwide Partner Summit 2015 Collaboration Offers and Announcements page where you can find all the details on our new partner announcements and offers as well as the presentations. I think you’ll find the offers very rewarding, and if you didn’t get a chance to hear Rowan announce them on main stage and in the breakout session, you can find the recordings on the Cisco Virtual Partner Summit site.

Let’s also do a quick recap here of the three big areas you can focus on to seize that window of opportunity we talked about: Read More »

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – May 8, 2015


Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem 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:

I’m back with the Weekly Rewind after a one week absence while I covered Partner Summit and Marketing Velocity in Montreal.  Before I even get around to wrapping that up though, perhaps you’ve heard there was a big story this week…

Off the Top

Just in case you somehow missed it, on Monday, May 4, Cisco named Chuck Robbins as the next CEO, effective July 26. After 20 years of leadership, John Chambers will move into the role of Executive Chairman.

As you can imagine, we are all quite excited about this news and can’t wait to see where Chuck’s leadership will take us next. At the same time, we are so thankful to have had John as CEO for the past 20 years and I, for one, am thrilled that he’s staying on as Cisco’s Executive Chariman.

What do you think of the announcement? Join me in congratulating Chuck in the comments section below. Also be sure to follow @ChuckRobbins on twitter as he often tweets directly to Cisco Partners:

Thanks to all our partners who have reached out this week – I am so gracious! @Cisco partners are the best! @CiscoPartners

– Chuck Robbins (@ChuckRobbins)

Cisco Marketing Velocity and Partner Summit

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. I spent all of last week in Montreal covering Cisco Marketing Velocity 2015 and Cisco Partner Summit 2015. It was a busy week to be sure. With the events running in conjunction this year, there was a great deal of ground to cover. Before we even go there, how about one last fun look and what it was like to be in Montreal last week for Velocity and Partner Summit?

Hopefully, my recaps of Velocity and day one, day two and day three of Partner Summit brought you the news you needed to see, and a pretty good idea of what it felt like to be at the event this year.  You also had a chance to hear from Steve Benvenuto and Edison Peres with a couple of announcements from last week that are certainly of interest to partners. Read More »

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