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Cisco Live! Cancun (Pre-Event)

Expectation. Lots of rookie related expectations! That is how I feel barely a couple weeks before the Cisco Live Cancun kick-off. For me this is going to be a true baptize into the one global partner event. And this time with the focus on Latin America, a region committed to formidable growth in the next years to come. Being a first-timer in Cisco Live, I can only envision the energy and awe that I felt while attending past smaller Cisco events, but this time multiplied by 10 factor!

I will be a privileged witness from the Smart Spaces demo booth Cisco is going to be running on the exhibition area. Our focus will be to showcase to visitors the massive technology deployment that Cisco has made around Location Services and Cisco Maps, which allow all our employees to work and utilize internal resources in a much more efficient way. You are all invited to drop by and share just a few of those many “wow moments” you will enjoy throughout the Cisco Live experience!

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Cisco Live! LATAM 2015 – The IT Millennial Team

It’s almost time for Cisco Live! Cancun. ¡Qué emoción!

In just under three weeks, IT professionals across Latin America will be united in Cancun. We, the IT Millennial Team, are looking forward to joining the fun in Cancun. We have many activities planned including creating event recap videos and interviewing Cisco Live Participants.

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Stop the CSR Pity-Fest, Tell the Whole Story

I met Daniel last month in Mexico City.  He is an outpatient at a drug rehabilitation center where we sponsor a Cisco Networking Academy.  Daniel and I met at the center, and then went together to his home in one of the poorest parts of Mexico City.  As we stood on the porch overlooking his neighborhood, Daniel told me that his family doesn’t believe he can make his way out of this life, can ever do something more.  The odds are certainly low; making a different life for himself, a life he’s never seen modeled, would be a dream come true but also a miracle. Read More »

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Checking the Pulse of Cisco Partners in Latin America

One of the best parts of my job is the opportunity to meet with Cisco partners around the world.

We just wrapped up the most recent Cisco Partner Executive Exchange (CPEE) with our Latin American partners in beautiful Buenos Aires, Argentina. This vibrant city was a great backdrop for a lively discussion about opportunity, technology, programs, and partnership.

We shared Cisco’s vision and the actions we are taking to create the Next Cisco to simplify and be more agile. They agreed with our strategy to be simplified, focused, agile and a bit more aggressive with the competition.

Partners here are positive about growth, and while they foresee some economic challenges in some parts of the region, most said they expect to grow by 20% or more by next year. They are excited about the opportunities, especially around Collaboration and Data Center and the potential of Cloud.

Latin America has led the way for programs like TIP (Teaming Incentive Program) and the Partner Led model. So they were very interested in how we have evolved these over time to be able to make them more global and consistent. As expected, they gave us some great feedback.

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