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.
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
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.
The countdown to Cisco Partner Summit 2014 is on! We are less than 3 weeks away from our biggest partner event of the year. While you can expect an action packed week filled with exciting announcements, networking opportunities with peers, and insightful sessions with Cisco executives and guest speakers, you may not know that you also have a chance at winning some prizes throughout the week!
Whether you’re attending in person in Las Vegas or at home through Virtual Partner Summit (VPS), you’ll have a chance to win prizes by participating in our contests. For those of you that attended the last couple of years, you’re already familiar with our popular Favorite Quote contest. We also have a new contest for our Twitter pros. Read More »
Every Friday, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories of the week, as well as point you to important Cisco-related content you may have missed along the way. Let’s have it.
Off The Top
It’s time to close the book on a successful Cisco Partner Summit 2013 – thank you for reading and being with us every step of the way! Check out our final rundown of Partner Summit content, including the hot topics and conversations from Partner Summit that we’ll continue to look at going forward.
Bruce Klein, SVP, Worldwide Partner Organization (WWPO) helped us kick off Partner Summit season one month ago today, so we’ll let him have the last word, too. Check out our interview with Bruce from Partner Summit below:
Read on for details on Cisco Live and all of this week’s hot topics. Read More »
It’s been a great Cisco Partner Summit season, and we’re excited to continue the momentum – and the vigorous partner and customer discussion – at Cisco Live in Orlando next week and throughout Cisco’s upcoming fiscal year 2014.
The final presentation of Partner Summit, on Day 3, came from Chuck Robbins, SVP, Worldwide Field Operations, so we thought it fitting to get Chuck’s takeaways for partners as we wrap up our coverage of Partner Summit here on the Channels blog. Chuck’s a true channel guy – he came up through the channel territory manager ranks and many partners got to know him well when he was U.S. and Canada channel chief years ago. Chuck told partners from the stage that “you can believe that I’ll continue to be your advocate inside Cisco.”
Let’s hear a little bit more about what Chuck wants partners to keep in mind:
Read on for a final lookback at the Partner Summit season that was. Read More »
If you heard Padmasree Warrior, Rob Lloyd and Edzard Overbeek during Day 2 of Cisco Partner Summit, you know the overall focus was on Cisco technology strategy, innovation and services. Padma and Edzard shared additional thoughts with the Cisco Channels social media team during interviews at the event, and so did Rob – particularly as it relates to Cisco’s unique value proposition to customers and how Cisco and partners can offer simplicity, flexibility and agility when designing solutions.
Let’s hear what Rob, Cisco President, Development and Sales, wanted to make sure Cisco partners took away from their time at Partner Summit: