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Cisco Partner Summit Day 3: Wrapping up the Week

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This morning, Bruce Klein welcomed everyone back to the morning general session for one last time at Cisco Partner Summit 2015. He mentioned that it’s been such a great week he wishes that we could all stay together a couple more days.

Bruce commented on the fabulous regional parties from last night and he even showed a clip of some footage from the GoPro cameras that were given to partners this week. The highlights from all of the parties certainly highlighted that the partners embraced the theme of “Being Bold” this week.

Speaking of video, let’s take one last look at the highlights from this week’s event:

Bruce then introduced the guest speaker for the morning, Steven Kotler. Steven Kotler is a best-selling author and co-founder of the Flow Genome Project.

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Cisco Partner Summit Day 2: Disrupt or be Disrupted

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Bruce Klein welcomed everyone back to Day 2, “Innovation Day”, of Partner Summit and asked Rob Lloyd to lead today’s general session. Rob Lloyd reinforced John’s message from yesterday. Things are changing and they are changing fast, and if you don’t find a way to disrupt your industry, you will be disrupted. As Cisco has said all week long, “You must Be Bold!”

Rob hosted iTalks this year as if they were a tv talk show, bringing Cisco executives up on stage as guests for quick talks about specific areas. This iTalk approach allowed each executive to give a brief description of what’s top of mind in their area, but before we get to those recaps, why not see what people at the show had to say about today:

Rob Soderbery

Rob Lloyd brought Rob Soderbery up on stage to talk about security, and he led off by asking Rob S., “Is Cisco really ‘in it to win it’ in Security? Some people don’t necessarily think so.”  Rob Soderbery went on to explain that Cisco is definitely all in on security and we are in fact refreshing the entire product line at the moment. Read More »

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Cisco Recognizes and Applauds its Global Award Winners at Partner Summit

Last evening during a global awards reception held at Cisco Partner Summit in Montreal, Canada, I had the distinguished privilege of recognizing the achievement of our top global partners for seizing new opportunities, unleashing innovations and empowering customers in all-new ways. Seventeen global partners were selected for their exemplary performance across several categories.

Take a look at some of the photos from last night.

Winners of the 2015 Cisco Partner Summit Global awards are: Read More »

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Cisco Partner Summit Day 1: Being Bold

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It was a packed house this morning at the Palais de congrès de Montreal as Bruce Klein kicked off Cisco Partner Summit 2015. It has been a full day of announcements and breakout session, so as always, take a look at our recap video to get a taste of what today was like in Canada.

John Chambers

Being Bold is what this year’s Partner Summit is all about and when Bruce welcomed John to the stage, John wasted no time in announcing that Cisco is going to be bolder than ever.

“There is a transformation that’s going to digitize governments, companies and countries. Cisco has the ability to lead here. I truly think this next year is an inflection point where every company starts to become a digital company. If companies don’t change, they are going to be left behind, because either you disrupt, or you’re going to get disrupted,” John said. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Summit 2015 – Be Bold, Be Innovative, Be Profitable

Bonjour de Montréal! I’m excited to officially kick off Cisco Partner Summit 2015. I just stepped off the stage at the Palais des Congrès where John Chambers and I spent the past hour updating our 2,200 partners here on the ground and 7,500 virtual attendees on our partner initiatives for the year to come.

But it’s impossible for us to look forward without first taking a look back. In the past year, you’ve heard me talk a lot about the Cisco Partner Ecosystem—and with good reason. At Cisco Partner Summit 2014, we put a firm stake in the ground with regard to how we view partnering and how, inevitably, the Internet of Everything (IoE) is compelling us all to think about new and different partner types—whether independent software vendors (ISVs), cloud providers, IoE and IoT partners, or others.

Many believe that these partner types can’t work together—that even some are competitors. But we’ve found the opposite to be true; while others in the industry make moves to split their partner programs to accommodate individual partner types, we know that we can do more together. We can ‘Be Bold’ together.

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