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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – December 18, 2015

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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:

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New Executive Insight Series: Q & A with Wendy Bahr

We kicked off a new series this week here on the partner blog.  Our Executive Insight series will visit with Cisco execs from time to time to provide partners insight into Cisco’s key focus areas, themes, tech topics and more as they relate to our partners and the partner ecosystem.

We couldn’t have had a more appropriate first guest as Global Partner Organization lead and Cisco SVP, Wendy Bahr, sat down with me for a chat.  She fields questions on her first few months, conversations with partners, what she’s learned, partner summit 2016 updates and more.

And, be sure to check out the related channel press coverage:

Create an Attitude of Gratitude: Not Just for the Holiday Season

This month, Karin Surber wrapped up her 2015 blogging year with some words of wisdom fit for the holidays. However, her message was to keep that ‘attitude of gratitude’ alive beyond the holidays. How you say?

Well, luckily, Karin provided some tips on how to do just that and highlighted one of her favorite charities. Read her piece for some insightful end-of-the-year advice!

Good Reads

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A Thank You to Partners and a Look Back at Cisco’s Fiscal Year

This summer was an epic moment for Cisco with the changing of its leadership. We celebrated our successful history and look forward to our future with excitement and promise. With that in mind, I wanted to take a moment and celebrate this past year. I’ll be brief, since I know many of you might be heading out on vacation and looking to spend some time with friends and family.

 

Mostly, I wanted to say thank you. I always try to point out how Cisco’s success hinges on the action of its partners. Without your hard work and dedication and feedback on our programs and promotions, none of this works as smoothly as it does. Please do continue to let me know how you think we’re doing, where we can improve and what questions I can answer for you. You can always comment on my blogs and I’ll do my best to respond as soon as possible.

 

I cherish the time I get to spend speaking with you at events like Partner Summit and Marketing Velocity, but even more important is the time you spend reading my blogs and reaching out to me with your questions and comments. Just in this past fiscal year alone, we have covered a lot of ground.

 

Back in the early fall of 2014 I wrapped up my series on the marketing superheroes we introduced at Marketing Velocity 2014. I’m thrilled this series was so well-received by you and you had some great insight as well. I hope you’re still working to identify the folks in your organizations that fit these superhero ideals. If not, you should be recruiting those people into your companies. Don’t let the opportunity pass you by. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – May 22, 2015

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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:

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I might have ended my coverage of Partner Summit last week, but Rick Snyder posted a great look back at this year’s event in Montreal. Rick provided some insight on just how “Being Bold” inspired some of Cisco’s moves at Partner Summit.

Be sure to check out Rick’s recap and let us know what you think!

New SmartPlay Select Program

Great blog this week from Jeremy Foster on the new SmartPlay Select Program. Want to know how it can help you as a Cisco partner? Check out Jeremy’s blog to learn just how the new program works and to get information on a couple of other ongoing SmartPlay programs as well. Read More »

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Making Bold Moves at Partner Summit 2015

‘Be Bold’ was the theme of this year’s Cisco Partner Summit in Montreal, and our keynote speakers made a compelling case for bold new approaches in a fast-evolving landscape.

From John Chambers’ arresting “Disrupt or be Disrupted” opening keynote, to Chuck Robbins’ closing session declaration that “business rules have changed” there was a clear message throughout the event: Partners need to embrace new thinking and new alliances, not just for survival, but because the rewards could be huge!

The Cisco Partner Ecosystem is truly matchless, and we’re all aligned behind a future-focused strategy.  When you bring the power of Cisco’s portfolio and traditional partner expertise together with agile, outcome-focused Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) you enable end-to-end business solutions that totally change the game.  We saw great examples of this in the Internet of Everything session and in the case studies that Denny Trevett and Beth McRae brought to life in the “Winning Together with ISVs in the Cisco Partner Ecosystem” session.

During PS15, we organised a wide range of activities and briefings to foster new connections and innovations.   Read More »

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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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