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Cisco Partner Summit 2015: Rob Lloyd Thoughts for Partners

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The wrap up week of coverage for Cisco Partner Summit 2015 begins with Rob Lloyd’s thoughts from this year’s event in Montreal, Canada. Rob and I spoke about the progress of Cisco Intercloud since its launch last year at the same event.

Rob was also gracious enough to give us some insight into last week’s announcement of the Cisco OpenStack Private Cloud Bundle. Of course we also had a brief conversation on what’s on the mind of partners and what Cisco partners should be sure to take away from Cisco Partner Summit 2015.

Watch my interview with Rob and let me know what you think in the comments section.

My wrap up coverage of Partner Summit continues this week with several other executive interviews and a wrap up blog in my Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind on Friday.

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Cisco Partner Summit 2015: John Chambers’ Message to Partners

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As always at Cisco Partner Summit, I take the opportunity to speak with our Cisco executives throughout the week, and one of the treats of my job is having a few moments to speak with Chairman and CEO of Cisco, John Chambers.

This year, John and I took a few moments out of his busy schedule to discuss the ever-increasing pace of change in our industry. We also discussed digital disruption and how it is affecting Cisco partners, how Cisco is ready to lead in the digitization of cities, countries and companies, and what they should take away from this great event. Want to hear John’s in-depth answers to those questions and more? Check out our interview:

It’s been a great Partner Summit in Montreal. I’m heading home today, but our coverage continues next week. Stay tuned to the Cisco Partner Blog through May 8 for the entire wrap up from this year’s event.

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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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