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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:

Off the Top

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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Cisco Partner Summit 2015: Final Thoughts from Bruce Klein

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Since the close of Cisco Partner Summit 2015, I have brought you interviews with John Chambers, Rob Lloyd, Edison Peres and Sherri Liebo. Each gave their thoughts on important takeaways and announcements from Partner Summit and Marketing Velocity. I also put together a montage of interviews with numerous other executives from last week.

To close out the executive interviews during this week of wrap up coverage from Montreal, let’s hear Bruce Klein’s thoughts on this year’s Partner Summit:

So there you have it. A little later today I am bringing back the Weekly Rewind blog and I will have full recap of the events from last week there as well.

It’s a unique opportunity I have to speak with the executives every year at these events and I hope it’s worth it to you for me to relay those conversations. I would like to thank all the Cisco executives who were able to make time in their busy schedules to speak with me and a huge thanks to my co-workers and crew who help make these video interviews such a success each year. Finally, none of this is possible without you, the Cisco partners. Thank you, as always, for reading my blogs and for all your feedback on how to make these blogs and videos better.

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Cisco Marketing Velocity and Partner Summit 2015: Thank You Social Ambassadors!

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I always want to provide you with the best coverage possible for Marketing Velocity and Partner Summit each year. Often that means giving you a perspective other than my own. For instance, earlier today I posted the main takeaways from our Cisco executives. Sometimes though, the best way to give you an even more transparent look at these Cisco events, an outside perspective is preferred.

This is exactly why we ask select Cisco partners each year to work with us as social ambassadors for these events. Their insight at events like Marketing Velocity and Partner Summit are invaluable. This is our fourth year of the Cisco social ambassador program and it gives a unique look at both of these events.

This year, we had 10 Cisco Partner Summit Ambassadors who represented different backgrounds and regions, and who focused on different events. We invited each of them to participate in Cisco Partner Summit 2015 as official social ambassadors who focused on tweeting and blogging about things they heard at our annual events. In addition, three of them were performing the same duties around Cisco Marketing Velocity before moving on throughout the week to give you a marketer’s perspective on Partner Summit.

There are always great stories to tell at these events, and who better to tell them than the partners themselves. Some ambassadors were on site with us in Montreal, while others participated via Virtual Partner Summit (VPS), but in both cases, the partner ambassadors did great work in capturing everything they heard last week. Read More »

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