Picture this scene, which took place last month at Cisco’s Partner Summit in Las Vegas. I had been talking for a few minutes in the lobby of the Venetian with a long-time Cisco partner when he suddenly asked, “Raja, how are you guys at Cisco going to help us use services to capitalize on cloud and hybrid IT?” I answered: “Plenty…and rapidly expanding.”
First the back story, then the details.
By now, we all know that new technology consumption patterns have shifted the business model that customers are demanding. Much of this has to do with the increased influence that line of business decision makers now have on IT buying decisions. Consider this. In just two years, 35 percent of IT spend will reside in the business — outside the control of IT – according to a recent study.1 A whopping 90 percent of IT spend will be controlled by the business in 2020. As the saying goes, “We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto.”
Then there’s the lightning-quick shift to a variety of new cloud models. In just two years, cloud spending will account for the majority of new IT spending, according to Gartner.2 That same research also predicts that by the end of 2017, nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments. Read More »
As we continue to wrap up our coverage of Cisco Partner Summit 2014 be sure to go back and read the day one, day two and day three recaps of last week’s event, just in case you missed any of the big news from Cisco Partner Summit.
I was able to sit down last week with Edison Peres, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Channels to talk about what partners have been telling him heading into Cisco Partner Summit, and he spent some time detailing what partners really need to know about the evolution of the Next Generation Channel Partner Program.
Be sure to check in on the Channels Blog tomorrow as we finish up our coverage of Cisco Partner Summit 2014, and let us know what’s on your mind in the comments section below!
I can’t believe just one week ago, we were right in the middle of Cisco Partner Summit 2014. What a great event! In case you missed any of the information, be sure to check out the day one, day two and day three recaps from last week.
We have additional coverage of Cisco Partner Summit 2014 coming this week, with more executive interviews and a final recap on Friday, April 4.
Bruce Klein, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Partner Organization took time out for an interview right after wrapping up Cisco Partner Summit last week. He sat down with the Cisco Social Media Team and gave us his thoughts on the event, the Cisco Partner Ecosystem and key partner takeaways.
It is always great to speak with Bruce and I hope you found this interview helpful. We will have more coverage on Cisco Partner Summit tomorrow, so let’s keep the conversation going. As always, let me know how we are doing in the comments section below.
We continually look to provide partner perspective on everything we do for our partners. As such, our ambassadors at events like Cisco Partner Summit 2014 are invaluable. This is the third year of the Partner Ambassador program and we continue to look for ways to improve the program breadth and depth.
This year, we had 10 Cisco Partner Summit Ambassadors who represented different backgrounds and regions. We invited each of them to participate in Cisco Partner Summit 2014 as official partner ambassadors who focused on tweeting and blogging about things they heard at our annual partner event.
There is always a wealth of partner stories to tell at Cisco Partner Summit, and who better to tell them than the partners themselves. Some partners were on site in Las Vegas, 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 »
We had a great Cisco Partner Summit last week. In case you missed any of the information, be sure to check out the day one, day two and day three recaps of this week’s event.
All this week, we will be wrapping up our coverage of Cisco Partner Summit 2014 with more executive interviews, additional thoughts from our partner ambassadors and a final recap on Friday, April 4.
To get started with this week, I would like to share with you my interview with Rob Lloyd, President, Development and Sales. Rob took some time last week to sit down with the Social Media team and discuss what’s on partners’ minds. He also broke down the Cisco Global Intercloud announcement for us into what Cisco partners should really focus on moving forward.
It was great to sit down with Rob and get his takeaways for partners. Continue to watch the Cisco Channels Blog this week and as always, let me know how we are doing in the comments section below.