Last week our partners got to hear from great speakers, whether at the general sessions, theater breakout sessions, or business and leadership breakout sessions. But what impact did it all have—what did partners learn while they were at Partner Summit 2011?
Luckily, we got the chance to catch up with a number of you to find out what made an impact, and what you intended to take back to your business. I interviewed partners from a number of different companies, including: Long View, Comstor, Dimension Data, Migesa, Italtel, and Datacraft.
So what did partners tell us? The messages around cloud and collaborative professional services definitely were critical. One partner also noted the importance of Cisco’s commitment to the partner-led strategy.
While at Partner Summit, we also jotted down some notable quotes we heard over the course of the week, whether at the general sessions, or during breakout sessions. Here’s what we captured.
At Partner Summit 2011, the theme was all about how to create an impact, and how to grow revenues together. We caught up with Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers, who shared his key insights from attending the event this week.
At today’s General Session, the discussion focused on leadership, and how Cisco will work with partners to lead, together. Executive Vice President Rob Lloyd took the stage, and gave a clear directive to partners. He said that the network is the last great IT market opportunity, and because of that, if a competitor asks partners to sell their product, they should just say no—don’t let the competition commoditize the market.
Here’s more details on new deals for partners that Rob announced.
It was another great day at Partner Summit 2011 on the bayou, where the music is fantastic, the beignets are amazing, and the Partner Summit news is awesome!
At Wednesday’s general session, the focus was on how to impact innovation with Michael Capellas, CEO of VCE, and Padmasree Warrior, Cisco’s CTO. Both highlighted Cisco technologies to help partners to differentiate.
We’ve got all of the event highlights, news, and details you need to know from Wednesday.
And since social media is such a big part of this year’s conference, we’re going to highlight a few of the tweets that have come through:
Yesterday partners got to enjoy lively music during the General Session, but today, it was all about magic…and the cloud. Technology magician Marco Tempest treated partners to magic tricks using lights and a display, and he was followed onto the stage by Michael Capellas, CEO of VCE, and Padmasree Warrior, Cisco’s CTO. The theme was how to impact innovation, and both Michael and Padma highlighted the Cisco technologies that can help partners to differentiate.
Michael kicked off his talk with the statement that “cloud is not marketing hype,” but in fact will be a foundational part of the IT industry for the next three to five years. Michael sprinkled interesting facts throughout his presentation—for instance, did you know that 200 million users connect to Facebook via mobile devices? Or that 60 billion instant messages are sent per day? According to Michael, stats like those demonstrate that the consumer has already adopted the cloud, and it will spread into the enterprise.
This will open up a whole new world of possibilities for partners, as the world of applications that will be accessed by lots of different devices will change. Businesses will need new applications, location-based applets, new forms of integration, analytics and behavioral analysis, new development networks, development clouds, and software as a service. And all of those will be supported by the cloud. Michael concluded his presentation with his “Fearless Forecasts.” Watch out, partners: There will be a $50 billion converged infrastructure market in three years, and private cloud will lead enterprise and public sector opportunities. Read More »
Nothing like a fantastic performance from the Soul Rebels and the Mardi Gras Indians to kick things off here at Partner Summit 2011! The band played a rousing set as partners streamed in to hear Cisco CEO John Chambers, Senior Vice President Keith Goodwin, Senior Vice President Edison Peres and COO Gary Moore address the audience.
Keith opened the event, welcoming both the in-person attendees as well as the scores attending virtually via Virtual Partner Summit. Keith remarked that at Partner Summit 2011—the 15th Partner Summit thus far—the theme is “Impact,” which is all about making a difference in how together with our partners we can impact customers, impact each other’s business, impact industry, and impact education, healthcare, and economic development. Keith also talked about Cisco’s need to simplify, and become easier to do business with for partners.
John Chambers then took the stage, revving up partners with the statistic that $170 billion of products and services are out there as an opportunity for partners, and that “market transitions wait for no one.” According to John, going forward, we need to invest in what we can do together, while also thinking about how we evolve. John also said that as we move from an information economy to a networked economy, the intelligence in the network is fueling the next generation of productivity and bringing opportunity to our partners.
John then emphasized that technology architectures represent a big opportunity and separate our partners from the competition. John finished his talk by stating that Cisco is focused on helping partners grow their top-line and bottom line.
So what did Edison Peres announce today? Read on to find out.