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Partner Summit 2011: News, Highlights, and Tweets

March 3, 2011 at 10:47 am PST

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:

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Partner Summit 2011: How Do We Impact Innovation? By Moving to the Cloud

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 »

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Partner Summit 2011 Day One: Together, We Can Make an Impact

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.

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A Peek Into the Future with Dr. James Canton

Well, the time has come—Partner Summit 2011 gets underway tomorrow in New Orleans, and it’s sure to be a fun and informative week. For those of you attending virtually, be sure to visit the Virtual Partner Summit registration page to sign up (it’s free). The virtual event runs March 1 through March 3.

We have lots in store at the event—everything from breakout sessions to live executive chats to keynote sessions. I got the chance to chat with keynote speaker Dr. James Canton. Dr. Canton is global futurist, social scientist, and author whose research is focused on future trends in innovation.

Dr. Canton gave me a sneak peek into what he’ll be discussing at Partner Summit—here’s what he had to say.

Want to learn more about what’s going on this week, and how you can get involved?

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Things to Know Before You Go: Cisco Partner Summit 2011

I’ve attended 12 Partner Summits, if you can believe it, so I wanted to take a moment to share with you some of the things you need to know before you attend this year’s event. The event starts on Monday, February 28 in New Orleans, Louisiana and Virtual Partner Summit begins on Tuesday March 1.

As a Partner Summit veteran, I’ve got some tried-and-true tips for enjoying the event. (Watch the cartoon version of me in this video, walking you through the things you should do to prepare.)

Keep reading to find out about some of the big topics we’ll be covering next week at Partner Summit 2011 and how you can get involved.
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