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
CRN announced their annual Channel Chiefs awards this week. Cisco was honored with six executives being named to this year’s list.
Bruce Klein kicked things off this week by congratulating the recipients. I followed up with short features on each of the named Channel Chiefs from Cisco. In case you missed it, there are short features this week on:
Join me in congratulating this year’s Channel Chiefs from Cisco!
Jimmy Kimmel debuts Wall of America
In case you missed Jimmy Kimmel’s show after the Oscars last Sunday, he introduced the “Wall of America.” Built by Cisco, the Wall of America is a giant video collaboration board he used to speak directly with people across America who watched the Academy Awards. For a more in-depth look at the Wall of America, check out Rowan Trollope’s blog Jimmy Kimmel Live Reimagines the Fane Experience with Cisco.
Check out the video and you can learn how to sign up to be on Jimmy’s show via Cisco’s Wall of America! Read More »
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Last night, we kicked off the 10th Cisco Collaboration Summit at the JW Marriott Live in Los Angeles with an awards dinner to honor our partners around the world. Rowan Trollope, Collaboration Technology Group SVP, and I had the privilege of playing masters of ceremonies for the event. Cisco recognized 27 partners for their exemplary performance across 11 categories.
Last night’s fun, excitement, and anticipation was the perfect opening for what’s in store for us over these next few days. Today’s keynotes with John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Jonathan Rosenberg, VP of the Collaboration Technology Group, Aaron Levie, CEO of Box, and Rowan will reveal amazing new innovations and opportunities that will put collaboration front and center for all of us in 2015. (Be sure to tune into the live streaming event at 1:30 p.m. Pacific or watch the on-demand replay.) You will see that partners are integral to the success of Cisco’s collaboration business. What we achieved this past year, working together, makes it clear we can only reimagine collaboration for our customers by doing it together.
On behalf of Cisco, we thank you for your partnership and applaud you on your success.
Collaboration Summit 2014 Partner Award Winners
Software Superstars: Best job selling software and practice management for WebEx, Cisco Unified Workspace Licensing, Software Support Services, and enterprise agreements Read More »
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There’s an advantage to having events in different buildings of the Moscone Center. You get to go outside and enjoy the great weather. Just watch out for the birds in Yerba Buena Gardens once things quiet down a bit – I got dive-bombed by an avian aviator.
Enough about me. What was up with Collaboration on Tuesday? Plenty.
Rowan Trollope and Hans Hwang closed out the afternoon sessions with the Collaboration Technology Keynote, providing a closer look at the new desktop collaboration experiences, including the DX80, DX70, and Collaboration Meeting Rooms. Wearing bright red Converse high-tops, Rowan promised a continued focus on simplicity: “Everything you see going forward is going to be easy to use.” The laminated “how to use this device” cards are history.
The DX80 demo highlighted the simplicity, clean industrial design, and the directional “what you see is what you hear” microphones (read: no more barking dogs or noisy office neighbors in the background of calls). You know the design is new and different when the room applauds after a quick tour of the back of the unit – or the “other front” as the designers call it.
In the Collaboration Meeting Room demo, Rowan showed how easily callers on all sorts of different platforms and devices can connect to a video conference call just by connecting via the host’s meeting-room URL: three-screen immersive telepresence, laptop with a web browser, PC with Lync, and a DX80 all joined the call.
Earlier in the day, the technology keynote kicked off with a great video about the Bay Bridge, which also happens to be the world’s largest LED sculpture – and supported by a Cisco network infrastructure. Read More »
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Wow! It’s been a whirlwind beginning to Cisco Live 2014. I’ve already met many partners and customers and we’re only about halfway through the week! Folks are excited to be part of such a huge event here in San Francisco. In fact, check out this shot of folks streaming into the room for John Chambers’ keynote address yesterday.
Before John even took the stage, we’d already spent a lot of time talking with customers and partners about the new Solution Partner Program. This key piece of the Cisco Partner Ecosystem used to be known as the Cisco Developer Network (CDN). Arjun Lahiri, Senior Manager, Cloud and Ecosystem Strategy and Programs Group, took some time to really explain how CDN evolved into the Solution Partner Program and why those changes have occurred and how they affect partners. Be sure to read Arjun’s blog and get up to speed on the latest on the Solution Partner Program here at Cisco Live 2014. Read More »
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Our customers join us at Cisco Live conferences around the world to hear how we can help you tackle the most important technology trends. Cloud, security, mobility and programmable networks are all driving different business models and compelling opportunities.
The top questions we hear from you are:
- What is Cisco’s approach to SDN?
- How will Cisco help me deliver hybrid cloud services?
- Can I really deploy applications in hours instead of weeks?
- Can I get great — but affordable — collaboration technology into every room, on every desk, every pocket?
- How can IT lead in securing company assets and data?
- Do I have the right foundation to deliver better mobile experiences to my employees and customers?
- Which of Cisco’s customers are having success with these technologies?
- How is Cisco IT grappling with all these challenges?
At Cisco Live, you not only get the practical, hands-on knowledge that can advance your career. You also get compelling insight and Cisco roadmaps into the ideas, concepts, and emerging trends that are setting the stage for a more connected and collaborative future.
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