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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014 at 7:40 am PST

Partner-Weekly-Rewind-v2Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner 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

As usual, Sherri Liebo has some exciting things coming up. This week, she blogged about aiding partners in capturing their share of the $19 trillion opportunity in Internet of Everything (IoE). She is working to empower partners with the information, resources, and technology needed to build an IoE roadmap.

As part of this focus on Cisco partners, Sherri is holding a webcast on June 4 to show how partners can:

Be sure to register for her upcoming webcast and join her next Wednesday to learn more. Read More »

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New Ways to Partner with Cisco

If you’ve attended any Cisco partner events lately, then you have certainly heard about the new opportunities for partners through the Solution Partner Program. We hope you are as excited as we are about the new membership tiers and the added benefits that come with this program.

We value your partnership with Cisco, and we designed this program for you, with the intention that the new membership tiers will better align with your unique business needs and increase your success.

If you haven’t had a chance to review the details about the membership tiers, please do so now and let us know what you think, as your feedback is important to us. It will help not only our partnership with you, but also with other partners as well. Read More »

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Away by the Bay at Cisco Live!

May 20, 2014 at 7:08 pm PST

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.

Crowd ShotBefore 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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Introducing the New Solution Partner Program

At the recent Cisco Partner Summit, Cisco unveiled two major program changes for our partners: the new Cisco Partner Ecosystem and the evolution of the Cisco Developer Network (CDN) into the Solution Partner Program. In the wake of these announcements, I wanted to take a moment to share the logic behind these changes, why they are occurring now and how they relate to partners.

It’s important to distinguish that the CDN has evolved to become the Solution Partner Program; this was not an overnight switch. The former Developer Network community was comprised of individual developers and partner companies developing integrated Cisco solutions. The new Solution Partner Program brings the partner company component of CDN into the Cisco Partner Ecosystem. This allows us to more clearly identify the relationship with our valued solution partners recognizing them formally as Cisco partners and an important pillar of the overall Partner Ecosystem.

Prior to this change, we spoke with our partners around the world and asked them, “Are you hearing anything about business applications or the need for them, from customers – or are we the only ones seeing these requests?” Ninety percent of the time, every person in the room would nod “Yes, we are hearing the same thing!” The next question we asked was, “Would you be interested in working with the companies that are building these applications and the technology that supports them?” To which the answer was almost always, “Yes. Who are they, where are they and how can I start working with them?” Read More »

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