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Enroll Now in VIP 21 to Claim Your Share of Cisco’s Multi-Billion Dollar VIP Partner Investment

We place great value in our partner relationships. And since our inception of the Cisco Value Incentive Program (VIP), we’ve invested billions of dollars to help partners like you increase your return on your Cisco investment and boost your profitability.

VIP 21 is available to all of our Cisco specialized, certified, and Authorized Technology Partners (ATP) who promote the adoption of Cisco architectures (Borderless Networks, Collaboration, Data Center, Cloud and Managed Services, and Express) within the current six month program period.

Take a look at the new ways our 21st VIP offering allows you to reap even greater rewards around key industry trends. Be sure to also check out our handy VIP 21 infographic at the end of this post to get a snapshot of the program, key updates, and enrollment information.   Read More »

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Cisco’s Investing in Partners, Offering Rewards; So Don’t Miss VIP 20 Enrollment

It’s a fact that Cisco combined with our partners form the largest collection of networking experts in the world.

We value your relationship with us, and as we have demonstrated to you with our Cisco Partner Value Proposition, your profitability is very important to us. It’s our goal to support and reward your efforts and talents around key industry trends.

Cisco has invested more than $1 billion (US) in partners through VIP (Value Incentive Program), a popular program designed to increase your overall profitability, technology architecture growth, and operating profits.

VIP enables Cisco Specialized and Authorized Technology Partners (ATP) to earn even more margin and profit for investing in and focusing business practices on four key Cisco architectures or tracks: Collaboration, Borderless Networks, Data Center, and now, Express.

What’s new with VIP 20?
Curious about how you can get rewarded for earning a profit?

The year 2013 marks the 10th anniversary and 20th consecutive period of VIP with VIP 20! We’ve just made some key program updates to VIP 20, too, all designed to streamline your path to profit, including:

  • Integrating Express as a track in the VIP 20 program. This will make it even easier for our SMB and Commercial segment focused partners to take advantage of Cisco’s flagship profitability program.
  • As in prior VIP periods, the Product SKU lists are updated to ensure we are rewarding partners for selling the most current solutions – please see the VIP Playbook for more details.
  • Plus, we have fine-tuned the rules around program enrollment, payment cycles, and order processing.

To take advantage, just enroll in our ever-popular Value Incentive Program (VIP 20)—from July 29 through September 7, 2012. All partners must enroll to take advantage of the program.

Ready to take advantage of VIP 20?
Go to the Partner Program Enrollment (PPE) Tool to enroll anytime between July 29 and September 7, 2012. VIP 20 eligible SKUs will be available on August 3. Once you’re on the VIP 20 site, be sure to utilize the product matrixes in the VIP Partner Playbook to maximize your VIP payments. And don’t forget, all partners including Express, must enroll for VIP 20 to take advantage of the program.

Don’t miss our handy VIP 20 infographic for a quick snapshot of the program, key updates, and enrollment information.  Read More »

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Cisco’s 8 New Year’s Resolution for Partners

Happy 2012, partners! Inspired by Channel Maven’s lively list of resolutions, I began to pontificate on Cisco’s new year’s resolutions for partners this year.

1. First and foremost: profitability.

C’mon, who doesn’t want more profits in 2012? Services now represent 40-50% of Cisco channel partners business, up from 20% five years ago. Our recently created Services Rules of Engagement offers partners a definitive roadmap on how to engage with Cisco Services and maximize your Cisco services investment.

Plus profitability programs like Cisco’s Value Incentive Program (VIP) ensure that you’re rewarded for focusing your practice on Cisco’s architectures. Stay tuned for new signup periods.

Check out the full list of incentives on Partner Central.

2. Helping partners help customers become one with the cloud.

To help ensure partners have a successful Year of the Cloud, Cisco’s Cloud Partner program (with three tracks) will help you prepare for growth in cloud adoption. Combine that with CloudVerse to help you build public, private, and hybrid clouds for customers and you’ve got a winning combo. You can’t lose with the intelligence of the network, the power of the data center, and the flexibility of cloud applications.

3. Work less! Programs and services to make your job easier. Read More »

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Partner Update Uncovers the Top Cisco News and Gets a Tattoo

Happy summer, everyone! The sun’s shining, it’s a new fiscal year, and, Andrew’s back from his honeymoon in Hawaii. Now we’re gearing back up to bring you all the partner news and info you may have missed over the last couple of weeks.

In this episode of Partner Update, we cover amazing incentives and profitability programs for partners, discuss an upcoming broadcast to help you learn more about how to deliver architecture-based solutions and maximize ROI for your customers, a new way to calculate customers’ Borderless Networks ROI, Amazon Consulting’s recommendations for solution providers, and two new Social Media Spotlight posts to help you learn the ins and outs of video editing and promotion. We also get to check out Andrew’s new Hawaiian-inspired tattoo.

Sit back, tune in, and watch the latest episode of Partner Update for all of your Cisco news (in less than five minutes.)

Keep reading for links and additional details on the news we covered this time and time stamps so you know where to find each item.
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Focused on Driving Partner Profitability

Your profitability is a top priority for us at Cisco. In fact, we are increasing our investments in our partner incentive and profitability programs in Fiscal Year 2012 to help you not only drive profitable growth, but also to evolve your businesses.

With your input, we frequently refine our incentive and profitability programs to help you stay at the forefront of the industry and enhance your relevancy to customers. FY12 is no exception. Here’s a list of what’s new.

• We are rolling out the Teaming Incentive Program (TIP) globally to offer Cisco partners an opportunity to realize higher margins in deals where they team with Cisco.

• We are streamlining the Opportunity Incentive Program (OIP) to make it easier and faster for partners to receive approval on deal registration, and therefore, boost adoption and opportunity for higher margins for partners.

• We are simplifying the Technology Migration Program (TMP) and expanding competitive trade-in product recognition for easier quoting purposes.

• We are adding incentives to the recently announced Cisco Cloud Partner Program to help partners monetize the rapidly growing cloud market opportunities.

• We are building new incentives, which will be announced later in FY12, to reward our partners for actively participating in the new Partner Led go-to-market model.

• We are refreshing our ground breaking profitability program – the Cisco Value Incentive Program (VIP) – to meet changing customer and market demands and ultimately to help partners successfully evolve their practices as the industry moves forward.
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