In less than three short weeks, Partner Summit 2012 begins and brings with it an entire host of news and program announcements, business transformation and technology sessions, and important updates from executives and geography leaders. Oh, and the prizes! And did I mention it’s all for partners? Even those of you who can’t attend in person.
You heard right. All of the activity from the event in San Diego will come to you live via Virtual Partner Summit (VPS) on April 17-19, and participation is just a click away. All you have to do is register. It’s super easy and takes just a moment. Really.
For your effort, you’ll gain access to a dynamic, virtual community that lets you build your own agenda, join executive live chats, engage with fellow partner attendees, watch replays, and more. Did I mention the prizes?
This year’s event is focused on helping our partners maintain their competitive edge. And in today’s economic climate that’s more important than ever.
Nearly all of the sessions can be streamed live or viewed on demand via the Virtual Partner Summit environment. And the best part is that you don’t have to leave your workplace or home to hear the General Session keynote, which will be packed full of channel strategy and technology updates. Executives featured include:
John Chambers, Chairman and CEO
Keith Goodwin, SVP, Worldwide Partner Organization
Edison Peres, SVP, Worldwide Channels
But that’s just part of the experience. Want to chat live with individual executives, win prizes, and engage with attendees? Read More »
What do air sandwiches, cogs, and boxes have in common?
Well, if you attended yesterday’s Virtual Partner Velocity broadcast, you’ll recognize that these are things that companies should avoid using if they want to be successful.
Cisco Vice President of Global Partner Marketing Amanda Jobbins kicked off the broadcast featuring author and business strategist Nilofer Merchant who shared actionable tips on how to ignite performance, spark creativity (versus making “stuff”), and humanize the people within organizations.
Nilofer also shared several examples of how companies create silos within their organizations causing huge gaps and lack of collaboration throughout. Don’t worry, she shared tips on how to close the gaps and collaborate effectively, whether you’re a CEO or just starting your career. Finally, Nilofer spent the second half of the broadcast answering questions that were tweeted in from the audience.
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.
My feet got a workout in New Orleans last week—in between running to the keynote sessions, helping out with the Executive Chats on Ustream, and working on our Partner Update news broadcasts, I managed to catch up with Senior Vice President Edison Peres, CTO Padmasree Warrior, Executive VP Rob Lloyd, and Senior Vice President Keith Goodwin.
Each of them filled me in on what the key takeaways were from their presentations during the General Sessions. Here’s what they had to say.