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Register for Virtual Partner Velocity: Ideas, Innovation, and Air Sandwiches

November 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm PST

Have you ever tried to eat an “air sandwich”? You can probably guess that it’s a sandwich with two slices of bread and nothing inside. Not too tasty.

In business, an air sandwich happens when strategy is decided by a few people at the top with no input from the rest of the company, leaving a gap or a bunch of air in the middle.

And if you look at the world’s most successful companies, they share a few common traits: creative thinking and problem solving, along with a collaborative work environment.

These are the keys to a company’s success, according to Nilofer Merchant, speaker, Harvard Business Review columnist, business strategist, and author of the book The New How: Building Business Solutions Through Collaborative Strategy.

Nilofer is the next Virtual Partner Velocity speaker on the topic of “Igniting Performance” and in her hour-long session, she will:

  • provide actionable ways to leverage the best ideas within your company
  • show you how to create a clear vision
  • offer tips for collaborating effectively
  • provide tactics for co-creating success
  • and how you can ensure the entire company is invested in an idea

In short, how to put some meat (or for vegetarians, perhaps some cheese or peanut butter) into that dry air sandwich.

Want to participate in the broadcast? Find out how to sign up. Read More »

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Partners Reflect on Partner Summit 2011, Plus Our Favorite Quotes

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.

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Executives Share Top Takeaways from Partner Summit 2011

March 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm PST

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.

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The Week in Review: Cisco Partner Summit 2011

March 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm PST

There was no shortage of entertainment and music at Cisco’s 15th Partner Summit last week, with New Orleans’ finest bands and musicians playing for live and virtual audiences.

The action-packed event featured big news for partners, keynotes from Cisco’s top executives, breakout speakers, magicians, theater sessions, parties, a live auction, and generous donations from partners and Cisco are helping to rebuild homes and lives in New Orleans.

We put together a short video slideshow with pictures highlighting so many of the great moments from Cisco Partner Summit 2011. Enjoy! (And please share your own photos on our Facebook page.)

If you missed any of the news from last week, here are all of the big announcements for partners. Read More »

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Closing out Partner Summit 2011: Big News and John Chambers’ Takeaways

March 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm PST

At Partner Summit 2011, the theme was all about how to create an impact, and how to grow revenues together. We caught up with Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers, who shared his key insights from attending the event this week.

At today’s General Session, the discussion focused on leadership, and how Cisco will work with partners to lead, together. Executive Vice President Rob Lloyd took the stage, and gave a clear directive to partners. He said that the network is the last great IT market opportunity, and because of that, if a competitor asks partners to sell their product, they should just say no—don’t let the competition commoditize the market.

Here’s more details on new deals for partners that Rob announced.

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