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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – January 29, 2016

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Hi everyone! I hope your week was a good one. Just a quick reminder – I would love to hear your feedback on how I can improve this blog. Please leave your thoughts in the comments section at the end.

Now, let’s get to the stories!

Seven Tips for Taking Your Business to the Next Level from Karin Surber

Karin Surber is at it again.  This month she offers advice on what you can do to drive business in the new calendar year.

With seven tips, she’s sure to teach you something new! Find out if you are already doing what she suggests in her latest blog.

Enroll Today for VIP 27

It’s that time of year again. Partners can now join our latest period of Value Incentive Program.

VIP 27 offers you the chance to earn rebates when selling targeted Cisco products, architectures, solutions, and services within a six-month rolling period. Eligible offerings include Collaboration, Data Center, Enterprise Networks, Security, Cloud and Managed Services, Cloud Services Reseller and Software as a Service (SaaS).

The enrollment period has begun, so make your move now.

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – January 22, 2016

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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:

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Greetings everyone. Hope you all had a great week – let’s jump right into it!

Customer Success Teams Can Be Revenue Engines

I’m always excited to have new bloggers contribute to the partner blog. Scott Schell, from the Global Customer Success team, made his debut this week.

It’s no secret that we’re keen on helping you build customer success here at Cisco.  Scott offered up some great advice on how you can deliver just that and drive revenue.

Check out his post to learn more and be sure to attend the accompanied webinar. Great to have you Scott!

The 2016 ASR Report is Out!

I’m not completely sure, but I think security is a pretty big topic these days, which is all the more reason to check out our Annual Security Report.

The report analyzes advances by security industry and criminals and can give you key insights into where to strengthen your customer’s defenses. You’ll also find new threat intelligence, trend analysis and much more.

Here’s our CEO and SVP of Security talking about this year’s report:

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – January 15, 2016

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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:

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On Wednesday, we unveiled Cisco Cloud Consumption as a Service (CCaaS). CCaaS is designed to help busineses address shadow IT challenges by providing visibility into the public cloud services an organization is using.

Robert Dimicco, SR Director, Advanced Services, talked about how this can benefit our partners on the partner blog this week.

Read his post to see how you can get started with CCaaS today.

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – January 8, 2016

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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:

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Happy New Year! I hope you all had a nice and relaxing holiday break. Personally, I was lucky enough to head back to my roots to visit friends and family in St. Louis.  Let’s just say the there was no shortage of food and drinks!

But, alas, it’s always good to jump back into the structure of the work week and get back to business.

It’s been a fairly slow week, as one could expect coming off the company holiday break. But, there were definitely some highlights.

For one, the Consumer Electronics Show 2016 (CES) is under way. Follow all the action via the official hashtag #CES2016. You can also see how Cisco is a part of the conversation here.

And here’s what you might’ve missed in the news since we last spoke.

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – December 11, 2015

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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:

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Cisco Collaboration Summit: Spark Evolution

As soon as CEO Chuck Robbins stated that “you can’t build a digital business without a collaboration strategy,” we all knew Cisco Collaboration Summit 2015 was going to be big. And for our partners, the Cisco Spark keynote announcement was a game-changer. Cisco Spark now enables customers to message, meet, or call anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Gary Wolfson outlined the core components, opportunity and benefit for partners in his partner blog earlier this week, including the important point that Cisco Spark can only be sold by our registered partners.  I encourage you to take a quick moment and read his post to see how you can get started today.

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You can also catch the keynote replay here.

How to Automate and Digitize Customer Engagement

Steve Cox, from the Global Customer Success team, made his Cisco partner blog debut. He chose a wise topic to start with, considering how top-of-mind digitization and automation are to Cisco and the IT world.

He provides some tips and strategies for partners on how to automate and digitize customer engagement. Check out his post and welcome him to the partner blog by dropping him a comment.

Cisco Expands Nimble SmartStack Portfolio for Customers

On Wednesday, Jeremy Foster stopped by to elaborate on a recent portfolio expansion that will surely benefit your customers.

By expanding SmartStack, Nimble Storage now provides customers with a faster time to business value. But, enough from me on this, Jeremy is the real expert. Take his word for it and give his blog a read.

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