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Play Big: XChange Solution Provider 2015

This week I had the privilege of joining my Cisco colleagues and more than 225 partners at the XChange Solution Provider event hosted by the Channel Company in Dallas, Texas.  I arrived on Sunday to colder weather (and snow!) than I would have liked coming from Portland, Oregon, but I soon forgot all about that once in the comfort and setting of the Gaylord Texan resort.

I was joined by my Cisco colleagues Raja Sundaram (@rajasundaram), Steve Benvenuto (@yobenvo), Bridget Bisnette (@bbisnette), Robb Berger, and Ashley McCann (@ashleymccann). Key themes for the two and a half day conference included convergence, cloud, security, and partner marketing.

Opening_Ceremony_XChangeThe general session  kicked off with a lot of energy and momentum thanks to Steve McClatchy, best-selling author and consultant.  From a family of 12 kids (he was #11), Steve used personal anecdotes to make us laugh and encouraged us all to go after our dreams and goals. His motto is “make gain, not pain.”  In other words, make time for things that add to your life (gain) instead of spending all your energy on the “have to” lists (pain). So if you want to build that custom speedboat, as Cisco partner Kyle Vinar of Verus Corporation told me was his dream, then do it! His advice in a nutshell: schedule it, defend it, and play catch up with the maintenance of life. Read More »

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2014 Best of Breed Conference Coverage

BoBAs part of Cisco’s global partner marketing team, I had the opportunity to attend this year’s Best of Breed (BoB) Conference (#bob14) in Orlando, Florida. The theme of the Channel Company’s show this year is Aftershock, due to the monumental shifts across the board in the tech industry – the move to embrace cloud technologies and services, the proliferation of mobile devices and demand for data, not to mention the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT). It’s always a valuable opportunity to gather and hear firsthand from our partners and how we can better equip them to deliver business outcomes with innovative solutions.

We’re just around the corner from Disneyworld in the beautiful Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. Since I live in Portland, Oregon and worked at Disneyland in college but have never been to Disneyworld, I pretty much had to come a little early to visit with the mouse and take in a few attractions. I got that out of my system prior to the show so that I was able to give my full attention to impressive line-up of speakers and networking opportunities with partners here at BoB. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – August 22, 2014

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:

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This week Cisco won several of CRN’s Annual Report Card (ARC) awards presented at this week’s XChange event in San Antonio.  Faisal Hanafi, Steve Benvenuto and Ricardo Moreno (@RicardoMoreno) from Cisco were on hand to receive the honors.

We take great pride in winning these awards, but all of us at Cisco realize that we don’t win awards like this without the efforts of loyalty and our partners. We are only successful when you’re successful!

With a focus on “Elevating the Customer Experience,” the XChange event brought together a strong line-up of speakers, favorite great example being Seth Mattison of FutureSight Labs who talked about how we build connections are changing in the Digital Age. I also appreciated the insight of Gary Pica from TruMethods and the idea of unlocking your personal super power.

You can read all about both of these speakers and all the other exciting speakers from earlier posts. The team and I enjoyed meeting with many of you in Texas and we look forward to our next face-to-face event – the Best of Breed (BOB) Conference in October. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – August 15, 2014

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:

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Arjun Lahiri was here this week to talk about Cisco compatible solutions. Arjun had some great insight on how all is being connected via the Internet of Everything (IoE) and how the need for business applications is increasing exponentially.

With the rising need for business applications, Cisco simply cannot produce all of the necessary applications on its own. That is where Cisco compatible solutions come into play.

Read what Arjun has to say about Cisco compatible solutions filling in those gaps. Be sure to let him know what you think!

Partner Voices

I have mentioned several times how much I love working on the Partner Voices series. We focus on a lot of the cool solutions that our partners are putting into the marketplace, and it always makes for a more fun story.

In my post from this week, I talked to David Powell of TekLinks about their latest cloud-delivered electronic health record solution. Be sure to give it a read and give me your feedback in the comments section. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – March 7, 2014

Each 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:

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Cisco picked up a number of Channel Champions awards at this years’ XChange Solution Provider event in Los Angeles, CA. Edison Peres announced the wins this week, after accepting them at the event Tuesday evening.

As always, we all thank you, the Cisco partners, that truly make these awards happen. Your commitment and hard work are what power these awards, and your vision and feedback are what drive the evolution of Cisco programs and tools.

Be sure to check out the awards for this year and give us your thoughts. Read More »

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