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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – March 7, 2014

March 7, 2014 at 7:39 am PST

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:

Off the Top

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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Cisco Partners Provide Multiple Awards at XChange Solution Provider

Yesterday in Los Angeles, CA I attended XChange Solution Provider, where Cisco was honored with multiple Channel Champions awards. This conference brings together 225 solution provider decision makers from across the United States and Canada and provides a great chance to network. The 24th annual Channel Champions Awards were part of this event, and it was great to see Cisco perform so well once again.

Cisco Channel Champions Awards 2014

Channel Company CEO Bob Faletra; Cisco Senior VP Worldwide Channels, Edison Peres; Cisco VP, Global Partner Marketing Sherri Liebo; Cisco Senior Manager, Executive Communications Carol McCutcheon; Cisco Senior Director, Channel Business Development, John Growdon; and Channel Company Editor, Steve Burke.

Cisco picked up awards for:

Converged Infrastructure – overall winner and swept the category

Enterprise Networking Infrastructure – overall winner and swept the category

Network Security Appliances – technical satisfaction sub-category

Networking Hardware – overall winner with wins in the technical and support sub-categories

Unified Communications – overall winner and swept category

Video Conferencing – overall winner and swept category

This year saw us strengthen our position in Enterprise Networking Infrastructure where we swept the category, after being the overall winner with two sub-category wins last year. We made the same move in video conferencing this year as well. Also of note, this is the 14th year in a row that we’ve received  the overall award for unified communications (UC).

This is no small feat, and I am so proud of Cisco’s strong presence in these Channel Champions awards. We obviously take a lot of pride in winning these awards. Ultimately though, we don’t win these awards at Cisco without our partners’ commitment and hard work.

As always, your efforts and feedback are the reasons we continually evolve our programs and tools. We always strive to give you the best return on your investment in Cisco and I hope these types of awards give you what you need to close deals with Cisco technology. Again, thank you partners! We were awarded these honors, but we earned them together with you. Let me know your thoughts on these latest awards in the comments below.

I look forward to hearing from you at this year’s Partner Summit, which is right around the corner. For those of you not in attendance this year, remember that you can access Virtual Partner Summit (VPS). In fact, I’ll be holding a global executive chat on March 27 as we close out this year’s event. Register for VPS now so you can add my session to your calendar. Bring your questions to that session so we can interact, even if you’re not in Las Vegas at Partner Summit this year.

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XChange Solution Provider Launches with Fresh Perspectives in L.A.

March 3, 2014 at 5:53 pm PST

Ahh travel. As I arrived last night for XChange Solution Provider, I was lamenting the fact that I had just traveled 2,428 miles from Charlotte, NC to Los Angeles, CA and my bag didn’t make it with me. Woe is me, right? Little did I know that my bag would arrive at my hotel in time for me to be ready for breakfast, and the opportunity to listen to Adam Steltzner, lead engineer, Mars Science Laboratory, NASA .

Opening General Session

Opening general session for XChange Solution Provider.

Well guess what, he led a team of engineers that landed the Mars Curiosity rover within a predicted space about the size of the conference room I’m now sitting in, after it had traveled millions of miles. Pretty amazing stuff, and considering all the things that could, and did, go wrong while planning and executing that maneuver, I feel bad complaining that my bag arrived at my hotel about 15 hours after I did.

Now it might have been more of a tragedy for my conference mates at XChange Solution Provider had my toiletries not arrived in time for me to brush my teeth… Through human planning and execution though, the Mars Curiosity lander made a 350 million mile journey and I got my toothbrush in time to be clean and fresh for the start of today’s events. Read More »

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Cisco Wins Record Awards at XChange, Thanks to Partner Votes

Last week in Dallas I had the opportunity to attend “XChange 2012” an event that brings together a number of industry experts and solutions providers for a dialog around the changes happening in the industry and a great opportunity to network.

Each year at this event UBM Channel presents the ARC Awards, short for Annual Report Card, which gives partners the opportunity to rate their vendors in a number of categories.

I’m proud to say that Cisco took home 16 ARC Awards capped off by five overall awards including  Enterprise Networking Infrastructure, Network Security Appliance and SMB Networking Hardware.  We won the overall in Unified Communications for the ninth consecutive year and finally, took home the top prize for Midrange Servers, beating IBM and HP in our first year competing in this category.

Not only is this the first time in Cisco’s history we’ve won all of the categories we entered, Cisco is the only vendor to have won this many categories at the event. These awards are thanks to you, our partners, and I had a chance to talk to some of the partners who attended the event. Here’s what they had to say.

What else happened at the event?

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