Cisco Honored at 20th Annual XChange Conference
I’ve had a great few days here in Washington, D.C. at XChange 2015. You might have seen David Durham’s blog from Monday with the event details, but if not, take a look at his post to get up to speed on the XChange event and Peder Ulander’s keynote that kicked off the event for Cisco.
On Monday and Tuesday we continued with excellent keynotes, tech symposiums and breakout sessions. I was also able to participate in some fantastic meetings where I got great feedback from partners on Cisco’s security strategy. You can rest assured I will take that back with me and continue shaping our strategy.
Your input is invaluable and I love coming to events like XChange in order to get that information directly from you. You never hesitate to let us know how we’re doing and it is much appreciated. It’s how we continue to provide partner programs that work for you.
While we’re talking about your feedback, I also wanted to thank you for providing your insight to The Channel Company, sponsors of XChange. They hand out the Annual Report Card (ARC) awards each year and those awards are based strictly on feedback from our partners.
This year, Cisco took home awards for:
- Collaboration Software – Cisco swept the category with wins in all three subcategories of product innovation, support and partnership.
- Enterprise Networking Infrastructure – Cisco completed another category sweep, taking the overall category.
- Converged Infrastructure Systems – Cisco took home a win in the important subcategory of product innovation.
I cannot express enough how much we appreciate the hard work and candid feedback from Cisco partners that allowed us to be honored with these awards. I don’t even consider this “tooting our own horn” because this really just shows how great our partner base is. We work hard to put great partner programs in place, but you are the ones that drive the success of those programs.
Cisco is a partner-centric company and we’re not about to change that approach. I know you understand the ever-increasing pace of change we are all facing. The digitization of the world continues to disrupt and we want to be sure that you are the ones doing the disrupting. Again, I thank you for powering Cisco to these awards. I urge you to take a moment and congratulate yourselves as well. These awards are as much yours as ours. Here’s to many more successes together in the future.
In the meantime, stay in touch with me via events like XChange and the partner blog. As always, I welcome your feedback in the comments section below.