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Cisco Partner Summit 2015: Final Thoughts from Cisco Executives

May 7, 2015 - 0 Comments


Well, we’re starting to wind down our coverage of Cisco Marketing Velocity and Partner Summit 2015. I’ll put a bow on it and wrap everything up in my Weekly Rewind blog tomorrow, but we still have some ground to cover.

So far, I have recapped Marketing Velocity and day one, day two and day three of Partner Summit. In addition, since we closed out the show in Montreal last week, I have also brought you interviews with John Chambers, Rob Lloyd, Edison Peres and Sherri Liebo.

I had the opportunity to speak with several other Cisco executives last week as well, including our newly named CEO successor Chuck Robbins. I know your time is valuable, so I’ve condensed their thoughts into a couple of montage videos I’d like to share with you today. First, let’s take a look at what our executives have been hearing from partners during the past year:

As you can see, Cisco partners are concerned about many of the same things we talked about all week last week.

  • Profitable revenue growth
  • Transforming their businesses
  • What do partners sell today?
  • The difference services has made in the transition to digital companies
  • What should their role be in Cisco Intercloud
  • How does digitization affect them today

These were all items I touched on in interviews last week, and you can see that our executives have been listening. Karen Walker spoke to us at Marketing Velocity and really drilled right down to the core question all partners have. What do we do to make money with Cisco?

You saw Rowan Trollope follow that up by speaking about how partners can transform their business using collaboration technology, and how they can sell today and still tie into tomorrow’s technology. Edzard Overbeek spoke a bit about services and how that is making partners’ transitions to digital companies a little easier.

Nick Earle gave you a quick rundown on Cisco Intercloud and how partners can take advantage of that segment, and finally Chuck Robbins gave a little taste of how the ongoing digitization affects our partners right now.

As Chuck said, “There’s a lot going on this week!”

Indeed there was a great deal going on last week and I want to make sure you get what you need from our coverage, so how about one more video that lays out our executives key takeaways from Marketing Velocity and Partner Summit?

In this quick hitting montage, Edzard gives some insight on moving to the Internet of Everything (IoE), and Rowan talks about how the disruption going on right now ties into what his collaboration team is working on. Again, Karen nails it with her quote, “I think the most important takeaway for partners attending Partner Summit this year is to go work with our customers to disrupt, before they themselves are disrupted.”

Chuck points out how the Cisco Partner Ecosystem ties into the fabric of everything. Nick ties this one all up by showing how we laid out an Intercloud strategy last year and we’ve come through on our promise. Take a look at the video and let me know what you think:

I hope you’re enjoying my week of wrap up coverage. I will close everything out tomorrow, but I would love to hear your thoughts on how I’m doing covering Partner Summit and Marketing Velocity this year. Drop a comment below with your feedback!

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