Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – April 11, 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:
And we’re back. After taking the last couple of weeks to attend and wrap up the coverage for Cisco Partner Summit we’re back in the normal swing of things with the Partner Weekly Rewind. Let’s get back to it…
Off the Top
Before we move away completely from Cisco Partner Summit 2014, I provided one last recap blog this week. Be sure to check out the final recap for this year’s event. It contains a couple of executive videos about what’s on partners’ minds and what the key takeaways were for this year’s Cisco Partner Summit. In addition, there is a highlight video at the end you don’t want to miss. It’s proof positive that we are indeed, Amazing Together.
Be sure to keep following our Partner Ambassadors from this year’s event and drop us a comment congratulating the winners of our social media contests!
Cisco Partner Summit will be in Montreal in 2015. I hope to see many of you there again, and if you can’t make the trip up to Canada, we will be providing full coverage through Virtual Partner Summit (VPS) and social media as always.
Monetizing the Shift to Cloud and Hybrid IT with Services
Raja Sundaram dropped by with a guest blog on Tuesday about the shift to a variety of new cloud models and how you can take advantage of that shift with services. As always, there is great insight from Raja and I know he would welcome your input on his blog as well. Check it out and give him your thoughts.
Recognition for Sales
Ever wonder what really motivates the sales force? Of course you have. We all work toward keeping the sales force motivated and recognize often. Karin Surber kicked off a new series with us on the Channels Blog this week about just how important that motivation really is. You will even learn how Cisco is motivating our partners through Cisco Rewards. I highly recommend reading her blog, as she has great understanding of sales, having worked in that field for more than 18 years.
2014 Cisco Learning Partner Awards
Cisco recognized several winners at the Global Learning Partner Conference in Las Vegas on March 23. Rachel Forke gave us an update this week on the winners and the focus of the awards. Stop by and congratulate those that took home awards this year!
Sell More to Midsize Customers
A new guide from Cisco shows you how to open new conversations with customers and grow your midmarket business. The Midsize Solutions Guide for Partners helps you focus on Midmarket, which presents a huge opportunity for you to win new business. With about 1.4 million midsize customers worldwide, it’s packed with potential and is growing fast. Be sure to check out the guide.
Cisco Certified Refurbished Equipment Now Available in CCW
Cisco Certified Refurbished Equipment (CCRE) is now live for quoting and ordering directly in Cisco Commerce Workspace (CCW). Remember, the inventory for CCRE is constantly changing but there is an option to request a 14-day reservation. For more information, visit the website. And check out the video announcing the integration.
When Wireless Goes Wrong
See what happens when your access points don’t do the job. Learn how to take full advantage of 802.11ac, for high density excellence, indoor location services and application visibility.
- Wim Elfrink examines Amsterdam and the Internet of Everything
- Dan Kern looks at manufacturing in America
- Xander Uyleman wonders about the end of support for Windows XP
- Nicolaas Smit started a new energy blog series
- Bob Dennis examines the cost of video
Keep An Eye Out
- Swing by the Cisco Partner Event calendar for the latest information on Cisco partner gatherings