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Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem 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

Wow. Another week went by just like that. Around here, we continue to prep for Cisco Marketing Velocity and Partner Summit 2016, kicking off on February 29th.

This morning I asked ‘Are You Ready for Cisco Partner Summit and Marketing Velocity 2016?’ and provided everything you need to know to participate this year, whether you are attending in person, virtually or tracking via social medial. Be sure to check that out!

Cisco Live Berlin

I wasn’t in Berlin for Cisco Live Europe this week, but I was able to follow along via social media and the event hashtag: #CLEUR. I encourage you to take a moment to visit the hashtag and view the top tweets from the week. It’s amazing how much you can learn from an event by doing that. As far as I can tell, the partner presence there continues to grow by leaps and bounds each year.

This was one of my favorite tweets from the event:

Were you there? Tell me your Cisco Live Berlin Story in the comments below!

We also had a couple launches at Cisco Live Europe that are important for partners:

Cisco Launches NGFW

On Tuesday, we launched the industry’s first fully integrated, threat-focused Next Generation Firewall. NGFW is fully integrated to cut cost and complexity while enabling greater focus and insight with robust management.

Partners, you can visit the launch page for more information and everything you need to know to start delivering to your customers.

Also, see why CRN says we’re “Beefing Up Red-Hot Security Portfolio” with this launch.

Cisco Rolls out New Digital Solutions for Partners

On Wednesday, Cisco introduced new offers and validated, purpose-built solutions that bring together hardware, software, services, and Cisco partner technologies, all designed to:

  • Improve the customer and workforce experience
  • Gain efficiencies by converging multiple building networks
  • Transform business models and processes

Partners can now start accelerating digital transformation with these new solutions and offers for Customer Experience, Workforce Experience and Digital Ceiling.

Visit our Digital Solutions partner page now to get started.

Zeus Kerravala sums up what this means to partners in this Network World article.

Partners Showcased in Cisco Powered Booth 

Partner activities on the show floor did not just stop at our partners’ booths. For the first time at Cisco Live EMEAR, we hosted a group of our partners to do a demo in the Cisco Powered booth, which was within the Cisco Campus of the World of Solutions.

Various Cisco partners all joined us to show us their cloud demos at the demo pods in the CP booth. Not only did this allow our partners to leverage the audience of the Cisco campus, it showed how important our partner ecosystem is at Cisco and how tightly aligned we are.

The Drive to Digitization and the Impact on Your Business and Customers

Karin Surber is always tying together sales and the biggest topics of our industry. This month, she talks about digitization and the impact, or potential impact, it can have on partners.

She also shares four valuable insights to help ensure your customers succeed with you in the digitization era. Go on, check it out!

Keep an Eye Out: Partner Promotions, Updates, Events and More…


Darek Rensing

No Longer with Cisco