Partner-Weekly-Rewind-v2Every Friday, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories of the week, as well as point you to important Cisco-related content you may have missed along the way. Let’s have it.

Off The Top

We’re continuing to evolve our leadership team inside the Worldwide Partner Organization (WWPO), and as you hopefully saw earlier today, we’re once again moving a familiar face into a new role. Andrew Sage, well-known for his work with Small Business channels and most recently as VP, Worldwide Partner Led, is taking over as our new VP, Americas Distribution.

“Andrew will be responsible for all aspects of sales, marketing, operations and logistics for the Americas Distribution Channel, which represents over $6.3 billion in revenue and is a cornerstone of our Partner-Led sales strategy,” wrote Julie Hens, VP, Worldwide Distribution and Wendy Bahr, SVP, Americas Partner Organization, on the Channels blog Friday.

Send congratulations to Andrew, and read on for all of this week’s hot topics. 

Midmarket Momentum

Speaking of Partner Led and Cisco’s midmarket channel strategy, there’s a lot we’re doing to keep that momentum going. As Gordon Mackintosh, director, SMB sales, wrote this week, partners should consider the major midmarket announcements from this year’s Cisco Partner Summit as only the beginning of the journey ahead.

“Stay tuned as we announce even more support resources, incentives, marketing campaigns and partner community forums for Select Partners in the coming months,” Gordon says. “Remember: Today | Tomorrow | Together we can capture this global midmarket opportunity!”

Check out Gordon’s discussion and a video where he highlights out the priorities for Cisco and partners in the lucrative midmarket.

Cisco, Microsoft and Joint Partner Power

If you’ve been following the action at this week’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston, you probably caught our major announcements, including that Cisco and Microsoft will be providing a range of resources to joint partners going after opportunities in the data center.

Along with go-to-market alignment, we also confirmed the following Microsoft-centric updates:

Good Reads

Highlights from around Cisco this week:

Keep An Eye Out