On behalf of the entire Programs Portfolio team, I am thrilled to announce that for the eighth year in a row, our Cisco Channel Partner Program has earned the 5-star ranking by CRN and is listed in CRN’s 2019 Partner Program Guide. And for the third year, our Cloud and Managed Services Program (CMSP) earned the prestigious 5-Star ranking.

The 2019 CRN Partner Program Guide is the Solution Provider’s definitive guide to the best partner programs. Included in the Partner Program list are technology vendors that service solution providers or provide products through the IT Channel.

Programs help you differentiate your business

The award-winning Channel Partner Program provides many ways for our partners to differentiate  their business from their competition through a myriad of solutions, training, tools, rewards, and support to promote profitable growth and customer satisfaction. Moving forward, we are excited about transforming the Program to more recurring revenue opportunities for our partners’ business!

Perform today and transform for tomorrow with Partner Programs

As our customers, partners and Cisco evolve to address the digitization effort underway, we listen to partner feedback to create programs that help us both perform for today and transform for tomorrow. We recognize our partners need to strike the right balance between running today’s business and investing for future growth.

As mentioned in my last blog, we have exciting things to come for our thriving Partner Programs. For example, we recently enhanced our programs to help partners specialize in select markets, register deals more quickly, and get incentives faster. But that was only the beginning! Soon, partners will have even more innovative program options to help add new capabilities centered around skills needed to find buying centers in Lines of Business, capture the entire lifecycle opportunity, and create additional value by developing custom solutions.

We are excited about this next wave. Stay tuned for future blogs around simplified enrollment, rewarding sellers, and launching a new category of specializations.

Let us know what you think in the comment section below and be sure to learn more about Cisco Partner Programs.


Sandra Flinders

Senior Director

Global Partner Programs