I’ll get right to the point. If you’re not registered for Cisco Partner Summit, register now. Go ahead, then come back. I’ll wait.

Everything Possible. You proved it.

Everything Possible. That’s our theme. And I know it resonates with our distis and partners, because whenever I turn to you with a request, you deliver. Look at what we did in FY21. Remarkable growth – in the midst of a once-in-a-generation crisis. The pandemic stalled many businesses and activities. But not Cisco distributors and partners. And Partner Summit is where we shift into high gear for the year ahead – here are the sessions my team and I have been working on for you.

Just for Disti

To bring you up to date on the latest products, programs, and offers, I’ll be joined by colleagues within Global Distribution. We’ve put together a series of offers and we’ve designed solutions to give you and your customers unique advantages. Much of the world has begun opening up, often in a hybrid way, so you will especially like the news we have for you regarding the opportunities in SaaS and SASE. Appropriately, our session is called “Our Future will arrive as-a-service” (BIS18). So put this one on your radar.

An Inflection Point in our SMB Growth Opportunity

SMBs are on the mend, and they’re looking to take advantage of how cloud and SaaS can put their business opportunities on a par with large enterprises. So, be sure to join Sarah Eccleston, VP Global Small Business Segment, and me to learn about “An Inflection Point in our Growth Opportunity” (BIS22). It’s all great news.

Announcing a new program to expand opportunity and save the planet

Finally, I know you’re all as concerned as I am about the environment. You have your own sustainability goals, just as your customers do. The good news — we can all make critical progress in meeting our sustainability goals together.  Cisco has a plan. And to help you take advantage of our plan, filled with opportunities and incentives, I’ll be joined by Fran Katsoudas, EVP and Chief People, Policy, and Purpose Officer. We’ll show you how to help your customers get rid of their legacy hardware – securely, easily, and sustainably. We’ll show you how to by-pass any backlogs and secure Cisco hardware immediately – at a discount. And we’ll tell you about a program that helps you refresh customers’ hardware and increase your own profitability. Join Fran and me at “New Partner Program: Cisco Sustainability- Good for Business, Good for the Planet” (BIS07).

Celebrate a bit. Prepare for the future.

Partner Summit is one of my favorite times of the year, even though this year we won’t see each other in person. But you can see all our executives virtually. As always, we have great information prepared for our partners and, because we’re playing it safe by being virtual, it’s easy to attend – from the comfort of your own home office, any time that works for you. No choosing which session you want to see most – see them all.

See you online and at Partner Summit.

Good selling.



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Andrew Sage

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Global Distribution & Small Business Sales