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John Chambers Closes Partner Summit, Demonstrates New Ways to Collaborate

- May 4, 2010 - 0 Comments

Cisco Partner Summit 2010 came to a close last Thursday with Chairman and CEO John Chambers taking a retrospective look — what a difference a year makes! The landscape in June for Cisco Partner Summit 2009 was drastically different.

John kicked off the keynote by offering encouragement to partners, thanking them for their continued support, and for helping Cisco deliver innovative solutions to customers. From borderless networks, to new business models, to the push into 30-plus market adjacencies, it was clear that partners are integral to Cisco’s strategy

Video and networked collaboration are key and growth for both is based on the network as the platform. What will the enterprise of the future look like? The enterprise of the future will have a culture of change, driven by market transitions, and will have the network as the foundation.

To demonstrate the importance of video and the role is will play with networked devices, John walked through a retail collaboration example with Jim Grubb, Cisco’s Chief Demonstration Officer, using Cisco Quad collaboration software (the social networking platform), TelePresence, WebEx and a host of approximately 10 other solutions designed to change the way we collaborate and communicate.

In addition, John talked about his vision for the future, and how we get there together. At the heart, he said, partners are crucial to building the next generation of solutions and delivering them to customers. He finished his address to partners by stating, “Our commitment to you is to win together, to win and partner for life.”

The general session certainly covered a lot of ground, and we hope you came away with a few innovative ideas. Your brain tingling with ideas you want to share? Be sure to head to Channels Buzz partner community to trade insights with other partners, watch video recaps, continue chatting with execs, and to share insights you heard at Cisco Partner Summit 2010.

And while you’re on the Buzz, be sure to enter into the video contest. Here’s your chance to show us what the Partner Summit theme “Write the Rules, Own the Game” means to you. What innovations have you created? How do you differentiate yourself as a Cisco Partner? What are you doing to write the rules and own the game? The winner of the contest gets a US$1000 gift card, so be sure to enter to win.

Lastly, if you missed any of the executive chats, you can watch replays on the Channels UStream page where we’ve archived video chats with John Chambers, Padmasree Warrior, and Keith Goodwin (to name a few).

We’ll continue our coverage throughout the month as we have lots more from all of the events at Partner Summit, including guest speakers, networking events, and partner interviews

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