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Know Before You Go: Cisco Partner Summit 2012

- April 12, 2012 - 1 Comment

Finally! Partner Summit is just around the corner. The Cisco team is excited to see you in person, beginning on April 16 in sunny San Diego, California.

If you’re not going to be in San Diego, you can still attend virtually. Just tune in via Virtual Partner Summit (VPS), beginning on April 17. All you need to do is register.

So what are the big topics at Partner Summit? Cloud and Collaboration are definitely top of mind. There’ll also be some fantastic breakout sessions. Some of them include “The Virtualized Workspace—New Solutions and Programs” and “Get in the Driver’s Seat with Smart Services.” The smart services session is just one of Partner Summit’s business transformation sessions. Others feature Cisco’s evolving Partner Program portfolio and how to accelerate mid-market success.

You’ll hear keynotes and have the opportunity to participate in live chat with top executives and regional leaders such as John Chambers, Padmasree Warrior, Edison Peres, and Jim Sherriff,  to name a few. You can also join your regional theater breakouts covering topics for all the geographies.

Watch the video from our Roving Reporter to get all the details you need.

Keep reading to find out more about our Partner Summit Ambassadors, our new Roving Reporter, how to win an iPad or snag a t-shirt, the must-have checklist to help you navigate the event, and more.

Cisco Partners Become ‘Ambassadors’ at Partner Summit
In addition to the updates and news you’ll see from us at Cisco and our brand new Roving Reporter (see next subhead), we’re also thrilled to have, for the first time, some Cisco partners reporting on the event and providing their perspective.

Partners from BCI, Compugen, Force3, Logicalis, Presidio Networks, and Varrow will be our “Ambassadors” on the ground, attending onsite and virtually. Visit their blogs, follow them on Twitter, and “like” them on Facebook, so you get their view on the event. (And be sure to send us links to your blogs as well—we’re always interested to hear what our partners have to say.)

Twitter: @BCI_Answers

Twitter: @CompugenInc

Dimension Data
Twitter: @jackiefunk, @DimensionDataAM

Twitter: @Force3

Twitter: @logicalis

Presidio Networks
Twitter: @Presidio

Twitter: @TheJasonNash

Meet our Onsite and Online Roving Reporter
This year, I’ll be onsite with our brand new Roving Reporter—our mystery reporter gathering news and info just for you. Follow our Roving Reporter on Twitter—and if you think you spot him or her at the event on Wednesday, April 18, post a TwitPic of the Roving Reporter, tagging it #CiscoRovingReporter. The first five partners to submit a correct photo win a t-shirt. (Click here for complete details and rules.)

Want to Win an iPad? Don’t Miss our Daily ‘Favorite Quote’ Contest!
Live and virtual attendees have the chance to win one of four iPads. Simply post your favorite quote on Facebook through the suggestion box application; on Twitter tagging @Cisco_Channels #favequote; or as a comment on the Cisco Channels blog. We’ll review the submissions and select the lucky winners. (Click here for complete details and rules.)

Targeted News for our Partners from Cisco
Whether you’re a data center partner, interested in SMB-related news, or curious what’s happening in your region or country, we’ve created a “who to follow” list of partner-facing social accounts at Cisco.

This handy list offers accounts that will provide focused updates during Partner Summit as well as targeted Cisco partner news year-round. Head over to this link to follow these partner-focused social media accounts, in addition to Cisco Channels on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and the Channels Blog.

Don’t Forget Anything—Here’s Your Checklist for the Event

  • Attending online—register for Virtual Partner Summit
  • Download the Partner Summit app from the iTunes store or Google Play (we’re paperless this year)
  • Enter our daily Favorite Quote contest to win an iPad
  • Follow our Ambassadors, who’ll share their perspective on Partner Summit
  • Follow our Roving Reporter on Twitter and spot him/her to win prizes
  • Follow the #ciscops12 hash tag on Twitter, so you don’t miss any of the news or discussions taking place
  • For those attending onsite—bring comfortable shoes for all the walking and a big appetite for San Diego’s famous Mexican cuisine
  • “Like” the Cisco Channels Facebook fan page to stay up to date on Partner Summit news, post your photos, and chat about the event

Questions about the event? Post them here on the blog and we’ll be sure to get back to you!

See you at Cisco Partner Summit 2012 next week!


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