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Partner Summit 2012: John Chambers Shares Cisco’s Partner-Centric Strategy

- April 25, 2012 - 0 Comments

Last week’s Partner Summit brought together thousands of Cisco partners, both onsite and virtually. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

John Chambers, our Chairman and CEO, also had a great experience at the summit and took time out to chat with the Channels blog team about his overall strategy and experience at the event. He shared his observations about the summit’s key takeaways for partners, including Cisco’s emphasis on being a partner-centric company, a clear vision of where the market is headed and a roadmap for execution, and a commitment to continuing to listen to partners.

“We are committed to our partners,” he said. “As a company that does 80 percent of business through our partners, that will not change.”

At Cisco, partners are part of our extended team, part of our company’s DNA, so we’d like to recognize the winners of our Partner Awards that Cisco executives announced during the Partner Summit Global Awards Reception last week. We’d also like to recognize the winners of our Quote Contest. Congratulations to all of our partners!

Want to see who won?

Partner Awards were for the time period from October 28, 2010 to October 25, 2011. Congratulations to all of our global (below) and theatre award winners.

Partner of the Year – Americas CDW
Partner of the Year – APJC Dimension Data Asia Pacific
Architectural Excellence – Borderless Networks Net One Systems Co., Ltd.
Architectural Excellence – Collaboration World Wide Technology, Inc.
Architectural Excellence – Data Center Forsythe
Partner of the Year – Cisco Capital Wipro Limited
Partner of the Year – Cloud ECCOM Network System Co., Ltd.
Partner of the Year – Commercial Step Logic
Distributor of the Year Ingram Micro
Partner of the Year – EMEAR Dimension Data South Africa
Partner of the Year – Enterprise Promon Logicalis
Partner of the Year – Learning Firefly Communications, LLC
Partner of the Year – Public Sector Bell Canada
Partner of the Year – Service Provider AT&T Inc.
Partner of the Year – Services IBM Canada Ltd.
Partner of the Year – Solution Innovation Block Solutions

And here are the winners of our Quote Contest, who are each receiving an iPad:

  • “Average is over and above average is over in 3-5 years.” John Chambers, submitted by Mark Davis
  • “We have to create a new workspace, not a new workplace.” Padmasree Warrior, submitted by Chris Gabriel
  • “We believe it is innovation that not only allows us to lead markets, but Make Markets.” Padmasree Warrior submitted by Gregg Lantz
  • “You can have the biggest budget OR You can be the most Fascinating.” Sally Hogshead submitted by Kurt Nordquist

Congratulations again to all of our partners! We hope you enjoyed Cisco Partner Summit 2012. See you next year in Boston!

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