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Posted by Jonathan Silber on March 8, 2012
Cisco’s annual partner marketing conference, Partner Velocity, wrapped up in Las Vegas last week. Two hundred and thirty-five partners from 24 countries were in attendance to witness Cisco’s recently appointed VP of global partner marketing, Amanda Jobbins, sing her heart out during the closing ceremony. I can confidently confirm that she passed her trial by fire with flying colors and her future at Cisco (or Glee, if she decides to pursue that path) is fully secured.
I had the pleasure to sit down with approximately 15 partners over the course of the three-day event. Here’s what the event looked like throughthe lens of partners’ marketing professionals:
This was my first time attending a partner event focused exclusively on marketing enablement and innovation. I can honestly say that I drank the “Partner-Led” Kool-Aid and walked away believing Velocity is a clear differentiator for Cisco. If the company delivers on its promise to provide ongoing physical and virtual educational programs for all its partners (not just top partners), it will solidify its position as a maturing partner favorite. Velocity did the job it was intended to do, and I left the event with three key takeaways:
Overall, it was a solid event, and Cisco seems to be headed down the right path. If it brings back keynote speakers like Peter Hinssen and Jeffrey Hayzlett (and perhaps invites Forrester’s own Kim Celestre), Velocity could grow significantly in size next year due to popular demand. For all you marketing professionals out there, what do you think of the effort of vendors like Cisco – along with Microsoft, Juniper Networks, and Asigra – to marketing-enable their channel partners?
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