HP Vs. Cisco: Battle Of The Partner Conferences


8. Executive Access

CISCO: Executives were readily available to partners throughout the summit and there were no complaints from Cisco partners about not getting what they needed. Cisco CEO John Chambers met privately with key channel partners, according to sources.

HP: Attendees mingled freely with HP execs like Senior Vice President, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking (ESSN) Randy Seidl (pictured) at the conference, but the clincher for some key partners was an hours-long private dinner with Mark Hurd.

VERDICT: When the CEO of the world’s biggest IT vendor breaks bread with VARs, it’s an easy call to give this one to HP.

EDGE: HP