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Cisco Partner Summit 2022: CEO Chuck Robbins’ Top 5 Quotes

Gina Narcisi

‘We’ve got stuff going on in the cloud marketplaces that we didn’t have before, we’ve got partners delivering as-a-service today, we’ve got the new SASE [Cisco Plus] offer out in the marketplace. There’s a few things we definitely still need to do, but there’s an awful lot of offers that are out there today for customers,’ Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins said during the summit this week.

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Energy ran high at this year’s Cisco Partner Summit as the tech giant came together with partners for the first time in-person since the start of the pandemic. And there were a couple of big-ticket items on everyone’s mind.

Cisco has been on a transformational journey, moving away from hardware and into more software, services, and recurring revenue in recent years. But there’s no denying that the supply chain has affected Cisco and the rest of the tech industry over the last two years. Those challenges in getting gear has trickled into Cisco Plus, the company’s everything as a service (XaaS) push as these offers, while consumption-based and finically attractive to customers, still require hardware.

At the same time, Cisco is leaning on its partners to come to the table with managed services offers, and business is good for these partners. Customers are demanding these bundled solutions because they are looking for business outcomes, and partners are looking for Cisco’s help to scale their managed services practices.

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins sat down with press and analysts at Cisco Partner Summit 2022 for a candid conversation around some of the biggest trends hitting the tech industry, including sustainability, the groundswell of demand around full-stack observability, and why XaaS is still a priority for the tech giant despite macro trends that are acting as headwinds.

Here’s what Robbins had to say this week at the event in Las Vegas.

 
Gina Narcisi

Gina Narcisi is a senior editor covering the networking and telecom markets for CRN.com. Prior to joining CRN, she covered the networking, unified communications and cloud space for TechTarget. She can be reached at gnarcisi@thechannelcompany.com.

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