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Cisco Back On Right Track As Partner Summit Looms

At Cisco's 2010 partner conference in San Francisco, the wounds from its supply chain and product shortage products cast a pall over the proceedings. That pall had grown into a cumulonimbus-size problem by the time last year's Partner Summit in New Orleans rolled around, as Cisco was just beginning a yearlong transformation involving an aggressive cost-cutting campaign.

Cisco may not be out of the woods yet, but the networking giant has certainly shown signs that it has solved some of the issues that have dogged it the past couple of years.

"I don't think they're ready to say 'mission accomplished,' but it is a less-congested network to get through and a more streamlined organization now," Kent MacDonald, vice president of business development at Long View Systems, a Calgary-based solution provider and Cisco Gold partner, told CRN.


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