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Cisco Partner Summit 2019 Preview: 5 Ways Cisco Is Helping Partners 'Perform'

Ahead of Cisco Partner Summit 2019, José van Dijk, vice president of Perform with Cisco's Global Partner Organization, shared how Cisco is helping partners to play at their peak, starting with simplifying the partnering process.

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Because of Cisco's size, complexity is high. But when complexity is high, the typical solution is to create another tool. Cisco has been hard at work to pare down the number of tools it foists on partners and combine resources so that they all live in the same place.

"We have over 150 tools we have been throwing at our partners and we have a spaghetti bowl of tools, but one of the big things we are doing is to make sure we have one platform for our partners. If you compare that platform to a house, that house will have many different doors where you can find any information about programs, a partner locator and account planning," she said.

For example, up until now, Cisco had eight different partner locator tools, van Dijk said, noting that Cisco plans on slowly combining or even killing tools that aren’t being utilized by partners.

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