Partnering for collaboration leadership
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IBM and Cisco partner to provide best in class collaboration solutions
By Jeff Schick, Vice President, IBM Social Software
How you define success? Some may define success by financial gain, others by the positive impact they have made on people’s lives. If you read my last blog, you know IDC has recently named IBM the market leader for Social Software for the fifth year in a row. This accolade is but one strong indicator of our success. Another is our ability to work side by side with our customers and partners to consistently provide the right set of dynamic capabilities our customers need to support their markets and customers, and accelerate growth and profitability.
Much of IBM’s success today can be attributed to this commitment to our customers. Plain and simple, when you put the customer first, higher market share and profits will follow. This commitment has also shaped our successful IBM Connections platform approach. Our customers aren’t looking to “check the box’ on collaboration. They don’t want a standalone, underutilized point solution. They require an integrated collaboration platform, one with a robust ecosystem of partners that can integrate existing applications and develop new business value. That’s what we have built and will continue to improve.
One such partner in the IBM Connections ecosystem is Cisco, a long-standing strategic partner with IBM. Our partnership with Cisco delivers technology solutions that help our customers succeed. It’s also a partnership that requires transparency and mutual understanding to create, maintain and nurture trust with our clients and stakeholders. To be successful we must understand Cisco’s business model and they must understand ours. I have personally worked with the Cisco Collaboration team for many years. I continue to work closely with Rowan Trollope, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Cisco Collaboration, for even more ways to improve our partnership.
So what can I tell you about IBM’s partnership with Cisco? It’s consistent with how Cisco treats all their partners as they go to market:
With strategic partners like Cisco, the future is bright for IBM Connections, its ecosystem, and most importantly our customers. I would encourage you to watch 2 webcasts which will demonstrate why IBM is successful and consistently leading the social software market.
First, our recent virtual launch, Collaborate or be Left Behind: Leading in the Digital Frontier, is now available for replay. Hear from IBM customers who have built business success through their social business transformation, and see the latest developments in IBM social software.
Secondly, join us June 25 for an interactive live demonstration of IBM Connections 5 to see how IBM can help your employees, customers and citizens be more engaged and innovative, anytime, anywhere. We will also illustrate how IBM can help you migrate to IBM Connections.