I am off in a few hours to Lisbon, Portugal for Cisco Systems’s Channel Exchange event.

This conference brings in the top channel editors from around the world and it is basically a seat at the table with Cisco’s top channel people to discuss ways of improving the networking giant’s channel offerings.

Cisco’s top channel executives from every theatre will be there along with Channel Chiefs Keith Goodwin and Edison Peres.

I will be blogging about the event over the course of the week. So stay tuned.

Now for Julie Parrish. NetApp made something practically everyone knew official today.

There are many questions that need answering from her. I do not expect Parrish to be tight lipped about any of her plans. My biggest question is why would you want to leave a big company for a smaller one. After having lunch with NetApp vice-chairman Tom Mendoza I can see why anyone would want to work under him. He is a man who likes to do things right the first time. He is a great leader too. For example, Mendoza two weeks ago was meeting with people from Wall Street to basically tell them to keep their chins up and not get down on themselves. He was also there to try to instill that the IT industry is very relevant now more than ever.

That in my opinion is true leadership. There is a crisis and instead of waiting to see what happens or hunkering down and waiting out the storm Mendoza is actually going out and trying to do something about it.

I wish Parrish the best of luck.

One quick hit before I go. Looks like Sheldon Rose has left Maverick. He just took over the high tech practice there a few months ago.

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