Rackspace was excited this week to host our inaugural Partner Leadership Council, a forum through which Rackspace and a nominated group of select partners mapped out a strategy for future growth together.
The partner council charter members visited Rackspace’s San Antonio headquarters, The Castle, for two days of sessions and networking that highlighted Rackspace’s product roadmap, stronger partnership opportunities and cloud vision. The event also featured in-depth conversations with Rackspace executives; channel leaders and founders; and included a roundtable question and answer session between partners and executives hosted by Joe Panettieri, editorial director for MSPmentor, The VAR Guy and Talkin’ Cloud.
As part of the two-day forum, the partners were immersed in the Rackspace culture and history, along with getting the low-down on our trademark Fanatical Support. Those partners also underwent the Strengths Assessment, a must for all new Rackspace employees, or Rackers, and had a session in which their top five strengths were discussed.
The overall goal was to strengthen partnerships while giving these partners the full Rackspace experience, or “Rackerize” them, while encouraging them to become Fanatical Partner Ambassadors.
The event acted as the kick off for the Partner Leadership Council, which will hold two annual in-person meetings and two web conference calls. Rackspace created the Partner Leadership Council as a way to get feedback from our partners and understand how we are meeting the needs of the partnership. It also gives partners the opportunity to offer Rackspace valuable feedback on customer requirements, business strategies and technical direction, which will help partners better address their markets, customers and create opportunities to guide the future development and delivery of Rackspace services and offerings.
We sincerely appreciate the time our council members have invested in this important initiative and their valuable insight and feedback will help us further enhance the Rackspace Partner Program for our entire partner community.