Five fiscal years ago, only 3 individuals remained as months of interviews and screen tests concluded. None of us really knew what we were in for but it sounded interesting for sure. I had been in the sales field originally hired as an account manager, survived the job cuts of 2000 by re-casting myself as a security expert and became the first Security PSS of the South. I thought I was applying for a role in Cisco’s Speakers Bureau.
In August of 2006, Felicia Ferranti reached to introduce herself as the subject matter expert for our Unified Communications show. Felicia had been killing it as a sales rep in Los Angeles and she fit the profile for what TechWiseTV was chartered with: To scale the best messaging on the broadest reach platform.
Our trio was rounded out by a non-Cisco engineer we had not met right away. We were already hearing rumbling of his expertise as you could tell even in the final interview rounds if someone had already talked to him…the questions got a lot harder. We stole Jimmy Ray from HP where he was very well known as the engineer you wanted on your deals – did not matter what the tool or the technology was. He was (and is) the smartest, humblest, passionate SE you could find.
It was an incredibly confusing, tiring start to what is now, still tiring, but much more definable and certainly rewarding. Many people played a part in the early years and remain rooted as lynch pins in our history.
Before I go on – there are some workshops to check out – these are the awesome one-on-one interactive opportunities most often hosted by our chief geek Jimmy Ray: Check out ciscoworkshops.com for the latest.
This show has us going into Network Management again which is always of more interest than we initially projected – and, like we do with all our shows, we made an attempt at a theme…something we felt would resonate with our technically inclined audience. This is where our ‘anti-hero’ direction came from. Now why would anyone diss on hero’s?
Rivas is a city of 70,000 inhabitants, in the suburbs of Madrid. With only a cursory glance, Rivas looks very similar to perhaps thousands of others in Europe. On the inside however, it is one of the most innovative cities in the world. Several years ago, the Mayor of Rivas adopted a vision of putting “everything on IP”. The objective was to become a “zero emission” city by 2030, an ambitious goal shared only by one other city in Europe (Copenhagen, DK).
It is amazing to see just how much has been accomplished.
More details continue to flow from our recent Interop Road Trip to Vegas – our latest episode (TWTV91) for those keeping track is ready to go and there is a lot to cover. The biggest thing to follow here is Cisco Prime. ‘Prime’ is the name to look for on what is becoming a growing groundswell of numerous Cisco
management products that are getting overhauled with a consistent UI and functionality. Much is happening here already – its not a ‘wait and see what we are going to do,’ there is very solid progress…more than a shows worth actually, but the real benefit is what this continues to bring to us.
So what all can you expect out of this one?
Interop and all the Borderless Launch stuff of course, Cisco PRIME – Policy and Management comes alive, hands on details with NCS – Network Control Engine, ISE – Identity Services Engine, SecureX – Cloud Based Security and Cisco Insight Reporter. YES! All in one show…how did we do it? (secret presentation ninja skills my friend…and a great team…go to the end for a special ‘Behind the Scenes’ we did just for this series..)
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Popular portions of our ‘Intelligent Switches come out of the Closet” show continue to leak out on our podcast channel. In this segment we cover innovation here around TrustSec, MacSec, EnergyWise and so much more with the 3560-C and 2960-C series switches. These things pack a lot of punch into a small, very purpose built package.