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Insiders Guide to Cisco Career Certifications

September 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

You can watch this show starting September 3Specialization is the name of the game these days when it comes to being distinct. The markets have of course been in uproar and there are more people now chasing fewer jobs. No matter what your current situation is, the writing on the wall says that those of us with demonstrable skills will rise above those who don’t. A certification is of course a very straightforward way to document your expertise. The Cisco certifications have held up well in the industry largely due to their increasing complexity reflective of how much technology continues to be interwoven with enterprise success. We taped this show at CiscoLive! recently and laid a foundation to get quite a few opinions -- including of course Jimmy Ray Purser. Jimmy Ray is more certified than he will let on -- he has a passion for lifelong learning that make him a joy to work with. As we usually do, we can’t cover a topic from front to back…we have to choose which areas to dive into. Each of our segments for this show follow a logical path of recognizing that there has been a marked increase in the specialization available within a traditional cert and many of you may be looking for guidance on why one might be better than another…and if you are new to it, then maybe a few pointers on the things that could trip you up. Your very best link for ‘more info’ on this entire show is the Learning @ Cisco Community I cannot overstate the value of the content and the interactivity available here Read More »

Microsoft Office Communicator

September 1, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Tina Shakour caught up with Adam Czech at CiscoLive to talk about the Cisco integration with Microsoft Office Communicator Read More »

Global Correlation for IPS

August 25, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Don’t just tell me something went wrong…go ahead and stop it. Read More »

Slides Don’t Kill Presentations

August 19, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

There has been a consistent thread of conversation lately about presentations, use of slides and how to work with guests on TV. My personal objective on TechWiseTV is for us to keep pushing the envelope on creativity so that we can ideally reshape the current notions of corporate video. Cisco, as a company, has been using video as a communications medium for quite some time but I am also seeing where we have developed many bad habits. I don’t think these are intentional actually…I think they are reflective of multiple realities. One awesome thing for a ‘communicator’ working at Cisco has been its early adoption of high quality video capture. We have been blessed with multiple high quality studios in San Jose (other locations outside the US as well), that will provide any person within Cisco have access to good lighting, sound, quality video capture, live streaming both internally and externally and fantastic people to help you simplify the process. Our studios continue to do a very good job of providing an easy to use platform for ‘telling your story.’ In the interest of time and fast moving objectives these resources are designed to easily accommodate the one crutch we have all grown to over-depend on however: PowerPoint Slides. The path of least resistance has become for us to try and replicate the way in which we present but to now put it on video. The result is a lot of boring video. The standard corporate look of two video windows -- one for the person reading their script to camera (much more on that subject later) and the other window for slides…lots of text and hopefully some helpful visuals. Sound familiar? This makes sense for reasons of efficiency but given a bit more time and understanding, the exact same tools can be used in a much more interesting fashion that will benefit the audience. I want to talk about this issue with slides however first. Read More »

Focus on Energy – No Flash in the Pan

August 13, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

It is really good to see such long term, focused attention being given to energy issues. We have done multiple shows on ‘Green’ subjects over the last few seasons: Network Energy Efficiency with a great pre-launch dig into the Cisco EnergyWise additions to IOS as well as a show focused on the mother of energy consumption for many companies -- the data center. This is where we first met Rob Aldrich, a fantastically passionate advocate for efficiency who maintains some great entries at our Cisco Green Blog. Be sure to give it a look. The reason for today’s post however is to bring your attention to our latest podcast featuring an old friend of the show, Ramesh Bijor. Ramesh was all over Jimmy Ray again this year at CiscoLive to make sure we got a good look at his Cisco EnergyWise demo. The concepts are simple to digest I think but profound in their long term outlook. Jimmy Ray does a good job as usual of digging behind the initial veneer of the technology:We both have good memories of working with Ramesh Read More »