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Cisco Live Berlin 2016 Pre-Event Perspective

This year’s Cisco Live event in Berlin (Feb 15th – 19th) is the first time visiting the historical city to host our eagerly anticipated customer and partner event. It also happens to be the first time I have traveled to Germany. With the event fast approaching the excitement around the office is suitably building as are my personal nerves for such an important event.

I am fortunate enough to attend Berlin as my second Cisco Live event after attending Milan in 2013 as a Millennial in the IT Management track. I was amazed at the content shared from Cisco and partners as well as the on-going participation from within the room. This year I will be joining a strong Cisco IT team on our booth within the World of Solutions, with an excellent opportunity to engage directly with our customers. These interactions will share how we are leveraging our own technology to support Cisco’s growing business. The floor is very atmospheric with thousands of technology enthusiasts and I cannot wait.

Intelligent Proximity on Collaboration Devices, Connected Lighting, Smart Spaces, Internet of Things, Security and Application Centric Infrastructure are just some of the experiences awaiting for you on the IT booth. These insights supply a handful of the information available at the entire event.

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Cisco IT’s User Experience Playbook: Shared Goals and Accountability

When we talk about user experience (UX), we raise the importance of better UX design and a better user interface, along with the ability for us to make UX pervasive. What we’re really trying to establish, the bottom line, is a cultural change as to how we approach these priorities. How can we make pervasive UX part of our DNA and embed it in our operating model, enable innovation through continuous delivery in a way that surprises and delights our clients? In Cisco IT, we created a User Experience Playbook with the following five chapters:

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Our IT Millennial Team Experience at Cisco Live! LATAM 2015

It’s been one month since our big Cisco Live! Event in Cancun. We can’t stop thinking of all the amazing people we had the privilege of meeting including many of our Cisco partners and customers. Throughout the week we interacted and interviewed many individuals from across Latin America. What a great opportunity this was!

Everyone we talked to shared his or her enthusiasm and hopes for the digital future.

A few highlights from the interviews:

Are you ready for the digital era?

“I don’t thinks so! There’s still so much to learn but that’s why I am here [at IT Management Program], I want to learn, and I want to discover what new technologies Cisco is offering.”

What are you most excited for?

“I am excited to go back home, and share everything I’ve learned with my boss so that we can start implementing some of these [Cisco] technologies.”

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Bringing Context-Aware Security to Applications

Are you really who you say you are? This has long been the key question and the key challenge in managing user access to corporate networks and IT systems. In recent years, capabilities for context-aware security have expanded this WHO question to identify the WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, and HOW details for each login attempt at the network level. Now, a planned deployment of application connector software for the Cisco Identity Services Engine (Cisco ISE) will extend our context-aware security down to the application level.

How Context Awareness Supports More Control

Network security has traditionally operated on trust that the person behind a login name and password is indeed the right one. The problem is when hackers capture usernames and passwords. They can simply login and access anything authorized for that user, even the most sensitive data and most critical systems. Context-aware security limits that open access by evaluating more factors in the login and detecting variations from the user’s norms.

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Cancún From the Booth

So it looks like we finally made it through the Cisco Live Cancún 2015 experience! Oh yes we did. And it all happened by the warm turquoise Caribbean waters. And again all our Cisco IT teams delivered a stellar performance!

On one side the IT management team set the stage on fire, with Guillermo, Lance, Katty, Plamen, John, Illeana as the main fire-starters. Lots of passionate and engaging IT management sessions delivered to a massive audience composed by partners and customers from all over Latin America. Pure IT Salsa dancing with more than 5000 registered attendees!

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