I arrived in Las Vegas Monday for the 20th annual Cisco Live conference for networkers and felt the positive buzz and excitement throughout the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. There was amazing energy, particularly at the keynote speeches – joining the audience of 15,000 in person (and 40,000 virtual attendees) was very exciting. It was the most positive feeling I’ve ever experienced at this conference.
Contributing to the upbeat tone was the social media buzz – the level of Tweets before, during and following the event confirmed the appreciative mood from attendees. Cisco Live drove a lot of Twitter traffic with nearly 2500 tweets! Moreover, the messages from CEO John Chambers, CTO Padmasree Warrior and CIO Rebecca Jacoby really resonated with the attendees. “Tweeps” were complimentary of the overall experience of the event, booths and the speakers.
I was able to spend a lot of time with industry analysts from Gartner, Forrester and IDC – those conversations validated the direction for our collaboration and video strategies. Equally important is their excitement and support for collaboration deployment inside Cisco. Analysts view how we are driving business process through our Integrated Workforce Experience powered by Cisco Quad as critically important – they are also interested in ways we are considering to accelerate the access of apps through Cisco AppHQ.
AppHQ – our enterprise app center – is a very interesting opportunity for us to create business apps for employees that can be used on any device, anywhere, anytime. More to follow on this!
I also had an opportunity to meet with customers while in Las Vegas. The customer conversation about collaboration has shifted from “how do we implement?” to “where do we start?” In addition, customers fully appreciate the value of how Cisco Quad is an integrated platform and how it can interoperate with the existing technology already deployed in their enterprise. This is a significant differentiator and a value-add to the overall Quad platform.
It was gratifying to see that Cisco customers and analysts are generally supportive of the direction Cisco is headed in – they are pleased to see progress across our product suites as well as our continued offering of more services.