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WRAP UP: Cisco Live! Melbourne 2014

Wow! Cisco Live! 2014 in Melbourne was officially the largest Cisco Live! we have ever had in the A/NZ region.  4,275 customers, partners, analysts, press, exhibitors and employees registered for the event, which took place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre last week.

Running parallel with the general program was a dedicated stream for media where we showcased a range of customer case studies, held panel discussions on a range of topics from Internet of Everything (IoE) to cloud, and presented Cisco’s vision for the future.

Some of the highlights of the press program include:

Customer site visit: Lifestyle Working, Collins Street:Lifestyle Working Collins Street is a union of modern architecture, intelligent networking and interior design. All the IT systems as well as building management systems (CCTV, elevators, lights etc) are converged on the Cisco intelligent network. We took media on a tour of the facility, hosted by Ed Horton, the founder and director of The Stable Group, who in a joint venture with Lend Lease developed the building. Images of the site visit are available here.

Going from strength to strength in the data centre: Courtney Dodds, Manager of the A/NZ data centre portfolio, addressed media on Cisco’s performance in the data centre market. Joining Courtney was Soni Jiandani, SVP for Insieme Networks business unit as well as a special guest customer, Craig Warren, the Infrastructure Services Director from Deakin University. Together the three presenters painted an interesting picture on how Cisco is working with customers to provide advantages in the data centre space. This tied in with the fact that we’re celebrating the fifth anniversary of Cisco Unified Computing System. Check out this cool infographic we put together to celebrate.

State of the business update: Ken Boal, Cisco A/NZ Vice President and Geoff Lawrie, Country Manager for New Zealand, talked to media in Melbourne about the “state of play” for Cisco in the region. Both executives discussed the evolutions in culture and philosophy at Cisco and how it is changing the way the company does business by increasing its focus on business outcomes. The update followed on from the keynote speech from Wim Elfrink, Chief Globalisation Officer, who talked about how the Internet of Everything is being adopted throughout the world. See pictures of the keynote speech here.

The Internet of Everything panel discussion: The IoE panel saw Cisco’s CTO Kevin Bloch, host four of Cisco’s customers and partners in the Internet of Everything space. So what did we learn at the panel? (The full presentation from the panel is available here)

Customer site visit: Emergency Services Integrated Communications Vehicle: Des Bahr the Chairman of the National Safety Agency walked journalists through the Emergency Services Integrated Communications (ESIC) Vehicle, a prototype command centre for emergency services response teams. The ESIC Vehicle is host to a range of Cisco technologies including TelePresence, IP video phones and Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and an intelligent wired and wireless network. For more information, see media release here.

World of many clouds: Considering all the hype around the cloud, we thought it would be pertinent to take a closer look at how cloud computing technology is being deployed. We hosted a panel moderated by Sam Gerner, Cisco’s Director for Cloud Strategy and Partners. Joining Sam Gerner at the event was (pictured here):

Celebrating the success of women in business: We also held a lunch hosted by the Cisco Empowered Women Network to celebrate the success of women in business.

The launch event at Cisco Live Melbourne saw leading women share their stories. Jane Caro , published author, lecturer, speaker and broadcaster, shared her thoughts on women in business and moderated a discussion with other successful woman, including:

  • Renee Bowker – CEO, Telcos Together
  • Janet Ramey – VP Technical Services, Cisco Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China
  • Ros Harvey –  Founding Director,  Sense-T

On the same day, we were pleased to announce that Cisco has become a gold member in the not-for profit organisation Females in IT and Telecommunications (FITT) network (see press release on FITT website).

All in all, Cisco Live was a resounding success and we are already looking forward to Cisco Live! 2015 (March 17-20, 2015). What were your highlights? Anything you would like to see done differently? Feel free to comment below.

For more images, including from the customer appreciation event, please visit the Cisco Live Melbourne Flickr page.

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