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Top 5 Tips for the IT Professional

We asked the 2014 Cisco Champions what advice they would give to someone starting in the IT industry. Cisco Champions are seasoned IT technical experts and influencers who enjoy sharing their knowledge, expertise, and thoughts across the social web and with Cisco. The Cisco Champions program encompasses different areas of interest, such as Data Center, Internet of Things, Enterprise Networks, Collaboration and Security. Cisco Champions are located all over the world.
(Cisco Champions are not representatives of Cisco. Their views are their own)

Here are their top 5 tips.

1. Be a Specialist AND a Generalist
Specialize in your field, but keep general knowledge of related fields. So if you’re a networking expert, make sure to know servers, virtualization, storage and voice among others. You’ll thank yourself when you can troubleshoot problems that aren’t necessarily the network.
Benjamin Story
Benjamin Story
Network Engineer
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Happy Birthday, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure!

“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity”. ~ Plato

November 6, 2014 marked the one-year anniversary since the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) was officially announced in the ACI Launch Event at Waldorf Astoria, New York City. I had the privilege to attend the event; I thought to myself that if Cisco had picked NYC for an announcement that’s got to be serious. Also after living over 20 years in NYC/NJ area, I had never stepped in the historic Waldorf Astoria!

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The Evolution of Branch Connectivity

Over the past few weeks I’ve had the chance to come up from my rabbit hole of deployment projects and catch up on the tech news. In particular, the announcement at Interop New York where Cisco announced the new ISR 4400 family of routers along with a few other articles got me to thinking about how far branch office connectivity has come in the past decade or so and to a question: is one method of branch connectivity better than another?

In the Beginning…

In the past decade or so we have seen substantial change in how we connect to the internet and how fast we do so. Early on (circa early 2000s) the internet was fairly flat. Real time voice and video were still a thing of science fiction. In the enterprise we connected remote offices back to the central office via leased lines over a frame relay network. T1s were considered good and if you had a DS-3 link you must have been in a big IT shop. Compute services were limited to corporate email (Outlook/Exchange were the new kids on the block) and client/server based systems. Read More »

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 40. Catalyst (6k) VSS Quad Sup SSO

cisco_champions BADGE_200x200#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer Shawn Wargo about the Catalyst 6k and VSS. Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) moderates and Chris Nickl and Denise Fishburne are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts.

Listen to the Podcast.

Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE.
See a list of all #CiscoChampion Radio podcasts HERE.

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Shawn Wargo, Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer

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On Being Wrong

I have always found it easy to confidently stand on what I know. I have found it even easier to stand on what I think I know. The difficult part is finding the line where one becomes the other. When does confidence become overconfidence?

Sometimes, I only find out when my assumptions are proven wrong in the lab. When this happens, a lot of time and money gets wasted in reworking the design to follow the way things actually work. For the most part, I charge my customers a per-project rate and pay for such mistakes myself, impacting my own bottom line rather than the customer’s. Read More »

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