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Collaboration Notes from Cisco Live: Tuesday Recap

May 21, 2014 at 12:51 am PST

There’s an advantage to having events in different buildings of the Moscone Center. You get to go outside and enjoy the great weather. Just watch out for the birds in Yerba Buena Gardens once things quiet down a bit – I got dive-bombed by an avian aviator. 

Enough about me. What was up with Collaboration on Tuesday? Plenty.

Rowan Trollope and Hans Hwang closed out the afternoon sessions with the Collaboration Technology Keynote, providing a closer look at the new desktop collaboration experiences, including the DX80, DX70, and Collaboration Meeting Rooms. Wearing bright red Converse high-tops, Rowan promised a continued focus on simplicity: “Everything you see going forward is going to be easy to use.” The laminated “how to use this device” cards are history.

The DX80 demo highlighted the simplicity, clean industrial design, and the directional “what you see is what you hear” microphones (read: no more barking dogs or noisy office neighbors in the background of calls). You know the design is new and different when the room applauds after a quick tour of the back of the unit – or the “other front” as the designers call it.

In the Collaboration Meeting Room demo, Rowan showed how easily callers on all sorts of different platforms and devices can connect to a video conference call just by connecting via the host’s meeting-room URL: three-screen immersive telepresence, laptop with a web browser, PC with Lync, and a DX80 all joined the call.

Earlier in the day, the technology keynote kicked off with a great video about the Bay Bridge, which also happens to be the world’s largest LED sculpture – and supported by a Cisco network infrastructure. Read More »

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Away by the Bay at Cisco Live!

May 20, 2014 at 7:08 pm PST

Wow! It’s been a whirlwind beginning to Cisco Live 2014. I’ve already met many partners and customers and we’re only about halfway through the week! Folks are excited to be part of such a huge event here in San Francisco.  In fact, check out this shot of folks streaming into the room for John Chambers’ keynote address yesterday.

Crowd ShotBefore John even took the stage, we’d already spent a lot of time talking with customers and partners about the new Solution Partner Program. This key piece of the Cisco Partner Ecosystem used to be known as the Cisco Developer Network (CDN). Arjun Lahiri, Senior Manager, Cloud and Ecosystem Strategy and Programs Group, took some time to really explain how CDN evolved into the Solution Partner Program and why those changes have occurred and how they affect partners. Be sure to read Arjun’s blog and get up to speed on the latest on the Solution Partner Program here at Cisco Live 2014. Read More »

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Innovation Across the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) has already started to transform the world—and it is the next big wave of growth in our industry. At the edge of the network, devices are becoming more intelligent, and gateways are enabling the efficient, secure transmission of data by connecting legacy and new infrastructure to each other and to the cloud. As these “systems of systems” proliferate, the volume of data available for analysis multiplies exponentially. The software-defined datacenter is becoming increasingly important as it provides economies of scale for big data storage and analytics—and the importance of keeping that data secure from device to datacenter is paramount. A holistic approach that integrates hardware, software, and services is crucial for developing IoT in the coming decade.

Collaborators in Innovation

At the center of this transformation is a new ecosystem where industry leaders join forces to enable real-world use cases and deliver greater value to customers. Together, Cisco and Intel are committed to delivering innovation across the IoT spectrum—from devices at the edge to datacenters on the backend, and everything in between. This shared end-to-end vision for IoT closely aligns scalable Intel architecture with Cisco’s portfolio of multi-service edge products, powering the Internet of Things across a wide variety of industries. Read More »

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Collaboration Notes from Cisco Live: Monday Recap

May 20, 2014 at 6:01 am PST

If you’re wondering what was up with Cisco Collaboration at Cisco Live today, then you probably weren’t here. Or you weren’t paying attention. Or Darth Vader wandering around Moscone South distracted you. Or maybe it was a unicorn. Because Collaboration is everywhere at this year’s Cisco Live.

Trust me and my wearable connection to the Internet of Everything. I can attest to two facts: I walked about 4.5 miles today and Collaboration was all over the place.

John Chambers kept me v-e-r-y busy live-tweeting collaboration commentary from his keynote. Big points of emphasis were architectural foundations and, my favorite, focusing on business outcomes as a driver of technology. In addition to his comments on Cisco’s commitment to re-imagining collaboration, the demos included the so-new-it-was-just-announced-today DX80 and Remote Expert.

Some of my notes. Strangely, they’re each fewer than 140 characters…

  • Demo: Remote expert. Bring tablet into train tunnel, connect w/ experts, share video. Fix the train!
  • “When you get 5% improvement in downtime in #manufacturing environment, you get 30% improvement in profits.”
  • “Rowan, I want this on my desk by the end of the week.” on the DX80.
  • Amazing innovation “at unbelievable speeds.” on developments from the Collaboration team.
  • Remote Expert is “hottest” application for customer care across organizations.
  • “It’s not the applications in silos, it’s the applications working together that create transformation.”
  • “Most CEOs are struggling to get the 5% to 10% of collaboration improvement they think they should get.”
  • “Last year, I said we’d become #1 in Security. This year, we’ll do the same in Collaboration.”
  • “They said we couldn’t spell telephony, but we knew how to get 65% marketshare, didn’t we?”

Today’s Collaboration Announcements
Cisco DX80 5.19.14For the Cisco Collaboration teams, the biggest deal of the day was the announcement of our latest products. Put simply, our goal is to bring exceptional collaboration to every room, every desk, and every pocket. And that’s what we’re doing. Read More »

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What you’ll find in the #DevNet Zone at Cisco Live (#CLUS)

IMG_5312Today the DevNet Developer Conference kicked off in Moscone West.  DevNet is a mini-conference you can attend within the larger Cisco Live that gives hands-on experience with the many APIs Cisco is developing.

The DevNet Zone includes the following activities:

  • Theater Sessions: API technical sessions, executive spotlights, and thought leadership sessions
  • Hands-on learnings labs that let you code APIs on working platforms and systems
  • A 24 hour hackathon (for non-Cisco participants) with first prize of $5000
  • Demo pods showcasing Cisco and Partner technologies
  • A demo of Tech Fund project on Augmented Collaboration (AKA Project Spring Roll!)

I’d like to especially call out a few sessions (the full session can be found on http://devnetzone2014.sched.org)

  • Monday, May 19 at 9-10:30am: CTO Panel with Cisco CTOs Dave Ward, Tom Edsall, John Apostolopoulos, Bret Hartman, Lew Tucker, and Susie Wee (moderator)
  • Monday, May 19 8-9am: Coding Skills 101 – How to call REST APIs from Python and JQuery is a hands-on intro to REST APIs- bring your laptop to code- no experience necessary.
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    Speaking of hands-on -- folks taking the labs!

  • Monday, May 19 1-2pm: APIC Enterprise Module API - This session will present the basic constructs of the controller such as the policy engine, and the capabilities of the REST API. There will be examples of how these capabilities can be integrated into other applications to simplify operations, improve security and enhance user experience.
  • Tuesday, May 20 8:30 -- 9:00am Cisco UCS Scripting Tools & SDKs Overview This session will educate developers and customers on available utilities and demonstrate the power of the Cisco UCS XML API.
  • Wednesday, May 21 8-9am: Coding Skills 101 – How to call REST APIs from Python and JQuery If you missed it the first time, it’s back! This is a hands-on intro to REST APIs- bring your laptop to code- no experience necessary.
  • Thursday, May 22 11:30-12:30pm API Management at Cisco In this session we will introduce Cisco’s API Management Strategy, with a focus on consumption ready APIs that are developer-friendly using consistent lifecycle management and governance.

It is a great opportunity to have Cisco Live in San Francisco, so close to Cisco headquarters.  One of our goals is to create a vibrant DevNet developer community. If you’re in the area I encourage you to stop by.  Those who wish to attend just DevNet can get a $49 explorer pass covering all 4 days - Use the code DevNetCL14). I also encourage you to join the DevNet program at http://developer.cisco.com and start some discussions in our DevNet community forums!

I look forward to seeing you here!

@SusieWee

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