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Let’s Build Tomorrow Today: The Growth and Passion of IT Management

The IT Management Program gets ready to launch its fifth installment at Cisco Live San Diego, June 7-11. The program has grown exponentially since its inception starting with a group of 50 people hearing about Cisco IT’s journey to a Services Organization. Fast forward to 2015, we expect 700 people to participate in IT Management where they will be exposed to an unbelievably passionate group of IT experts. Read More »

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Cisco and Big Data and Analytics Partners unveil vertical solutions at Cisco Live

Why do I love Big Data so much? It’s because there are endless possibilities to deliver on the Internet of Everything (IoE) opportunity that will create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunities for businesses, countries, and individuals. Analytics is an enormous part of that value creation and is estimated to drive $7.3T of the $19T IoE opportunity over the next 10 years.

Big Data and Analytics take the data created by people, processes, and things – that’s held within the Data Center and at the Edge – and convert it to insights that deliver the truly transformational business outcomes for which we all strive. I’m not talking about ‘iterative’ changes here. I’m talking about game-changing breakthroughs that change the way businesses compete, healthcare teams treat their patients, and cities and governments meet the needs of their constituents.

Cisco has incredible Connected Analytics offerings that address the needs of data streaming at the edge. These offerings are complemented by solutions based on Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure and broad ecosystem of Big Data & Analytics Partners.

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13 Reasons to Check Out Collaboration at Cisco Live

Cisco Live in San Diego is fast approaching. Here in the world of Cisco Collaboration, we’re getting ready to share all our latest and greatest products and content with you. Meanwhile, we’re making sure we have our official boothwear, slideware, and convention-center footwear ready to go.

I challenged my teammates to help me tell you why should be sure to see all the Cisco Collaboration activities we have to offer at this year’s event. (Yes you, looking at a screen of some sort right now and reading these words.) After a purely unofficial, nonscientific process filtered by my somewhat skewed sense of humor, here are 13 compelling reasons to check out all that Cisco Collaboration has to offer from June 7th to 11th in San Diego.

  1. Choose from 75+ technical breakout sessions, 30 hands-on technical labs, and more than 25 engineers available for 1:1 sessions.
  2. Ride in a Cisco Spark bus or pedicab to get there and snap selfies ’til you drop
  3. Cloud, on premises, hybrid, oh my: Hear experts unravel mysteries and answer your questions in Meet the Engineer sessions.
  4. More than 200,000 companies using Cisco Collaboration can’t be wrong.
  5. “Walk this way, talk this way.” Follow AeroSmith’s instructions and come see us live in action.
  6. Spark, Spark, Spark, baked beans, and Spark
  7. The Customer Connection Program gets you access to NDA content (and nifty giveaways).
  8. Don’t just see it, do it.  Find out how and meet the experts.
  9. Get coding. Hear the latest from our DevNet team and learn why we are buying Tropo.
  10. Join the conversation, don’t just observe.
  11. Bored with your humdrum work life? Try new Cisco Collaboration.
  12. Spark is the new black.
  13. The Cisco Hat.

Check out the Cisco Collaboration events as you build your schedule make sure you catch the latest great information.

Special thanks to Alexis Doherty, Barnaby Meadows, Jillian Zimmerman, Ross Daniels, Fran Blackburn, Chris Wiborg, Angela Murphy, Kirk McNeil, Jeff Marusak, Lauren Colson, Marcus Gallo, Patty Medberry.

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Announcing #SelfieBINGO fun for Cisco Live! #CLUS

SelfieBingo SampleOne of the things I love about Cisco Live is seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Especially fun is meeting people I’ve known on Twitter!  To help increase this fun, I’m announcing SelfieBINGO! Hopefully, this will strengthen our community (offline and on) and give people a great reason to make new friends.

Between now and June 3rd I’ll be collecting twitter handles, names, and hints on where people will be. Then I’ll print up a few bingo cards, and anyone who wants to can join in on the fun!  Details below on how to be part of SelfieBINGO and then how to play!

Want to be on a Bingo Card? – Do This First:

3 options: Leave a comment on this blog, ping me on Twitter (@Lauren, #SelfieBingo), or fill out this sekret form with:

  1. Your Twitter handle
  2. Your real name (first & last)
  3. (Optionally) a hint on where you’ll be.

At Cisco Live:

Pick up a #SelfieBINGO card at the social meetup on Sunday, at the Community party Monday night, and in the Social Media hub or in the Data Center booth throughout the week.  And yes, I’ll update this / tweet excessively with more details.

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Cisco Live – It’s All About Networking

We are just a few weeks away from what has become my favorite event of the year: Cisco Live. I’ve been attending Cisco Live consistently for the last several years and this year I will be attending as a NetVet for the first time. What has kept me coming back year after year and, this time around, on my own dime and time? Well, there’s the World of Solutions where you can see all the new devices with the latest blinky lights, there are the incredible amount of brain melting tech sessions, the keynote sessions, and of course the much anticipated Customer Appreciation Event (really, it’s all about the hat). At the end of it all though, the reason I keep coming back year after year are the people I meet, both new and known, that are my peers in the industry.

The Year was 2008…

My first Cisco Live was in Orlando, FL in 2008. It was, in a word, overwhelming. So many people, so many sessions, and so much information coming at you. Others have said it’s like drinking from a firehose and I would agree completely. It was both awesome and intimidating (especially being of the introverted type as a lot of us are). Twitter and other social media platforms were in their infancy at the time and other than the CAE, WoS, and meeting with your account team it was hard to connect with people. You know how they say New York City is the place where you can be among millions of people at once but be utterly alone? Yeah, it was kind of like that just on a smaller scale. Read More »

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