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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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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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Lots of Cloud on Tap at #CLUS

May 16, 2014 at 11:45 am PST

Are you ready to rumble?   Do you want to learn more about how to prepare for growing cloud workloads, how to evolve your IT department to harness the true potential of the cloud, and how to develop a more strategic approach to IT operations and service management? Be sure to check out what’s happening at CiscoLive in San Francisco and on line!

Can’t make it in person – not a problem, you can tune in online as well as access on demand sessions at your convenience.

From this page, you can find all the sessions and have the ability to register, add to your calendar, and view online.

We have 9 exciting keynotes that you won’t want to miss.  Some of the main keynotes and cloud specific sessions include:

Read Robert Lloyd bio.

Read Robert Lloyd bio.

Technology Business Vision  keynote by Rob Lloyd on Tuesday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

Join Cisco’s technology and business leadership for a deeper dive into what is happening both at Cisco and with our customers as the Internet of Everything becomes a reality. Find out what Cisco is doing today, what we’re planning in the future, and what others are doing to tap into the power of the Internet of Everything.

 

You won’t want to miss out on the Cloud Technology Trend Keynote – Aligning Your Strategy and Business for Cloud Success by Dr. Gee Rittenhouse and Faiyaz Shahpurwala on Tuesday, May 20 – 1:30 p.m. PDT.

Dr. Gee Rittenhouse and Faiyaz Shahpurwala

Dr. Gee Rittenhouse and Faiyaz Shahpurwala

This session will provide use cases and insights to answer the following questions:

      • How do you evolve your strategy at the right time with the right model?
      • Which cloud is right for which workload?
      • What is “fact or fiction” amid all of the cloud discussions and options?
      • Is your strategy aligning you for success?
      • Are your investments today setting you up for future success?

It will also highlight the latest products and solutions you need to maximize your company’s cloud experience. Cisco executives Dr. Gee Rittenhouse –CDO and Faiyaz Shahpurwala -- Senior Vice President, Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services will share our hybrid cloud strategy with you, including solutions such as Cisco InterCloud and Intelligent Automation for Cloud. They’ll also discuss the role of applications and our partner ecosystem.

Cloud is such an important focus for Cisco and partners that we have a dedicated day on Monday 19 , called  Cisco Powered Cloud Day at Cisco Live.

The insightful day will focus on opportunities and challenges that can be addressed with cloud.

If you area partner , you may want to reserve your seat .  The all-day program is a comprehensive track for organizations adopting cloud and providing cloud services. You’ll not only learn from Cisco cloud leaders, but you’ll also hear from other industry leaders who are successfully taking advantage of the cloud with Cisco solutions.  The “Cisco Powered Cloud Day: The Rise of the Intercloud” full agenda can be found here.

Be sure to check in often to see the latest daily highlights of CiscoLive.

Watch #CLUS online, add specific sessions to your calendar, access the on-demand archive. #CL365

Follow the conversation online via #CLUS and #CiscoCloud.

 

Evelyn de Souza named to CloudNOW Top Women in Cloud Innovation Awards, 2014

Evelyn de Souza named to CloudNOW Top Women in Cloud Innovation Awards, 2014

Additional Cloud Information:

 

Pace of Change from Cisco Business Insights

 

Cisco Live is Cisco’s premier education and training destination for IT professionals worldwide. You’ll want to be a part of the largest gathering of Cisco customers, experts, and partners anywhere in the world, May 18-22 in San Francisco.  Join us for more than 600 sessions, 9 amazing keynotes, more than 200 of Cisco’s top partners, and a customer appreciation event you’ll never forget!

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Watch #CLUS Keynotes directly from cisco.com

Have you ever wanted to go to the cisco.com home page and see what John Chambers is saying right at that moment?

Well, you’ve probably never had that exact wish, but that’s what we’ll be offering home page visitors starting on Monday, May 19th.  During the Cisco Live week May 19 – 22, visitors to the cisco.com home page will be able to see a live broadcast of Cisco Live events direct from San Francisco.

We’ll turn on the video feed Monday afternoon just before John Chambers’ keynote, and will continue to broadcast all Cisco Live events through Thursday afternoon as they occur.

Highlights include:

    • John Chambers keynote, Monday at 3:30 pm
    • Rob Lloyd keynote, Tuesday at 10:00 am
    • Industry keynote -- IoT, Wednesday at 10:00 am
    • Guest keynote -- Sal Kahn from Kahn Academy, Thursday at 10:30 am

You can find the compete list of Cisco Live keynotes here.

Watch Cisco Live Keynotes directly from Cisco.com

Watch Cisco Live Keynotes directly from Cisco.com

This is the first time we’re showing a live video feed on our home page.   We will be syncing up our publishing updates with the Cisco Live event schedule, so that the video player is available when the keynotes are live.  This means we will be publishing the home page 10 times during the event, making for a busy week for my team back at the San Jose HQ.

Cisco.com is Form Factor Friendly

Our home page uses a “web responsive design” approach, which means it adapts its layout according to the user’s viewing environment.  This allows us to provide an optimal user experience to users on desktops, tablets and mobile devices.  All visitors will need to click the “Play” icon in order to start the video, and the video player detects connection speed and display the appropriate video stream for the user.

Tablet view:  Watch Cisco Live Keynotes on your tablet directly from Cisco.com

Tablet view: Watch Cisco Live Keynotes on your tablet directly from Cisco.com

 

Mobile View: Tablet view:  Watch Cisco Live Keynotes on your tablet directly from Cisco.com

Mobile View: Tablet view: Watch Cisco Live Keynotes on your mobile directly from Cisco.com

 So if you’re browsing around on cisco.com during Cisco Live week, check out the home page and click the “Play” icon to see Cisco Live in action.

Be sure to mark your calendar with must watch keynotes, find out more about Cisco Live:

You can also follow @CiscoLive on Twitter and follow the #CLUS conversation.

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Cisco Partner Summit 2014: John Chambers’ Message to Partners

March 28, 2014 at 7:30 am PST

It’s the end of a fantastic week at Cisco Partner Summit 2014. In case you missed any of the information this week, be sure to check out the day one, day two and day three recaps of this week’s event.

During next week, we will wrap up our coverage of Cisco Partner Summit 2014 with more executive interviews and some more thoughts from our partner ambassadors. However, to wrap up this week, we had the opportunity to talk to the man that heads up Cisco, Chairman and CEO John Chambers.

John was gracious enough to sit down with us and offer his thoughts on what’s been on the minds of our partners, what you need to focus on to make the Internet of Everything (IoE) viable for your clients, and what key takeaways you should walk away with from Cisco Partner Summit 2014.

As John mentioned, we are all facing the “pace of change squared,” but by staying committed to its partners, focusing on market transition, and listening to customers, Cisco can be the number one IT company in the world.

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