Five fiscal years ago, only 3 individuals remained as months of interviews and screen tests concluded. None of us really knew what we were in for but it sounded interesting for sure. I had been in the sales field originally hired as an account manager, survived the job cuts of 2000 by re-casting myself as a security expert and became the first Security PSS of the South. I thought I was applying for a role in Cisco’s Speakers Bureau.
In August of 2006, Felicia Ferranti reached to introduce herself as the subject matter expert for our Unified Communications show. Felicia had been killing it as a sales rep in Los Angeles and she fit the profile for what TechWiseTV was chartered with: To scale the best messaging on the broadest reach platform.
Our trio was rounded out by a non-Cisco engineer we had not met right away. We were already hearing rumbling of his expertise as you could tell even in the final interview rounds if someone had already talked to him…the questions got a lot harder. We stole Jimmy Ray from HP where he was very well known as the engineer you wanted on your deals – did not matter what the tool or the technology was. He was (and is) the smartest, humblest, passionate SE you could find.
It was an incredibly confusing, tiring start to what is now, still tiring, but much more definable and certainly rewarding. Many people played a part in the early years and remain rooted as lynch pins in our history.
So VMworld Las Vegas is now in the rear-view mirror, and VMworld Copenhagen looms in the distance. Were you there? Did you get a chance to check out our VXI demo? If your calendar was packed, but missed the VXI breakout session on Monday, I’d encourage you to check out the online replay of #SPO3989 (Cisco VXI: Optimized Infrastructure for Scaling View Desktops) once it’s available. We also had some important announcements speaking to our joint innovation with VMware, captured here. Read More »
It’s time for another installment in the Daily Blogger Techminute from VMworld 2011 in Vegas. This edition we will focus on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and we will hear from a couple of UCS stars. Read More »
Cisco continues to introduce opportunities for improved productivity in cloud to its service provider customers. Today, we announced that Tokyo-based NTT Communications Corporation has deployed the Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution for its cloud-based Unified Communication Service “UCaaS (Unified Communication as a Service) Plan.”