Neal Tilley

Cisco Education Advisor

Neal Tilley is a Cisco Education Advisor working in the Education Business Development team within the US Public Sector. With over 25 years of experience in the IT Communication industry, Neal brings insight into how and why technology can make a difference to any education organization.

Before joining Cisco, Neal worked across the world, Neal has been involved in many Education customers’ digital transformations and brings invaluable experience to any institutions mission. His present role at Cisco is focused on helping Educators understand the impact of emerging infrastructure & collaboration technologies on their teaching environment, their students success, their faculty’s development, as well as how to maximize partnerships and associated eco systems.

Neal prides himself on constantly sharing his knowledge and helping translate the latest innovations into the vocabulary of the Education leaders. Neal collaborates with stakeholders to identify the tangible benefits of Cisco IT solutions needed to evolve an Education service tofocus on a student’s digital future. Whether that’s explaining new technologies (like SDN, AI, VR, etc.) or consulting on innovation initiatives (NGDLE, CETL, eRate etc.) with the correct language and relevance.

Neal has helped School Districts and Universities develop new teaching practices with new innovations. Neal has participated, presented and contributed to many education associations and events. Neal serves as Vendor Representative on the ACUTA program committee (until June 2017). He was awarded the Jeri Semer Volunteer Recognition Award for 2016 to services to the ACUTA members. The first ever corporate member to win an ACUTA voted recognition award.

Neal has a Bsc (Hons) degree in Business Studies and a postgraduate Diploma in Marketing (DipM). Before Cisco, Neal developed his diverse technical background by working for several vendors (Xylan, Alcatel-Lucent), System Integrators as well as several large PC manufacturers. All though his career he has always worked with education customers, and has an impressive list of use cases and successes.

Neal is focused on immersing himself into the unique environment every school district, university or college he works with.


June 1, 2023


AI and Flexible Hybrid Environments Key to Frictionless Engagement

4 min read

Is AI the key to delivering a user experience that feels frictionless but familiar to users, helping increase student engagement? Join education expert Neal Tilley as he explores technologies that are already doing so.

October 13, 2022


Digital Experiences Key to Preparing for Enrollment Cliff

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As universities face growing enrollment challenges, Cisco is committed to delivering a secure and robust digital education environments that increase student success and retention. Get a preview of what you will see at EDUCAUSE 2022 in Denver on October 25th - 28th.

June 30, 2020


Time to Get Back to the Future with Hybrid Learning

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What’s the road to hybrid education? Engage digital learners, enhance experiences, and enable teachers with augmentation and collaboration technology.

June 23, 2020


Does Dyslexia Hold the Key to the Future of Learning?

4 min read

What do dyslexia and digital learning have in common? Discover how digital tools empower students, enhance abilities and augment skills to redefine success.

May 26, 2020


The Dawn of the Digital Learner

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Hybrid education will transform and characterize the schools of tomorrow. Now is the time for the dawn of the digital learner.

November 2, 2017


Picture those Thousand Words: Collaboration, Visual Notes, and Dyslexia

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What if technology could augment a learner’s genetic and social make-up, help them translate information, and deliver a better opportunity to learn? This is where collaborative visual notes come in.

August 18, 2017


How Your Network Just Became the Smartest Student in the Class

6 min read

The Network. Intuitive. and a new era in programmable networking leverages machine learning and analytics to deliver a new level of intelligence. What does this mean for the future of Digital Education?

June 26, 2017


ISTE and the Digitization of Teaching

4 min read

As we prepare for ISTE, digitization continues to be a hot topic.

June 22, 2017


Education and Digitization: Activate your Teaching Super Powers

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This blog is the second of a three-part series on Digitizing Pedagogy in the Age of Teaching Superpowers. Ironically, the world is hooked on the stories behind superheroes, not just because they twist and turn, but also because they always indirectly teach us human spirit, inner strengths, and better approaches to life. Picking up from the […]

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