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Rachel Bakker

Social Media Advocacy Manager

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Rachel Bakker is a Social Media Advocacy Manager who began her career in Channel Marketing and ecommerce. Being a Cisco Champions Program Manager is Rachel’s dream job, as it feeds her passion for connecting people to people. Rachel began her tech adventures with the now defunct but never forgotten Palm, Inc., makers of the PalmPilot handheld and Treo Smartphone. She heartily admits to being biased, but Rachel considers Palm the grandfather of mobile computing. When Rachel isn’t celebrating Cisco and the #ciscochampion team she enjoys staying active in the local theater scene, throwing pottery (on a potter’s wheel, not the wall), and eating chocolate of all kinds.

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January 27, 2015

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#CiscoChampion Radio S2|Ep 3. Giving Back to the IT Community

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’ll be talking with Cisco Champions about giving back to the IT community. Rachel Bakker (@rbakker) is this week’s moderator. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE. See a list of all #CiscoChampion Radio podcasts HERE. Cisco Champion SMEs […]

January 21, 2015

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#CiscoChampion Radio S2|Ep 2. Content Creation for the IT Professional

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’ll be talking with Cisco Champions about content creation for the IT professional. Rachel Bakker (@rbakker) is this week’s moderator. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE. See a list of all #CiscoChampion Radio podcasts HERE. Cisco Champion SMEs […]

January 7, 2015

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#CiscoChampion Radio S2|Ep 1. Cisco ACI

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a series by Cisco Champions as technologists. We're kicking off Season 2 with Cisco Senior Architect Azeem Suleman,...

January 8, 2015

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My First Cisco Experience

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The last 30 years of innovation at Cisco comes from people, and the amazing things that happen when we connect the unconnected. Cisco Champions are a part of that success. By sharing their knowledge and expertise, Cisco Champions play a unique role in contributing and enhancing the way people use technology. In fact, some Cisco […]

December 23, 2014

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Top Cisco Innovations

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To celebrate 30 years of innovation at Cisco (#We are Cisco), we’ve asked Cisco Champions what they think is the most important Cisco innovation to date. Cisco Champions are seasoned IT technical experts and influencers who enjoy sharing their knowledge, expertise, and thoughts across the social web and with Cisco. The Cisco Champions program encompasses […]

December 17, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 45. Project Squared

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco VP and CTO of Collaboration,  Jonathan Rosenberg, about Project Squared. Kim Austin (@ciscokima) moderates and John Welsh, Joshua Warcop and Rick Vanover are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions Program […]

December 9, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 44. Cisco Expressway

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer Kevin Roarty about Cisco Expressway. Kim Austin (@ciscokima) moderates and Josh Kittle, Joshua Warcop and Rick Vanover are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE. See […]

December 1, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 42. Jimmy Ray Purser Talks Tech

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer and TechWiseTV host, Jimmy Ray Purser  (@JimmyRay_Purser), about all things IT. Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) moderates and Sven Kutzer, Amy Arnold and Robert Novak are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about […]

November 19, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 41. Cisco Learning Labs (CLL)

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Engineering Technical Leader Raymond Viscaina, about Cisco Learning Labs (CLL). Lauren Friedman (@lauren) moderates and Brad Haynes is this week’s Cisco Champion guest host. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE. See a list of […]

November 17, 2014

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Top 5 Tips for the IT Professional

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We asked the 2014 Cisco Champions what advice they would give to someone starting in the IT industry. Cisco Champions are seasoned IT technical experts and influencers who enjoy sharing their knowledge, expertise, and thoughts across the social web and with Cisco. The Cisco Champions program encompasses different areas of interest, such as Data Center, […]

November 12, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 40. Catalyst (6k) VSS Quad Sup SSO

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer Shawn Wargo about the Catalyst 6k and VSS. Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) moderates and Chris Nickl and Denise Fishburne are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE. See […]

November 4, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 39. Video Infrastructure Updates

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Collaboration Product Marketing Director Thomas McCafferty and Cisco Collaboration Solutions Product Marketing Manager Angela Murphy, about Video Infrastructure Updates. Kim Austin (@ciscokima) moderates and Chris Nickl and Brad Haynes are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the […]

October 28, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 38. Threat Focused Firewall

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Product Marketing Manager Dave Stuart, about the threat focused firewall. Brian Remmel (@bremmel) moderates and Antonio Cheltenham, Jason Alert and Sven Kutzer are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE. […]

October 21, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 37. New Cloud Era, New Data Protection Model

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Compliance and Data Privacy Leader Evelyn De Souza, about Cloud Security. Brian Remmel (@bremmel) moderates and Andres Sarmiento and Denise Fishburne are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE. See […]

October 14, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 36. Cisco Jabber

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Technical Marketing Engineers Paul O’Dwyer, Bryan Morris, and Seongho Hong, about Cisco Jabber. Kim Austin (@ciscokima) moderates and Erick Bergquist and Bill Carter are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions […]

October 9, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 35. New Hardware: ISR4ks

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer Matt Bolick, about the new ISR 4000 Series. Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) moderates and Enda Cahill, Chris Nickl and Denise Fishburne are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions […]

October 7, 2014

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Automation and Ambassadors. Smart Move?

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In today’s marketing world we’re bombarded with automated solutions to help us meet our goals. For every objective we set there are ten platforms ready and waiting to assist. Ambassador Programs are no exception, and when vendors show you all their sparkles and bells and whistles it’s tempting to jump on board. But how do […]

October 6, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 34 Tech Support App

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Engineer Dave Dube, about the Cisco Technical Support mobile app. Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) moderates and Stephen Rodriguez and James Bowling are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE. See a list […]

October 3, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 33 Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP)

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Engineer Eric Howard, about Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP). Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) moderates and Brad Haynes and Bill Carter are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE. See a […]

October 1, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 32 Instant Access and the Cat6k

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer Jay Moorkoth Arakkalath, about Instant Access and the Cat6k. Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) moderates and Bill Carter, Rick Vanover, and Denise Fishburne are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco […]

September 29, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 31 #UCSGrandSlam

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Marketing Manager Bill Shields and Cisco Principal Engineer Jim Leach, about our recent UCS launch. Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) moderates and AJ Kuftic and Chric Nickl are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the […]

September 25, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 30 OpenStack for Enterprise

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Principal Engineer Shannon McFarland, about OpenStack for Enterprise. Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) moderates and Jeremiah Dooley and Patrick Swackhammer are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE. See a list of all […]

September 23, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 29 Cisco Modeling Labs

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer Craig Brown, about Cisco Modeling Labs. Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) moderates and Brad Haynes and Travis Newshott are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE. See a list […]

September 19, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 28 Cisco Prime Infrastructure

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Distinguished Services Engineer Joe Clarke, about Cisco Prime Infrastructure. Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) moderates and Rick Vanover and Stewart Goumans are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE. See a […]

September 17, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 27 Developing an IoE Platform

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Consulting Systems Engineer Mitko Vasilev, about developing an IoE platform. Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) moderates and Rikard Strid and Jonathan Davis are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE. See a […]

August 28, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 26 MDS for Small to Cloud-Scale Data Centers

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Product Marketing Manager Prashant Jain, about MDS for Small to Cloud-Scale Data Centers. Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) moderates and Patrick Swackhammer is this week’s Cisco Champion guest host. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE. See a list […]

August 26, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 25 Collaboration

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Vice President, Collaboration Marketing at Cisco, Peder Ulander. Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) moderates and Brad Haynes and Nicholas Marus are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE. See a list of […]

August 20, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 24 Identity Services Engine (ISE)

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking about Identity Services Engine (ISE) with Cisco Program Manager (Cisco IT, Security) Greg Rasner. Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) moderates and Travis Newshott and Brandon Carroll are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE. […]

August 14, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 23 WLAN Deployments

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking about WLAN deployments with Cisco Technical Marketing Engineers Wes Purvis and Shivesh Ganotra. Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) moderates and Stewart Goumans is this week’s Cisco Champion guest host. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE. See a list of […]

August 12, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 22 Meraki 101

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking about Meraki with AJ Goldman from Cisco New Markets and Cisco Product Manager Tony Carmichael. Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) moderates and Sam O’Daniel and Jonathan Davis are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions […]

July 29, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 21 IWAN, You WAN, we all WANt Intelligent WAN

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking about IWAN deployments with Cisco Communications Architect David Prall. Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) moderates and Sven Kutzer and Rikard Strid are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE. See a list of […]

August 4, 2014

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Why Shakespeare would rock an Ambassador Program

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If I were launching an Ambassador Program I’d hire William Shakespeare in a “Stratford-upon-Avon” minute. Not only is he highly productive, his communication skills are excellent, and at 450 he’s gained centuries of experience. That’s not why I’d hire him though. What makes Bill my top pick is his people expertise. He pays laser-focused attention […]

July 22, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep19 Cisco Learning Network

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists hosted by Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week we’re talking about the Cisco Learning Network (CLN). Listen to the Podcast Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE. See a list of all #CiscoChampion Radio podcasts HERE. Cisco SMEs Brett Lovins @brettlovins, Community Manager for the […]

July 7, 2014

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The Art of Ambassador Programs: 5 tips from a geek

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All right I confess I’m not that kind of geek. I admire and work with many IT engineers, but if you need me to configure a Nexus switch you’ll be out of luck. I am a geek though, and I know about building successful B2B and B2C Ambassador Programs. Before I start sharing my 2 […]

July 2, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep18 ACI Updates

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists hosted by Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week we're talking about ACI Updates with Cisco Product Management Director,...

June 24, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep17 Cisco Live Highlights

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists hosted by Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week guest host Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) and the Cisco Champions team share a recap of Cisco Live. Listen to the Podcast Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE Cisco Live Highlights: DevNet Hackathon recap Most useful Cisco Live […]

June 18, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep16 Cisco Champion Radio @CiscoLive!

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists hosted by Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week 25 Cisco Champions gather in a small room (aka the white box) at the Moscone Center. Topics: Cisco Live (#CLUS) and being a Cisco Champion. Listen to the Podcast Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE Cisco […]

June 17, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep15 OpenStack at OpenStack

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists hosted by Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week Ed Saipech, Director of Applied Research at Savvis joins Cisco Champions Josh Atwell and Jeremiah Dooley. The topic is OpenStack. Listen to the Podcast Subject Matter Expert: Ed Saipetch (@edsai), Director of Applied Research at Savvis Cisco […]

June 13, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep14 How to survive Cisco Live and what the heck is DevNet

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. This week Susie Wee, Cisco VP/CTO Networked Experiences, joins Cisco Champions  Sam Womack and Tom Hollingsworth. Topics are surviving Cisco Live and an intro to the new Cisco DevNet. Guest host Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast Cisco Subject Matter Expert: […]

June 2, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep13 New collaboration with Akamai

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists, hosted by Cisco’s Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week Mike Korenbaum, Technical Marketing Engineer at Cisco, joins Cisco Champions Rick Vanover (@RickVanover) and Peter Revill (@CCIERants). The topic is the new collaboration with Akamai. Cisco’s Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast Cisco Subject […]

May 13, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep12 Value of the Partner Eco-System

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists, hosted by Cisco’s Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week Dominick Delfino, VP Systems Engineering at Cisco, joins Cisco Champion and Senior Pre-Sales Engineer Ahmad Manzoor. The topic is the Value of the Partner Eco-System. Listen to the Podcast Cisco Subject Matter Expert: Dominick Delfino, VP […]

May 6, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep11 Mobility and Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX)

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists, hosted by Cisco’s Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week Bob Friday, VP CTO Mobility at Cisco, joins Cisco Champions Sven Kutzer and Stephen Rodriguez. The topic is Mobility and Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX). This week Cisco’s Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) guest hosts. Listen to the Podcast […]

April 29, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep10 Cyber Security

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists, hosted by Cisco’s Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week Chris Young, SVP Security Business Group Cisco, and Bill Carter, Senior Network Engineer and Cisco Champion, talk about Intelligent Cyber Security for the real world. Listen to the Podcast Cisco Subject Matter Expert: Chris Young, SVP […]

April 23, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep9 Cisco TACOPS

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists, hosted by Cisco’s Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week we’re talking about Cisco TACOPS (@CiscoTACOPS) which connects the unconnected in the middle of crisis, anywhere in the world. Listen to the Podcast Cisco Subject Matter Expert: Rakesh Bharania, Network Consulting Engineer on TACOPS Team (@densaer) […]

April 8, 2014

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep8 IWAN

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#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists, hosted by Cisco’s Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week we’re talking about Intelligent WAN (IWAN) with guest moderator, Cisco’s Lauren Friedman (@lauren) Listen to the Podcast Cisco Subject Matter Expert: Hugo Vliegen, Director of Technical Marketing Highlights: How IWAN benefits business IWAN and Security IWAN […]