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Stephen Speirs

SP Product Management

Cisco Customer Experience (CX)

Stephen Speirs is part of the Cisco Customer Experience Product Management team. This team is tasked with developing major new professional service offerings for Cisco. Stephen has worked on a range of technologies - 5G, NFV, Cloud, Data Center, SDN, DevOps and more. Working with customers and partners worldwide, Stephen has over 30 years industry experience in software development, IT, Data Centers and Service Provider Network Management.

Working with and building a 30 partner consortium, Stephen brought to life the 5G RuralFirst project - potentially the world's most ambitious rural 5G trial - winning part government funding to take 5G to Orkney and Somerset in the UK. Before joining Cisco Services in 2009, Stephen was senior manager, product management, in Cisco's Network Management Technology group, where he brought to market the multi-award winning Cisco MPLS Diagnostics Expert product. In Cisco Services, Stephen drove development of the Cloud Enablement Services - rated #1 by IDC in their 2013 client survey.

Stephen is based in Cisco's offices in Scotland, near Glasgow, and was "acquired into" Cisco in 2000 through the acquisition of Atlantech Technologies Ltd. Stephen has a BSc (1st Hons) in Applied Physics from the University of Strathclyde, an MSc in Digital Systems engineering from the University of Heriot Watt, and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde Graduate Business School.

Outside of work, family, cycling, running, and skiing keep him busy. Believing in "Giving Back" with work-related skills, Stephen also is a guest speaker on the Strathclyde University MBA program, a board member on Scotland Innovation Program (a Scottish Futures Trust/EE/academia collaboration to address internet access challenges across Scotland), and a student project mentor with Dundee University's Product Management BSc/MSc

Articles

February 4, 2019

SP360: SERVICE PROVIDER

Is this the World’s Most Ambitious Rural 5G Trial?! #TheBridgeToPossible

Lots has been happening on our 5G RuralFirst co-innovation, Country Digitization Acceleration (CDA) project being run by Cisco UK & Ireland.

February 23, 2018

SP360: SERVICE PROVIDER

What Really is 5G? A Platform for Disruption with Cisco Services

With all the 5G hype around, it's not difficult to assume that 5G is about "new radio". Right? Wrong! 5G is really about providing a platform for change.

December 14, 2017

SP360: SERVICE PROVIDER

Leading in 5G: Taking 5G to Orkney and Somerset – Part 1

Cisco is leading a consortium entering into the UK Government 5G Competition. This "5G RuralFirst Partnership" is focused on tackling some of the challenges of rural 5G deployment.

December 4, 2017

SP360: SERVICE PROVIDER

Why Wait for 5G? The Challenges of Railway Connectivity – Solved – Today (Part 2)

Part 2! What were the challenges in delivering Cisco’s Connected Train solution - being used to deliver the world's fastest Wifi - in Scotland. And could it help the 5G rollout?

November 24, 2017

SP360: SERVICE PROVIDER

Why Wait for 5G? The Challenges of Railway Connectivity – Solved – Today (Part 1)

Challenges of rail connectivity and how they are overcome with Cisco's Connected Train solution, including the upcoming trial of the world’s fastest train WiFi in Scotland.

Cisco Rated #1 for both SDN and NFV Professional Services and Support in IHS Survey!

June 2017 IHS Service Provider SDN and NFV Vendor survey finds Cisco rated #1 for SDN and NFV Professional Services and Support. Terrific endorsement of Cisco Services' investments!

March 21, 2017

DATA CENTER

There’s Never Been a Better Time for Cisco ACI-Enabled Data Center Providers #NeverBetter

Cisco ACI is a core enabler for the cloud-enabled DataVita data center in central Scotland. Developed with innovation, quality and agility in mind, the energy efficiency - including certified renewable energy use - of this brand new build is also a particularly impressive attribute.