The New Year is upon us and I personally have many things to celebrate in this glorious 2020. The year, we’re taking our son to Disney for the first time in March 2020. September 2020 marks my ten-year anniversary with my husband. And in January 2020, I get to attend my very first CiscoLive in Barcelona! Needless to say, I’m ecstatic about it all and I hope to meet and see all of you in Spain in just three weeks.

CiscoLive Barcelona is just around the corner – January 27 – 31, 2020 and it is being held at the glorious Fira Barcelona, one of the “largest and modern fair venues in Europe, characterized by its design, functionality and sustainability.”

Cisco Live is Cisco’s world-renowned annual customer and partner conference designed to build the foundation for your digital future by providing you with education, connections, and inspiration.

Well that sounds like a great time to me! And after surfing the sessions over the holiday, I wanted to share my top five discussions that I will plan to attend and report back to all of you post-event.

If you’re attending CLEUR this year, feel free to join these sessions as well, you won’t want to miss! Happy scheduling!

And please note: by registering for this session, it does not guarantee you a seat. Seating is available on a first come first seated basis.

Ana’s 2020 View on Top DevNet Sessions

1) DevNet Panel – Building a Network Automation Practice – DEVNET-2805

Monday, January 27 | 04:00 PM – 04:45 PM


  • Amanda Whaley, DIR.SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT, Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Eric Thiel, MANAGER.SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT ENGINEERING, Cisco Systems, Inc. – Distinguished Speaker
  • Andra Ehlert, Dimension Data
  • Matyas Prokop, Principle Architect, Natilik

This DevNet Panel discussion on automation and programmability practices will cover intent-based networking and orchestration solutions with two phenomenal customers showcasing how they’ve used Cisco platforms and DevNet resources to solve the problem of automating repetitive tasks. They will talk about the need to create strong teams with the right tools to ensure successful network automation and eliminate the challenge behind automating repetitive tasks. In building those teams, you’ll also hear about how to help them develop critical skills within your team with the help of the new DevNet Certifications, which go live on February 20, 2020. Sign up here for more information in advance of the show.

2) IoT and DevNet, a true love story – DEVNET-1229

Tuesday, January 28 | 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Featuring: Mirko Graebel, MANAGER.TECHNICAL MARKETING, Cisco


Securing IoT to Gain Your Competitive Advantage – INTIOT-1215

Tuesday, January 28 | 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Featuring: Liz Centoni, SVP/GM.IOT, Cisco Systems, Inc.

We’re all aware that Cisco and DevNet’s work with the IoT is consistently at the forefront of industry innovation. This session promises a current update on how these teams are bringing IoT solutions to life, sharing metrics and common successes through demos and the latest IoT DevNet collaboration efforts tied to recent launches. You’ll also get a sneak peek into Edge Intelligence (robots, anyone?) and developer involvement with scripting engines and applications that allow developers to build custom dashboards for their use cases.

3) Accelerating Success Through Certifications and Automation with the New Network – INTDEV-1915

Tuesday, January 28 | 02:00 PM – 02:30 PM

Featuring: Susie Wee, SVP.CTO, Cisco

This Innovation Talk by Susie Wee is poised to be the highlight of anyone’s day. Join this session to hear firsthand from our very own SVP CTO, her game changing view on keeping the pace in the face of rapidly transforming industries through DevNet Certifications. You’ll hear more about how the new network is accelerating digital transformation and you’ll learn about unique tools and skills that help organizations and individuals alike, maintain their sharp, competitive edge and learn new skills at a rapid pace.

4) DevNet Partner Power Hour @ CLEUR – DEVNET-3002

Tuesday, January 28 | 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Wednesday, January 29 | 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Thursday, January 30 | 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM


It’s an exciting time for Cisco Partners with the launch last year of DevNet Specialization and Cisco DevNet programs including Ecosystem Exchange – the “app store of the network” and SolutionsPlus, the ecosystem program that puts validated 3rd party solutions on Cisco’s Global Price List. You have multiple opportunities throughout the event to attend these Partner Power Hour(s) and engage directly with the Cisco DevNet team to learn more about programs that partners can leverage most immediately to learn and transform their business.

5) About Garlic and Onions : Dealing with Anonymizers and Introduction into the Darknet – BRKSEC-2011

Wednesday, January 29 | 02:45 PM – 04:15 PM

Featuring: Tobias Mayer, TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS ARCHITECT.SALES, Cisco Systems, Inc. – Distinguished Speaker

Over the holiday break, I was fascinated (and ok, slightly terrified) of stories about the Darknet, so this Security breakout session certainly piqued my interest. With privacy continuing to be such a hot topic as we move into 2020, this session shares insight into technologies you can use to anonymize your network traffic, such as Tor (The Onion Router). Tobias will showcase how to use the Tor browser for access, detail exactly how the Tor network is working and even more fascinating, learn how we can find hidden websites and give examples of some websites…thus entering “THE DARKNET” together. This session is for anyone interested in anonymization techniques all while having a little fun in the darknet.

Feel free to comment below and share your thoughts on other sessions that you’re excited to attend! Until then, see you in Barcelona!

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Ana Nennig

Solutions Marketing Manager, Ecosystem + Developers

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