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Wow, one of the best Cisco Live events yet: Cisco has its mojo back (analyst comments!); attendees engaging in great dialogue, and Cisco and Partner Presenters and demonstrations better than ever!

The keynote sessions are always packed, and with the big-name executives on show that’s hardly surprising. I, for one, was also impressed at how well attended the breakout sessions were too. The World of solutions was packed a lot of the time as well, with huge interest in the Internet of Things pavilion.

There was a welcome surprise in store for attendees of the session number BRKIND-1229, on “Cisco Industrial Solutions and Best Practices for Manufacturing”, as Chet Namboodri had arranged for an exclusive live Business Industry over Telepresence demo – piped in from the west coast all the way to Orlando – the world is getting smaller folks!

Chet Namboodri, Cisco MD, Manufacturing Ind.
Chet Namboodri, Cisco MD, Manufacturing Ind.

Chet gave an inspiring presentation about the Manufacturing Industry – how things are changing, proprietary networks giving way to IP/Ethernet which is becoming pervasive, Cisco addressing real business challenges for out customers and how the Internet of Things is already here for the manufacturing Industry.

As part of the session the 15 minute ‘BDoT’ demo talked through Industrial networking, Video to the factory, and a host of collaboration, mobility and communications use cases.

Nico Smit, Cisco Global MD, Energy Ind.
Nico Smit, Cisco Global MD, Energy Ind.

Two other sessions were worthy of mention – Nico Smit, Cisco’s Managing Director for Energy, gave a great session  (BRKIND-1230) titled  “Cisco Energy Industry – Solutions and Best Practices” which garnered a host of questions, and another session (BRKIND-1258) by Tony Shakib – The Internet of Things in Automotive & Transportation, Energy, and Manufacturing – had a packed house of attendees enthralled by what he had to say about the Internet of Things. Many of you know Tony as the new Cisco VP of IoT Vertical Business for the Internet of Everything Business Group.

Tony Shakib, Vice President, Business Solutions, IoEBG


More about these two session in my next blog. If you’re at Cisco Live I wish you a great final day (Richard Branson Included!).


…Oh, and it’s NOT over when it’s over – you can catch up on all the sessions you missed and more by registering for Cisco Live 365 – year-long access to replays of the sessions and downloadable slide deck pdf’s!





Peter Granger

Senior Sales Transformation Manager