Perspectives

September 15, 2014

PERSPECTIVES

Book Review : CCIE Security v4.0 Practice Labs by Natalie Timms

I have been studying for my CCIE Security since late last year, with a short hiatus after Cisco Live due to health issues – more on that in a later post. When I saw that Natalie Timms – former manager for the CCIE Security exam program, was writing a book focused on practical labs for […]

September 9, 2014

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Analytics to Identify and Strengthen Organizational Collaboration and Drive Innovation

Companies with many employees face various challenges w.r.t. their size. One of these challenges is to identify key people, skills and information across (and outside) the organization and use them in the most effective way to drive innovation, new initiatives, but also sales. Situation Today The natural way for employees to cope with such a […]

September 5, 2014

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Summary: Don’t be a networking Lizard

Who’s more intelligent a rocket scientist or a lizard? Well it’s a matter of perspective. I’ll grant you that a lizard is less likely to design a spaceship capable of inter stellar flight, but if you put that same rocket scientist in the desert, I know who my money would be on to survive the […]

August 28, 2014

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

#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

#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 25, 2014

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Value of Cisco Certifications: Making Money Vs. Study

Imagine that you see a Tweet today inviting you to apply for a part-time networking job, something you can do in addition to your normal job. You appear to be qualified for the job, and the work looks interesting as well. However, it requires enough of your time so that you would have to set […]

August 21, 2014

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Is Networking Cool — Again? Yup!

I don’t think that anyone can deny that being in the IT industry at this time is exciting and interesting. It’s also exhausting. There is a ton of hyperbole floating...

August 20, 2014

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

#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 18, 2014

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Alternative Learning Tactics for the Busy Professional

When it comes to career development, time is a currency that must be spent wisely. I myself am a full-time dad, a full-time network engineer, and that leaves little time for personal endeavors. However we must still allocate time to develop our skillsets outside of work. Here are some tips for doing just that.