Last week was the long-awaited Cisco Live 2019! And two of our wonderful engineers wrote up their thoughts on the week. For a quick recap check out Dominic Zeni's overview of the week below and if you want a more in-depth recap check out Trevor Butler's deep dive into the Cisco Live 2019 World.
For the Short Attention Span Readers:
Another year, another Live! Building Bridges was one of the themes of this years’ Cisco Live and you can see it ringing true across the portfolio. Take Cisco Umbrella for example. It is no longer just a DNS layer security tool. Using the cloud-native Umbrella application, Cisco has built integrations to CloudLock, SDWAN, and soon ThreatGrid. With just the click of a button from your vManage, you can build tunnels (bridges??) from your SDWAN to your Umbrella and begin leveraging the full featured Umbrella Secure Internet Gateway. Or how about Cognitive Collaboration, building bridges to well…everywhere! Taking in contextual information from the Internet in all forms, Cognitive Collaboration promises to make us more prepared, more productive, and more successful in the meetings we attend. The new SVP of Collab, Amy Chang, came to Cisco through an acquisition of Accompany (the technology at the heart of Cognitive Collab). I’m very excited for the things to come from Amy’s team and Cognitive Collaboration. At the heart of all of these technological bridges are API’s. So, where’s the bridge for me as a traditional systems or network engineer that takes me from the CLI or the GUI to the API? Enter the new DevNet certifications announced at Cisco Live. A path (bridge??) for learning is very helpful when approaching an ocean of new technology and I’m excited to see what it’s all about! - Dominic Zeni
For The Insatiable Readers:
This year Cisco Live was held in sunny San Diego. Between the breakout sessions, the walk-in labs, and an amazing performance by Weezer and the Foo Fighters, Cisco announced some new products and new certifications.
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and while most of us are planning a special day with our special someone, here at LookingPoint we are thinking more about the technologies we are loving most this year! We want to share the love with our customers and blog subscribers, so we’re sharing the love with this list of the 5 enterprise technologies you are bound to fall in love with this year (if you haven’t already)!
Santa’s done with his list, now it's time for IT’s! We are reminded throughout the year to check our technology hardware and our different policies. Our software systems remind us to update our passwords and even force us to if we go too long without it. Software licenses renew and if any of our technology is outdated our technology partners help us to update our environment. But, what about the things we may not think to check or push to the back-burner because something more important comes up?
Having worked in Information Technology departments since the mid 90’s, I’ve seen a lot of change. As you might expect from technology, things move fast, as technology continues to improve at a rapid pace. But the biggest change I’ve seen is the feeling that most businesses have towards IT and IT spending. As a systems administrator in the 90’s I remember feeling as if companies never saw the true value of their IT departments, to the point where they were even described as ‘cost centers’. It felt like pulling teeth trying to secure a budget from the business for things that I felt were critical, such as proper backups with low recovery point objectives, and highly available networks that can withstand a failure without a big fire drill of scrambling engineers while hundreds of employees sit idly waiting for you to fix it.
LookingPoint is an advanced IT infrastructure solution provider founded with one goal in mind: to enable businesses to achieve improved productivity, growth, and business empowerment through the use of technology. We strive to stay at the forefront of technology and to share our knowledge to help businesses run more efficiently. Our team is always looking for new ways to improve the efficiency of our customers’ technology infrastructures, whether it’s in the data center, or for collaboration and networking solutions. Last month we started up a new technology video series designed to share technology basics with IT professionals (and anyone interested in learning about different network technologies). Our Back to Basics series covers everything from what is cloud computing to different routing protocols you can use to optimize your network traffic flow.
Technology advances more rapidly today than ever before. We are hearing more and more tech companies integrating artificial intelligence and virtual or augmented reality into their platforms and products. The exponential growth in cloud computing is drives demand for flexible or “pay as you go” consumption models. As technology becomes more advanced and user-friendly it is becoming integrated into every aspect of our lives. As we integrate technology more and more into our business, there is an increased need for cybersecurity and data availability. But what does this all mean for the IT industry and the skill sets our IT teams will need as we look into the future of IT?
I had the pleasure of spending this week enjoying Cisco’s 10th Marketing Velocity conference in Chicago, IL. Cisco Marketing Velocity brings partners from all over the world together to hear from Cisco executives and industry experts to help get inspired, energize marketing practices, and learn what’s coming next. The world of marketing has changed drastically since Marketing Velocity debuted, as was evident when Michelle Chiantera noted the topic “Will Social Selling Impact the B2B Market?” from the first agenda 10 years ago.
Marketing Velocity Day 2 has concluded, and I left the conference today inspired to think beyond digital transformation. Each of the day’s sessions shared a common theme - embracing the "new normal" in today’s technological world.
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