Cisco User Group Meeting, Des Moines, IA

Terry Slattery
Principal Architect

Today I am speaking at the Cisco User Group meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. The topic that resonates with Cisco user groups is Networking Tips & Best Practices. A previous recorded version of this presentation can be found at Network Tips & Best Practices on our webinars page.

The tech tips come from my consulting experience and the types of things that I’ve found, and continue to find, in networks. Of course, NetMRI’s analysis identifies exceptions to these tech tips and best practices.
The audience today consisted of a couple of guys who are current customers (Hi, Dave and Jason!) and they had great things to say about NetMRI. Dave even said that it made network management fun! I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say that managing their network was fun. His explanation was that it removed a lot of the drudgery from running the network. It is something that I’ve believed because I’ve lived it and now someone else has substantiated it.

I’ve written about the importance of good network management for the staff and for the business in a whitepaper titled Demonstrating the ROI for Management Systems, which is found in our Whitepapers page. There is also an article in The Network Monitor, Volume 6, No 3, on The ROI of NetMRI, as well as another whitepaper titled The ROI of NetMRI, available on our whitepapers page.



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NetCraftsmen would like to acknowledge Infoblox for their permission to re-post this article which originally appeared in the Applied Infrastructure blog under


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Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

CCDP, CCNA V, CCNP, Cisco IPS Express Security for AM/EE
Field Solutions Architect, Tech Data

Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


John Cavanaugh

CCIE #1066, CCDE #20070002, CCAr
Chief Technology Officer, Practice Lead Security Services, NetCraftsmen

John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.