Getting Ready for Cisco Live

Carole Warner Reece

“My bags are packed, I’m ready to go. I’m standing here ….”

Nope, that is not me. Cisco Live starts tomorrow, and I’m not even finished making my final list.

(I’ve made great progress on some intermediate lists by the way…) Are you heading to San DIego for Cisco Live in the next few days?  I am!

So what is on my list? Pulling down my session PDFs. I hear that all the session PDFs won’t be on a USB this year, so you should download your sessions and several alternates this weekend if you are the type that likes to read along during the session.  Did you notice that most of the breakouts are 90 minutes this year? I expect that means instaed of covering 200 slides in 120 minutes, it will now be 180 slides in 90! I think scanning thru the presentation slides *before* the session will help you get a high level picture of what will be covered, so you can absorb more details during the sessions.

I also need to pack – you will want comfortable walking shoes, and a jacket! Looks like the convention center will be warmer than the outside air for a change…

I’m getting quite psyched about our new booth concept, please come check it out at booth #747 on the World of Solutions floor. I think NetCraftsmen is going to do something pretty cool at our booth this year. We will be hosting some drop-in mini-tech talks with some of our senior consultants. For example, David Hailey and Bill Bell (both Cisco VIP NetPros since they are very active in the Cisco Support Community) will be at the booth talking about Cisco UC and Collaboration topics. Wedesday afternoon I plan to be chatting about mental strategies to prepare for the CCIE exam (I think Denise Donohue will be there as well.) Depending on when you have time to visit, Pete Welcher, Terry Slattery, and a bunch of other folks will be there to chat technically, answer questions, or just meet up with our friends.

A schedule of who / what / when will be posted at our booth #747 , so stop by Monday night at the WoS reception for the general meet and greet, and come back later in the week for more discussions.

I’m also planning to download the Cisco Love mobile app today, iPAD and Android (hey, I’m kind of IOS multi-lingual.) Tthe Cisco Live 2012 mobile app is available from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Blackberry App World. Other mobile devices, including those with Windows 7, can access the web based application at

I hope to see you soon at Cisco Live!

— cwr

ps – I need to check in to my flight. I think I’m flying on a 747, and that is pretty cool because our booth number this year is also 747.

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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.