Every year thousands of networking professionals converge on a chosen city in attendance of Cisco Live. For many Cisco Live is about learning. For others its about the relationships made. In fact, Cisco Live can be so many things all rolled up into a single week, that a single article on the event couldn’t possibly explain it. I don’t intend to either. Instead, allow me to share the three things that I most look forward to at this years event in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The DevNet Zone
This year at Cisco Live, Cisco is introducing a new DevNet Learning Path called “Network Programmability Foundations” The path is a curated set of sessions and activities and they are scheduled throughout the week in the DevNet zone. These sessions and activities are designed to provide a starting point in both core programming and network programmability topics. As the writing is on the wall, these are topics you will definitely be interested in if you plan on extending your career in networking. You can find the schedule over on the Cisco Communities site.
Networking with Peers
I really cant speak enough about this aspect of Cisco Live. All year long on Twitter, Facebook, iMessage, and Slack, many of us keep in touch. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great and all, but nothing compares to the face-to-face conversations. So I am definitely looking forward to seeing this rowdy bunch!
I’m looking forward to partying with Bruno also. But seriously, every year at the Customer Appreciation Event (CAE) Cisco brings in a headliner. I think back to the many performers I’ve seen over the years, from Barenaked Ladies to Aerosmith. This year the headliner is none other than Bruno Mars. I’ve enjoyed the music he’s put out for a long time now, always thinking that he reminds me of a cross between Michael Jackson, Prince, and Elvis. I am very much looking forward to his concert at the CAE and even more so, the opportunity to perhaps meet the band. When you register for Cisco Live and let everyone know with a tweet you are entered to win a chance to meet the band!!
I hope I win this year!
What Are You Looking Forward To?
Are you heading to Cisco Live? If so, what are you most looking forward to? If you’re on the fence, share with me why. If you haven’t registered yet, there is still time! Register at CiscoLive.com. If we haven’t met yet and you’re going to be there let me know. Its always great to meet in person!