Highlights from Intel Mission Critical Solutions @ Cisco Live 2011: World of Solutions

Last week from July 11th to July 14th, I attended my first Cisco Live event, and it was a great show!

Here are some of the highlights:

1. A flash mob kicked off CEO of Cisco Systems John Chamberskeynote and this was surely a sign of the times. Enterprise IT is going social! In his keynote, John explained Cisco’s top 5 priorities: core, collaboration, data center/virtualization/cloud computing, video and architectures. Of these priorities, Chambers zoomed in on video, and highlighted that he expects video to make up 91 percent of all internet traffic in 2014. He anticipates video as the new platform for communication and IT. What pillars will dominate the way everyone will work? Chambers believes mobile, social, video and virtual.

2. Intel’s booth was well attended. Traffic to Intel’s speaking theatre doubled last year’s traffic! We invested in a professional emcee, and it paid off! We were very pleased with the turn out this year.

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3. Intel and Cisco hosted a party to celebrate the Cisco Unified Computing System’s 2nd birthday. The party featured a cake shaped like a server (and it was tasty too!)

4. CEO of Cisco Systems, John Chambers, came to the Intel booth to present Allyson Tirado, one of Intel’s Business Development Managers, with an award for shattering sales records!  Allyson was both surprised and thrilled. It was a great way to send her off for sabbatical! Congrats Ally!

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5. I enjoyed Carlos Dominguez’s closing chat with William Shatner! Shatner joked about his career path to stardom, retaining creativity, distancing oneself from peer pressure, failure, and managing change. There were significant doses of colorful language and sarcasm throughout. It was hilarious, especially if that is your kind of humor!

I had a great time at Cisco Live this year and I learned a lot. I look forward to next year’s show!