“Organisations are going to need a strong network and strong applications to help them manage this tsunami of information that’s about to pour in, because the organisations that master that will be the organisations that master the future” - Mark Pesce, Futurist
Cisco Live, one of the biggest education and training events on the IT calendar, has wrapped up for another year. With over 6,000 technology professionals from around the world coming together to share ideas, sharpen their skills and explore future technology trends, the event was a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable industry insights.
Digital Transformation took centre stage, with Cisco Executive Vice President Chris Dedicoat kicking the convention off with the statement: ‘Technology is moving so fast, faster than it has ever moved before. This technology is going to transform business.”
We chatted to Stuart Macintyre, Director of Technology & Solutions at Optus Business, Dave West, Chief Technology Officer at Cisco, and Mark Pesce, Futurist, to hear their thoughts on the event.
What did you think of Cisco Live?
Stuart Macintyre: “This is my first Cisco Live, and I’ve been really impressed with the innovation around the world of solutions. I’ve particularly enjoyed seeing the buzz between the Apple stand and our Optus stand, and the takeout from that is how different technologies are truly coming together to deliver a better customer experience.”
Dave West: “Cisco Live has been fantastic, because we’ve got customers and partners coming together, getting to see our new technology and our innovation. The best part isn’t just the technology, but also the business outcomes and results.”
“It’s by far the best event that we do at Cisco, it caters to the technologist, to the business leader, to the partner, to ecosystem and independent software vendors. An incredible amount of works goes into the event, and it really has something to offer everyone.”
What’s the mood like?
Dave West: “It feels optimistic – everyone is talking about digital transformation, how businesses have to move faster, have speed and agility. So I see it as a sign of opportunity for things that could happen in the market.
“There’s also a little bit of concern, of whether big companies can capture these transitions. So you see a mix of both.”
How does the partnership between Optus and Cisco come into play?
Stuart Macintyre: “It’s just so fantastic to be engaged in an event with a global premium brand like Cisco. For two decades, Optus Business and Cisco have partnered to bring together the right people, technologies and innovative thinking to deliver leading solutions, underpinned by a smart network.”
Mark Pesce: “Optus provides this infrastructure for high reliability and security, and once you have that, all of the other Cisco technologies come into play that will provide specific features to specific users at specific times.
“It’s a real sort of partnership approach, but you absolutely need that strong network foundation because without that, you can’t build anything on it.”
What are the most interesting trends coming up?
Dave West: “There’s a tremendous amount of trends that are happening – there’s more change happening now than I’ve potentially ever seen in the market.
“The one trend that we talked about again and again is around security, and how security needs to be pervasive across the network. It needs to be overlayed and embedded in everything that happens, because when you think about every one of the trends – IoT, mobility, cloud – security becomes an important piece of all of that to make it a reality.”
Mark Pesce: “So, the world that we’re going into, pretty much every bit of kit in every organisation is going to be connected.
“Organisations are going to need a strong network and strong applications to help them manage this tsunami of information that’s about to pour in, because the organisations that master that will be the organisations that master the future.”
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