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Mini-Series Cisco Live 2015 (3): Speaker Tasks

Like many colleagues at Cisco, I work right now on my slides for CiscoLive!
The first draft is due pretty soon, as it will be reviewed and feedback regarding the content will be provided.

For some topics I already know, I will need to create new slides (rsp. I already created new slides).
Other topics I want to cover with existing slides, which I already used in earlier presentations.

That means, I’m currently

  • creating slides
  • copying existing slides
  • adjust existing slides to the CiscoLive! Templates
  • updating existing slides with up to date information
  • create an order of slide, which should support my presentation flow
  • etc. etc.


Guess the biggest challenge in this process?
Honestly – deciding what to skip!

Yes, I have to skip things, as bad as it sounds – I just have way too many ideas, what to talk about or what details to mention than I actually have time to do so.
Therefore I now need to judge – what topics/details will fit in, what should or must I skip – what’s going to be the most interesting part for the Customers, etc.

You might not believe it, but this is the hardest and most time-consuming CiscoLive!-Task I’m facing right at this moment.


Mini-Series Cisco Live 2015 (2): Registration

Already in the first post of this Mini-Series I mentioned it – I believe, this is THE Cisco-Event in Europe and you simply need to be there.

To be able to attend you will need to register and to register it’s now the time!
But why?
Till End of November 2014 the Registration-Fee is being lowered by 400 Euros, which is around 20% discount of the regular price.
If you’re paying by Learning-Credits this translates into 5 Learning-Credits savings.

Maybe however you will not be able to spend the whole week in Milan – for whatever reason.
Also for you there are options – like for example the “Explorer”-Pass, which gives you access on a certain day.

The “Explorer”-Pass is especially also interesting, if you’re a developer and you want to have a look into the DevNet-Zone.

Please have a look into the following page for more information and options regarding registration:


Mini-Series Cisco Live 2015 (1): Motivation

When we look out of the window or if we listen to the Weather-Forecasts we can easily recognize:
“Winter is coming”

Some people are already looking forward to get back onto the Ski’s and on the slopes, others are looking forward to Christmas and New year – might even already started preparation of gifts or family meetings.
And again other people might just look forward to next spring and hope Winter will be over as soon as possible.

Well, every year around this time, many people in Cisco are looking forward to CiscoLive!
The next European version will be held end of January 2015 in Milan, Italy.

And I’m myself are one of these people looking forward to this event, which I would claim is THE Cisco-Event in Europe.

Over the years I became heavily involved into CiscoLive and in this MiniSeries I want to share some thoughts with you.
The posts in this Mini-Series probably will not be very long and also reflect might some very personal viewpoints; they will probably also appear only in irregular intervals.
I however still hope they will also contain interesting information for you.

BTW: Feedback is very welcome!



AireOS 8.0 Release – a big update

Since some time our AireOS 8.0 release is available for download on

This release adds many, many new features, which are best explained in the Release-Notes.
The following is just the list of categories of new content – each containing several individual enhancements.

I would like to encourage you to have a look into this sections of the Release-Notes.
I’m convinced that you will also find features, which are interesting for your organization.


One interesting aspect and a question we always get is:
What SW-Version should I use right now?

The Release-Notes mention this as well, but I would like to highlight another source.
There is a specific document talking about AireOS Software Release Recommendations:
Guidelines for Cisco Wireless Software Release Migration

In a nutshell, if you want to remain on a MD-certified release,
then for the moment this is still the AireOS 7.4 Release.
AireOS 8.0 is currently expected to reach MD-Status during the first half year of 2015.
(subject to change without previous notification)


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New Aironet 1570 Series Outdoor Access Points


Aironet 1570 Series AccessPoint

The Cisco Aironet 1570 Series is currently the industry’s highest-performing outdoor access point. It is the only one to date that supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi with 4×4 MIMO true beamforming smart antenna technology with three spatial streams.More information about this AccessPoint can be found below in this blog or at the following webpage:


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New Aironet 1700 Series Access Point


Aironet 1700 Series AccessPoint

The entry-level Cisco Aironet 1700 Series Access Points take advantage of the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Designed to meet the growing needs of today’s small and medium-sized, wireless, enterprise networks, the Aironet 1700 Series Access Point offer the right value to help customers ease into 802.11ac networking.More information about this AccessPoint can be found below in this blog or at the following webpage:


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Customer Collaboration Software (Contact Center) Release 10.5 available

Dear Swiss Cisco Community

Cisco is pleased to announce that Release 10.5 of the Customer Collaboration product portfolio has reached First Customer Shipment (FCS).

The Customer Collaboration 10.5 release continues to advance consistency across the portfolio, expands our efforts to simplify the contact center for improved total cost of ownership (TCO), and highlights continuous innovation and an on-going investment in product quality. Release 10.5 includes enhancements to the following products:

  • Unified Contact Center Express (Unified CCX);
  • Unified Workforce Optimization (Unified WFO);
  • Unified Contact Center Enterprise (Unified CCE);
  • Packaged Contact Center Enterprise (Packaged CCE);
  • Unified Customer Voice Portal (Unified CVP);
  • Unified Intelligence Center;
  • Cisco Finesse;
  • Cisco MediaSense.

What’s New in Release 10.5?
Download the high level PDF information document for more details here: Customer Collaboration 10.5

Cheers, Niema

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Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure and Red Hat OpenStack bootcamp

Application Centric Infrastructure.


Two very popular topics these days – and in just over a month’s time we will be offering the very first Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) bootcamp in Switzerland, in collaboration with Red Hat and including Red Hat OpenStack.


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New Videos Show the Cisco Collaboration Experience using Expressway

Dear Swiss Cisco Community

Cisco just released new demo videos for you and your customers to take a sneak preview of our Cisco Collaboration offerings.

The videos can be accessed here: Set Your Business Apart

Cheers, Niema


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New Jabber 10.5 Clients–Start using them Today!!

Dear Swiss Cisco Community

The Cisco Jabber team delivers Jabber for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android 10.5 on time and with quality!

You will find a new contemporary look and feel for Jabber Windows, Mac, and Android that aligns with all of the Jabber applications and with the rest of the Cisco Collaboration portfolio. Across the Jabber portfolio, we now support SAML based Single Sign On with CUCM, Unity Connection and IM/P which means you can login once for all your IM and voice/video services.

On Windows, you will also notice new IM toasts, launch Desktop Share from an IM session, new ringtone choices for softphone users, integrated controls for Plantronics headsets, new telephony features such as Hunt Group and Group pickup and on premise Persistent chat administration controls.  On Mac, 10.5 brings support for video desktop share, call transfer, enhanced localization support and improved video quality.

On the mobile front, you can use Jabber on Android tablets and a lot more Android phones, enjoy HD video with the latest iPhone 5s and iPads, and we’ve added deployment flexibility by creating a softphone only deployment option.

Software Download Links:

Resource Links

Cheers, Niema

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