Cisco Live! is the Cisco annual ‘Networkers’ conference. For the first time ever the will be held in Sandton, Johannesburg on 1st – 4th December 2008. Cisco Live! will be the place for network engineers from all over Africa gather for technical training, education and networking. For the past eleven years, the conference has been at the forefront of educating delegates on new technologies.
The Cisco Live! conference will incorporate a new concept ‘Networkers at Cisco Live!’ with a mix of technical and business offerings. This format broadens traditional technical focused meet-ups to include executive tracks that examine the role of technology in driving business value in a challenging economic climate. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘The Power of Collaboration’ and delegates can look forward to thought-provoking keynotes from local and international Cisco executives and industry experts.
Networkers at Cisco Live! will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre and will attract more than 1,500 delegates, making it the largest Networkers conference in South Africa to date. The program will comprise various sessions, ranging from technical trainings to an invitation-only executive symposium. Delegates will also have the opportunity to view the World of Solutions demonstration area, which will showcase collaboration and communication tools and technology, such as TelePresence.
A Word from Steve Midgley the Managing Director of Cisco South Africa
“South Africa is the first country outside the United States to introduce the Cisco Live! brand. With Cisco Live!, we are taking the event to the next level to provide a platform where industry players can learn new technologies, discuss business trends, share ideas and network,” said Steve Midgley, Managing Director, Cisco Systems South Africa.“In recent years, specialization, globalization and new technologies have resulted in more collaborative environments made up of global, virtual networks and communities that improvise and find more productive, innovative and faster ways to do business. Cisco puts communications and collaboration capabilities within the context of a business process to allow workers increase their productivity, speed and agility,” added Midgley.
Rick Hutley, vice president of Global Innovations for Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group, will be a keynote speaker at the event. Hutley, responsible for engaging Cisco’s largest global customers, will discuss the role of collaborative technologies in addressing the key business challenges and opportunities faced by organisations today.
Also speaking at the conference will be World Wide Worx’s Arthur Goldstuck, who will present findings from the Cisco-sponsored Internet Access in South Africa 2008 research report. Goldstuck’s presentation will cover the latest trends in Internet access and will set the scene for a discussion around the future of connectivity in South Africa, which plays a crucial role in collaboration.
For more information on Networkers at Cisco Live! www.networkersafrica.co.za