Here is a quick post to recap on my Ciscolive Melbourne 2017. This was my 6th time to Ciscolive Melbourne and I enjoyed it most. Here are the highlights

1.Enterprise Networks Innovation Day (ENID)

Started my Cisco live with this event. Spent a whole day with Cisco Enterprise team to up to date with Cisco innovation in the enterprise. It is all about how network automation changing the landscape of enterprise network & how Cisco going to address these challenges.  Cisco Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA) and Cisco Software Defined Access (SDA) are two area you need to be familiar with if you are working in enterprise network.

Also  got enough opportunities to “Meet the Experts” to get their expert advises on Cisco product platforms.


Sang (Swinburne), Anton Goldman(Cisco) & Jeff Reed-SVP Cisco EN during ENID Dinner

2. Cisco Champions : Panel discussion around Social Media and its Influence ( CCSTHT-1609)

As a Cisco Champion 2017, I got an opportunity be on a panel to discuss how you use social media to build your own brand, inspire and build trust with customeres. Another Cisco Champion Derek Hennessy(@derekhennessy) was in the panel and Peter Jones (@petergjones) moderate the session. It was a great honor for me, thanks for the people came & listen to this discussion.


During Cisco Champions panel discussion



with fellow Champions Wayne, Chris and Derek



3. Cisco Designated VIP – Appreciation Event


For the past 4 years, I have been nominated as Cisco Designated VIP (Wireless) based on the contribution made to Cisco Support Community. This event organized in Cisco Live Melbourne for the first time. It was a great event and able to meet other VIPs who spending lot of their free time to CSC forum.


Philip D’Ath, Joe Clarke-CSC Hall of Fame, Leo Laohoo, me, Wayne De Nardi, Marvin Rhoads


With Surendra BG (Cisco TAC) & CSC legends Leo Laohoo, Marvin Rhoads


4. Technical Services Focus Group – Customer Feedback

I got an invite to participate a 3 hr session to give feedback to Cisco on TAC services. When I checked with them, they have picked customers who has raised most cases in the recent quarters.  I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and was able to provide direct feedback to Cisco on how we see it. I hope they take our inputs and improve the current TAC service to make a better customer experience when dealing with Cisco TAC.


During a group activity – Technical Service Focus Group

5. Breakout Sessions

Here are the details of breakout sessions I attended.

BRKEWN-2110 : Optimise your Wi-Fi Network for iPhones and iPads by Jerome Henry

If you are in wireless field, you should not miss Jerome’s session during a CiscoLive. There were tons of valuable technical information about how Apple & Cisco makes things better for customers in enterprise wireless. Pls watch the recording session if you missed it.


with Jerome & Leo after breakout session


BRKCRS-2501 – Enterprise QoS Design 5.0 by Tim Szigeti

When it comes to Cisco QoS, Tim is simply the best on that topic. He covered a lot in that 2 hrs and brought us printed copy of all “At a glance-AAG” documents. You can find all his session materials  from here (Do not miss this gem if you are studying Cisco QoS)


with Tim just before his session

BRKEWN-3011 Troubleshooting WLC Control & Data Plane by Surendra BG

This was advanced WLC troubleshooting session and a lot of tips for troubleshooting complex issues. I think it is first time I have seen this level of detail in a WLC troubleshooting session at CiscoLive


BRKCRT-2207 – CCNA Cyber Ops by James Risler

As I have been selected for CCNA Cyber Security Scholarship program, went for this session. It was a really good session and I enjoyed it. If you are studying for CCNA Cyber, do not miss it.


BRKCRS-2801 – DNA Campus Fabric – How to Integrate with Your Existing Network by Kedar Karmarkar

If you are looking to deploy Cisco DNA in your environment, there were multiple sessions on that topic. I went to above session to get an idea what it involve to bring DNA on to existing campus network.

BRKARC-2034 – Care and Feeding of Smart Licensing by Tom Cramer

If you are dealing with Cisco licensing, you know how complicated it is. Went for this session to get my head around these new licensing concept. I should say, still it is too complicated for me. Have a look at this presentation, if you are interested on this topic.

6. Networking with people

This is the most enjoyable part of my Cisco live, meet with people. Sometime you meet people you get inspiration for your journey. Sometime you meet people who comes and thank you for inspiration you gave to them.

Below are some happy moments that I was able to capture (there were so many  happy moments with other people that I met as well  🙂 )


glad to see Darren



Elain Lopes – CCDE Program Manager, a truly humble women


few friends from my home country SL (all live in AU now)



with CMX Expert Andrew & James@AARNET


Jeet came & thanked me for the inspiration given through my blog



Listening to stories of Peter Jones with Derek & Chris (Cisco Champions in MEL)


with Silvia (DevNet Commnunity Mgr) & Scott during Guest Keynote on Friday.



with Cisco Support Community VIPs (Leo & Marvin) 

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Looking forward to CiscoLive Melbourne 2018