Technical Education Sessions
The Technical Education Program is organized into distinct technology tracks focused on core technical education, allowing you to dive deep into a single topic or design your own agenda that crosses multiple tracks.
Today’s IT and communications professionals will play a unique role in architecting the more connected and collaborative world of tomorrow. The educational tracks at Cisco Live can help you gain the skills and expertise you need on the technologies that will transform the way we live, work, and play.
Each track offers an array of coursework addressing technology topics that are critical to helping businesses collaborate, innovate, and thrive today and in the future. In addition to exploring new ideas, established best practices, and emerging technologies, you’ll have the chance to earn the Cisco certifications that demonstrate your skill and initiative.
Technical Breakouts (90 minutes or 2 hours)
Sessions focus on technologies, architecture strategies, applications, and troubleshooting details for a particular Cisco solution or technology. Sessions range from introductory to advanced technical skill level and typically also cover new products as well as feature or functionality updates to existing products.
The types of breakouts include:
Best Practices: These sessions are designed to show how best to utilize technology not only in deployment but also to solve business problems
Design: These sessions are designed to explain how to take Cisco technology and utilize in their own environment. Specifically these sessions identify how to create proper architectures.
Deployment: These sessions focus more on the method of deployment of technology and go into not only the architecture but also the best methods for doing cutovers and other real life scenarios of deployment.
Implementation: These sessions focus on taking architectures and designs and putting them into practice in their own environments.
Case Study (1 hour)
Sessions delivered by actual Cisco customers, partners or Cisco IT staff, focused on best practices, performance metrics, and recommendations for deploying, managing and extending Cisco product features and capabilities to achieve specific IT and/ or business benefits.
Product and Solution Overviews (1 hour)
Sessions designed to give updates on a product or solution family while also providing understanding of benefits of different products in a given family. Benefits addressed include ROI, speeds and feeds, and other information utilized in EBCs.
Business Strategy and Architecture (1 hour)
Sessions are designed to look at the strategy that drives technology or business decisions. Architectures and solutions that include multiple technologies can be examined.
Industry Solutions (1 hour)
Sessions are designed to look at the strategy that drives technology or business decisions within a specific vertical industry (finance, manufacturing, energy, etc.) Sessions examine trends around a technology and what type of solutions are being implemented to help with those specific industry challenges.
Levels of Technical Difficulty
The levels of technical difficulty are used for speakers to set expectations for attendees. It indicates the anticipated level of experience the attendee should have with the technology before participating in the session, so that they can best understand and appreciate the content.
Level 1: Introductory. These sessions are intended for the most basic, beginner-level audience. No prerequisites are assumed, and no prior knowledge of the subject matter is expected of the audience for a full understanding of the session content.
Level 2: Intermediate. These sessions are intended for a technical audience who have some knowledge of the subject matter but who need additional information on the technology, architecture, protocol, design, deployment or troubleshooting details. There is an assumption of prerequisites or recommended sessions for Intermediate level sessions (which are defined in the session detail and listed in the session abstract).
Level 3: Advanced. These sessions are intended for a very technical audience. The session content is focused on fine detail, therefore a thorough understanding of the intermediate level technical detail on a particular subject is assumed and expected for the audience to gain any benefit from an advanced level session. There is an assumption of prerequisites or recommended sessions for Advanced level sessions (which are defined in the session detail and listed in the session abstract).
Levels of Difficulty are indicated by:
- Session ID: The first number in a sequence for the session ID indicates the level of difficulty. For example: Session ID VVT-1005 is an introductory session because the first number in the Session ID sequence is a 1. Session ID AGG-2102 is an intermediate level session because the first number in the Session ID sequence is a 2. Session ID RST-3015 is an advanced session because the first number in the Session ID sequence is a 3.
Abstract: The first sentence in an abstract should always indicate the level of difficulty. For example: “This session is an introductory session that provides basic information on the technologies and protocols most commonly used in a Voice-over-IP environment.”
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