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5 Must-See Cisco Live Events, Ranked by Aerosmith Song

Cisco Live 2015 gets rocking this June 7–11 in San Diego with unlimited opportunities to learn at keynotes, breakouts and training sessions.

The power of music has brought people together for generations. The Internet of Everything promises to take our connections to an even deeper place. When all appliances, devices and machines are connected via the Internet, companies like Cisco Systems believe life will be easier, more efficient and truly evolutionary.

That’s a major theme of Cisco Live 2015, coming to San Diego June 7–11. To show appreciation to its customers, Cisco has hired rock legends Aerosmith to perform at the event. The band has connected millions of people over its 45-year history.

To help you decide which keynotes to attend at Cisco Live 2015, here’s a breakdown of the agenda, ranked by popular Aerosmith song:

1. Sweet Emotion: Karen Walker, senior vice president of marketing, Cisco Systems

Keynote: Host of Cisco Live 2015

Marketing as a function has long struggled to prove its value to the business. Karen Walker is on a mission to prove that it’s more than just a warm and fuzzy cost center. She has championed marketing’s role as an accountable business function aligned closely with sales teams and a vital resource to partners.

“You talk about things that nobody cares,
You're wearing out things that nobody wears,
You're calling my name but I gotta make clear,
I can't say baby where I'll be in a year”

2. Walk This Way: John Chambers, CEO, Cisco Systems

Welcome Keynote: Monday, June 8, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers will review the company’s track record on meeting the previous year’s commitments and discuss emerging technology and business trends and their implications for Cisco and its customers. To discuss the company’s future, he will be joined by Cisco’s incoming CEO, Chuck Robbins.

"Walk this way, talk this way
Walk this way, talk this way
Walk this way, talk this way
Walk this way, talk this way
Just give me a kiss”

3. Dream On: Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, founder and chairman, XPRIZE

Technology Luminary Keynote: Tuesday, June 9, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Peter Diamandis’ motto is: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.” During his keynote, this pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space travel will share his perspective on how to drive breakthrough thinking and innovation within your company.

“I know nobody knows,
Where it comes and where it goes,
I know it's everybody sin
You got to lose to know how to win”

4. Amazing: Cisco, NetApp, Intel and EMC

Industry Keynote: Wednesday, June 10, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

What IT looks like today will be vastly different from tomorrow. Cisco and its partners will look at how the IT role will evolve and grow with the IT transformation underway. Join Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby as she discusses the IT mindset shift with peers from EMC, Intel, and NetApp.

“It's amazing With the blink of an eye, you finally see the light
It's amazing,
When the moment arrives that you know you'll be alright,
It's amazing
And I'm sayin' a prayer for the desperate hearts tonight”

5. Livin’ on the Edge: Mike Rowe

Guest Keynote: Thursday, June 11, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Mike Rowe is an Emmy-nominated TV host, writer, narrator, producer, actor, spokesman and former opera singer. Mike is passionate about calling attention to the widening skills gap in the United States. He is also an advocate of adding another “S” to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Skills).

“Something right with the world today,
And everybody knows it's wrong,
But we can tell 'em no
Or we could let it go
But I would rather be a hanging on”

Let’s Connect

BizTech will be covering Cisco Live 2015 from the show floor, interviewing industry experts on the latest trends shaping IT. Follow us on Twitter at @BizTechMagazine or the official conference Twitter account @CiscoLive, and join the conversation using hashtag #CiscoLive2015.

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May 19 2015

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