Thought Leadership

Fresh perspectives, Aha moments, and Big Ideas from Cisco executives, business luminaries, technologists and key Cisco partners.


As technology continues to change the future of business and humanity, Cisco remains at the forefront of the digital transformation era. Join Cisco leadership and business luminaries on the Cisco Live main stage to hear unique insights on the state of Cisco, the industry, and the unique opportunities ahead for IT professionals.


Cisco Live Opening Keynote

Irving Tan, Senior Vice President, Operations, Cisco

Wednesday 6 March, 10:30am – 11:45am


Building a Digital Business for the Future


Irving Tan is Senior Vice President of Operations at Cisco, and was promoted to the role in January 2018.


He is responsible for Cisco’s Operating strategy and implementation, to deliver growth through productivity improvements and innovation across all functions of the business, including sales, engineering, services, supply chain, and customer, partner and employee services. One of Tan’s top priorities is leading Cisco’s transformation into an end-to-end digital company, to accelerate the value the business brings to customers, partners, and employees.


Tan has been with Cisco for over 11 years, and is known as an exceptional leader with deep expertise in sales and global operations, and changing market and customer dynamics. His focus on people is evidenced by his track record leading high performing teams that achieve sustained results.


Prior to his current role, Tan was the leader of Cisco Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ), where he grew the sales business consistently over his four years in post, and moved APJ’s position forward as one of the most trusted IT partners and providers in the Asia region. Previous roles include leader of Cisco ASEAN; leader of Cisco Singapore and Brunei; and senior management in Enterprise Sales; Strategy, Planning and Operations; and Managed Services.


Tan has been an advisor to governments, industry partners, and members on various boards, to help organisations understand how to use technology to innovate and transform.


Before joining Cisco, Tan was a principal at A.T. Kearney, a management consultancy specialising in mergers and acquisition and merger integration in IT and Communications; and also worked at HewlettPackard as business unit leader for its Communications and Media Solutions Group in Asia Pacific and Japan.


Tan holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Cisco Live Technology Keynote

Scott Harrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Networking, Cisco

Thursday 7 March, 11:00am – 12:00pm


Scott Harrell is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking Business. He leads all aspects of the enterprise networking business, including product development, user experience, and business development for Cisco’s enterprise networking products and solutions. This portfolio consists of the industry’s leading range of routers, switches, wireless, and software that span the campus, access, IoT, cloud, and wide area networks.


Since joining Cisco in 2001, Harrell has held leadership roles in product management and engineering in the Enterprise Networking and Security businesses where he has helped define and build technology portfolios to meet the rapidly evolving demands of digital businesses.


Most recently, Harrell led product management for Cisco’s security business where he helped transform Cisco’s world-class security portfolio and transition the business to a software led business model. In this role, he was also responsible for the product strategy and the integration of several successful acquisitions.


Prior to Cisco, Harrell worked in a strategic planning role at Intel Corporation. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelors of Science from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Innovation Talks

To thrive in the new world of digital business, companies need to innovate at an unprecedented pace. Innovation Talk sessions, including solutions and services innovations along with best practices, will inspire you throughout your informative and engaging week at Cisco Live.



Time Agenda/Speaker
1:00pm – 1:45pm OPTUS Session 1
2:00pm – 3:00pm Innovation Mini-Series: Three talks outlining new innovation applying technology to real-world challenges. Headlined by Kevin Bloch, Chief Technology Officer, Cisco, Australia and New Zealand, taking us through his Top Ten Tech Trends for 2019, you will then hear from Cisco Innovation Centres on their latest projects (Farm Decision Platform) and Cisco IOT practice.
3:00pm – 3:30pm Data Centre Innovation Talk
3:30pm – 4:30pm Automation Mini-Series: Hear from Cisco’s leaders in each of the main technology pillars about the latest in automation tooling and applications: Service Provider (NSO), Data Centre (Cloud & ACI), Networking (SDWAN and SD Access) and Collaboration’s API use-cases.
4:30pm – 5:00pm Collaboration Innovation Talk
5:00pm – 5:30pm Service Provider Innovation Talk


Time Agenda/Speaker
9:30am – 10:00am Small Business Session

Bastiaan Toeset, Vice President, Global Small Business and Asia, Pacific, Japan and China Commercial.

10:00am – 10:30am Cybersecurity Innovation Talk
1:00pm – 1:45pm OPTUS Session 2
2:00pm – 3:00pm Security and Trust Mini-SeriesHeadlined by Michelle Dennedy, Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer of Cisco, discussing Privacy in the modern world followed by lightning updates on applied security in each technology area: Networking (SDA and SDWAN), Cloud, Collaboration and Managed Services.
3:00pm – 3:30pm Enterprise Networks Innovation Talk
3:30pm – 4:00pm Analytics Mini-Series: Come and hear Cisco’s brightest take you through the rapidly evolving world of Analytics – from application performance with AppD through network health with DNAC and Meraki Analytics, Webex’s increasing use of AI to optimise meetings and the enhanced Security through TALOS and AMP.
4:00pm – 4:30pm Customer ExperienceHear how Cisco is changing the technology adoption lifecycle with applied examples from Cisco IT and others.

Tuesday, March 5

Reinvent the Network
1:00 – 1:30 pm
Sachin Gupta
SVP, Product Management, Cisco

Transforming the Customer Experience through Innovative Services
2:00 – 2:30 pm
Joseph Pinto
SVP, Customer Experience, Cisco

Wednesday, March 6

Data Center and Cloud Automation with HyperFlex and UCS
10:30 – 11:00 am
Kaustubh Das
VP, Computing Systems, Cisco

Data Center and Cloud Automation with HyperFlex and UCS
10:30 – 11:00 am
DD Dasgupta
VP, Enterprise Product Marketing, Cisco

How to Turn Your Network into Your Greatest Security Asset
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Gee Rittenhouse
SVP / GM, Cisco Security Business, Cisco

The #DevNetEffect - Get the Playbook for Using Cisco’s Newest APIs
12:15 – 12:45 pm
Susie Wee
VP & CTO, DevNet, Cisco

Thursday, March 7

Best Case Security for Worst Case Scenarios
10:30 – 11:00 am
Bret Hartman
VP & CTO, Security, Cisco

Extending the Enterprise to Embrace IoT
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Chris Galo
Market Development Manager, IoT, Cisco

Extending the Enterprise to Embrace IoT
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Dan Behrens
Technical Marketing Engineer, Cisco

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