26th Jan 2009: I am visiting the Cisco Networkers 2009 convention as an employee of the Bank of Greece.
So far it seems very interesting. I have already met with people that are in charge of the products I am using as well as other experts from similar organizations using those products. We exchanged info and views. I have also come in contact with concepts I have never heard before like VRFs. It has to do with virtual networking on the Lan level.
But I think they must be trying to cut down on expenses this year. Not even a descent bag as a welcome pack. Also not free phone calls for attendants, only prepaid 5 minutes. We ll see how it goes.
Tomorrow its the John Chambers presentation. If I were a priest the equivalent would have to be something like meeting God.
27th Jan 2009: The John Chambers key note event (John Chambers is the president – CEO of Cisco) was not bad, he talked about the effects of the economics crisis in IT and how the IT companies should act on it and even use it to their advantage. But I feel that there is a significant fear that investments will freeze and that this would put even Cisco on a hard spot. However he did present his case well, throwing a lot of data our way on how this last crisis is similar on numbers to two other cases in the recent past and how Cisco used those periods to gain a lot in market share and revenue. And definitely not like meeting God 🙂 In fact I cant believe God would be an American..
The afternoon key note event was a treat: Brian Kox from the University of Manchester, participant at CERN, presented to us the different CERN experiments focusing on the ATLAS (the one that tries to recreate the big bang) as well as the world of particle physics. Very very interesting and gifted speaker who obviously has a great passion for his work. One can only envy such a thing.
The break out sessions were amazing, I didn’t even know those things were possible or available to me! So were some of the contacts I made with some of the World of Solutions people. Basically this is a lot of companies using Cisco equipment or protocols to provide solutions to customers. It was great insight into the immediate future of networking and network services as well as the present and future of network management which has become my area of expertise.
When looking at the text of the presentations as well as the people in the conference, btw we must be about 20000 people here, I got the sad impression that we are an isolated and misunderstood race. No one can or even cares to understand what we do or can do. In essence we are like insane people, psychopaths. What is even stranger is how we strive to become even more insane! I believe our isolation has a lot to do with the fact that our work is invisible. I know that most people think I am a computer hardware expert. That is something they can touch and see. But nothing could be farther from the truth. I am just an educated computer user with a lot of bad experiences concerning hardware and a constant desire to collect more bad experiences. I am a network architect and a network management specialist. No one can really understand what I do. This conference makes evident to me that I m not isolated enough to be great at what I do. There are a lot of things I am missing. But then how can that be considered a life? To have no real life outside the office or the profession? Isn’t that a waste of our time on earth? I don’t know yet.
One last note. The long hours are really killing my brain.. The whole event and presentations are too compressed. Too much info.. Still two days to go and not much time to do anything else..