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Cisco Connect New Zealand 2018
Wellington | Auckland

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  • Date:Tuesday, 25 September, 2018
  • Location: Harbourside Function Venue
    (formally known as Mac’s Function Centre)
    4 Taranaki Street, Te Aro, Wellington
  • Duration:8:30AM – 1:30PM
    Followed by Lunch
  • Date:Thursday, 27 September, 2018
  • Location: Hilton Auckland
    Princes Wharf, 147 Quay St, Auckland
  • Duration:8:30AM – 1.30PM
    Followed by Lunch


At Cisco, we’re focused on guiding our customers on their digital transformation journey. Living in a multi-cloud world means that now, more than ever, we must reinvent the network, leverage the power of data, and secure it to create meaningful experiences. Join us at Cisco Connect New Zealand 2018 as we explore the key pillars to develop a Secure and Intelligent Platform for digital business.

Dave Wilson,
Country Director,
Cisco Systems, New Zealand

7 Reasons to Attend Cisco Connect New Zealand

  1. Actionable content: Last year’s event was rated 4.5 out of 5 for delivering valuable insight that could be actioned by attendees. This year, get the actions from our experts that will have your business on the journey to digital transformation.
  2. A customer journey sure to inspire action: Hear New Zealand Police Deputy CIO’s digital transformation journey that is reinventing the experience for people across the country. Learn the key trends you should prepare for to gain competitive advantage.
  3. Build your digital blueprint to innovate at pace: Assess and get the steps you need to ensure your digital infrastructure supports your speed of change.
  4. Experience the next-gen workplace: See how you can create more meaningful customer and employee experiences with the innovations that are shifting workplace and team collaboration.
  5. Top tech trends: Hear the much anticipated top tech trends and predictions that could inform your business strategy from our CTO for Cisco ANZ, Kevin Bloch.
  6. Simplify cybersecurity and retaining talent: Let us take out the ‘fear factor’ and highlight how to grasp the quick wins. We’ll also release the latest figures on the digital skills gap in cybersecurity nationally and identify strategies to retain and retrain talent.
  7. Unlock the power of data: Learn how a solid data privacy strategy is good for your business, builds customer loyalty and can increase the speed of innovation.

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Time Topic Speaker Description
8:30AM - 9:00AM Registration
9:00AM - 9:05AM Welcome from Cisco ANZ's CIO Julie Canepa,
Chief Information Officer,
Cisco, Australia & New Zealand
9:05AM - 9:30AM Good Privacy is Good For Business Michelle Dennedy,
Vice President & Chief Privacy Officer,
Good privacy - it's not only critical to our innovation, it's our duty of responsibility to our customers. Learn the top actions you can take to protect data and privacy and build customer confidence and loyalty in the digital economy.
9:30AM – 10:00AM Confessions of a Customer: New Zealand Police Rob Cochrane,
Superintendent, Chief Information Officer,
Director Mobility & Innovation
New Zealand Police

Q & A with Michelle Dennedy,
Vice President & Chief Privacy Officer,
Explore how New Zealand Police is adopting exponential technologies to dramatically reinvent the customer experience and streamline, allowing them to get more resources on the frontline. Learn the key trends and data privacy measures they have adopted to inform your next move.
10:00AM– 10:15AM Changing the Security Equation
10:15AM – 10:35AM Industry Involvement in Cybersecurity Education -
The Latest Insights into The Future Trend in
Micro-Credentials to Meet the Cybersecurity
Skills Gap
Cybersecurity is advancing rapidly; faster than can be currently resourced. As the pace of change accelerates, New Zealand will depend more than ever on its capacity to produce graduates who are employable from day one and able to fill major skills shortages before they impede economic growth. This panel will share the latest findings from an exclusive cybersecurity micro-credentials national study and provide perspectives on meeting the skills challenges.
10:35AM – 10:45AM Taking the 'Fear Factor' Out of Cybersecurity Glenn Maiden,
National Security Officer,
Cisco, Australia & New Zealand
Too often cybersecurity is overcomplicated. We'll simplify the current cyber threat landscape and equip you with the actions to grasp those quick wins and secure for the future.
10:45AM – 11.15AM Morning Tea
11:15AM – 11:45AM The Future is Now Kevin Bloch,
Chief Technology Officer,
Cisco, Australia & New Zealand
As the CTO of Cisco ANZ, Kevin Bloch must have his finger on the pulse, identifying what technologies will shift the markets that Cisco, our partners, and our customers participate in. Hear about the trends that Kevin predicts to reach adoption and have the greatest potential impact for customers.
11:45AM – 12:05PM Navigating a Multi-Cloud Arena A multi-cloud world is here and chances are that you're a multi-cloud business. With the intense pressure to adapt at a faster rate than ever, this new multi-cloud playing field creates complexity that needs to be effectively managed. In this session, relevant for all lines of business, learn how customers turning to multi-cloud are leveraging more tools, speed and innovation required to win in a competitive landscape. We'll take a look at Cisco's approach to cloud and the key considerations for creating a multi-cloud strategy.
12:05PM – 12:25PM The Next-Gen Workplace Vaughan Klein,
Director Collaboration,
Cisco, Australia & New Zealand
Create more meaningful customer and employee experiences with the innovations that are shifting workplace and team collaboration.
12:25PM – 12:55PM The Story Behind Viptela's SD WAN Khalid Raza,
Distinguished Engineer,
Co-Founder & CTO, Viptela
Co-founder and CTO of Viptela shares the journey of how they came to be and the business challenges they were adamant to solve, forming the genesis for Cisco's SD WAN. From retail to finance, all industries have distinct and unique network requirements and networks are increasingly expected to address complexity and agility. Khalid will walk through how you can overcome the complexity of the network and simplify with some key considerations no matter what industry.
12:55PM – 1:15PM Dealing With Disruption - Catching the Market Transitions Transforming Innovation Malcolm Thornton,
Head of Investment,
Cisco, Australia & New Zealand
Customers are dealing with unparalled and accelerated disruption in their business - largely driven by technology. It's a struggle to keep up, to identify where the next set of disruptions are coming from, to deal with the everchanging rules and nature of competition. As one of the most prolific venture capitalists, Cisco too deals with this challenge and we'll be open about it. Learn about the shift in markets that Cisco, our partners and our customers play in, and how to use this to inform extend capabilities and drive innovation in new markets.
1:15PM – 1:20PM Event Close Julie Canepa,
Chief Information Officer,
Cisco, Australia & New Zealand
1:20PM Lunch

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