Company Visit: Cisco Systems Inc. (Diegem)

The next IEEE/ICTM Student Branch industry visit will be at Cisco (Diegem) on the 21st of October, 2016, in the afternoon (details to be fixed later, but we target a 13:00-17:00 slot).

What is Cisco?

Wikipedia tells us: “Cisco Systems, Inc. is an American multinational corporation technology company headquartered in San Jose, California, that designs, manufactures and sells networking equipment worldwide. It is the largest networking company in the world.” And wikipedia is right. We are pretty sure that plenty of you have/had a Cisco router or switch at the office or at home.

About this visit:

Cisco’s unit in Diegem is composed of both an R&D team and an IT service team for designing and deploying products to the clients.

The program so far is as follows:

  • A general presentation on Cisco, who they are, what they do, etc.
  • Lab visit, we will see the tools and devices used there.
  • Discussion with experts. Depending on the public, it can be more or less technical. The discussion can be oriented towards VOIP or Routing/Switching. This is a great opportunity for researcher working on communication technologies to discuss ideas.
  • A demo/workshop. Cisco Diegem’s main activity is IT service. They have dedicated part of their office space to the reproduction of client’s installation, for testing and debugging. This allows them to pinpoint bugs and failures in a client’s installation, allowing them to taylor their solutions to the client’s needs. In this workshop, we’ll see cisco engineers at work on that task as part of a demo. We will be able to interact with them and be involved in the process.

The number of places is limited (+- 20 people), and we’d like to target a public which is familiar with routing/switching and telecommunication technologies, so that you may fully benefits from the interactions there. The transportation organisation and funding will be assumed by usPlease note as well that the visit will be held in English.