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Meet Girgis from Cisco Insider Advocates


Our clients are the guts and soul of every thing we do at Cisco and every considered one of them has an fascinating story to inform! Our Q&A sequence permits us to shine a highlight on a few of our most passionate buyer advocates as we be taught extra about their tales and backgrounds.

Cisco’s advocacy group, Cisco Insider Advocates, brings our clients collectively and supplies a method for them to make highly effective connections, develop their skilled and private networks, and be taught from prime consultants of their subject. Certainly one of our targets with our advocacy group is to deepen {our relationships} with our clients and in the present day, we now have one of many friendliest faces locally becoming a member of us for a chat. I’m excited to welcome Girgis Hady from Wadi Degla Holding. I’d additionally prefer to take a second to shout-out Michelle Zhu who helped with our interview! Michelle was an intern with Cisco’s International Advocacy crew in the summertime of 2022, and he or she partnered with me in interviewing Girgis.

Welcome, Girgis! Let’s kick issues off by speaking about what you wished to be once you had been 16 years outdated?

Once I was 16, I wished to be an engineer. I used to be unsure in regards to the particular main in engineering, however I do not forget that I favored constructing issues, working with instruments, know-how, and quite a lot of troubleshooting.

That’s nice! You had an curiosity in IT from a younger age. The place did you begin your profession, and what skilled choice or alternative helped lead you to your present position?

I graduated with a level in Electronics and Communication Engineering, and it was the beginning of my profession in IT. After that I had the chance to hitch the Cisco Networking Academy which guided me to comply with the trail that secured my present position. Throughout my time on the Academy, I gained a primary information and basis into networking by finishing the CCNA course. The course was very intensive and the steerage I acquired within the course allowed me to cross my CCNA Examination and change into licensed. Following that, I accomplished Cisco’s CCNP programs to realize the skilled observe on networking. All these programs and information ready me for the challenges I confronted at work proper up till my present position.

It’s nice to listen to in regards to the invaluable expertise you bought from becoming a member of the Cisco Networking Academy! How has partnering with Cisco helped you in your position?

Relying on the kind of Cisco product and know-how, it enhances our community stability, safety, and agility. For instance, we rely on Cisco Id Companies Engine (ISE) for community entry administration and machine management. It offers us management on what we hook up with in our community and ensures that related units are compliant with our firm coverage.

Thanks for sharing, Girgis. What’s been your largest problem in your organization lately, and the way did you overcome it?

There have been many challenges over the previous two years. One was throughout the pandemic lockdown the place we switched to distant working for our workers. We instantly used the agent of the present firewall and deliberate a challenge to use Cisco merchandise to boost our distant staff’ safety. As we had been utilizing Cisco ISE, we built-in our Cisco Adaptive Safety Equipment (ASA) machine with ISE to have consumer authentication and authorization by means of ISE, as nicely. It supplied a seamless expertise for each work-from-home and on-premise customers.

That’s spectacular, thanks for sharing extra perception into the work you led to assist your organization sort out the transition to distant work. Let’s transfer on to our buyer advocacy group. How would you describe it to these aren’t accustomed to it?

It’s a spot the place you possibly can acquire extra details about Cisco’s new merchandise and applied sciences, whereas additionally having enjoyable networking with Cisco’s group members from world wide—all whereas incomes cool rewards!

The cool rewards are at all times a enjoyable added incentive! You’re considered one of our group “Rockstars.” What made you need to be a part of, and the way has being a part of this group impacted you each professionally and personally?

I joined the group by luck at Cisco Dwell US in 2019 once I handed by “The Gateway” (now often called Cisco Insider Advocates) sales space. I favored the thought of the group, so once I got here again from Cisco Dwell, I began following the actions and I discovered it to be pleasing. Being a part of the group advantages me in some ways because it enhances my information about many Cisco options—even these I don’t work with. I even have the liberty to speak with fabulous folks. Being a part of this group additionally helped me attend Cisco Dwell once more this yr in Las Vegas by means of the “Highway to Cisco Dwell” competitors!

As you known as out, you had been considered one of our “Highway To Cisco Dwell” winners! We might like to know extra about your expertise at Cisco Dwell Vegas. On a scale of 1-5 (5 being the best), how would you describe your total expertise? How did it evaluate to earlier Cisco Dwell conferences?

This yr, I’d give Cisco Dwell a 4 out of 5. It was a bit smaller and there have been much less actions than the final Cisco Dwell US I attended in 2019 in San Diego. It might be because of undeniable fact that it’s the primary onsite Cisco Dwell because the  pandemic. The classes on the Cisco Insiders cubicles had been very helpful and I spotted how a lot I missed seeing folks with shared pursuits come collectively.

I can undoubtedly say that we acquired quite a lot of related suggestions about how pleased folks had been to reconnect with one another in particular person once more. Cisco Dwell US provided quite a lot of enjoyable sales space actions. Amongst them, which was your favourite and why?

Most of the cubicles had been nice, although I REALLY loved the Cisco Insider sales space. It provided a wide range of actions, a snack bar, and naturally nice conversations. Cisco Insider Champions additionally provided nice particular entry to areas of the convention.

You additionally had an opportunity to fulfill for the primary time/reconnect with a few of your friends from the group and members of Cisco’s International Advocacy crew! How did you get pleasure from that reconnection?

Sure, we lastly met once more in particular person! It was a tricky time throughout the pandemic once we had been solely speaking nearly. It was very good to fulfill the crew and different Rockstars from Cisco Insider Advocates. I felt that we had been lastly human once more! As an alternative of all the net conferences, we may discuss face-to-face, eat collectively, and have enjoyable connecting with one another all through the occasion.

I can think about how surreal it should have felt after two years of world lockdowns. We’re nearly on the finish of the interview and we’d love to complete with three issues you possibly can’t stay with out?

  1. Household
  2. Expertise
  3. Pals

It’s been a pleasure to talk with you Girgis, thanks once more for becoming a member of us!

You’re welcome, Rashik!

Learn extra advocate interviews

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For our clients who’ve already joined our Cisco Insider Advocates group, say good day to Girgis for those who haven’t met one another but. And for these Cisco clients who haven’t but joined, think about doing so. You’ll be capable to:

  • Join with friends in a gamified, on-line group
  • Have a possibility to fulfill with Cisco’s executives
  • Share your suggestions, questions, and finest practices
  • Get entry to ‘insider’ content material and assets
  • Develop your skilled and private model
  • Amplify your organization’s success story with Cisco know-how

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