UPDATED 14:30 EST / JUNE 28 2018

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Full stack systems integrator helps Cisco transition beyond networking

The buzz around the Cisco Live event earlier this month focused on Cisco System Inc.’s transition from networking to software. Part of this transition has been helped by a relatively new full stack systems integration company, called Netnology Inc.

The company has hit the ground running, working with Amazon Web Services Inc. and other platforms, in addition to Cisco. And Netnology has been working on a new project with Cisco’s DevNet platform just announced this month, emphasizing its turn toward software development and collaboration.

“Susie Wee is announcing DevNet’s Code Exchange,” said Salman Asadullah (pictured), principal at Netnology. “So we are among those few partners who have contributed to that Code Exchange. So we have put our code for everybody to go get it, play with it. We have a couple of use cases we have shared on that Code Exchange free for everybody.”

Asadullah spoke with John Furrier (@furrier) and Stu Miniman (@stu), co-hosts of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile livestreaming studio, during the Cisco Live event in Orlando, Florida. They discussed Cisco’s transition beyond networking, cross training employees, and what the future looks like for Netnology and Cisco. (* Disclosure below.)

Training hybrid engineers

Netnology is also working to have its employees cross trained so they can work together more efficiently and develop impressive projects. Fresh computer science grads are asked to get their Cisco Certified Network Associate Certificate, and the employees that are Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts also learn some coding.

While Asadullah revealed there has been some initial push back, in general it has proven to be a smart strategy that opens up doors for all kinds of collaboration. At least basic knowledge of the skills beyond one’s expertise allows the tech team to build their viewpoints and hold intelligent conversations on how everything fits together, Asadullah explained.

“The point is that for any network, for any engineer, or any organization, to get to the next level, they have to go through this evolution,” Asadullah concluded.

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of the Cisco Live event. (* Disclosure: Cisco Systems Inc. sponsored this segment of theCUBE. Neither Cisco nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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