The Dallas / Fort Worth Cisco Users Group


The DFWCUG is an organization in Dallas TX that works with and helps organize new Cisco Users Groups in the US.

The Dallas / Fort Worth Cisco Users Group


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The Dallas / Fort Worth Cisco Users Group is an independent users group which meets on the first Wednesday of each month for the open exchange of technical information regarding the networking industry and Cisco products for the benefit of Cisco users.
Our meetings are free to attend - all we ask is that you sign up via our membership / meeting announcements mailing list.

We also have a pizza buffet starting at 6:00 pm (no charge) with the main meeting starting at 6:30 pm.

Donate to the DFWCUG

The DFWCUG is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We depend on your generous donations to help fund the operations of the DFWCUG which includes paying the operating costs of our Domain Name and Web Page. Please consider making a donation.

Our Next Meeting - Wednesday December 4, 2019

Converged Threat and Performance Management – Listen to Your Network!

Your network has so much that it wants to tell you. This session will discuss potential data sources – that you’ve already invested in and deployed – that contain untapped veins of information that will help you find and resolve threats and performance problems. See live demonstrations of how under-utilized data sources and techniques can help SecOps and NetOps teams to collaborate more effectively.


Ward Cobleigh, Senior Product Manager - Viavi Solutions

Ward Cobleigh, Sr Product Manager for VIAVI Solutions, understands the balancing act between network ops and security that IT pros are facing today along with the challenges they have in solving issues due to limited visibility and complexity. His experience in engineering, product management plus design and marketing give him a unique ability to cut to the heart of the problem and demonstrate solutions that give engineers a sigh of relief. He brings a refreshing bit of humor to the dry, technical topic of network performance management and security threat hunting.


Ward Cobleigh

Sponsor for December 6, 2019



PLEASE NOTE: After the December 4, 2019 meeting, the DFW Cisco User Group will be taking a hiatus for a few months. We are very short on volunteers, so if you are a regular attendee of the user group and would like to volunteer, please see one of the officers at this month's meeting.


Our Last Meeting - Wednesday October 2, 2019


DevNet Certifications and the Changes to the Larger Cisco Certification Program

This session will cover the program updates recently announced by Chuck Robbins at Cisco Live concerning the changes to the Cisco Certification portfolio. On Feb. 24, 2020, Cisco is launching a completely updated certification portfolio, with program changes occurring at the CCNA, CCNP, and CCIE levels. These updates will also see changes in certification program offerings, continuing education, and recertification policies.

In addition, as part of the Feb 24, 2020 launch, Cisco will also be introducing the new DevNet Certifications. The Cisco DevNet Certification provides a new industry-recognized credential to learners seeking to obtain and validate expertise in the software space. Now, engineers and software developers can validate skill sets in areas such as software & application development, automation, programmability, and writing integrations. This expansion to the certification portfolio now offers learners, teams, and companies certifications to validate skills across both hardware and software, striking the same balance occurring in job roles today.


Ryan Rose, Technical Program Manager - Cisco DevNet

Ryan Rose is the Technical Program Manager for the Developer Experience Team within Cisco DevNet. Ryan has been with Cisco since 2010 and has spent the entirety of his time supporting the Cisco Certification program, from the network engineering certifications that validate hardware skills to the new DevNet Certifications that validate software skills. You can find him on Twitter @RyanRose


Ryan Rose

Sponsor for our Last Meeting

DFWCUG thanks Apex Systems for being our monthly

meeting sponsor for October 2019



Apex Systems is a Staffing and Services firm specializing in Contract, Contract-to-Hire, and Direct Placement, as well as Outsourced Recruitment Solutions. We connect our clients with technical professionals across all IT disciplines.

Apex is in the top 2% of all staffing companies, and is the 2nd largest IT staffing firm in the U.S. In 2018, Apex had placed 44,500 contractors on assignment with more than 1,000 clients.

Our recruiting methodology delivers the highest quality talent in the following skill disciplines:
-Applications & Data Management
-Infrastructure & Security
-Life Sciences
-Digital Experience & Content Strategy
-PMO & Business Operations

Apex provides each employee with an industry-leading benefits program that is designed to provide them with healthcare options and enable a savings account for retirement. Benefits include Healthcare: Limited and Major Medical, Hospital Indemnity Coverage, Dental and Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Short Term and Long Term Disability, and 401(k).

If you are looking for your next opportunity, please reach out to the Apex Systems Dallas branch at 972-201-3676




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