Life-long learner, insatiably curious, technology addict, and “empowerer”/supporter/manager of intelligent people.
CCIE #6690 routing/switching – 20 years
AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, Fortinet NSE3, Working on Google ACE
Hien Nguyen, CCIE #6690
I’m an American citizen with Vietnamese blood that was born in Tokyo, Japan. I would like to use my technical experience (at a manufacturer, partner, and with our customers) and creativity to help a company grow and/or help develop a product that makes a difference. Beyond Cisco, I keep up with many types of technology including enterprise hardware, software, applications, etc. Personally, I also follow consumer technology trends in PCs, tablets, phones, gaming, etc.
I’ve managed engineering teams from all over the world (from interns to CCIEs) for more than two decades and love supporting, empowering and developing teams of intelligent people.
Bringing things to the table:
Lead from the front
Mindful, Active listener
Cisco Practice Manager – Sterling (2020 – Current) I was brought in based on my experience with Cisco to help achieve Gold status and grow the Cisco business. In my first 30 days, I helped organize the audit teams and we delivered (I led the entire audit and presales demo) a flawless performance with no action items (based on my 5 audits and what we’ve heard from the auditors, that was a new record). I am now helping them plan a delivery and presales structure along with go-to-market strategies in key markets.
Director of Solutions Architecture – Netsync (2016 – 2019) Netsync is a highly recognized (Cisco SLED Partner of the Year – current and many prior years) infrastructure and services provider in Texas. My role led the Solutions Architects or PreSales Engineering team and managed goals including partnering with vendors (i.e. Cisco, VMware, F5, NetApp, EMC, Pure Storage, AWS, etc.), ongoing training/conventions, process improvement, business development & marketing, etc. I also acted as an escalation point for issues with customers and vendors. I’ve also formed and developed an RFP response team to help respond to RFP/bids in a more efficient manner while providing consistently high-quality responses. The team’s numbers have grown year over year since I joined in 2016 from ~300, ~400, 466 (2018) with only 1 additional headcount. This entire team consists of more than 40 people including a team of 27 Solutions Architects which are all high-level PreSales engineers that interface with our customers on a daily basis. They are divided into “standard” infrastructure practices including Enterprise Networking and Wireless, Data Center, Collaboration, etc and are mostly in Texas, but a handful are in Florida and California. I also helped lead a successful Gold audit, Master Collaboration and Master Security audit. Additionally, I manage smaller teams including SmartNet/Renewals, RFP coordinators, and a Corporate Editing team. I’m working with two practice managers to build custom solutions leveraging a Cisco UC platform and for school/campus safety and security. Netsync grew from ~$120MM to over $300MM in revenue during my time there.
Owner/Founder – The Technical Initiative (2009 – 2020) The Technical Initiative is my own consulting company that’s been in business since 2009 (and was majority owner of Antero Solutions and partner of The Broadleaf Group). I left Netsync in April 2019. I have provided leadership and guidance to multiple companies that needed help growing their Cisco business. This included, but was not limited to, compensation and team structure discussions, vendor alignment and strategy, ISO 27001 consulting (preparing and executing a Phase 1 audit), training for new Vendor Management representatives, etc.
I’m currently acting as product/project manager for a development team that’s engaged in digital transformation for a rail services company. I’m working with the customer, UX/UI designer and developers to ensure the development is on track with MVP due by July 2020. We’re utilizing MS Azure and Azure DevOps along with InVision and Zeplin for prototyping.
Additional details and work experience (at Presidio and Cisco) available by request – hien34 at gmail dot com