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Doug Foster

ORG Cisco Systems Title BIO Doug Foster is a Customer Solutions Manager in the Voice Technology Group with Cisco Systems, and currently works in the area of packet voice, video, & data convergence. Whether it is his 30 years of technical and management experience in Fortune 500 companies like John Deere, Alcatel, and Cisco, or the experience of owning a private business, Doug has been a significant contributor to the evolution of the Internet Generation. Doug has architected and installed international networks, and was responsible for the migration of John Deere's worldwide SNA business network into a multi-protocol Intranet in the mid 1980s. As a result of his work, Doug was asked by the US Department of Defense to speak at Interop '88 on how "John Deere built tractors using TCP/IP". This was nearly a decade before most businesses began to leverage the value of the Internet and eCommerce applications. Doug has a BSME from Iowa State University and lives in Cary North Carolina with his wife Cindy, and two teenage daughters Erin and Amber. When not busy with work or family, Doug devotes his free time to writing his first book (Convince Me!) and to sea kayaking."