Curriculum Vitae

Who am I?

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I’m Roman Gischig, born 1973 in Basel Switzerland.

From a young age I was interested and fascinated by Technology. This started with LEGO, then RC cars and finally I got my first computer, the Comodore 64. I learned a little bit of Basic programming. Computer kept me fascinated over the years so I did an apprenticeship as Electronics at the Swiss Post (today Swisscom) where I learned how to work precise and  and under pressure.

In order to learn Englisch, I was able to spend 8 month in Sunnyvale California supporting my Uncle at his startup, Bear Instruments (mass spectrometer development). Here I first got in contact with he Internet, a whole new world. I’ve helped creating new websites, beefed up the PC’s and built a local network so all PC’s where able to communicate with each other.

Back in Switzerland I went to the Electronics engineering school FHBB – Fachhochschule (Basel) and did my diploma in Electronics. In March 2000 I begun  to work at Cisco in various roles which are described below.

By now I have a family and live in Effretikon, near Zürich. I find my balance doing Ju-Jitsu at the WLZ and going hiking and snowboarding in the mountains. A big part of my interest is now in photography and taking videos with my drone. So I’m never bored and I have always new ideas on what to do. And my two girls also keep me busy….

2010-current: Technical Solutions Architect in the Swiss Collaboration sales team

As Collaboration Technical Solutions Architect in the Swiss Collaboration sales team, I’m responsible supporting the sales in selling the Cisco collaboration portfolio to our customers. My customers ranges from a Swiss University or Mid-Sized (KMU) company to the Fortune 500. Each customer is different so I must adopt quickly to the their needs and requirements. Is it going to be a new Webex-Teams Cloud solution or the traditional on premise Callmanager this depends on listening carefully to the customer and his requirements. With by background and knowledge about the Cisco portfolio I can create a custom solution for each and every customer. Being active in the Cisco collaboration space since 2002 in various roles, I have a strong and deep understanding of the Cisco collaboration portfolio.

An important part of my role is to support our Swiss Cisco Collaboration partners. We deliver trainings and technologie updates in regular intervals to a large audience. Further we support the partners in RFP’s and RFQ’s if needed. Over the years the work with the partners have developed a trusted relationship.

With the move to cloud a lot of new topics have come to the table. From guiding the partner and customer on how to design the network to support the new ways the data travels has become as important as teaching how to integrate app’s into his business workflow.

Diverse and creative work keeps me motivated

Work History

2007-2010: Cisco Network consultant engineer in the EMEA UC/Video Practices

Cisco Unified Voice practices team (EMEA)Project deployment of Cisco Telepresence SolutionLow Level design documentation
Solution implementation documentation
Handover testing documentation
End-user Training
Administrator Training
Cisco ATP partner development
APT partner consulting services
Cisco Telepresence Virtual Team host
contribution to Best Practice for Telepresence
Close relation ship with Cisco Telepresence Business Unit
Telepresence lab
Project Engineering
Swiss Innovation Forum
BWI Germany
Swiss Post
TeliaSonera (Finland/Sweden)
Nokia Siemens (Germany/Finland)
TDC (Denmark/Sweden)
Vestas (Denmark)
Accenture (Germany/UK)
TechnologyTelepresenceCTS-3000 /CTS-1000/CTS-500
Cisco Unified Callmanager 5.x ; 6.x
Cisco Telepresence Manager
Microsoft AD
Microsoft Exchange 2003/2007
Cisco Telepresence Multipoint Switch
Cisco Telepresence interoperability with legacy video endpoints
.h323 endpoints
Tandberg Edge 95
Campus and LAN QoS
Cisco Catalyst 6500
Cisco 3750G / 3560G
Cisco 3750G-ME
Cisco 7200 VXR
Cisco 7301
Cisco 38xx
WAN capacity planning for international Telepresence deployments
Telepresence Network readiness

2005-2007: Cisco NOS support engineer in the Swiss Advanced Services Team

Nationale Suisse InsuranceNetwork IPT readiness assessmentDetailed Network assessment with the main focus that it would be able to carry VoIP services.
NovartisNetwork migration of a manufacturing plant in TurkeyNew Low Level Design
Migration strategy and documentation
Onsite Network migration
Admin training and network handover
L.Hoffman-La RocheMaintained the good relationship with the Roche Network Engineering Team.Worked on: Wireless
Core MPLS migration strategy
VoIP, Cisco Unified Callmanager
EIGRP/BGP routing
LAN-Switching Datacenter
This engagement ended by September 2007 due to my personal changes within Cisco
UBSSupporting the UBS networking team on stabilize and optimize there network with a big focus on the LAN switching infrastructureCisco Catalyst 6500 (Native and Hybrid configuration)
EIGRP routing
BGP routing
Software strategy
Software evaluation and validation
L.Hoffman-La RocheWorking in a close relationship with the Roche networking engineering team on standardize there network designs and configurationDelivering Cisco advisory services to Roche in Network design questions

2005-2006: Cisco Network consultant engineering the Swiss Advanced Services Team

Swisscom BroadcastProof of concept for Multicast audio streaming over ADSLADSL (ISDN and Analog)
AAA access security with Cisco ACS server
OSPF, RIPv2 & BGP routing
QoS on ADSL access links
Multicast routing
IP-PIM sparse design
Low Level Design and implementation document for multicast Radio streaming
Design and implement the out of band management network for Swisscom Broadcast remote antenna sitesADSL
ISDN Dial-In
GPRS access
Leased line
AAA access security with Cisco ACS server
OSPF, RIPv2 & BGP routing
creating the Low Level Design, Network ready for use and test procedure documentation
Supporting Swisscom Fixnet as Network consultantBasic and Advanced Lan Switching training for Cisco 6500 and Cisco 3750 platform
Lab manager in the Swiss SP-LabRouting and Switching

2002-2005: Cisco AVVID TAC engineer in the Brussels world wide TAC

8 weeksBrusselsVoice over IP speed-up
Callmanager boot camp
CCIE Voice Drake test (7/2003)
KT Troubleshooting course
3 YearsBrussels and ZürichWorking as AVVID TAC engineer for the Brussels AVVID TAC, covering a wide variety of technologies around Cisco Callmanager.
Applications (Callmanager/IPCC Express/SoftPhone/Unity)
Voice protocols (SKINNY/H323/MGCP/ISDN)
Access technologies (E1/T1/BRI/FXS/FXO/E&M)
IOS gateways (2600/3600/4500/3700)
Voice gateways (VG200/VG248/VG224/6608/6624/CMM/ATA186)
IP Phones (79xx/ATA186)
Voice QoS
Wireless (7920)
Switching (L2 configuration/InlinePower)
Video for Callmanager
General L3 troubleshooting
Windows Server knowledge & troubleshooting skills
MeetingPlace Solution
Cisco Unity Voice Mail
Setting up the Swiss AVVID TAC lab

2000-2002: Cisco Network consultant engineer in the Cisco Professional Services EMEA Team

6 weeksSan JoseTelenor MPLS project (Oslo)
working as project engineer during network staging in San Jose for 6 weeks
1 weekTraining in Brussels Advanced BGP course
6 monthsUK360 Networks Global MPLS IP network
Working for 6 months on implementation, roll out and installation plans Performed network testing and handover Delivered GSR training to 360 Networks operation
2 monthsSan Jose, Saudi ArabiaSTC (Saudi Telecom) MPLS/ATM network deployment
Network staging in San Jose as team lead with partner resource (Intracom) Network roll out & testing in Riyadh Network handover to customer
6 weeksWarsau/SwitzerlandEnergis Polska MPLS/Voice Network
Backup project engineer,4 weeks in Warsaw Roll out & installation of network Network handover testing


4 YearsMuttenz, near BaselElectronics engineering school FHBB - Fachhochschule (Basel)
2 YearsReinach (Basel, Switzerland)Part-time IT support for MCS AG in Reinach (Basel, Switzerland)


1 YearUSA at Bear Instruments (San Jose)Network Support
Web design
Helping in developing GC-MS-MS Mass-Spectrometers (Now sold by Variant as 320-MS)