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Impact of Bringing Your Own Devices for Work and the Network

Recently Jon Stine with Cisco IBSG wrote in the Cisco Retail blog an article titled “In Between the Numbers: Bring Your Own Device Do we know what that means?” where he talked about the changes that the BYOD concept brings to the change in the culture of employees leveraging technology to get their job done, and how it not just impacts the end point technology but all the network and information technology infrastructure.

I recently went to New York  for the National Retail Federation Conference and I took a picture of all the devices (excluding my laptop) that I carried with me for use at the hotel, in the booth, and while I was at 30,000 ft.

Cius, iPad, iPhone

As I think back about working with multiple devices (both issued to me and owned by me) during the week, here are some areas that impacted IT.

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Cisco: Helping Our Customers Innovate

February 3, 2012 at 4:11 am PST

As we all know, the world is changing at networked speeds and organizations need an IT partner that can help lead them through these challenges. Cisco is that partner.

To help further communicate this, we recently launched our new brand and advertising campaign. This campaign is to showcase that our true value is in what we make possible for customers with our innovative networking technology.  Our company strategy starts and ends with customer success. As such, the ongoing campaign will highlight Cisco customers and the ways that Cisco’s intelligent network empowers their business with new, more effective ways to connect, exchange ideas and innovate.

IMHO, Cisco is uniquely positioned to help our customers solve their most important business challenges. Our strengths are many: beginning with engineering depth and expertise, an ecosystem of partners, a passion for networking, and culminating in our vast experience at building and delivering Intelligent Networks that unleash business potential.  It’s our rich portfolio transformational business solutions that help CEOs and CIO/CTOs achieve greater innovation and momentum.

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Murali Sitaram: “Cisco’s Quadragenarian”

This week in No Jitter, Cisco Collaboration Vice President Murali Sitaram is featured in an extensive Q&A with editor Dave Michels. Entitled, Cisco’s Quadragenarian,” Sitaram is working to take Cisco, a company with a strong networking core, and move it towards collaboration software that is both social and cloud-based.

Murali discusses his role, Cisco’s perspective on social business software, the post PC-era, collaboration in general, people-centric collaboration, email and more.  In part he says:

“In today’s post-PC era, employees no longer are tied to their desk or required to sit in a conference room to do their jobs…Social collaboration adds a new layer to the communication experience, allowing companies to innovate, grow, expand into new markets and increase productivity.

Over the last two or three decades we have been living in the era of the “document” or…email…if you think about it, people don’t really collaborate or work in that way…We have conversations, we share in communities…previous generation of tools have outlived their utility and we must rethink how people work.”

Read about Sitaram’s radical suggestions for shifting email workloads to better workspaces for people to collaborate. I hope you enjoy reading the interview.  Let me know your thoughts on collaboration and enterprise social software.

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UK Start-ups Get Set for the BIG Awards

February 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm PST

So we are finally on the verge of launching the BIG Awards after months of hard work by the BIG team and partners. Powered by Cisco i-Prize, this competition will be crucial to discovering and nurturing technology-based startup businesses in the UK.

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Everybody’s Talking About Social Media…Including Cisco

February 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm PST

Did you hear that Facebook filed its S1?  I thought so…as did the entire world.  There is some very interesting data coming out of the filing, including how many members it has (845 million monthly active users; 483 million daily active users), how much revenue it has (Revenue: $3.71 billion; net income: $1 billion), how many likes and comments per day (2.7 billion), how many photos uploaded per day (250 million) and how many friendship connections (100 billion).

So, what the Facebook S1 says to me is that not only are manymanymanymanymany people using social media, some are actually making some money off of it (see also LinkedIn, Zynga, Groupon, etc.)

What this means in my world is that I get to talk to folks about social media and give my perspective on the why’s and wherefore’s of it in a corporate world (or, at least Cisco’s world)…and more specifically in a corporate communications world. Read More »

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