New innovations in mobility are transforming our daily lives and the safety of our loved ones. As the growth of mobility enables more wearable devices and applications that include GPS and Wi-Fi features, it is becoming increasingly easier for parents to remotely monitor their children’s safety while managing their own daily tasks.
Gartner predicts that wearable electronics will be a $10 billion industry. This opens up many opportunities for organizations that can successfully respond to the rapidly changing mobile landscape by bridging enterprise and service provider networks through an architectural approach to mobility.
How will this increase in mobile data impact your infrastructure and security? Two common concerns that must be addressed are the issue of bandwidth and the potential for malware attacks. It is important that IT leaders consider how a stable and secure network can significantly impact the future of mobility.
Read the full Transforming Child Safety through Mobility blog to learn more.
Tags: Cisco, mobile, mobility, value at stake, Wearables, wi-fi, wifi, wireless
Cisco is dedicated to using our technology around the world to make a positive difference in the lives of people and local communities. This December, Cisco offices on 3 continents partnered with hospitals to use Cisco collaboration technology to help bring holiday cheer to sick children and their families. More than 60 hospitals in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Latin America and Australia participated this year in Cisco’s 7th annual “Connected Santa” program.
Picture courtesy of Children’s Hospital of Michigan, USA
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With the adoption of the Internet of Things and Internet of Everything, advances in mobility and next-generation Wi-Fi are driving faster speeds, higher signal quality and more reliable connectivity. With the upcoming ratification of the two waves of the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, how are emerging Wi-Fi models creating new security features that are defining the next-generation Wi-Fi experience?
Next Generation Wi-Fi Models
Migration to the 5 GHz-only 802.11ac is quickly becoming a reality. In a recent article by Lisa Phifer, Chris Spain, Vice President of Product Marketing for Cisco’s Wireless Networking Group, discusses more about how this migration will drive a shift in mobile device support for 5 GHz. “An increasing percentage of new mobile devices provide dual-band capability, and they generally prefer the less congested 5 GHz band,” Spain said. New Wi-Fi models, like those listed below, can help drive mobile devices to the 5GHz band:
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Executive sponsorship is one of the most important non-technical aspects of a project. Everyone knows about the technical: do we have rack space, is there enough power, did fibers get ordered, did the equipment ship, are the cut sheets ready? But rarely is thought given to the people aspect of projects.
What is Executive sponsorship? Executive sponsorship by definition is a role in project management, usually filled by the senior member of the project board and often the chair. The project sponsor will be a senior executive in a corporation (often at or just below board level) who is responsible to the business for the success of the project. Each company has a different structure and it will mean something different in each case, but the concept is the same for the majority. At our company the primary sponsor was the CIO.
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80% of survey respondents [administered by MIT/Sloan and Cap Gemini] believe that their companies need to go through a significant digital transformation. However, 63% of those respondents also believe that their current pace is too slow.
Sound familiar? Is your company moving too slowly? Are you moving at all?
I heard these stats while attending the recent Digital Leaders Summit in San Francisco. Aimed at those responsible for guiding their enterprises into the new digital future, the summit highlighted trends, best practices and case studies from a number of media and other companies including leaders from The New York Times, The Economist, Turner Broadcasting, Jump Associates, Coca-Cola, The LA Times, Politico, and others.
While many of the presenters were B2C, with a heavy emphasis on media companies, their messages were very applicable to B2B companies as all of us face similar digital issues, among them:
- the 3rd screen challenge [customers using multiple screens at once; TV + iPad, for example]
- ability to best optimize for revenue
- attracting visitors to their sites
- personalizing content for the user
- delivering high customer value …
- … while simultaneously delivering appropriate returns for the company and shareholders
Large, Medium, or Small Businesses – All Face the Challenge to Shift
The size of a company can affect its rate of digital adoption, including the speed and degree of innovation and implementation, and the impact it generates. If you’re in a big company, are you envious of small-company speed and agility? If you’re in a smaller or medium-sized company, are you envious of big-company resources or market impact? Each has their strengths and their weaknesses:
How to Drive Rapid and Lasting Innovation?
And of course, innovation and how to improve digital transformation is always a topic of conversation, regardless of company size. Ideas presented for digital leaders to spur innovation include:
- Co-locate team members for immediate, fluid, ongoing collaboration
- Give up executive top-down control of the team, and let them drive
- Refine through experience
- Rapidly prototype and iterate
- Quickly kill projects, features, and products that don’t work
- Hire and recruit great talent – and work hard to retain them
- Make faster decisions
- Cannibalize the existing business
- Develop and present many ideas, then narrow them
- Start with research, but then add creativity – by knowing your customers and business better than anyone else
Other Insights for Digital Leaders
Some additional themes I heard at the summit, which resonated with me, include:
- To drive innovation, find a catalyst. A problem or opportunity to initiate change will push adoption faster.
- Take stock. Assess your strengths as well as weaknesses. (We too often focus on what’s lacking)
- Ask the tough questions up front – people, process, technology issues will arise, so plan for them.
- Tie your digital quest to your organizational mission. That connection will add fuel to your efforts.
- Plan, but allow some room for discovery and insight along the way.
Summary Thoughts on Driving Transformation
It’s always interesting to hear advice and recommendations from others who are leading the transformation to digital, especially those who have experience driving change and earning results. Some of the ‘parting shots’ I took as bottom-line advice for Chief Digital Officers, in title or in role:
- Respect the company’s legacy but focus on the future.
- Change the culture in order to effect lasting change.
- Earn trust by delivering results today, but with an eye on the long-term play.
- Run toward innovation, as a way to leapfrog rather than taking a linear journey.
- Be confident and grow a thick skin, as any major transformation will hit bumps and cause scrapes — but it’s a wild and adventurous journey.
How Can We Help?
Here at Cisco, we’re on the journey to transform to more of a digital business in how we operate, as are many of our customers and partners. It’s a fast-moving market, and we’re leading in several areas, maintaining parity in others, and we see many opportunities to evolve and improve over time. Feel free to share your comments on your own company’s journey, and let us know if we can help your business transform and lead.
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