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Is Your WAN Ready For iOS7? 2 Steps You Should Take To Identify and Tame Applications

If you have an iPhone or you are due for a mobile phone refresh, you would have tuned into Apple’s announcement on the new iPhones as well as the new OS, iOS7.  I’ve had my iPhone4 for more than 3 years now so it definitely is decision time.

While we, as the phones’ users, are contemplating a new phone or upgraded OS, what does our other persona, the manager, director, or CIO in charge of our companies’ IT and network, need to consider?  Will this impact me? Especially with BYOD policies can we bring both our iPhone and iPad – new or just upgraded – and connect them to the company wireless network?   The answer is a resounding YES.

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The Third Silver Bullet of Road Safety: Internet of Everything

In 1970, 3,400 people were killed in road accidents in Australia. In 1971, seatbelts became required by law and, since then, the number of road fatalities per year has declined steadily.

In 1982, random breath testing was introduced. As a result, the number of road fatalities has continued to decline despite the exponential increase in cars on the road. Analysts and commentators describe these two milestones as the “silver bullets” of road safety.

In 2012, there were still 1,300 road deaths in Australia which in today’s modern society is completely unacceptable. The question is: where are we going to find the next silver bullet?

Speaking at Cisco Australia’s recent Internet of Everything event, John Wall, Manager for Road Safety Technology at Transport for NSW, thinks that the next silver bullet could very well be the Internet of Everything.

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The Evolving UC Market: Cisco has you covered

Over the last few years, changes in computing, mobility, video and cloud have transformed the collaboration market profoundly and permanently. By listening to our customers and constantly innovating and improving on our market-leading Unified Communications platform, Cisco has been able to keep pace with these drastic market shifts.  Our customers and the industry are recognizing these efforts, and as a result, I am pleased to announce that Cisco has been positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s recently released 2013 Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications and received an ‘Excellent’ rating, the highest rating given in the 2013 Critical Capabilities for Unified Communications report.

Choosing the right UC solution for your business is about more than responding to the latest trends in cloud, mobility or software applications. One of the most basic criteria customers use when choosing their UC vendor is around how the UC solution fits into their current environment. We’ve learned that there is no “one size fits all” approach for our customers. Read More »

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Multiplying The Impact Of Partnerships

This blog was originally posted on the Huffington Post

The Techonomy Detroit conference on Sept. 17 brings together leaders across the country to focus on the transformative role of technology in boosting industries and advancing our economy. Can technology make a difference in the lives and well-being of our neighbors? Can the rapid advancements of social tools allow for a richer collaboration to solve some of our most challenging social issues? Every day I witness innovative technologies being used to not only address social challenges but to build stronger communities — here in the U.S. and across the globe.

But technology alone is not the key.

When people in public and private sectors come together in collaborative partnerships with a common future vision, and combine this vision with innovative technologies, we see the resulting impacts multiply.

Preparing Today for Tomorrow’s Challenges

For a competitive and sustainable economy, the U.S. must have a skilled and well-trained workforce that can meet the evolving needs of industry, such as in education and health care. According to the International Telecommunications Union, 90 percent of all jobs by 2015 will require technical skills. Across industries, we see the growth of global intelligent networks creating a greater need for trained professionals to keep these networks running and secure. So our current shortage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) trained workers is a real risk to our country’s economic recovery and long-term growth. However, a workforce well-schooled in information and communications technology (ICT) and engineering could spur innovation while fueling productivity and economic growth. Investments in ICT will play a major role in generating stable, high-paying jobs and boosting the nation’s gross domestic product. Read More »

When Sensors Act Like Teenagers

A common cornerstone of both the Internet of Things and Internet of Everything concepts is the idea of a future with billions, if not trillions, of connections to the Internet. As the Internet of Everything connects objects, data, people and processes, the future of connected things will not be traditional computers or smartphones. Rather, it may be your refrigerator, or a traffic light, or even a litter box. Basically, anything that can have a status change that will interest someone has the potential to be connected to the Internet in order to alert you to that change.

The idea of being alerted to important information automatically is appealing. After all, if your refrigerator is having a cooling issue and it can send you a text alert, you can save money by taking corrective action before your milk and other products go bad. However, not all of the data generated by the Internet of Everything will be of high value. In fact, most of it will be of little value at all.

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