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What Does The Internet Of Everything Really Mean For Cisco Partners?

One way to look at the Internet of Everything (IoE) is that it’s about opportunity — and that the scope of that opportunity is astounding.

Cisco’s analysis holds that there’s about $14.4 trillion of economic value at stake as we unlock the potential of smart network connections to create new capabilities, provide richer experiences and spur unprecedented productivity for businesses, people and countries throughout the world. But we’re only beginning to explore how IoE is going to shape the business discussions, customer purchasing decisions and solution provider conversations of tomorrow.

One question that’s coming up more often from partners is this one: “What does the Internet of Everything really mean to me?”  Read More »

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Customers Desire More Personal Service From Their Banks

Some might argue that retail banking is known more for its inconveniences than its convenience. As an example, the common term ‘banker’s hours’ is synonymous with “being open for the shortest and most inconvenient amount of time”. Despite that legacy, retail banks have made a concerted effort and real progress to extend services through various delivery channels to improve the retail banking customer experience.

Banks may have closed the customer service gap with other industries, but like other industries, must stay ahead of the consumer to deliver an experience that provides profitable value and differentiation. According to a recent report, what most customers want from their banks is greater access and more personalized experiences (in the form of advice, products, and services).

It’s not a surprising conclusion especially to the banking industry which has adapted a retail industry term -- omnichannel -- to describe the needed capabilities to deliver a consistent customer experience across all channels.

The Cisco Connected Customer Experience Report for Retail Banking -- a global survey of consumers and bank professionals conducted in early 2013 -- highlights the opportunities and the challenges that banking institutions face in meeting current and future customer expectations. Globally, consumers ranked Read More »

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On The Edge: Addressing Cloud and Mobility ROI Challenges

“Art and science have their meeting point in method.”

Earl Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Tracking IT ROI has always been equal parts art and science, but lately it’s becoming even more complicated as organizations deal with technology transitions such as cloud and mobility. How do we know? Because Cisco recently asked hundreds of IT Managers in companies of all sizes how their businesses track ROI.

More specifically, we asked Network Managers, Data Center Managers, Server and Storage Managers, and other IT professionals how and if ROI was tracked for their groups. Answers varied widely, as you’d expect, but several point did become clear:  Read More »

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Delivering the Keynote at the World Swiss eLearning Conference: Empowering Knowledge That Creates Business Outcomes

On April 10th I had the privilege to deliver, via TelePresence, the keynote address for the Swiss eLearning Conference 2013 (SeLC) in Zurich. Aimed at the Swiss professional learning community, the event was themed “Educate Your Customer” with a focus on e-learning, online training and augmented reality.  I enjoy engaging with forward-thinking educators who share my passion for creating new paths to learning.Swiss-eLearning-Conference

In my keynote, I described Learning@Cisco’s innovative approach to creating the next generation of IT talent.  The fact is that the industry is experiencing an IT networking skills gap at the very same time the world is approaching the Internet of Everything and the prospect of 50 billion connected devices by the year 2020. 

To help bridge this divide, Cisco has pioneered the use of virtual classrooms, social networking, games, and other resources to democratize learning via our social learning network.  We bring together groups and individuals across the globe to learn from each other about IT networking in ways that augment traditional classrooms. Our goal is to remove barriers to learning and assist our partners and customers with developing the right networking talent to run their businesses.

To learn more, please watch the full presentation here, view the slide deck I shared during the conference, or visit the Cisco Learning Network.

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The Programmable Network: End-to-End Visualization and Control

In our last blog, we talked about the next generation Internet. It will be about the Internet of Everything­ ─ people-to-people, machine-to-machine, machine-to-people, trillions of things coming online in coming years. Software Defined Networking (SDN) is only part of the overall solution.  Real-time intelligence, automation and orchestration, instantaneous responsiveness, and unprecedented business and operational agility require a much broader approach. At Cisco we’re already creating the network of the future with our integrated framework, the Cisco Open Network Environment (Cisco ONE).

So now let’s come down to Earth and explore what all of this really means to an average service provider. What new capabilities and use cases does Cisco ONE enable right now?  How does what we’re doing lay another building block for the Internet of Everything?

Start by Visualizing Your Network Read More »

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