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Three Continents in One Afternoon: Why I Work from Home

There have been a lot of reactions to Yahoo’s decision to eliminate home working for its employees, and now it’s my turn to weigh in. As I see it, balance is key. I can’t imagine working from home all the time because I get far too much positive energy and enjoyment from the open environment in my physical office location. But as a leader, I also can’t imagine how I would stay connected to the people I partner with across the globe if I didn’t spend Monday afternoons in my home office. Read More »

Live from HIMSS: On Context-Aware Healthcare

This year at the annual HIMSS conference I had the pleasure of helping to coordinate the Context Aware Healthcare demo located in the Cisco booth.  The Context Aware solution brings together location services (RTLS) tracking for equipment and people as well as environmental monitoring, WIPS for security, and our brand new functionality of Connected Mobile Experiences with our partner Meridian.

In our solution materials we noted that the Connected Mobile Experiences provides “an unprecedented way to engage with patients on their smart phones or tablets” but this was my first opportunity to really show many customers the power of indoor GPS and location based notifications and the response was fantastic.  Every customer that saw the demo was impressed and in the demos that I was in I would estimate that over 50% wanted their AMs to get them more information on the solution.  I also had one customer and also an integration partner come to our booth solely to see this solution.

Cisco also held an internal sales summit prior to the show starting and the feedback that we received after that from our AMs and SEs was the Context Aware Healthcare solution was one of the top 2-3 sessions that was held.  It’s clear that the excitement for context-aware, location-based services is building and customers can see the vision of having an solid Cisco wireless network foundation providing not only traditional data and voice services, but also powering vertical solutions such as Context Aware Healthcare.

For more on Connected Mobile Experiences, visit the solution page.

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Cisco’s Chief Futurist Shares Top 5 Predictions for 2013 and Beyond #IoE

March 7, 2013 at 11:42 am PST

The future intrigues us all, especially when every now and then we’re able to catch a glimpse of what’s to come.

At Cisco, one of the ways we build our business and serve our customers is to think about the future and how technology innovation stands to transform the world in which we live. This approach is especially important now as the more than 99 percent of physical objects that are currently unconnected become part of the Internet of Everything (IoE).

And while we know that no one person or company can predict the future with 100 percent accuracy, we put a lot of effort into coming as close as we can. To make this possible, we have a Chief Futurist on staff – Dave Evans – who, in addition to his responsibilities leading the Cisco IBSG Innovations team, spends his time helping Cisco and our customers see what lies ahead.

In an event earlier this month, Evans and the General Manager of Cisco’s Emerging Technology Group, Dr. Guido Jouret, shared their top predictions for the future and the mind-boggling innovations that will start taking off in 2013 and beyond. If you’re up for a little crystal-ball gazing, here’s what they had to say… Read More »

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Security, IoT and Risk Management for Industrial Networking

March 7, 2013 at 8:15 am PST

Isn’t it great to meet your respected peers all in one place to share ideas on improving industrial business performance?

Executives, engineers, developers and analysts did just that at the ARC World Industry Forum in Orlando recently.  And Cisco representatives were there to discuss the challenges and rewards of networking in industrial environments. Here is a summary on forum discussions specific to cyber security, the Internet of Things and risk management.

Brian Uffelman is a Security Solutions Architect for the Cisco Connected Industries Group.  In this video Brian summarizes his talk on securing the end-to-end (Plant-to-Business) network from internal network threats.  Brian speaks of the benefits of a complete security architecture that starts in the DMZ to keep threats out of the network and extends security all the way to the individual production user. Read More »

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VDI “The Missing Questions” #6: What do you really gain from a 2vCPU virtual desktop?

So you’ve decided you are going to run 2vCPU VMs in one, or all (GHAST!) of your VDI pools.

Why did you decide this?

Because your application is multi-threaded and you need better response times?

Or simply because ((2 > 1) = TRUE) all the time?

What DOES 2 vCPU VMs really get you in your VDI environment?

Well, we wanted to know as well. But I’m going to twist this question a little bit to satisfy my blogging agenda: How can I get the most out of 2vCPU VMs in my VDI environment?

To answer these questions and more, we tested this combination in several variants and flavors, and are posting some conclusions in our blog series “VDI The Missing Questions:” Read More »