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Designing the Next Generation Branch for Business Impact

register for webinarsThere is no denying the changing role of IT. The traditional govern and build approach is too slow for the new world of cloud and mobile computing.  IT departments, who once carefully metered out which services they would offer and how they would be delivered, are now being led by a completely new set of drivers.

The model has been upended: employees and customers now decide by proxy what they want and it falls upon IT to scramble and deliver it instantly.  These days the face of the technologist is your average high school student, retail shopper, hotel guest, hospital patient, and even branch office employee.   This “consumerization of IT” has transformed these beings into powerful, roaming, high-octane data seekers assuming connectivity at all times. In essence, they expect access to any application on any device from anywhere with a high quality experience. Read More »

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The Network Locality Project (netloc)

Today’s guest post comes from Dr. Joshua Hursey, an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.

For a number of years, developers tuning High Performance Computing (HPC) applications and libraries have been harnessing server topology information to significantly optimize performance on servers with increasingly complex memory hierarchies and increasing core counts.  Tools such as the Portable Hardware Locality (hwloc) project provide these applications with abstract, yet detailed, information of the single-server topology.  But that is where the topology analysis often stops — neglecting the one of the largest components of the HPC environment, namely: the network.

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Bring Regulation in line with the Economic Opportunity offered by the Digital Economy in Australia

Cisco is pleased to join the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES), the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), the Australian Industry Group, the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), and Telstra as supporters of Teleworking Week by partnering to host the second annual Telework Congress which takes place tomorrow.

By Tim Fawcett, General Manager, Government Affairs & Policy, Cisco Australia

With today being the kick-off of the second annual National Telework Week, it’s the right time to reflect on progress made in Australia in relation to the digital economy.

Both Federal and State Governments are encouraging Australian businesses to embrace the digital economy, which Deloitte Access Economics estimates to be worth over $70b by 2016. However, in my opinion, Australia has a legislative and regulatory regime that is designed for a 20th century economy. And, this dichotomy is inhibiting the take up of digital economy opportunities by Australian business and government.

For example, the former Labor government set a target to get 12% of public servants teleworking at least one day a week by 2020. The Coalition believes this goal can be reached even more quickly – reportedly by 2017. However, the current regulatory regime around flexible working arrangements, OH&S and workers compensation may stifle opportunities for employers and employees to work together to deliver mobile working arrangements.

Meanwhile, Trans-Tasman Telework research launched last week by the University of Melbourne’s Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society and AUT University’s NZ Work Research Institute demonstrated that employees in Australia and New Zealand want to telework with 71% of employees agreeing that teleworking has a favourable influence on their overall attitude to the job.

In my view the most important take-away from the research is the finding that productivity was rated significantly higher on a range of measures by hybrid teleworkers, with ratings up to 12 percent higher for teleworkers, suggesting a meaningful difference in output.

A review of laws and regulations by the Productivity Commission would allow government organisations around Australia to identify and appropriately reform the laws that are preventing Australian businesses from taking up the opportunities the digital economy and high speed, ubiquitous broadband offer.

Put simply, 20th century laws are preventing the take up of the digital economic opportunities of the 21st of century. This needs to change if Australia is to keep pace with other economies that are already effectively harnessing the power of the digital economy for competitive advantage.

 Tim Fawcett is General Manager of Government Affairs & Policy for Cisco ANZ and represents Cisco on the Australian Government’s Advisory Panel on Teleworking. Tim leads Cisco’s public sector engagement team and would like to see technology move to the centre of public policy development.

New Research Examines Impact of Cyber Insecurity on Country’s GDP Growth

I’ve been in Australia this week visiting customers, speaking at conferences, and meeting with peers and colleagues in the security space. With Australia poised to take the G20 leader’s chair in just over two weeks (December 1, to be specific), my visit here could not have been better timed.

On this tour, I have been appearing with Melissa Hathaway, president of Hathaway Global Strategies, LLC and former White House cyber security chief, as she launches a new study entitled “The Cyber Readiness Index 1.0.” The study looks at the top 35 countries that have embraced Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and the Internet, and then evaluates each country’s maturity and commitment to cyber security across five essential elements that include: national strategy, incident response, e-crime law enforcement, information sharing, and investment in R&D. The study calculates a Cyber Readiness Index (CRI) based on these performance factors.

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Blurring the Lines between Online and Offline

Mobility comes down to the lines between online and offline blurring rapidly, with organizations sprinting to put the infrastructure in place to catch up with the trend.

The blurring of the online and offline is happening all around us in a bi-directional manner – where the customer expects to interact with the business however and whenever they wish and get the same experience regardless of where they are or what they are doing- and for the business to be able to deliver exactly the same information and services to the customer regardless of how or where they choose to interact.

Is this new? Maybe not, but the O2O (online to offline) concept was truly brought it to life by the Tokyo Metro and their recently launched innovative offering for consumers.

Tokyo Metro carries 6.22 million passengers daily. This past September they announced a new service with two partners: the convenience store operator 7-11 Japan and the Ito-Yokado supermarket chain. Read More »

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