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Mobility Means New Business Opportunities

We are living in a new mobile world evolved from the convergence of two separate mobile experiences: our cellular (mobile voice) world and our Wi-Fi (mobile data) world.

Bob Friday 1We’ve seen these changes in mobility transform business operations and create new opportunities for businesses like MGM Resorts International in hospitality. The question that now remains is how will your business capitalize on these new opportunities and keep up with the competitors in your vertical?

Developing a comprehensive mobile strategy will be key to staying competitive in this new mobile internet world. It’s an approach that requires more than keeping the lights on or running the business as usual. It’s changing the way we think about mobility and what it can do to transform your business. From leveraging mobility-enabled location-based services to empowering a mobile workforce through BYOD, the right strategy can reap rewards for years to come. Read More »

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Education Embraces the Mobility Excitement

November 4, 2013 at 6:00 am PST

Let’s examine and consider mobile devices in education. Students need to become more tech savvy to compete in today’s economy, and mobile devices offer supplemental learning and a new style to learn. A recent report noted that educators see great potential in mobile technology for transforming learning. The most commonly expected and desired benefits are that mobile technology is engaging for students (62 percent of respondents) and that the devices can be used to personalize instruction to meet the needs of different students. There is no question educational institutions need to seize this mobility trend for better learning and to ensure our next generation is tech savvy.

Does your child’s school provide mobile devices for their learning or does it require your child to bring their own mobile device? I know in my case, my son’s school has a bring your own device (BYOD) policy. Yet some schools, whether higher education or primary or secondary schools, have made the decision to buy mobile devices for their student population. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest district in the United States, headed down this path to offer all students and teachers Apple iPads — only to find some challenges like unseen costs, secure access issues, and unclear policies. Others, like Bucks County School District in Pennsylvania and McAllen School District in Texas, have enjoyed the benefits of providing mobile device usage (whether BYOD or school sanctioned) in a simple and secure manner in the education environment by leveraging Cisco infrastructure.

The use of mobile devices by young children, whether it be for education or entertainment, has soared. A new report from Common Sense Media, a child-advocacy group based in San Francisco, found that 17 percent of children 8 and younger use mobile devices daily, up from 8 percent in 2011. I am guessing that education and entertainment will continue to drive this number each year. What is your opinion on schools using mobile devices? Is this the shiny new penny to improve our education systems? And as an IT professional, what is your experience with the mobility and secure access considerations?

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Cisco and Its Partners Drive OpenStack Innovation and Adoption

OpenStack sure has come a long way since the first Design Summit in San Antonio back in November 2010.  As my team prepares to attend OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong this week, you’d never know that just three years ago there were just 250 people at the first public OpenStack Design Summit that kicked off what has become one of the fastest growing open source projects ever.  This week, more than 4000 are expected to attend the Summit, representing more than 500 companies and nearly 50 countries. What makes this Summit just as exciting as the first is the progress we’ve all made delivering on the mission laid out back in 2010.

To produce the ubiquitous open source Cloud Computing platform that will meet the needs of public and private clouds regardless of size, by being simple to implement and massively scalable.

The OpenStack community continues to innovate at an even greater pace with 910 contributors to the new Havana release, a more than 70 percent increase from the Grizzly release six months ago. More than 145 OpenStack ecosystem members employ developers who contributed to this release. While there’s still more work to do, most of us feel OpenStack has reached the level of maturity and deployment success that’s needed for production deployment by organizations of just about any size.

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University of Melbourne and Auckland University of Technology find “Hybrid Teleworkers” are Most Productive

Last week an independent study on trans-Tasman teleworking practices that we had commissioned from the University of Melbourne’s Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society and Auckland University of Technology’s (AUT) New Zealand Work Research Institute. The research was the first of its kind with over 1,800 employees and 100 managers surveyed across Australia and New Zealand to delve in to the attitudes of teleworking in the two countries.

To launch the report we hosted media in three Cisco offices across the region (Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland) with researchers joining the event via TelePresence in each location. The key researchers presenting the findings were Professor Tim Bentley, AUT University, Dr Laurie McLeod, Dr Rachelle Bosua, University of Melbourne and Dr Marianne Gloet, University of Melbourne

The report uncovered some very interesting findings and resulted in the coining of a new term – the “Hybrid Teleworker”. A Hybrid Teleworker is someone who teleworks between one and three days a week and the study has found that this group is the most productive worker.

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How Can we Keep Skills In Step with the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming a major accelerator for innovation of all industries and government. The idea of an increasingly digital world where mobility of applications and people are commonplace, where all types of things are connected and provide more intelligence and value is becoming the new reality.

Every industry vertical is leveraging this global phenomenon and the latest advances in Internet technology to increase innovation in an increasingly competitive world. We now see areas such as discrete and process manufacturing, retail, and other areas using IP network-based automation to improve safety on the factory floor, increase accuracy and speed of production and provide better intelligence through data analytics. Cities, communities and utilities are being connected to improve energy use, reduce congestion and create a better living environment for residents. Health care providers are virtualizing health care services to reach remote patients and provide the best possible care. Cisco expects more than 50 billion devices will be connected by 2020 in this paradigm, which will translate to a $14 trillion dollar opportunity for the global economy. Read More »

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