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Congratulations Karen McFadzen: Finalist in The Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence Awards

Karen McFadzen, VP of Technical Services for Cisco Asia Pacific, Japan & Greater China, has been recognised as a finalist in The Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence Awards for her dedication to achieving greater workforce diversity at Cisco, driving innovation within the company and making a difference to the wider community.

As The AFR reported it received over 500 applications, Cisco is exceptionally proud to commend Karen for being recognised as one of the 100 finalists.

Karen was recognised in the Global category for her influence and participation in a number of global initiatives and as a passionate advocate on topics including leadership, the development of next generation talent and Inclusion & Diversity. For example, since 2006, Karen has been an active board member of the Cisco Foundation, which supports Cisco’s efforts to team with NPO/NGO organisations around the world to develop public investment programs in education and health. This role has enabled Karen to engender a greater global perspective at Cisco’s Foundation Board level.

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(HANA + IDH) UCS = Simplifying the Deployment of Real-time Big Data Analytics

Extending our vision of shared infrastructure and unified management for enterprise applications, we are announcing industry’s first validated and certified solution for real-time Big Data analytics with SAP HANA. Based on our joint work with Intel and SAP at the SAP Co-innovation Lab (COIL), the solution integrates SAP HANA with Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop running on Cisco UCS Common Platform Architecture (CPA) for Big Data, enabling real-time analysis of Big Data, while radically simplifying the infrastructure and management.

CPA plus HANA

Additional Information:

Solution Brief: Simplifying the Deployment of Real-time Big Data Analytics -- UCS + SAP HANA
Blog: Building on Success: Cisco and Intel Expand Partnership to Big Data
White Paper: Cisco UCS with the Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop Software

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Cisco Technology Allows for Virtual Visits with Medical Specialists

October 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm PST

Amanda Spencer’s young son, Jonathan, needs specialty medical care that isn’t available in the family’s hometown of Monterey, California. But through Cisco HealthPresence technology, Amanda and Jonathan can meet with a pediatric urologist at Stanford University, 80 miles away, without even leaving Monterey.

“In Monterey, it’s a small town and we really don’t have enough children in the community to support certain specialties,” Dr. Todd A. Dwelle, a pediatrician at the Pediatric Group of Monterey, said during an interview with KION-TV. “So this system allows areas such as ours that are underserved in that regard to bring in as needed pediatric specialists from Stanford.”

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#ExecInsights: IoE, Healthcare, and Parking Among Hot Topics at Gartner Symposium

So, it turns out the most tweeted topic from my recent presentation at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo was about how much of their lives Parisian motorists spend searching for parking (let’s just say it’s more than a year!).  

As I told the audience in Orlando, that stress-ridden search is one of countless challenges we can tackle and improve by connecting people, processes, data, and things to the Internet of Everything (IoE). (For more on connected parking, see Wim Elfrink’s blog.)

Interest in the Internet of Everything was high at #GartnerSym. In my meetings with several analysts, CIOs and IT leaders, it was clear today’s CxOs get the amazing possibilities the Internet of Everything can offer. In fact, more and more real-world examples are coming to light of networked connections not only driving business innovation but also changing lives.  

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Building the Internet of Things… Together

October 22, 2013 at 9:45 am PST

As I am preparing to leave for Barcelona to attend the inaugural Internet of Things World Forum I can’t but think about how much the Internet has transformed the way we all live.  But also, how little we have done to leverage that incredible reach and power to make all things around us work in a better, smarter way.

While I believe that there is a growing understanding of what the Internet of Things (IoT) is, and where it fits in the larger Internet of Everything (IoE), there is still much to do in terms of in terms of educating people on the practical applications, potential solutions, and use cases for IoT. What is good about where we are now? There is a great opportunity for innovation! Think about it, this is perhaps the greatest opportunity to leverage the Internet since the launch of e-commerce back in the 90’s. However, all the growth and benefits we have seen from the dawn of the Internet up to today has only touched about 1% of the things we live with… just imagine the opportunities inherent in connecting the other 99% of things. If the other 99% of things in the world were connected, and shared data in a smart way over an intelligent network, they could make better, faster decisions, optimize processes, increase efficiencies and improve the standard of living for everybody around the world. Read More »

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