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A Major IT Shift – Delivering Business Outcomes

During geek-fests like CiscoLive, it’s easy to become hypnotized by all the amazing technology. So many smart people are innovating in so many amazing ways. When the party’s over, though, we all need to get back to business. Not just CIO’s and CTO’s -- everyone in IT needs to focus on business outcomes -- now more than ever. Here’s why.

IT is under increasing pressure to innovate and help deliver business results, as evidenced by several new data points in our industry. Understanding these trends and next steps can help IT, business, and operations teams all work better together to deliver more value from technology.

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep18 ACI Updates

July 2, 2014 at 6:50 pm PST

#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists hosted by Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week we’re talking about ACI Updates with Cisco Product Management Director, Thomas Scheibe.

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Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE.
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Telstra Building the Foundation for Premium Cloud Services

Internet traffic in Australia is set to grow 3-fold from 2013 to 2017 according to the latest data from Cisco’s Visual Networking Index (VNI). However, if we “look behind the curtain” there is more to this story beyond just greater bandwidth demand as both consumers and enterprises are increasingly adopting cloud-based services. This move to the cloud provides a new opportunity for traditional service providers since they can uniquely combine network infrastructure and data center capacity to deliver premium cloud services with an SLA guarantee. Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company, Telstra, has established itself as a trusted provider of cloud services, such as collaboration and management applications, to customers. They’re achieving this with a new architectural approach that enables a next generation Internet experience combining networks, data centers and applications together while ensuring resiliency, low-latency performance, and programmability.

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Technology Behind the Surface

What do Walt Disney World, The Matrix, and Big Ben have in common?  On the surface they do not share much.  Each of these is special because everything that makes them tick, pun intended, are hidden from view of the consumers.  We all intuitively know there is a great deal of complexity behind the scenes, but it is intentionally hidden from the users.  This is the behavior consumers of cloud-based services also expect, even in the datacenter.

Today vendors are working hard to make their products and services more consumable in a nearly seamless fashion.  They are accomplishing this by adding abstract control layers, open APIs with robust development kits, and enabling cross platform integrations.  The recognition is that in today’s virtualized datacenter and the Internet of everything no technology is an island any longer.  Efforts have to be made to make interoperability a priority in order to provide the polished experience that consumers have grown to expect.  The question being answered is ‘Why doesn’t X communicate with Y?’ Read More »

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Mfg.net Webcast Series: The Internet of Things

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Partnering with Manufacturing.net, Cisco recently hosted Part II of a webcast series  on ‘The Internet of Things ’ for Manufacturing.  The content was very well received as it covered some key opportunities in Manufacturing today and how IoT technologies are helping enable an industrial renaissance in many markets today.  The first webcast   was joined by Steelcase’s CIO, Bob Krestakos, Joe Kann from Rockwell Automation and Tony Shakib from Cisco.  Meanwhile, for the second webcast, one of our key partners in the industrial space, Rockwell Automation joined us along with Harley Davidson.   Moderated by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director of Manufacturing.net,  the webcast speakers included David Gutshall, Infrastructure Design Manager at Harley Davidson, Rachel Conrad,  Global Business Manager   at Rockwell Automation and  Bryan Tantzen, Senior Director, IoT Business Unit at Cisco.

Both Part I and Part II are worthwhile, whether you want to learn more about the key areas that are ripe for the IoT opportunity or want to better understand enabling technologies or best practices.  In addition, I summarize David Gutshall’s comments on the Harley Davidson deployment and other best IoT practices in my blog, “IoT in Manufacturing: Insights and Best Practices”.    We hope you have time to check out these on-demand webcasts.  Thanks for reading.