We focus so much on performance conversations and the new ISR G2 (Integrated Services Router, Generation 2) can certainly hold its own in that arena with 5X the performance of its predecessor…but if you are not careful, you are going to miss the change going on here. Yes its about video enablement and ‘branch office equality’…all good things…but look deeper into how services are getting delivered. Its about possibilities, flexibilities and opportunities. Turning on services needed in remote locations has historically been such a pain that it was simply avoided. These issues have been tackled head on. Talking about business benefits on something referred to as a router is never easy either. Our Borderless Hostess brought in her friend Mick Scully to help out:
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This is a great one today…you really must watch it..its security silly! The topic that just never quits… I apologize you get to see a lot of Jimmy Ray and I on this one…a few less guests than normal but we got the goods! The idea was to really narrow down the control points that still remain when your network is no longer identified by a physical entity or easily defined presence if you will. We took advantage of Jimmy Ray’s hacker skills and did our best to to walk in his shoes..what would he do? Where would he go? We flip it around each time of course and show what YOU would do in response….
Excitement, fear, trepidation…one always wonders what changes and what stays the same. The new Integrated Services Router (the G2) has a lot of fun new stuff to talk about …but… if you are an existing ISR customer with a decent investment in modules, education, comfort factor, etc…what happens to you? These are the questions Jimmy Ray put to our good friend, Matt Lambert.
I had gotten a bunch of ‘direct’ comments on my rambling productivity post (confessions of a productivity geek) that I have started penning more opinions on personal tools I find useful. I love trying to figure out if new bits of software, scripts or even web-based services might help spark my next idea or burst of efficiency. The biggest thing I have learned is that nothing is worth keeping/investing in if I can’t work into my own personal workflow…although that does not keep from wasting time and money. So, although I look forward to providing more detail and opinion in the future -- let me add my latest little nugget I am playing with and I have high hopes.
The ability to be productive anytime, anywhere on any device has never felt more real than right now. The explosion of capabilities with video collaboration and consumer devices that are pushing expectations faster than ever before. This creates both wonderful opportunity and significant challenge. How can IT work to preserve the in-office experience with users going mobile and still serve the critical needs of the business? Our latest (and dare I say best!) episode will show you the latest ways to make a mobile phone mimic what you love about your desk phone, solve the challenge of ‘my cell does not work in the office’, preserve your meeting visuals while away from your computer and do all of this in a consistently secure manner. I guarantee it!
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Step 2a: Did you catch all the new info just announced this week?