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The World of Many Clouds

Considering all the hype around the cloud, it’s easy to forget that we live in a world of many clouds. Today at Cisco Live! In Melbourne we hosted a panel moderated by Sam Gerner, Cisco’s Director for Cloud Strategy and Partners.

Joining Sam Gerner at the event was (pictured here):

Sam and the panellists had an engaging discussion on the future of cloud. The Internet of Everything (IoE) is driving an unprecedented explosion in connectivity and cloud is the key delivery system that makes it all possible.

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Celebrating the Success of Women in Business at Cisco Live Melbourne

Women are making a significant impact on business today and at Cisco we love to celebrate not just the inclusion, but the empowerment of women in technology. That’s why at Cisco Live Melbourne we launched the Cisco Empowered Women Network.

The Cisco Empowered Women Network is a global community of highly motivated professional women who connect at Cisco Live events globally and throughout the year to exchange thought leadership and grow their careers.

The launch event at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre saw leading women share their stories. The speakers were inspiring and the vibe in the room during and after the talks was one full of energy.

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The National Safety Agency is Showcasing how the Internet of Everything is supporting Emergency First Responders

If there’s one situation people need fast, reliable communication, it’s in an emergency. We’re not talking about an ‘oh no, I forgot to email that document to my boss’ emergency, we mean one where there’s a threat to human life and health. That’s where the Emergency Services Integrated Communications (ESIC) vehicle comes in.

Cisco and the National Safety Agency have worked together to design a prototype vehicle – the Emergency Services Integrated Communications (ESIC) vehicle - to assist Emergency Responders.

Cisco and the National Safety Agency have worked together to design a prototype vehicle – the Emergency Services Integrated Communications (ESIC) vehicle -- to assist Emergency Responders.

We’re good at fast, reliable communication, and the National Safety Agency, an Aussie not-for-profit organisation, is good at ensuring people are safe in an emergency. So Cisco and the National Safety Agency have worked together to design a prototype vehicle – the ESIC vehicle. And Cisco Live Melbourne, which took place last week, was the first chance our over 4,000 customers and partners had to hear and see for themselves how it’s helped to deliver better information to emergency responder that enables better decision-making for the ultimate goal which is safer communities.

The ESIC vehicle provides a mobile command and control vehicle to link all agencies involved in an emergency situation. This is an all-in-one super-vehicle that’s tech-enabled and self-contained.

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We’ve partnered with Optus Business to provide Hosted Collaboration Services

Customer contact and customer service has seen significant changes over the past decade. Some changes are highly visible, such as the use of social networks (primarily Twitter) for businesses and their customers to speak to one another to resolve problems quickly.

Other changes are less visible for the end-customer, but are just as significant on the impact they have on the level of service the customer ultimately receives. One such example is the introduction of IP-based contact centres, which has resulted in new ways to engage with customers, making it possible for businesses to increase customer satisfaction and loyalty while reducing costs.

We call this Contact Centre-as-a-Service (CCaaS) and it transforms simple phone transactions to rich interactions that use voice, web, email, and video to provide personalised, customer-centric services.

Yesterday at Cisco Live!, we announced a partnership with Optus Business to launch CCaaS for Optus Business’ customers. This is a first for an Australian telecommunications provider. Optus Business’ CCaaS is run through the Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) platform.

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Four Interesting Uses of the Internet of Everything

Yesterday we held an Internet of Everything (IoE) Panel session at Cisco Live! in Melbourne, and have come away inspired by the innovative ways that this hyper-connected network is being used in Australia.

From manufacturing and transport, to agricultural and environmental initiatives, the Internet of Everything is helping business across all industries adapt to the Internet era – and ensure they remain relevant in the global digital economy race for many years to come.

Cisco’s Internet of Everything research shows that if we can intelligently connect people, data, process and things, we can generate significant value for economies, industries and organisations. Indeed, it estimates the ‘Value at Stake’ (VAS) for the private/public sector to be $14.4T/$4.6T respectively over the next 10 years. You can read about the potential value for the public sector in our white paper here, and the potential value to the private sector here.

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