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Welcome to Melbourne and Cisco Live!

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Cisco Live! Australia and New Zealand. We’re in Melbourne for the fourth year running. We have three action-packed days lined up, and we’re looking forward to connecting with our customers, partners, industry colleagues, journalists and analysts.

We’re running the show around four key pillars (fitting, given it’s our fourth year): technical education, technology evaluation, networking, and thought leadership, so there’s something for everyone. All the latest hot topics will be addressed, including the Internet of Everything (IoE), cloud and security, among others. You can find all the agendas, exhibitor listings, keynote sessions and maps on the official website.

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Happy 25th Birthday World Wide Web!

Today marks 25 years since the invention of the World Wide Web. This made us here at Cisco think about the motives of the inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and whether they hold true today.

Berners-Lee didn’t set out to ‘invent’ something. Well, maybe he did – he was a scientist after all. But he didn’t set out to invent the Web. His motives were simpler. He wanted to enable a small community of people, in this case scientists, to share information between themselves. He wanted to create a knowledge-sharing platform and a network of people.

The word ‘network’ is defined as ‘a group or system of interconnected people or things’. This group of scientists, working together in the late eighties, wanted and needed to be interconnected. And fundamentally, that is what we’re trying to achieve here at Cisco too. Creating a network for people to use to become and remain connected.

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Demand for Experienced IT professionals in Australia Outstrips Supply

Cisco Australia’s general manager of government affairs and policy Tim Fawcett shares the below point of view

As we focus on the recently released national employment data, we see fresh evidence from Indeed, the world’s largest jobs engine, which reinforces the problem of the IT skills gap.

In its analysis of jobs vacancies over the past few months, a worldwide job site, has identified a growing need in Australia for IT workers with “specific skills sets like software engineers, which remain in great demand”.

When we talk with our customers and partners, whether they are working across banking, retail, education, healthcare, services or even resources, we hear one thing – there is a real demand for people who can combine managerial and other skills, such as innovation, with a solid and real, industry-ready technology base.

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Report on “The Role and Relevance of Universities in the Digital Economy” is launched in Canberra, Australia

In conjunction with the annual Universities Australia Higher Education Conference in Canberra – a report that reflects the outcomes of conversations between university leaders from Australia, the US and the UK – was launched today.

The report covers the ideas, experiences and ambitions shared by this group of university leaders on the best way for their respective institutions and the higher education sector as a whole to survive, thrive and prosper in the Digital Economy. Three important topics emerged: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), cybersecurity and big data and how higher education can embrace these trends to provide the greatest benefit not only for its students, but also for the betterment of society.

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Cisco ANZ Mobile VNI Forecast: Australia is a leader in 4G adoption

The Cisco Global Mobile Visual Networking Index released earlier this month and at a media event, yesterday, Cisco’s Dr. Robert Pepper, Vice President of Global Technology Policy, delivered the Australia and New Zealand specific findings. The Cisco Global Mobile VNI research is an ongoing initiative to predict global traffic growth which measures consumer and business mobile data traffic and its key drivers.

The research paints an interesting picture of what 2018 is expected to look like from a global mobile data traffic perspective. More mobile users (4.1 billion in 2013 up to 4.9 billion in 2018), more mobile connections (7 billion in 2013 up to 10.2 billion in 2018) and faster average speeds (1.4 Mbps up to 2.5 Mbps in 2018) characterise the Visual Networking Index forecast.

The findings were interesting with Australia and New Zealand mirroring the global findings in some respects but bucking the trend in others.

In Mobile Data Traffic Growth/Top-Line, both Australia (41% Compounding Annual Growth Rate) and New Zealand’s (51% CAGR) were in line with other developed countries such as Japan (55% CAGR), Western Europe (50% CAGR) and the US (51% CAGR).  This is in contrast to the global mobile data traffic which includes emerging countries such as Brazil, India and China where global mobile traffic growth is expected to increase 61% CAGR global in the next five years.

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