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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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, Indeed.com 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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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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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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As we’ve come to expect at this time of year, Kevin Bloch, Chief Technology Officer for Cisco Australia and New Zealand, shares his thoughts on the main trends impacting the industry in 2014. Kevin has selected these trends because of their impact on the networking industry; they forecast what is expected to happen, or start happening, within the next 12 months.
1. “Mobile fueled advertising, video, PoS, cars”– Generating valuable data, enabling opportunities for monetization
With a smart phone in nearly everyone’s pocket, the next innovation phase in mobile will gather pace. Wearables connect to them, Point-of-Sale (PoS) is transforming payments around them, cars are safer because of them and advertising is funding them (doubling to $US25B in 2016). A new frontier in personal, contextual, real-time information is rapidly opening new opportunities for business and new opportunities for SPs to monetize their mobile services.
2. “Clouds cross the chasm” – IT’s more cloudy
Cloud spending will surge 25% but more importantly, cloud will transform and disrupt everything from the mall to the corner store (will “Amazoned” become a verb?). Government agencies consider ‘cloud first’ policies. Business leaders seek IT from the most convenient supply source. Consumer experiences (gaming, video) increasingly delivered via cloud. But turbulence and danger remain. Not all workloads find clouds suitable or safe. Cloud SPs face a pricing bloodbath for commoditized services (like VMs) and are challenged with on-boarding and cost-effective, timely provisioning. Vendors, Systems Integrators, the Channel reshape and acquire (even disappear?) to adjust to new business models.
3. “Business funds technology projects”–The pie gets bigger
Overall worldwide IT spending is expected to grow 5% year over year to $2.1T in 2014. However, the big change for the industry is who is requiring, authorizing and funding this investment. IDC predicts that business (ie outside IT) will fund 61% of all technology projects.
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