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Lifestyle Working Collins Street: a new way of working

On March 18th, at Cisco Live! we had the pleasure of taking media to our own Smart Connected Building at Lifestyle Working Collins Street.

The Lifestyle Working Building on Collins Street, Melbourne, is an astonishing union of modern architecture, intelligent networking and interior design. What makes this space special is that all of the IT systems as well as  the elevators, lights, CCTV, Cisco Wi-Fi Access Points and Cisco IP Phones are converged on the Cisco intelligent network. This means that all the different building systems can be operated, monitored and controlled by the network. The result is much “greener” operations with more efficient use of electricity and an overall reduced carbon footprint.

Consider this example: with all office devices connected to the central network, a “policy” can be set up which enables all idle devices after a certain time (e.g. 6pm) to be switched off. Of course if people are working late, then rules can be set up to ensure devices within the proximity of an active access point remain operational.

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Cisco Recognises Its Outstanding Australian and New Zealand Partners

Cisco acknowledges excellence in its partner community at the ANZ Partner Insight Awards

Last night, Cisco awarded teams and individuals from 11 Cisco Australia and New Zealand Partners across 15 categories in the annual Cisco Partner Insight Awards.

Partners were recognised for their innovation, leadership and best practice as a Cisco business partner across categories ranging from Internet of Everything Partner of the Year, Vertical Solution Innovation Partner of the Year, Cloud Partner of the Year and Business Transformation Partner of the Year through to Excellence in Solutions Delivery and Teaming.

“Cisco continues to be a business that is reliant and committed to its partners,” says Jason Brouwers, director of the Partner Business Group for Cisco® Australia and New Zealand. “We strive to support our partners to help them build their business, and as such we are proud to recognise those who have demonstrated the highest achievement in 2013.”

The full list of 2013 Cisco ANZ Partner Insight Award winners can be viewed in the media release here.

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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, 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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