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Check out our New Cisco Asia Pacific Blog for Australian and New Zealand Updates

If you’ve been enjoying the updates on Australian and New Zealand happenings, I hope that you’ll follow me to Cisco’s newest blog - the Asia Pacific blog - which was just launched a few weeks ago.

Asia Pacific’s an exciting part of the world with 45+ different languages and such tremendous growth that if you blink, you might be left behind!  Here are a few of the market trends that you can anticipate hearing more about on the Asia Pacific blog:

We look forward to continuing our dialogue with you on these challenges (and others) and the opportunities they present to our dynamic and diverse region.

Girls in Asia Pacific ICT Day 2014: A Wrap-up

IDC has reported that there will be a shortage of 400,000 jobs by 2016 in the Asia-Pacific region alone. Meanwhile, women are said to comprise less than a third of workers in the computer science, engineering and physics fields in the world’s emerging economies, according to a report by Women in Global Science & Technology. The logic is simple, we need to attract more women into IT, and importantly we need to equip these women with the support they need to have a successful career in IT.

Speaking as a female Cisco employee who majored in math in college, I can attest to the passion within the organisation to ensure females are no longer underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

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Adecco Promotes “Way to Work” with Contest Offering Paid Work Experiences to Australian Students

With youth unemployment remaining stubbornly high around the globe, work experience is becoming more important for students than ever.  In response to this, staffing and recruitment company Adecco Australia is leading a Way to Work Contest that invites students to compete and win a paid-work experience from Adecco.

Adecco’s been teaming with various universities to promote the opportunity to their students all around Australia. The prize involves a paid work experience from Adecco all through the month of July for two successful applicants, with the roles located in the Cisco North Sydney office. Aimed at those who are both creatively and technically minded, students can apply to work with either the Cisco Head of Brand and Marketing, or the Cisco Head of Technical Projects.

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ING Direct in the Cloud

ING Direct is a personal banking and financial institution that has been a Cisco customer for a number of years. We are excited to highlight that ING Direct has today announced overhauling its IT infrastructure and transferred its system into a private cloud dubbed Zero Touch.

ING Direct has always been one of the most innovative banks in Australia and this project will see ING Direct become the only bank in Australia to have transferred its entire IT systems into the cloud.

Cisco applauds ING Direct for continuing to accelerate its innovation with the medium- to long-term aim of delivering new applications and services to its customers even more rapidly.  We’re incredibly pleased to continue to be a part of this along with Dimension Data, NetApp, and  Microsoft.

As well as playing a significant role in the implementation of Zero Touch(ZT), we are thrilled that our most recent project with ING Direct resulted in ZT being delivered at a much faster rate and at a significantly lower cost. That project was “Bank in a Box”, a private cloud innovation designed to act as a test bed for new applications and services.  Based on Cisco UCS, “Bank in a Box” enables staff members to provision copies of the bank representing all the bank’s applications and services – almost five and half terabytes of data – instantly and seamlessly from software they use every day.

With all of ING Direct’s systems now in the cloud, the bank’s IT team can devote their efforts to the continued innovation and delivery of new and improved products and services to customers.

For more information, please see ING Direct’s media release here.

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WRAP UP: Cisco Live! Melbourne 2014

Wow! Cisco Live! 2014 in Melbourne was officially the largest Cisco Live! we have ever had in the A/NZ region.  4,275 customers, partners, analysts, press, exhibitors and employees registered for the event, which took place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre last week.

Running parallel with the general program was a dedicated stream for media where we showcased a range of customer case studies, held panel discussions on a range of topics from Internet of Everything (IoE) to cloud, and presented Cisco’s vision for the future.

Some of the highlights of the press program include:

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