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Power of Participation Launch Roundup

If you attended the Cisco Power of Participation virtual event yesterday, you probably noticed the tremendous amount of announcements around new products, solutions and technologies for both the data center and Cisco Borderless Networks. Now that the dust has settled, I thought it would be a good time to go through some of those announcements, highlight what I think is important, and point you to where you can get more information.

One of the key announcements in the launch was Application Velocity, a new network service for providing application performance, visibility, control and survivability – especially for remote connections to branch offices or cloud-based services. There are a lot of different technologies that fall under that umbrella, but I wanted to highlight three:

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A Special October for Cyber Security

Stop. Think. Connect. It’s the main theme for cyber security awareness that you and I will hear again and again. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). Founded by volunteers from 7 companies in 2001, NCSA has grown into a strong cyber security advocate and a great example of public and private partnerships.  Last year alone, NCSA reached out to an estimated 40,000,000 people through their media campaigns, local meetings and other activities.  The National Cyber Security Awareness Month was first launched by NCSA in 2004.

Cisco will join the community to support this great event. Here are some highlights of activities where Cisco is involved:

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Are You Ready For The Borderless Network Challenge?

Many of you have been studying up on Borderless Networks, getting ready to win a fabulous trip for two to a wonder of the world.  Or maybe you have been admiring how cool you look in those 3D glasses.

Not sure what I am talking about? Then watch the video:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vI0RN0u9tw&feature=player_embedded

Here is a sample of the type of questions you will experience in The Challenge (these are only examples)

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Rich Applications + Poor Networks = Customer Experience Turn-off

You’ve probably seen the spinning “loading” wheel or the dreaded “hour glass” quite often in your Internet browsing experience, especially on rich media sites where videos download to your browser. You blame your ISP and move on. Lucky you.

Imagine if you are a store clerk manning the cash counter at a local big box store on Black Friday. Your POS application just went down, and the “self-service” counters have just blacked out. A collective sigh that goes up in the line doesn’t help either.

Now whom do you blame?

There are many layers to this problem. A typical business information ecosystem combines hardware—storage, servers, large computing capabilities; software applications—graphic interface driven information manipulation solutions; and the glue that connects them all—networking.

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The New Retail Workplace Experience

Multi-channel retailing enables all types of shoppers to enjoy shopping on their own terms. Whether it’s on a TV, a computer, or the 3.5 inch screen of a smart phone, retailers create experiences that increasingly allow consumers to escape store crowds and get access to a wealth of product information with a click. 

E-commerce of-course is also changing traditional retailing in a profound way. The very shoppers that are accustomed to their own retail utopia with no queues, parking meters, instant access to information, integrated social networking, fast and accurate service, also require the same when visiting the brick and mortar store. As a result traditional retailing is now held to a whole new standard of increased expectations that is putting operational pressures, many of which are placed on the shoulders of store employees.

You might wonder what Cisco has to do with the retail workplace experience. Cisco’s Borderless Networks Architecture enables in many ways the next generation retail workplace experience by improving employee and manager productivity through streamlined IT operations that protect the integrity of company and customer data and result in enhanced customer experiences.  

Let’s look at a day in the life of the new retail workplace with some examples of how Cisco Borderless Networks can positively impact retail employee productivity:

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