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How to Improve Your IT Budget and Your Career

COO or CMO for CIO Partnership CiscoWith increasing demands and decreasing budgets, these are challenging times for many IT professionals. Some savvy IT people, however, are growing their budgets and improving their careers by forging partnerships with business groups who can benefit most from IT’s expertise, and are willing to help pay for it.

Which business groups are most likely to team with IT? Actually, we asked the same question in our recent Business and IT Priority Survey, which queried 1800 business leaders across many VP and CXO roles, including finance, marketing, sales, strategy, human resources, diversity, operations, manufacturing, business development, and more.

Based on this global data, Chief Marketing Officers (CMO) are great potential partners, because while their priorities often align with IT, their budgets may not:

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Church uses wireless technology to bring community together

Cisco Connected Church MidMarketInstead of having people travel to a singular physical location every week, this church brings their services to the people, therefore reducing barriers in spreading their message.

Eastlake community church is located across 8 campuses in Seattle area in Washington. Their main objective is to create a feel of a singular church across physically disconnected campuses.

The use of technology such as video allows them to do connect to a wide audience like never before. In addition to delivering their main services, they are also able to offer secure child services at their locations using electronic check-ins.

Unique challenges

In order to conduct their services week by week, they required a reliable network with a widespread wireless network with simple management for their volunteer-based IT. They also needed to keep their operational costs low considering the nature of their organization. More interestingly, Eastlake church faced some additional unique challenges. Out of their 8 locations, only 2 of them are permanent while the others are “pop-up” locations such as schools and public places.  All these dynamic, “pop-up” locations needed to support secure BYOD and yet simple management. Read More »

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Top February Stories Enterprise Networks

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Top Stories
 APIC_EM_2Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) Enterprise Module Introduced at Cisco Live MilanOn January 28 at Cisco Live Milan, Enterprise Networks introduced a new software-defined networking (SDN) solution that will change the way customers operate their networks, substantially reducing network complexity and amplifying network intelligence. With this announcement, Cisco is set to transform current IT to fast IT.The new Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) Enterprise Module automates network configuration and troubleshooting and enables IT managers to substantially reduce the time it takes to perform operational activities so they can better respond to new business opportunities. Through its open and programmable approach, the Cisco APIC Enterprise Module massively simplifies configuration, provisioning, policy enforcement, and compliance.The new Cisco APIC Enterprise Module was featured in the opening keynote at Cisco Live Milan on January 28, delivered by Rob Lloyd, president, development and sales, and was also introduced in its own webcast, which you can now watch on demand. Read More »

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Data Center Replication: WAN Optimization vs. Bandwidth Upgrade

During the past years WAN optimization devices were used to optimize end-user traffic mainly. Employers connecting to remote applications can achieve better user experience if a couple of WAN optimization are deployed. Typically web applications, file sharing and email can be well accelerated: end users can increase their productivity with a little investment.

On the other side providers usually offer free bandwidth upgrade during a contract renewal.

So the question are:

  • Can Data Center replication take advantage of WAN optimization?
  • Can a Bandwidth upgrade always supersede WAN optimization?

The answers are, as always: it depends. Read More »

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Enforcing Application SLAs over Hybrid Networks

In the world of IT, we drive toward operational consistency for greater efficiency and improved security. If everything runs the same across all our locations, it’s much easier to train staff and manage the network. However, operational consistency may not provide the flexibility IT needs to keep up with ever changing business priorities that require IT to open offices or roll out new applications faster. For example, if a business wants to open a new office in a developing region, standard carrier services like MPLS can take months to provision, and cripple productivity unless alternative services can be quickly deployed. Likewise, IT may need to suspend services like guest WiFi if they are unable to protect mission-critical applications.

Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) is a solution that gives IT flexibility and control so they can quickly respond to new business requirements immediately. For example, IWAN allows IT the choice to run a hybrid network environment with consistent and easy-to-scale security, while providing IT control and automation capabilities to ensure the highest quality application experience for their users. Read More »

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