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Your Right to Never Visit a Branch Again

The SD-WAN Bill of Rights talks about your right to never visit a branch office again. Depending on the size of your organization, budget, and operational preference etc there are various ways to exercise this right:

Option 1: Leave it to someone else

Last month, Verizon announced a new SD-WAN service that includes Cisco Intelligent WAN as a managed service offering. For customers, this means you get the best of both worlds. Verizon’s expertise in managing your network combined with the advantages of Cisco Intelligent WAN. Shawn Hakl, vice president of enterprise networking and innovation at Verizon speaks in this video about the two companies’ partnership.

“Verizon as a trusted service provider and Cisco as a trusted technology provider, together we give the customer the confidence to move forward and enjoy the benefits of the technology.”

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Digital Vortex Part 2: Key Tenets of a Digital Business Network

Yesterday was “Back to the Future Day.” Michael J. Fox had a glimpse into his futuristic world. What if you too had the same capability? Imagine this: you’re an astronaut on a time travel space mission. You come upon a futuristic world years from today, and this is what you see.

A vortex of insurmountable forces sucking you and the surrounding environment into the abyss. Yet you’re still attached to the present. You still have control. (It is a visual presentation of a Digital Vortex, working its way into becoming a black hole putting your business at risks.)

A vortex of insurmountable force is sucking you and the surrounding environment into the abyss, yet you’re still attached to the present. You still have control. (It is a visual presentation of a Digital Vortex, working its way into becoming a black hole, putting your business at risks.) Image Source: Lightfarm Studios

Armed with this vision, what would you do if today, October 22, 2015, is your “Back to the Future” day?

This is a continuation of a previous post by Hugo Vliegen, Digital Vortex, Part I: How Not to Be the 40% That Will Fail. (Re-read that post here). In this blog (part II), I will share four key tenets of a digital business network, a.k.a recommendations for the hypothetical NeedToChange company scenario (as referenced in part I).

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Cisco Active Advisor: Get the Most From Your Enterprise Network


When I was little, my father kept our family car in tip-top shape. He overhauled brakes, rebuilt engines, tuned carburetors, and swapped out suspensions. He could do just about anything, and he knew every component, inside and out.

From an early age, I enjoyed “helping” my father whenever there was a chance. I handed him wrenches, brought him cool glasses of water on hot summer days, and held the flashlight when the repairs went late into the night. Perhaps he could have managed without my help, but we both enjoyed our time together. Even more importantly, I learned from an early age how a little help could make a big difference.

At Cisco, we believe in the power of people helping people. We believe everyone could use a little help sometimes to save time, energy, and to get the most out of what they already have. We may not have a cool glass of water to offer, but we can hand you a useful tool or two while you’re working “under the hood” of your network. This is why we created Cisco Active Advisor.

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Connected Analytics: Learn to Live on the Edge – and Love It!

Not surprisingly, as a networking company Cisco frequently publishes predictions on the growth of Internet traffic. Bragging unintended, typically the forecasts are pretty accurate. In a 2012 report we predicted that by 2017 there would be 2.5 devices and related connections for every person on earth, while there would be 5 devices and related connections for every Internet user in the same year. In the same report, we also predicted that this burst in hyperconnectivity – including machine to machine connections that are increasingly prevalent with growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) – would create more global network traffic in 2017 alone than in all prior “Internet years” combined.

How correct were our predictions? You don’t have to wait until 2017 for an answer. Welcome to the early arrival of the future of networked communications – a future where the hyper-distribution of information is driving new business demands, and where the old rules of data management and analytics no longer apply. Data is no longer passive. Central stores of stale information aren’t sufficient. Analytics can’t be an afterthought. The new rules require that you live your business daily on the edge of your network, where vital customer and market data is created. And you need to be prepared to respond to what you learn immediately. Are you ready to live on the edge?

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Valley Proteins Looks to Cisco for Network Improvements

No matter what type of IT department you run, if you have numerous plants in over 20 states ranging from New Mexico to New York, you need to have a properly built network infrastructure. Anything less and you’re flirting with disaster.

valley-proteins-220x140Due to the nature of its business—recycling restaurant grease and animal byproducts—the 25 processing and transfer facilities of Valley Proteins are often in remote locations. It’s because of the remoteness of these facilities that network connectivity is often an issue.

When networks aren’t talking to one another, it can lead to a host of different tech issues. And that can lead to confusion and ultimately 25 different facilities pulling in 25 directions—all with different results.

Valley Proteins understood that they had a cohesion problem amongst its business divisions and decided to implement SAP as a way of getting a holistic view of customer profitability, supplier pricing and individual factory performance. But before the SAP solution could be put into place, it was important that the more than two dozen facilities needed to get under the same network umbrella. If that didn’t happen, this endeavor was going to be a failure.

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