May is fast approaching. Many people at Cisco, myself included, are making a lot of preparations for Cisco Live US which is May 18 -- 22, 2014 in San Francisco. This is a special year when Cisco Live returns to San Francisco. You might be wondering what’s special, and here’s a quick tip. It happens only every five years, when it’s a major Cisco anniversary year. Last time it happened, it was 2009 when Cisco celebrated its 25th anniversary. Over 10,000 people attended Cisco Live US that year. This year is Cisco’s 30th anniversary. The attendance is expected to be more than doubled. Here’re a few reasons that explain the rapid growth, based on 2013 the Cisco Live surveyed attendee feedback:
99% believe that Cisco Live was a good investment of their time
98% advised they gained valuable knowledge at the event that can be implemented by their company
Every year, new content and topics are being added so that you can keep up with technology evolutions and progress. I want to bring your attention to an exciting new hands-on, instructor-led training session: LTRCRS-2004 Catalyst Virtual Switching System -- Instant Access (VSS -- IA) Lab. It was first offered at Cisco Live Milan in January this year. It was a full house event – many people were put on the wait list because they did not register early enough. Read More »
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Vitra is headquartered in Switzerland and their flagship store, Vitrahaus is located in Weil am Rhein in south Germany. Vitrahaus embodies the company’s vision and this is where visitors get to experience the company’s creations in real life settings.
Vitra has been partnering with Cisco for over a decade. Communications and collaboration are integral to their success and their latest strategy is to embrace the megatrends in mobility and wireless to improve their guest services by enabling BYOD access for employees and customers with simple management. These trends are gaining popularity in midmarket businesses.
Many of the existing switch and wireless infrastructures that were deployed 5 or more years ago were not designed for BYOD, pervasive mobility, advanced security, SDN and more. Let us look at these trends and the benefits of upgrading the network infrastructure to the latest switching and wireless products.
BYOD and Mobility
There are multiple dimensions in which BYOD and mobility are pressuring the existing network. An average user now has 3x more devices. A company of 1,000 users seems like a company of 3,000 users. And, Internet of Things devices like sensors, CCTVs, and building automation are being connected to the network. Yesterday’s network cannot sustainably handle the exponential growth of these devices and applications. Upgrade to the latest switches and wireless infrastructure will give you more performance in terms of higher switching capacity, converged wired-wireless access & more processing power to handle the growth of devices/apps. The benefits are network can scale easily to support the influx of mobile & connected devices and their applications and your users get the same excellent experience whether wired or mobile. Read More »
Today I’d like to share some thoughts on Cisco’s approach to Business-to-Employee (B2E) mobility and draw attention to today’s mobility announcements.
After more then ten years working on the amazing roller coaster called Cisco Data Center, most recently leading marketing for our desktop virtualization solutions, I was looking for something different and equally exciting to dig my teeth into. As fate would have it there was an opportunity to help drive Cisco’s fast evolving Enterprise Mobility strategy. It shouldn’t be surprising to anyone that mobility is a big deal at Cisco today. We’re all experiencing the impact of mobile devices in our private lives -- and now more and more in the workplace too.
IT’s approach to mobile is changing too. Changing from “Look out! There’s a tsunami of mobile devices coming our way!” to “This mobile thing could really help make our organization more agile and our employees more productive and happy – let’s get in ahead of the tsunami and make it work for us.”
A recent Cisco mobility survey really brings this home. According to the survey, of the 400 mid-market and enterprise IT decision makers from the U.S. surveyed, 51% already had an organization-wide mobility strategy. Of those with a strategy, 63% actually thought having a strategy was helping them simplify their mobility projects. In another recent mobility survey, this time from Accenture, of 400 global IT decision makers, 73% said thatmobility will impact their business as much as or more so than the web did!! That says it all.
I believe that mobility is a journey that every organization is making at its own pace. At Cisco we refer to this as the Mobile Workspace journey.
The journey often starts with just simply securing mobile devices and their access to the corporate network, the device-focused phase. Whether corporate-liable devices or employee-owned (BYOD) or guest devices, IT’s first need is to provide an easy way to on-board them and let them get to the resources they are authorized to access. Read More »
The profound impact mobile devices has had on IT over the last decade is undeniable. Many can argue is it the largest of the four forces driving the next evolution of IT: Social, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC). It’s hard to imagine the pace of social network evolution without mobile devices. Or the mass migration to cloud without the ‘App revolution.’ Our mobile devices are the critical ‘sensors’ driving the mass movement of big data and analytics, quickly evolving to connected things, the ‘Internet of Everything.’
With the advancement of ‘IoE,’ the next wave of mobile applications is upon us. The days of on-demand, ‘client-pull’ information is becoming legacy. We are moving to the ‘IoE’ world where context aware mobile applications, combined with big data and sensory networks, will intelligently push data in a very targeted, personalized and non-invasive way to clients. Read More »