If you study local governments around the world, it is likely that you will find similar patterns of behavior and functioning. Traditionally run loose coalitions of separate entities, each empowered with their own roadmap of projects and funds. To add to the challenges are the uncertainties of life, taking on different flavors and dimensions: economic and political instability, technological advancement, urbanization, quality of healthcare and education, job security, productivity and more. What is elevating to note is that many governments are viewing these challenges as an opportunity to invest in technological and conceptual modernization and adopt design systems that meet sustainability demands and improve the lives of citizens. Read More »
Organizations planning a move to the cloud should consider which cloud model is right for their business and objectives. This consideration extends beyond just public and private cloud models. The journey to cloud is focused on building or evolving the network platform to enable automation and unleash IT. Regardless of cloud approach or business goals—cost reduction, growth, agility—it’s the first and most important step.
At Cisco we’ve learned from our own cloud journey. We learned that the network is the lynchpin and enabler of adaptable IT service delivery. This guiding principle has enabled us to provide dynamic and reliable products and solutions to help our customers seize innovation, accelerate business and drive outcomes; all through the cloud.
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Cisco recently commissioned an international workforce study in order to show the relevance of the network in everyday life. The 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report had some very interesting findings about how central the Internet and computing has become to our lives.
Interesting points of note:
• One in three college students and young professionals consider the Internet to be as important as air, water, food and shelter.
• More than half of the study’s respondents say they cannot live without the Internet, and in some cases cite is as more essential than owning a car, dating and going to parties.
• 40% of responding students have not bought a physical book, except textbooks, in two years.
Anecdotally, we’ve all been in restaurants, cafes or bars and seen people buried in their smartphones rather than interacting with the people around them. I think this data sends some very strong messages about how information technology is fundamentally altering our lives, which carries both promise as well as questions about what this means about our society and how we interact. What do you think?
Public sector decision makers are under enormous pressure to deliver results in difficult and uncertain times. In late 2010 and early 2011, the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) conducted in-depth interviews with more than 100 senior public sector executives from around the world—at the city, regional, and national levels. Responses from these officials were remarkably consistent regarding the key challenges they face in a world undergoing significant economic, political, environmental, and social transitions.
Some of these public leaders expressed concerns about their organizations’ capacity to respond to new policy and service demands, budget reductions, and the need to engage new technology platforms for innovation and service delivery. Other challenges related to the public sector’s ability to help cities, regions, and countries navigate the current uncertain and volatile environment. Read More »
Anyone who gets behind the wheel is painfully aware of the personal costs of driving an automobile, including $4-per-gallon gasoline and expensive maintenance.
But what about the societal costs of personal transportation?
Of the estimated $3 trillion yearly cost of personal transportation in the United States, for example, nearly 40 percent ($1.1 trillion) is “societal,” related to congestion, crashes, parking, roads, traffic services, and pollution.1 These costs are, in fact, a “hidden tax” amounting to nearly $7,000 per vehicle per year.
The Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) believes that vehicle connectivity can act as a catalyst to help pay for the societal costs of personal transportation, while unlocking additional benefits.
What’s more, governments now have the opportunity to work with other key stakeholders—insurance companies, automotive manufacturers, and service providers—to create a next-generation transportation business model around connected vehicles and a smart, connected traffic infrastructure. Read More »