As Telework policy initiatives expand globally the number of events, articles and forums has grown exponentially. Intersections are everywhere… and sometimes where you least expect them. As an example, Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) initiative, industry and goverment Cloud events - “Telework” is a common thread.
How should government agencies be investing in the cloud for their “Mobile Workforce?” How do policies need to change to address cybersecurity threats? What technologies best align with both government mandates? All of these were explored in detail. But, there’s a critical element that was strangely missing from many of the dialogues.
Technology and policy alone do not guarantee a successful “Telework” program. We the people – you and me – do! We are the final and third component of any successful Telework program – where the mix and balance of policy, technology, and people create the desired outcome – workforce efficiency. But how do you identify and hire the right people? How do you track workforce performance? How do you hire for success? According to a recent research study, “Top 5 personality traits of successful web workers,” there are personality traits to help guide your selection and retention of the workforce.
Personally speaking I was not surprised to learn that extroverts make for great web-workers (teleworkers) – being one myself ;0). What about you?
Tags: cloud, cybersecurity, telework, workforce mobility
VMworld 2011 will take place next week in Las Vegas and it will be an incredible opportunity to review the joint solutions between Cisco and VMware and how the network can scale to deliver secure clouds.
The partnership with VMware makes virtualization and Cloud applications more powerful and help simplify Cloud operations.
Cisco’s participation will include several speaking sessions and demonstrations focused on virtualization, Unified Computing and the latest on Cloud security products.
Visit us at booth #700. Click here for more details
Tags: Cisco VMworld 2011 Cloud Computing
As summer rolls into fall, my kids are heading back to school. It’s always an interesting transition but this year even more so with my daughter going away to college for the first time. This has brought back a flood of memories from my own college education experiences.
I have always had a passion for education and have a strong belief in continous learning.
Today, so much is available on the web, through social media websites, and online video.
In the world of technology and government, there is so much more to learn every day. New technologies: cloud, cybersecurity and virtualization, new delivery methods: virtual classrooms, online video, and collaboration, and new government requirements and certifications.
I recently came across some useful learning resources including the Cisco CCNP Security Certification courseware and VMware/Cisco network considerations for desktop virtualization.
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Tags: certifications, cloud, cybersecurity, government, security, Video Learning, virtualization
The Cisco vision of the mobile network of the future is one that continuously adapts, enabling people to connect and communicate how, when, and where they need to, without relying on pre-defined fixed infrastructure. This is exemplified by the Cisco Mobile Ready Net solution architecture.
In a split-second world where the stakes can be extremely high, mobile users are working beyond the boundaries of traditional networks. People who perform vital functions like police officers, first responders and firefighters, defense and military personnel managing disaster recovery or running planes, trains or ships must be able to connect, collaborate and share information in any format, from anywhere at anytime with no stopping to set-up a network.
The 5900 Series Embedded Services Routers fit perfectly into this solution by providing highly secure data, voice, and video communications to stationary and mobile network nodes across wired and wireless links. That is why it is a pleasure to announce updates to the 5940 Embedded Services Router and the launch of the 5915 Embedded Services Router today!
Watch below as Brad Boston, senior vice president, Cisco Global Government Solutions Group discusses the enhancements and launch and be sure to visit http://www.cisco.com/go/5900 for additional information!
Press Release: Cisco Extends Mobile Networking Portfolio for Military, Public Services and Transportation Personnel Operating on the Go
Tags: 5900, 5915, 5940, Brad Boston, Cisco, communications, data, embedded services router, global government solutions group, mobile, mobile ready net, network of the future, secure, series, video, Voice
Summer Fridays for many of us is the start of the long awaited weekend, the drive to the shore, or an evening BBQ with family and friends. But for those of us who live and work in the Washington, DC metro area our weekend plans are put on hold more often than not, and this Friday’s commute may prove to be another challenging drive according to an alert from the Virginia State Police: “On Friday afternoon (Aug 19), major traffic delays are expected on the Dulles Toll Road, Dulles Airport Access Highway, I-66 East and the Beltway due to a 9/11 memorial motorcycle ride, according to the Virginia State Police. Commuters should expect very significant traffic delays in the afternoon, especially during rush hour.”
This sort of an announcement would make me cringe if I didn’t work for a company that supports Telework. But fortunately, I do – so, I have the traffic gods under control! Remember work is what I do. Not a place. So I am working from my home office, avoiding the grid lock, with no impact on my productivity thanks to Cisco’s Telework / Mobile Workforce policy.
So it go me thinking… Why don’t more public and private sector organizations have Telework / Workforce Mobility policies, especially for “America’s 50 Worst Commutes.”
Summer Fridays. I love them!… No longer fear them. But, what about you?
Tags: grid lock, summer fridays, telework, telework policies, workforce mobility