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How a Traffic Jam in Hong Kong Gave Me Hope

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to China and South Korea to meet with Cisco customers and partners. The meetings went well, but it was clear that these countries share what seems like a universal condition afflicting so many cities all over the world: traffic.

I know what you’re thinking, “Traffic? Really?” Fair enough, but bear with me on this one.

Admittedly, the traffic may have been top of mind for me because of a recent advertising campaign Cisco unveiled foreshadowing the last traffic jam. The irony is that sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic in Hong Kong gave me time to think about this in a more critical way.

Why, in today’s modern, technology-advanced era, have we not yet discovered a way to avoid traffic or at least control it? Sitting idle in traffic for many is an accepted daily annoyance, but it can also present serious consequences to the welfare and economy of many people and organizations. In the U.S. alone, it’s estimated that traffic costs $124B in lost productivity, fuel waste and higher prices for goods as a result of higher transportation costs. Multiply this by a global factor, and you begin to get the enormity of this so called “annoyance.”

At Cisco, we’re focused on creating solutions that deliver business outcomes for our customers: faster decision-making, lowering costs, increasing productivity, etc. Being close to Cisco’s data center solutions and the company’s Internet of Everything vision, I got to thinking how we’re not that far off from leaving the traffic jam in the dust.

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The Power of a Complete Data and Analytics Strategy

This week, I’ll join my Cisco colleagues and industry peers at Strata + Hadoop World in San Jose. Participating in conferences such as this is one of my favorite parts of my job, because it gives us an opportunity as an industry to share information, learn from each other, and tackle challenges collectively with creative Data and Analytics solutions.

Cisco created an Analytics 3.0 architecture that enables data and analytics solutions in the Data Center, the Cloud, and at the network edge, and has made substantial investments in each of these areas as a company. As we have the opportunity to meet and collaborate at Strata + Hadoop World, the Cisco team can tell you all about our substantial investments in these areas. More importantly, you will hear about how Cisco is delivering solutions in partnership with innovative companies who are leaders in big data, analytics and business intelligence.

Speaking of innovative partnerships, today, I am excited to share the announcement of a joint Data Warehouse Optimization solution with Informatica. The solution provides a single platform for offloading processing and storage from data warehouses to Hadoop and enables organizations the ability to integrate and analyze more data and types of data. If you are attending the conference this week, I encourage you to visit the Cisco booth (#831) to hear more about this exciting new solution.

By bringing the best software, hardware and services from Cisco together with innovative and market leading capabilities of our partners, Cisco is enabling powerful solutions to the very real data problems our customers are facing. Data Virtualization is a key part of Analytics 3.0, because it allows you to connect multiple different data sources, make all the data appear as if it’s all in one spot, and serve it up with a consistent shape and format to an application and eventually to an end user. Take data from traditional data warehouses, Hadoop clusters, lots of edge places and make it all look to an application like its sitting in the data center in one central data base. This also saves application developers from re-writing applications to take advantage of data that lives at the edge. They can simply write applications as they always have and we can pull that data together wherever it lives – all across the network, in the cloud, and between clouds. Powerful on its own…even more powerful together with our partners.

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Can the IoE Save Lives? Connected Bra Could Predict Cancer

At Cisco, we often talk about the power of the Internet of Everything– to reduce traffic congestion, to refresh our refrigerators, to make our everyday lives more convenient. But now, the Internet of Everything is saving lives.

In 2012 alone, more than 1.7 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer — that’s more than 4,600 women diagnosed with this life-threatening illness every day.

It can be hard to wrap one’s mind around just how common, and equally devastating, cancer can be. It has affected me personally, as well as the lives of my closest family members and friends. When it touches your life, or those around you, the impact is deep and long lasting.

Statistics on the prevalence of breast cancer and the personal stories of those impacted can be frightening, but there is more than just hope. Incredible strides across all forms of cancer are happening, and in many cases, they come in the form of early detection through ground-breaking technology.

You’ve heard of the Internet of Things (IoT). In fact, you’re probably wearing a FitBit or Jawbone on your wrist. You may be the owner of a smart thermostat like Nest. Or you’ve recently heard the hype about self-driving cars.

These connected devices are changing the way we live, work and play – and there are many more to come.

Today, only 1% of all devices that could be connected to the Internet are connected to the Internet.

By 2020, 20 billion devices will come online, amounting to a $19 trillion market opportunity for businesses and consumers. This next era of the Internet – the Internet of Everything (IoE) – will connect not only things, but also people, process and data to transform how we track our fitness, regulate traffic, conserve energy, tackle poverty and more.

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Putting Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence into High Gear: More Startup Innovations for the Internet of Everything

Cisco’s leadership in the emerging market for the Internet of Everything (IoE), Smart Cities and Big Data/analytics rests on our ability to harness the technologies and business models of our global partner ecosystem – especially those of early-stage startups who are building truly disruptive capabilities for the future. I previously shared my vision of Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence (Cisco EIR) pioneering new ways for Cisco, already a successful innovator in the global IT space, to collaborate with innovative entrepreneurs in shaping the emerging technologies that will redefine our industry and change our lives. Since then, six startups joined our first incubation track last spring in Silicon Valley and began collaborating closely with Cisco business and engineering groups to co-create solutions for Cisco’s customers and partners. I shared various updates in the following months about the EIR program’s exciting milestones adding co-incubation partners across the US, taking the program to Europe and selecting the first startups to join our program there.

Today, I am pleased to share two more milestones marking the continued success of our open innovation strategy at Cisco, with Cisco EIR helping to lead the way.

Cisco EIR Demo Day 2014

On December 8th, 2014, we celebrated the successes of the startups in our inaugural cohort with our first Cisco EIR Demo Day (photos) a gathering of over 100 attendees, including Cisco business and technology leaders, VCs, partners and others from the Silicon Valley startup community.

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IT Made Simple: Take the Meraki Challenge

Simple: not a word that you generally associate with IT and network management – until now.

At Cisco Live Milan, we introduced a Cloud-Managed IT solution based on Cisco Meraki, and showed over 8,000 Cisco customers and partners how easy IT management can be. It’s so easy, that practically anyone with a basic understanding of the network can use the Meraki dashboard to manage and configure the network quickly and easily.

During the opening keynote, we kicked off the Meraki Challenge, a fun contest which allows customers and partners to experience first-hand how fast IT can be with Meraki. It was particularly enjoyable to watch Cisco’s marketing team compete against and beat the systems engineering team on stage – it brought back fond memories of the Tortoise and the Hare story from my childhood.

Over a thousand partners and customers have already taken the challenge. Internally at Cisco, the contest inspired some fierce competition amongst us Type A sales and marketing folks.  I completed the Meraki Challenge in 3 minutes and 55 seconds; do you think you can beat me?

Take the Meraki Challenge now!

Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself and take the challenge today You can win an Apple or Android watch or even an all-expenses-paid tropical vacation. Not to mention serious bragging rights with your IT friends.

Cloud Managed Simplicity and Speed:  Enabling Fast IT

With the digital business transformation, the role of IT is becoming more critical to business success. More and more IT managers are rethinking how to make their networks more agile and accelerate the roll out of applications that are critical to the business. The IT organizations for Motel 6 and Forever New are two recent customer examples where IT made a big difference in helping to deliver positive business outcomes for the company. Motel 6 deployed one of the world’s largest wireless networks supporting 1100 locations and 70,000 guestrooms in less than five months.  Forever New provided point of sale iPad in more than 260 retail stores in 11 countries in less than 10 minutes per store.  With Meraki, they were able to do it in just 5 months.

Cisco’s Meraki Cloud-Managed IT made it happen with a simple business philosophy: make IT dramatically easier to manage and monitor using cloud management.  With one view of the entire IT landscape – applications, users, devices, network and compute –  including critical LoB and IT metrics, IT managers are able to resolve problems quicker and make better decisions.  With more than 200,000 Meraki networks deployed, the value of cloud-managed IT is clear.

So there is only one thing left for you to do now – learn more about Cisco Meraki and try it for yourself. Visit the Cisco Meraki Cloud-Managed IT solution website for more information. You can even try Cisco Meraki for free by requesting an evaluation, watching a demo, or getting a free access point.

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