Black Friday. Holiday Travel. Consumers have a more Enjoyable Experience and Businesses are Successful
Thanksgiving is around the corner and the holiday season will be upon us. What will Black Friday look like this year? I know that this is a time when things get more chaotic in my household. As my kids get excited for a break from school, and we all look forward to extended time with family and friends, we must first get through all the holiday preparations and planning. Am I better off ordering gifts for my wife and kids online versus going to the store? Do I want to deal with crowds and getting lost in a retail haze on Black Friday or Christmas Eve? And where will we spend our holiday vacation this year? Will we have access to Wi-Fi wherever we go should I need to check email, or so my kids can watch their favorite shows on Netflix?
This also got me thinking about the questions that keep businesses up at night during the holiday season. These include:
- How can I have a one-to-one engagement with every customer or guest?
- How can I get more customers into my venue?
- How can I avoid showrooming?
- How can I efficiently use my physical assets and human resources to ensure my venue is set up to maximize customer flow and staffing?
- How can I stand out from the crowd and compete with rival brands?
- And advertisements – how can I make them specific to the consumer in my venue rather than generic for many?
Taking these business concerns into account and listening to our customers have prompted Cisco’s Enterprise Networking Group to team up with Facebook to enable businesses to turn their challenges into opportunities. We’ve looked at how consumers can have a more connected experience while in business venues and at the same time how the business can improve the engagement with consumers while they are in the venue. We want to make this year’s holiday season more pleasant for everyone.
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Tags: Black Friday, cmx, connected mobile experience, consumer, facebook, retail, wi-fi
It’s back-to-school time once again. Whether it is smartphones, tablets or laptops –devices and the classroom are more intertwined than ever before. Thanks to the growing connections in the Internet of Everything (IoE), it is now easier than ever to integrate the device into the classroom. With college costs on the rise, there is no question why many students, professors, and colleges, are turning to technology to increase access to resources.
The days of ‘my roommate ate my homework’ are coming to an end. Read More »
Tags: byod, connected classroom, edtech, education, Flipped Learning, Internet of Everything, IoE, MOOCs, online classes
Cisco has long been known for our deep customer engagements, ability to see major market shifts and then create innovative solutions and services that enable our customers to succeed. That’s especially true in Cisco’s Services organization, where we play a key role in helping customers advance their business and innovate in ways that can move major industries. Cisco Services is world-class – from technical and professional support to consulting – and I’ve seen that first-hand over the past year as the proud leader of this incredible team. And, yet we know there is still an immense opportunity to do more for our customers.
Today, we are entering what Cisco believes is the largest market transition since the birth of the Internet—the Internet of Everything (IoE). Our teams’ research has identified $14.4 trillion in “value at stake” that will be available for companies to win or lose over the next decade in the new IoE economy.
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Tags: Cisco Consulting Services, IoE
If you rely on government to solve your problems, you will wait a long time. That’s what I told 600 youth delegates from around the world (and some 4,000 more online) at the “Beyond 2015: Global Youth Summit” in San José, Costa Rica, a couple of weeks ago.
Howard onstage during a panel at BYND 2015 summit.
The ITU brought these young leaders together to hammer out recommendations that President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica will present to the United Nations General Assembly in New York by the end of September. The hope is to influence the priorities of global leaders and decision-makers as the U.N. sets the agenda for sustainable development.
The day I was there, the delegates talked about Internet access as a basic human right, getting a smart device to every child, making the Internet safer, and choking off Internet-enabled child pornography. They’re asking the U.N. for flexible, dynamic, and open government; broadly available information communication technology to support sustainable development goals; and education that equips students with “a practical mix of marketable, innovative and relevant skills needed to compete in the global, digital economy.”
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Tags: cisco networking academy, Global Youth Summit, public-private partnerships
Cisco innovations have driven the Internet far beyond its original purpose to a network that can handle voice, video, cloud, and mobile services. Now we’re seeing a new Internet on the horizon – the Internet of Everything. In fact by 2017 IP traffic is estimated to grow to 1.4 zettabytes as more programmable devices such as smart phones, tablets, and sensor or machine-driven traffic rapidly come on line. Consider this – just this week there will be more than 26 million new programmable devices added to the Internet or twice the entire population of Mumbai.
This means that managing bandwidth growth isn’t enough anymore. The network must evolve to a multidimensional network, scaling to effectively manage machine-driven events, support ultra, high-definition video applications, and enable new custom-made services. It must also scale up and down with elasticity and be highly programmable, while integrating seamlessly with today’s network, data centers, and applications.
It’s a tall order, but we’re ready today with the announcement of the only such system on the planet. We call it the Network Convergence System—or Read More »
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