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Global IT Report 2014: Region Making Progress on Connectivity But More Action Needed

Recently the World Economic Forum launched its annual Global Information Technology Report (GITR), which highlights how countries in Latin America compare globally across the 54 different indicators of the Networked Readiness Index (NRI). The regional verdict: while some countries have begun to expand broadband infrastructure, improving connectivity across the region remains one of biggest barriers to development in the region.

There are successes at the country level, however, such as Chile, which ranks among the top quartile globally, due to the government’s consistent focus on expanding information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure and spurring ICT usage. Panama is quickly moving up in the global ranks and is only eight ranks behind (at 43rd in the world), driven by the government’s recognition of ICT as a critical driver of economic growth. And Costa Rica, Uruguay and Colombia all merit kudos for focusing effort on increasing ICT adoption (of the Internet, mobile phones and broadband) as well as increasing affordability of technologies.

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General Motors Signs Innovative Deal with Cisco

I’m excited to announce that we have deepened our relationship with General Motors.  This quarter, as John talked about on our Q3 FY14 earnings call, we closed a first-of-its-kind, multi-year deal to license Cisco’s software portfolio to GM.

This innovative licensing agreement involving all of our software – and hardware, where needed – will give GM greater speed and flexibility to drive business value.  So, for example, when GM needs to increase their collaboration solutions across the company they have access to our full suite of products to do that. Going forward, Cisco and GM will continue to partner to deliver on GM’s business goals up to and including the Internet of Everything.

Cisco is proud to work with GM and other large enterprises to help them achieve their goals and overcome their biggest challenges.  We realize that every company must now be a technology company and we are thrilled and excited that GM is taking a huge, innovative step with Cisco as a partner to better serve their customers, partners and employees around the world.

 

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How IT Leaders Can Embrace the Change that Comes with Network Programmability

The programming of network resources is not just a trend, but also a way to future-proof IT and business needs. This blog series examines how infrastructure programmability is providing a faster time to competitive advantage and highlights the differences between programmable infrastructure and traditional infrastructure, and what programmability means for your entire IT infrastructure.

To read the first post in this series that defines infrastructure programmability, click here.

To read the second post in this series that discusses benefits of network programmability, click here.

According to a recent Network Computing article, changes in network virtualization (overlaying virtual networks over a physical infrastructure) and network programmability (provisioning and controlling its behavior) are causing some to wonder what’s in store for the networking profession.

These changes mean that our skill sets will evolve and our jobs will get more interesting. As the need to build more agility into IT systems becomes more urgent, we are looking for ways to reduce complexity, drive simplification and reduce costs to invest in new initiatives that are critical to the business. We must free up resources so that IT can build new capabilities and provide faster time to new business competitiveness. How can we do this? A new model for IT – one that is simple, smart and secure.

 The programming of network resources is not just a trend, but also a way to future-proof IT and business needs.  View Executive Perspectives.

The programming of network resources is not just a trend, but also a way to future-proof IT and business needs. View Executive Perspectives.

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Internet Security Necessary for Global Technology Economy

Today’s security challenges are real and significant.  We want governments to detect and disrupt terrorist networks before they inflict harm on our society, our citizens, and our systems of government.   We also want to live in countries that respect their citizens’ basic human rights.  The tension between security and freedom has become one the most pressing issues of our day.  Societies wracked by terror cannot be truly free, but an overreaching government can also undermine freedom.

It is in this context that I want to offer some thoughts on actions by the US Government that in Cisco’s eyes have overreached, undermining the goals of free communication, and steps that can be taken to right that balance, and I do so on behalf of all of Cisco’s leadership team.

Confidence in the open, global Internet has brought enormous economic benefits to the United States and to billions around the world.  This confidence has been eroded by revelations of government surveillance, by efforts of the US government to force US companies to provide access to communications of non-US citizens even when that violates the privacy laws of countries where US companies do business, and allegations that governments exploit rather than report security vulnerabilities in products.

As a matter of policy and practice, Cisco does not work with any government, including the United States Government, to weaken our products. When we learn of a security vulnerability, we respond by validating it, informing our customers, and fixing it.  We react the same when we find that a customer’s security has been impacted by external forces, regardless of what country or form of government or how that security breach occurred.  We offer customers robust tools to defend their environments against attack, and detect attacks when they are happening. By doing these things, we have built and maintained our customers’ trust.  We expect our government to value and respect this trust.

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Cisco GMCC Team – My Gratitude

I would like to personally thank the entire Global Marketing and Corporate Communications team at Cisco for the amazing work they do!

Because of their tenacity, creativity and dedication to elevating Cisco’s brand throughout 2013, I accepted the Marketer of the Year award for Brand Building on behalf of our team at last week’s Marketers that Matter awards ceremony in San Francisco.

This talented team continues to inspire me, but also our employees, our customers and our partners on a global scale. They have set the bar high for building a brand in an age of the empowered and connected customer, truly bringing the Internet of Everything to life.

Congratulations all around and my GRATITUDE! I am so fortunate to work with such a talented team.

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Check out the video below that was part of the winning nomination!

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