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The Melbourne Cup: The Race that Stops a Nation, but No Longer the Mobile Networks!

It’s that time of year again: the race that stops a nation. Computers are switched off, tools are put down and everyone in Victoria gets a public holiday, just to watch the famous Australian horse race, the Melbourne Cup. The richest and most prestigious horse race in Australia will be held, as it is every year, at 3 p.m. AEDT on the first Tuesday of the month (today!), at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. A racecourse that is soon to become the most technologically advanced in the world, thanks to the Cisco Connected Stadium Wi-Fi Solution and StadiumVision.

With plans to be operational before the 2013 Melbourne Cup, the Wi-Fi solution will provide punters with all the information they need to place bets, order food, and get around the venue (over 100,000 people attend the venue on Melbourne Cup day). The roll out of Cisco technology at Flemington will allow the Victoria Racing Club, the operators of the venue, to provide an interactive race experience to patrons by providing directional seat information upon arrival, real-time traffic and weather updates and exclusive video content. The technology will also offer sponsors and advertisers new opportunities to engage patrons with dynamic and highly targeted content and promotions.

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My First Time: Collaboration With TelePresence

Email is great, but sometimes a team just needs to meet face to face, and as we all know, that’s not always financially practical. That’s where TelePresence comes in. Many businesses have been using the technology for years. But I just experienced it for myself recently, and came away totally impressed. If you haven’t seen it before – TelePresence delivers high-quality, lifelike video conferencing. I had been at Cisco for a month or so, when I went to my first TelePresence meeting. I couldn’t believe how great the quality was. Read More »

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Attracting (and Keeping) the Perfect Employee, at Any Age

Attracting and retaining great candidates for a job can be the most rewarding and frustrating experience a manager can go through. Organisations that understand the intricacies of evolving employee needs are being richly rewarded. The highly flexible, highly adaptable and forward thinking youth, present a fantastic employment opportunity, but only if you understand them.

As generations X, Y and Z begin, respectively, moving up, moving through, and moving into the workforce, insights into the way each group works will go a long way to informing successful attraction and retention practices. Currently with a highly competitive job market employees are being as scrutinously selective in who they accept as employers.

Interestingly, Australian’s across the board are the most demanding of non-financial benefits such as flexible work hours over international counterparts. But the real story gets deeper than that:

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Cisco CIO Summit 2012: Starting with the customer, and ending with IT in mind

We’ve all heard the sayings “put the customer first” and “the customer is always right.”  According to Forrester Research, the days of manufacturing, distribution, and information being the primary ways successful companies dominate their industries are gone, and the new “age of the customer” is here. Newly empowered, informed, and demanding buyers are radically redefining the conversations, strategies, and planning of top IT leaders around the world. This year at the CIO Summit hosted by Cisco, I had the privilege to engage with seventy-eight Chief Information Officers from large enterprises and organizations who shared similar sentiments. 

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Don’t Let Device Deluge Get You Down

The Twittersphere has been aflutter this week with details of the new iPad Mini and Microsoft Surface tablet; IT anxiety levels can increase with each new device announcement…but it doesn’t have to be that way.

CIOs often ask me how Cisco handles mobility; we’ve taken an innovative approach and I thought I’d share the story with you, too.

Today, Cisco’s network accommodates nearly 60,000 employee-owned smartphones, almost 13,000 of which are tablets—and about 1,000 new mobile devices join the corporate network each month. Mobile apps are added all the time. It is easy to see why most CIOs view the BYOD trend as a cost driver; but here at Cisco, even with a 98 percent increase in devices and 51 percent increase in users, we’re actually experiencing the lowest service cost we’ve ever seen—and our employees get the flexibility and choice they crave, which equals a better work experience.

How does it work?  Here are our six steps:

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