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Connecting The Unconnected: What If We Have It All Wrong?

July 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm PST

The internet of everything (IoE) is about connecting the previously unconnected. When most people think about creating these connections, they think about doing so by adding sensory technology to inanimate objects, thereby making objects “smarter.”

What if we have this paradigm all wrong? What if the approach shouldn’t be about adding sensory technology to inanimate objects, but rather adding a sensory system into our entire world – one that provides recall memory, recording and feedback capabilities – effectively making our real world into one giant virtual world?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a well received guest post on this blog that discussed the balance between technology and humanity, and the balance that is achieved by implementing submissive design.

This morning I watched the spine-tingling TED Talks video below which takes submissive design to a much deeper and exponentially more exciting level, and I just had to share it with you!

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Learning, Friends and Social Networking at #CLUS

July 8, 2013 at 3:57 pm PST

Cisco Live! has come to a close and I want my first Cisco Guest Blog post to be about my amazing week in Orlando.  I am a Wireless Engineer based in St. Petersburg, Florida and I try to make it to Cisco Live! as often as possible (which has been every other year recently).

The Keynotes were great this year.  I loved the Opening presentation by Cisco CEO John Chambers on the Internet of Everything but I think my favorite was the presentation by Dave Evans @DaveTheFuturist on the future of the IoE and how our world will keep connecting.  The Closing Keynote with Sir Richard Branson was great.  Check out the video of it and the other keynotes on Cisco Live 365! as well.

I also attended a Cisco ISE TECSEC-3671 Tech section on Sunday and it was filled with excellent information.  If you are interested in ISE (Cisco Identity Service Engine) take a look at this two hour version of the class. You’ll need to register on the Cisco Live 365!, which is free. at Cisco Live 365! If you don’t know about ISE this PDF gives an excellent overview. In the course of the conference I had the chance to take some amazing sessions and the presenters are always leaders in their field so the Q&A is almost as good as the session.

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Summary: The We’re Listening Blog Series: What We Heard at Partner Summit

Cisco hosts a multitude of conferences, tradeshows, and online events each year. For our customers and partners, these events are great opportunities to interact with Cisco experts and keep current on the latest products, technologies, and network solutions. For Cisco, they are also a key way that we connect with our users and listen to their feedback about what’s working and what’s not.

Cisco’s annual Partner Summit is a primary opportunity for us to listen to our partner community, and identify ways to improve the partner experience working with Cisco.  Joe Pinto, Senior Vice President, Technical Services, recently attended Partner Summit 2013 in Boston, and I’ve asked him to share his key takeaways from the event with us.

Read the full article: The We’re Listening Blog Series: What We Heard at Partner Summit.

The Balance Between Technology and Humanity is Fueling Technology’s Popularity

July 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm PST

Balance_between_TechandhumanityWe are living in arguably the most exciting time in human history, and I’m mesmerized by how fast our world is evolving thanks to brilliant technologies and the sheer volume of inanimate objects that are connecting to the internet on a daily basis, forming the internet of everything (IoE).

As much as it seems everything is digital these days, our world is almost entirely analog. However, digital technology (and its massive potential to revolutionize our world) is trending toward mainstream popularity, in spite of traditionally being relegated to the minds of the ‘geeky’ few. The reason for this trend is simpler than it might initially appear and it’s the topic of this post. Read More »

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Summary: The We’re Listening Blog Series: Making Licensing Easier through Automation and Increased Visibility

In our September We’re Listening blog, Brian Jeffries, vice president of operations, talked with you about steps taken to ease your challenges with Cisco software licensing. I asked Brian to update you about our progress around licensing and software management. Brian leads a Cisco-wide initiative focused on simplifying our customers’ software licensing experience.

We continue to actively listen to you–our customers and partners–and we are still hearing that you want a better Cisco software experience. The good news is, we have made some major progress with our software initiative that we launched a year ago. In addition to launching new software licensing products, we have made many improvements to how you manage software today.

Read the full article: The We’re Listening Blog Series: Making Licensing Easier through Automation and Increased Visibility.