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Open Standards, Open Source, Open Loop

…zation is potentially (and dangerously) self-perpetuating and few SDOs have a life-cycle plan that bounds their authority and scope (applied to new technologies).  Choose any new area of technical endeavor – cloud, SDN (Software Defined Networks), NFV (Network Functions Virtualization), IoT and “APIs” and you will find a ready example. The maneuvering by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) (best known for their narrow focus on Carrier Ethernet service…

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NVMe for Absolute Beginners

…ional speed is much slower) to the outside – similar to the difference between our conveyor belts “4” and “1” – results in some pretty fancy footwork on the storage side. Because the robot arm must move back and forth, it’s okay that it can only handle one series of commands at a time. Even if you could tell it to get a block from conveyor belt 1 and 3 at the same time, it couldn’t do it. It would have to queue the commands and get to each in tur…

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Beyond Sales: The Future of Social Selling at Cisco

We recently reviewed the results and findings of Cisco’s Social Selling pilot program in a 3-part series: Social Selling in Action—Part 1: Innovation starts with Sales Social Selling in Action—Part 2: Attribution for Accurate Metrics Social Selling in Action—Part 3: Regional Rollout, Regional Strengths and now we’re moving to the future of Social Selling at Cisco. Luca Felli, a senior manager at Cisco who is focused on business strategy and t…

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The Future of Work is Mobile and Flexible

Cisco’s 2014 Future of Work survey results were published the other day and reveal many thought-provoking trends. For example, did you know that the majority of today’s professionals would relinquish their television before they let you take away their smartphone? Or that given a choice between Internet access and sense of smell, an incredible 43% would hang on to the Internet. Now there’s the true meaning of a 6th sense. These are just a couple…

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IT Value Map: your compass for cloud transformation

…ement Metrics: Build an updated, multi-level risk dashboard Cyber attack statistics Bi-yearly penetration test results Governance Pillar 5: Internal controls and continuous improvement This fifth pillar is the key to becoming effective and efficient. This entails delivering mechanisms and measurements that enable fact-based decision-making and drive smart behaviour and culture — alongside the continuous improvement of corporate IT processes an…

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