After a 3 month competition and a month-long rounds of judging, the announcement of the Connected Life Contest has come. We received over 600 entries that were submitted for review by panel of experts including Cisco executives, industry analysts, and Service Provider customers. The submissions were categorized around different aspects of the Connected Life, whether it be At Home, At Work and On the Move, and some common themes from many of the submissions became apparent. At home, consumers wanted to converge and consolidate control of their various home entertainment devices (e.g., TV, set top box, stereo, DVR/PVR, etc.). At work, contestants wanted better real-time communication and sharing of business-critical data. On the move, wireless aficionados expressed the desire to access, share and personalize entertainment and business services and content with their mobile devices. Okay so with further ado, the Grand Prize Winner is… Amir from Chapel Hill, North Carolina for his vision of a Personal Digital Butler. The idea is that everything in your home from computers to appliances to alarm clocks is centrally managed and accessible through your car or phone. I have a bad habit of leaving my stereo on when I leave the house -- it sure would be nice to be able to turn it off from my phone when I’m at work or to be able to preheat my oven from my car as I make the commute home- What do you think? How would you use your Personal Digital Butler? Read More »
Although IMS has been around for the last 7 or so years and may not be the panacea originally proposed, it can’t be discounted in the world of IP. Several of our customers in US SP have announced plans to deploy IMS as it will be an important platform for voice as well as other SIP-based applications. At the same time, we see increasing development of new innovative applications that don’t use SIP, but would benefit from the capabilities of an IMS control infrastructure. We need a framework that enables a feasible coexistence of both types of applications.There are the obvious market drivers driving the”IP Everywhere” mentality. These trends have caught IMS and are raising questions about the longevity of IMS:1. ubiquitous high-speed access2. handset evolution: screens and access3. interesting, relevant content and applications (2.0 applications, MySpace, YouTube)4. the prospect of a Google Phone and other disruptive innovationsJust a few years ago, we were upswept in the mantra”voice is the killer app.” After the telecom downturn and the many failed applications (e-wallet, MMS, etc.), how could we think any differently? Did anyone really want anything more from a mobile phone than voice and the occasional text message? IMS fulfilled the need of SIP-based voice services. It was the savior of an industry searching for ways to quickly and efficiently buildout networks and deploy applications. It allowed horizontal implementation rather than perpetuating dependence on a slow, vertical silo. Wow, IMS was it. Read More »
Nokia recently announced plans to acquire NAVTEQ for $8.1B. At first glance, it’s no surprise that a leading mobile device company would want such valuable map data. When you’re on the move, you often want to know where you are and what’s around you. But consider this comment of Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, president and CEO of Nokia: “Location based services are one of the cornerstones of Nokia’s Internet services strategy. The acquisition of NAVTEQ is another step toward Nokia becoming a leading player in this space.” Hold the phone…what’s this about location based services and their Internet services strategy? Aren’t mobile operators-Nokia’s customers-usually considered the service providers? Indeed, mobile service providers have long anticipated new profits from location based services, built using subscriber location information mandated for emergency services. So far, those profits have proved elusive, perhaps because of stringent privacy concerns and regulations, or perhaps because such information is currently too expensive or too difficult for creative location application companies to flourish. Read More »
Rajeev Khanolkar, president and CEO of SecurView Inc., shares his thoughts about Cisco managed security and the 2007 Cisco Powered Marketing Summit.
Kunjal notes that managed services providers need to respond to their customers’ changing needs — and drive sales -- by refreshing existing services to remain relevant and valuable.