Upgrading a critical enterprise call processing system to a completely new virtualized server platform sounds pretty tricky. Doing it from 5,000 miles away, in the public square of a sleepy Spanish village using your laptop and a VPN connection over the free municipal WiFi service sounds … well, maybe a little crazy. Recently, I did just that, migrating our Cisco Unified Communications Manager (UCM) cluster in Johannesburg, South Africa to the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) platform from the small village in Spain where I was vacationing.
It started with the iPhone and really picked up with the iPad. Silver haired gents in corner offices brought their new precious to IT and asked to “get on the network” or “get their email on this.” In the past, IT was able to mumble something about unsupported devices and how a random user who brought a random device was out of luck. After all, they had tested solutions in place, nice things like Windows Mobile and Blackberry, solutions that worked well with Enterprise infrastructure. These new things might be better at Angry Birds or Plants vs Zombies, but the whole BYOD/Enterprise interaction was an unknown and thus a threat and a risk. Poor IT guys got trumped though, silver haired guys said jump and eventually the answer changed from “not supported” to a more career preserving “how high?”
There is a lot of buzz out there right now about Telework Solutions for Government as many agencies are making the transition that so many Corporations have already completed. Personally, I haven’t worked full time in an office since pre-1996 and can’t imagine wasting that much time every day on preparations and commuting for no real purpose other than donuts, coffee and the latest office gossip.
Work is an activity, not a location in today’s professional world with pervasive networking capabilities and the Government is getting on board under the leadership of the current administration.
If you want to get a feel for the progress and momentum around this, check out the public/private partnership at the Telework Exchange site focused on eliminating the Telework Gridlock. Cisco is one of the sponsors of this activity because we see the value, have lived it for better than 15 years, and can offer solutions to help make this a reality for our Government customers. Read More »
OK, so we all know that mobility has become an absolute necessity in business. How many of us can honestly say that we could last even a day without our smart phone or tablet? We check our email, run enterprise apps, access the ERP, and conduct a host of other activities that require secure VPN access. But just like anything else, there’s a big difference between what we want and what we can (or should) have! After all, enterprise strength mobility requires enterprise strength security – something that’s been sorely lacking in all but a few mobile devices.
Last week, Samsung’s MOBILE UNPACKED 2011 event brought a new level of collaboration between Cisco and the mobile device leader. Together, Cisco and Samsung announced a set of solutions designed to transform enterprise mobility, enabling organizations to leverage the wave of mobile devices coming through their doors.
At the event, the President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business, Mr. JK Shin, called 2011 the year of the ‘smart mobile devices,’ and unveiled the successor to the Galaxy S smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S II. Not only is it one of the world’s thinnest dual-mode smartphones, but it comes business-ready with a suite of Cisco enterprise-class solutions and applications for Android:
- Cisco Mobile Unified Communications
- Cisco WebEx Meeting Center
- Cisco AnyConnect
- All supported by the Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) program
Ray Smets, VP & GM of Cisco’s Wireless Networking Business Unit, announced the availability of Cisco Mobile and WebEx for Android, underscoring the value of collaborating and communicating from anywhere, across any platform. Ray also covered how Cisco and Samsung are transforming enterprise mobile security with Cisco AnyConnect on Android, allowing organizations to provide reliable and easy-to-deploy encrypted network connectivity for mobile workers everywhere.