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Take the SBA-Train

As someone who grew up riding the Boston MBTA, and later the New York City subway system, I have an affection for that gritty form of public transit. So I loved the New York Times article from some weeks ago that detailed the results of the city’s subway survey. My favorite quote:  “Please.  I’ve lived in New York for 20 years — I’ve seen more bizarre things on the trains than I can remember.  That’s why we live here.” 

When you zoom out from that passenger experience, though, there’s a lot that goes into building a subway system to carry all that humanity. Just look at this site dedicated to dreaming up a better MBTA for Boston. Clearly people rely on subway systems for different things and have very subjective needs when it comes to the design of the overall system. And that’s why Cisco’s new Smart Business Architecture (SBA) subway system is so cool. It’s designed to help you navigate easily from Point A to Point B as you move through the modules that help you turn a Borderless Network Architecture into a reality.

Each module—or subway stop—represents a prescriptive, step-by-step guide for a specific aspect of the Borderless Network Architecture. And when you zoom in to explore that guide, you find a clear point of orientation.

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Blueprints for designing and deploying

January 10, 2011 at 7:31 am PST

Recently, we posted a bunch of new material in the Smart Business Architecture of Design Zone. Cisco Smart Business Architecture (SBA) for Midsize Networks and Enterprises offers a blueprint for designing and deploying a full-service, comprehensive network. SBA delivers prescriptive network design and deployment best practices for organizations with 100 to 10,000 connected users.

It’s really worth a look. Here’s a comment one customer posted on the main page:

Really brilliant document, I’ve already asked the … support community for this kind of architecture support document and it was exactly what I was thinking.

For me it’s the best way to have people adopt Cisco technology: help them to master it by  being able to do complex things in simple guided steps.

We’ve supplemented the new content with an interactive “subway map” flash widget that you can launch from that page.  I don’t always like online interactive maps, but this subway map really gives a nice overview of the different guides available and explains when to use what. Cisco’s Linda Beaton has just posted a great backgrounder on the “train” (or “subway stop”) concept. You launch it from the “Getting Started” button on the Smart Business Architecture page.

There’s also a more traditional list of the documents. Let us know what you think.

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Integrating Architectures for a True “Borderless” Experience

Enterprise IT organizations and IT processes have gone through major waves of changes in the past few years. From a focus on deploying products, technologies and solutions that solved specific technical needs, IT organizations are looking increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their systems and processes by turning their focus towards “Services”

At Cisco IT, we are living this journey towards “everything as a service” and the integration of architectures within the Infrastructure has become a strategic priority to meet that goal. Our focus in the Infrastructure rests on the following architectural plays – Data Center/Virtualization, Borderless Networks, Collaboration and Video.

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Capturing Year-End IT Spend

It’s a well known fact in the IT industry that there is a spending push at the end of the calendar year as companies look to close out their budget. This year-end spending trend represents a great sales opportunity for both Cisco and our partners.

Helping our partners boost profits and provide value to our mutual customers are two core principles of our partner strategy. With that in mind, we recently launched a global sales initiative called “Year-end Sprint” (YES), which will allow us, together with our partners, to capture coveted year-end IT spending.

YES is a collection of several high-value, global architecture product and service offerings for customers that include additional incentives for partners. These offers span our four key architectures: Borderless Networks, Collaboration, Data Center, and Service Provider, including IP NGN and SP Cloud.

The countdown to the New Year has already begun, so  I encourage you to quickly learn more about YES, by visiting the YES Sales Initiative page on Partner Central (CCO login required).

To give you a flavor for YES, let me take a moment to highlight three of our YES architecture offers.

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Cisco Announces Research and Administrative Computing for Higher Education

October 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm PST
 

As we face the combined challenges and opportunities presented by globalization, technology acceleration, and demographic shifts, competition is increasing, and innovation is becoming more and more critical for companies and countries to succeed and stay ahead of the curve.

 

This past week at Educause, we announced the availability of our new Research and Administrative Computing solution based on Cisco’s world-class Data Center and Collaboration technologies. This solution can help administrative leaders and research center directors save time and money and improve performance by working better together.  By improving research collaboration within the university, and between universities, companies, and governments, we can improve the ability to innovate.

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