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Double Winner: Cisco Wins Information Security Awards at CSO40

CSO40 Award Ceremony

CSO40 Award Ceremony

The city in the forest—Atlanta, Georgia—extended a double dose of Southern charm to Cisco in April by awarding two prestigious information security industry awards at the 2nd Annual CSO40 Awards. The awards program recognizes projects and initiatives demonstrating innovative use of security in delivering outstanding business value.

Top honors went to the teams representing Cisco’s Enterprise ACL Management (EACLM) and Unified Security Metrics (USM) projects. Team members included: EACLM – Mark Sullivan, Network Engineer and Oisin MacAlasdair, Technical Staff and Security Prime for networking; USM – Gerwin Tijink, Information Security (InfoSec) Architect, Hessel Heerebout, USM Program Manager, and Ranjan Jain, IT Architect and Security Prime.

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Enterprise Mobility and the Award-Winning Cisco Prime Service Catalog

We are proud to announce that the Cisco IT internal implementation of Cisco Prime Service Catalog, dubbed the Cisco IT “eStore”, was honored (and ranked #25) in the InformationWeek Elite 100 awards this week – as one of the most innovative uses of business technology in 2014. You can read more about the awards here.

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(If you haven’t heard about Cisco IT’s eStore, be sure to check out my recent write-up about eStore. You can also read the case study here, and read more from Adel du Toit who blogged about Cisco IT’s initiative here last June.)

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The Cisco IT eStore was also nominated as a finalist for a Consumerization of IT in the Enterprise (CITE) award. Stay tuned as the award winners will be announced at the CITE conference at the end of this month.

We are thrilled to see Cisco IT being recognized for it’s internal Cisco Prime Service Catalog deployment.  It’s a great testament to the innovative partnership between our product engineering teams and our internal IT organization.

That’s not all … This week at Interop Las Vegas, adjacent to the InformationWeek Elite 100 awards ceremony, was the announcement of the new Cisco Mobile Workplace Solution – where Cisco Prime Service Catalog serves as the unified IT storefront for mobility services (you can read a great overview of the new solution from Jonathan’s blog post here). We showcased a live demo of the award-winning Cisco IT internal implementation of the Cisco Prime Service Catalog: the Cisco IT eStore.

As enterprise IT organizations adopt and implement their mobility strategies, they are learning just how much their end users expect and need in today’s increasingly mobile environment. For example, they need a simple, easy-to-use, and automated solution for ordering all of the mobility and other workplace services an IT organization may offer – rather than having separate portals for requesting smartphones, tablets, mobile apps, desktop software, laptops, or BYOD services. A unified service catalog and single access point for all IT services increases workforce productivity, with a better employee experience and improved satisfaction with IT.

As Jonathan describes in the blog post linked above, organizations typically begin from a device-focused approach. IT often focuses on corporate-liable devices or employee owned devices, providing an easy way to onboard these devices and access basic services. Then, organizations progress to the application-focused phase, where the enterprise leverages mobile applications to provide productivity and empower employees.

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The third and final step in the enterprise mobility journey is experience-focused. After having fulfilled the initial device-focused and app-focused stages, organizations are becoming experience-focused and prioritizing service automation to improve the employee experience and provide an easy-to-use, automated self-service experience.

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And the winners are… Cisco Recognizes Global Award Winners at Cisco Partner Summit 2014

At Cisco, we’re fully committed to our partners’ success. That’s why we feel it’s important to recognize our top-performing partners for their outstanding achievements.

Last evening during a Global awards reception held at Cisco Partner Summit, taking place this week in Las Vegas, we had the distinguished privilege of honoring our top global partners for their best-in-class performance.  Sixteen global partners were selected for their exemplary performance across several categories.

Winners of the 2014 Cisco Partner Summit Global awards are:

  • Global Learning Partner of the Year — NIL Data Communications
  • Geo Region Partner of the Year – Nexus
  • SP Architecture Partner of the Year — ECCOM Network System Co. Ltd.
  • APJC Partner of the Year — Logicalis
  • Solution Innovation Partner of the Year — Step Logic
  • EMEAR Global Partner of the Year — BT Group
  • EMEAR Global Commercial Partner of the Year — Kelway UK Ltd.
  • Services Partner of the Year — Dimension Data Asia Pacific
  • Cloud Provider Partner of the Year — Telstra Corporation
  • Architectural Excellence – Collaboration — Presidio
  • Enterprise Partner of the Year — World Wide Technology, Inc.
  • Global Cloud Builder of the Year — ePlus
  • Cisco Capital of the Year — Dimension Data
  • Architectural Excellence -- Data Center — CDW
  • Architectural Excellence -- Enterprise Networks — Insight
  • Distributor Partner of the Year — Tech Data

On behalf of Cisco, we thank you for your continued partnership and applaud you on your success. Congratulations again to all the winners!

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Cisco: Your Strategic Cloud Partner

Cisco’s cloud software is a hot topic.  First Cisco UCS Director was voted the SVC award winner for best virtualization management software.  Then Forrester released a new Private Cloud Wave and both Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC) and UCS Director combined garnered Cisco the highest ranking for cloud vision and strategy as well as a top three ranking for currently shipping product. Customer input was behind this success.
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And The Winner Is….

Social media strategies differ for all companies and we all know the key to social is to have great content to amplify. So what happens when you have a team that not only produces great content but also has great social media tactics? Awards! Congratulations to Cisco’s Corporate Communications Social Media team for two big wins. Our small and mighty team of 11 won two PR News Awards. One for “Best Podcast-Videocast” for the “My Networked Life: True Stories from a Connected World” video series and the other for “Digital PR Team of the Year.”

PR News States: “Cisco Systems’ team is a tour de force of organized, systematic, digital innovation. The company’s core objective, creating continuous innovation, is seen in many ways. The team of 11 employees combines that objective—innovation—with an initiative to reach and connect with a broader audience, and position Cisco as a thought leader in the digital space.”

Our team takes a different approach to what we do – using a brand journalism model we focus on great storytelling and creative social amplification. Together we think it’s a winning combination. See for yourself here on The Network, Cisco’s Technology News Site.

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