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Show me the Money? Not so fast…

If you had the chance to take a job offer for more money, but not have the ability to work outside the office or accept a lower pay package and have the flexibility to work anytime, from anywhere  so you could realize a work life balance – what would you do?

The Connected World Report, released yesterday, confirms that two out of three or 66 percent of the employees surveyed around the world said they would choose the lower-paying job with more flexibility.  What is even more significant about this response is it comes during a time of great economic global uncertainty.

This research is further evidence that going to a borderless network is becoming more important as the changing dynamics of businesses and employee expectations as the global workforce becomes increasingly mobile and distributed.  Employee lifestyles, inside and outside the office, are making access to corporate and personal applications and information on any device a requirement.

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Your New Comp Package: Good Salary, Decent Dental and Outstanding Flexibility

Today, Cisco released the findings of its Connected World Report, a global research effort that assesses the expectations, demands,  and behavior of employees around the world as lines between work and personal life continue to blur and new technologies make it possible to access information from anywhere at any time. The study will be presented today by Cisco executives during a live Internet TV broadcast from 8:00-9:00 a.m. PDT. To view the broadcast, click here just before show time.  Also, check out my video with Dave Evans, futurist and chief technologist of Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group, discussing key findings from the report.

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What’s more important—time or money? What if you didn’t have to choose?

I was chatting with a colleague recently who was recounting her experience as a first-year engineer just out of school. It was a role that required designing and troubleshooting complicated networks—MPLS or ATM with intricate VPI/VCIs. Not being a technical person, the acronyms alone seemed daunting to me. But what became painfully obvious was the time and resource drain that is inherent when supporting a vast number of customers with needs that change on an ongoing basis. Without a standardized reference or blueprint, they were forced each time to create—and re-create—the wheel, over and over. It was clearly a problem in need of a solution—and an architectural one at that.

At Cisco, we’ve been talking about how Borderless Networks can transform your business—from the IT management side of things, and from the end-user experience perspective. But what helps make that a reality is the underlying architectural blueprint.

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The Office is Empty – Where Did Everybody Go?

From the dominance of social media sites like Twitter and Facebook (which is now the most popular website in the world) to the onslaught of cool, mobile-friendly devices like iPad and Cius, there is no doubt that the way we work, live and play is changing. But exactly how is it changing and what does it mean for your business? How can you arm your employees with tools they need to be effective in an ‘always-on’, mobile world? With an estimated 14 billion mobile devices connected to the internet today and no slow down in sight, one thing’s for sure. We better figure it out – and fast.

On Tuesday, October 19 at 8:00 a.m. PT, Cisco will host a live Internet TV broadcast and Q&A session to announce key findings from its Connected World Report. The study assesses the expectations, demands and behavior of employees as the lines between work and personal life continue to blur and new technologies make it possible to access information anytime, anywhere, with almost any device. The global research effort involved 2,600 end users and IT decision makers from a variety of industries in 13 countries. Read More »

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What is a medianet?

Enterprises are starting to adopt all types of video usage to significantly increase worker productivity, improve collaboration, reduce costs, move towards Green IT by reducing their carbon footprint, streamline and optimize business operations. Adding new video services radically changes the demands on the network. Video consumes significantly more bandwidth than voice so over-provisioning in the network to avoid resource contention problems is not a viable option. Also, the requirement is not simply about the bandwidth, it is about rich service capabilities that must be enabled in the network; for example, how to protect multimedia sessions in progress against the risk of quality impairment due to intermittent extreme network conditions, and how to efficiently deliver one-to-many interactions. There is a need for the network to be aware and respond to the needs of a range of media and network applications.

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