There is a new generation of college students out there, I would know as I recently was one of them. Information being at your fingertips is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity. Professors’ expectations of their students have increased dramatically due to the wealth of information on mobile devices. Every class I attended leveraged some form of wireless access to the web. Instant message in response to real-time questions and online submissions are just two of many examples of how network access has been integrated into the education system. Professors would consistently use online tools such as online drop boxes for projects and web conferencing tools. According to MarketWire 92% of college students feel a laptop is a necessity, this indicates that the requirement of mobile access at a university is a given and the college experience is defined by the ease of that access.
Professors are on tight schedules and are generally available only at certain times of the day. Imagine- wanting to contact a professor during open hours only to fall short because your laptop had difficulty getting any kind of connection. I remember the frustrations of wanting to revisit PowerPoint presentations on a class website in the library, only to realize that I was sitting by the one window notorious for being a wireless dead zone. Dorms were infamous for spotty coverage. Having the dorm room located closest to the access point for best access was purely by luck of the draw. I was not so lucky. In my dorm, you would not get any wireless access unless you were sitting right next to the hallway. That’s why I am especially envious of the students of Colorado University, whose alma mater upgraded to enterprise-class coverage.
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As I shared in my previous blog regarding the announcement of Cisco Unified Communications (UC) 9.0, flexibility is a key focus of that new release. Based on what we’re hearing from our customers, we are providing solutions that accommodate different business needs and user requirements. It’s all about empowering you to work the way you want to work, the way you need to work.
What are the new drivers? To start, with Cisco UC 9.0 we introduce a flexible licensing model and tools where you can purchase and manage licenses. We address the common user types of desk-less, desk-bound, hybrid, and mobile. My colleague, John Marshall, recently blogged about Cisco’s user-centric licensing strategy – please take a look for more details.
Around the growing trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), this release not only supports Read More »
Tags: Bring your Own Device (BYOD), Cisco Jabber, Cisco Jabber for iPad, collaboration, licensing, unified communications
Recently, I came across this amazing relic of ancient times that’s on display at the Getty Museum in LA – a Greek marble relief that dates back to 100 BC. It’s like the IT department has presented her with a laptop still running Windows 2000 and she’s thinking to herself, “What have I gotten myself into?” Could it be one of the first sources of inspiration for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), found in a carving thousands of years old? Judging from this, it looks like people have wanted to bring their own devices to work for a lot longer than we might have previously thought!
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Tags: Bring your Own Device (BYOD), Smart Solutions
The role of the CIO is changing so fast these days that you can hardly catch your breath. No longer can the chief information officer focus on maintaining the traditional IT infrastructure. Now it’s about the proliferation of devices and how they can help to build your business. Read More »
Tags: Andre Kindness, Bring your Own Device (BYOD), Carrie Krinock, CIO, customer experience, Executive ViewPoints, forrester, MD
At Citrix Synergy 2012, I was invited to participate in a panel discussion, “Beyond BYOD to Work Anywhere with Virtual Workspaces”. Fellow panelists included Simon Bramfitt, Principal Analyst at Entelechy Associates, and Jeroen Van De Kam, CTO at Login Consultants.
Two key themes came up repeatedly: the need to keep BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in perspective and the role of the business and the users.
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Tags: Bring your Own Device (BYOD), Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure, Cisco VXI, collaboration, virtualized workspaces