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Telework Exchange Town Hall: Preview

Tomorrow, I’m heading to Washington D.C. for the Telework Exchange Town Hall.

The Town Hall Meeting “Mobility in the Fast Lane” will focus on mobile IT and the mobile workforce with 30 government and industry leaders keyotes and panel discussions on what it takes to build and manage a secure, mobile workforce. 

We will be capturing the highlights from each of the sessions in a blog series and sharing video interviews with keynote speakers and panelists. 


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802.11n for Midmarket BYOD: Why now?

We’re in the midst of an incredible megatrend. We know it and we’re living it. We all love our mobile devices; whether it’s our laptop (yes, I’m sitting at my kids swim class typing away for work), our mobile phone (I’m getting texts on what’s for dinner), or our tablet (where Draw Something awaits me). Apple recently stated that they have sold more than 67 million iPads in the recent 18 months. That is more than all the Mac sales in the past 27 years. There’s no denying it:  we are in the midst of an incredible megatrend—a mobile megatrend.

But what does this mean to businesses?From the IT perspective, the role of the mobile devices has transformed from a luxury item used for personal communication and entertainment to an integral tool for employee productivity. Mobile devices are now the main platform for work (laptop or tablet) and the primary medium for corporate contact (mobile phone). With employees bringing an average of two mobile devices each (laptop/tablet + mobile phone), companies can reap the benefits of new business opportunities and more productive employees.

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Department of Defense Latest to Establish Telework Policy

With an ever increasing mobile workforce the adoption of telework initiatives has increased dramatically, as the benefits begin to outweigh the perceived hurdles.

Following on the heels of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, to help accelerate teleworking initiatives, the Department of Defense (DoD) recently announced a new teleworking policy for the civilian workforce.

This new policy requires DoD department heads to promote telework within their respective departments, exhaust all efforts to overcome barriers to program implementation, authorize telework for the maximum number of positions without compromising mission readiness, and integrate telework into continuity of operations activities.

A recent surveyconducted by Telework Exchange among federal IT employees found that 59 percent of respondents expect more regular teleworkers in the next two years; 65 percent of agencies polled scored an “A” or “B” in telework IT readiness.

As trends, such as Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD), continuing to take hold, young professionals entering the workforce have started to request teleworking benefits. I previously discussed the importance for organizations eager to recruit to embrace technologies, like telepresence, that support anywhere, anytime collaboration.

Telepresence is a huge part of ensuring teleworking is as efficient as possible; incorporating video is a great way to stay connected to colleagues and preserve relationships. You can find more tips on how to maintain a productive telework environment here.

One thing is for sure, telework isn’t going anywhere. It’s already illustrated the cost savings and employee productivity benefits to organizations already implementing a telework plan. As we move forward, we are going to see a number of other initiatives from federal agencies as well as organizations around the globe looking to take hold of these benefits.

Does your employer have some telework initiative in place? Please share your thoughts.

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Keeping Business Business and Personal Personal

Work/life balance. Every company talks about. Some even back up the talk. With dual persona, service providers are at least making it easier to keep one work/life intersection better balanced—your smartphone.

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Cisco is a Leader in the 2012 Gartner Wired & Wireless Magic Quadrant with a Policy-Guided Approach to Today’s Networks

In the past few years a number of paradigm shifts have made policy-based networking essential to effective enterprise IT management. Some of these shifts include an increased reliance on virtualization and the cloud; the “consumerization” of business networks that has occurred with the popularity of devices such as tablets and smartphones; and the rapid adoption of video in business communications. By applying appropriate policies within the network, IT managers can do a better job of meeting users’ expectations and become business enablers.

We believe our message of One Policy, One Management and One Network has been recognized in the recent Gartner 2012 Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure Magic Quadrant, where Cisco has been positioned as a leader.

Foundational to Cisco’s One Policy strategy is the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE), which enables organizations to create and deploy unified policy to address the need for BYOD compliance. ISE enables one consistent policy across the entire enterprise, as well as enforcement by correlating a unique combination of contextual information including user, device, location and time.

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