Making the Right Connections Opens New Doors to Digital Business Success
The digital transformation of business isn’t just about the connection of things, though those connections are certainly important. Industrial or IT automation can take many forms, whether it’s connections between people, the connections between people and things or, perhaps most importantly, the processes that that enable connections of all kinds to happen quickly and intelligently. Without order, digital business transformation runs the risk of becoming digital chaos. What’s most essential in every case is creating the desired business outcome.
Hyper-Distribution: Billions of Connections Shouldn’t Mean Billions of Headaches
But connecting all these things isn’t easy. 50 billion things are projected to be connected to the Internet by 2020. Along with this hyper-distribution of things also comes the hyper-distribution of data. No longer is data only found in large centralized warehouses – it is being dynamically captured and acted upon at the edge of the network to respond to events in real time.
Organizations are struggling with the management of business processes in this expanding, hyperconnected world. Value chains are increasingly global, yet the decisions that need to be made are becoming increasingly local — and they need to be made in real-time. Hyper-distribution is fragmenting traditional business processes. Dealing with this growing complexity was identified as the number one IoT management challenge in a 2014 business study.
Not surprisingly, companies are being forced to re-imagine their processes and many are turning to software to turn what is being imagined into business reality. And they are calling upon new forms of automation and analytics to do it. Real business transformation will only occur when things connect with both people and process to turn information into actionable intelligence. Automation facilitates the new connections. Analysis gives the connections new meaning. Da Vinci instructs us, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Finding ways to make the increasingly complex world of hyperconnectivity both simple to understand and simple to implement is the ultimate challenge for the networking industry.
What do I mean by hyper-distributed business process? Let’s take a look Read More »
Tags: analytics, automation, business transformation, connected processes, digital business, hyper-distribution, hyperconnected, internet of things, IoT, Mala Anand
Lots of excitement and energy continue to surround NFV (Network Function Virtualization), and it is getting even better. During the charged atmosphere at the inaugural NFV Congress in San Jose, we were delighted by more than just technology posturing, including the availability of SDN (Software Defined Networking)/NFV platforms like Cisco’s Virtual Managed Services Solution that enable Deutsches Telekom’s International CloudVPN, and Telstra’s Symphony initiative for Unified On-Demand services.
The focus of the discussions this year shifted from cost cutting towards how NFV Read More »
Tags: business transformation, Cisco, data center, epn, esp, evolved programmable network, evolved services platform, Intel, network function virtualization, network functions virtualization, NFV, open source, SDN, Service Provider, software defined network, virtual managed services
Guest blog by Igor Dayen, SP Product and Solutions Marketing
Cisco Live Milan 2015 has just concluded and concluded with a bang of record-breaking attendance and increased customers’ understanding of the IoE and service provider Technologies. In my first post-show blog, I focused on the overall booth offerings and discussed relevance of Evolved Services Platform (ESP) and Evolved Programmable Network (EPN) to service providers’ success and the importance of properly addressing their requirements. I decided that it is important enough to provide additional highlights on the Cisco Live event. Before I share with you the remaining demo information, I wanted to recap the technologies that I described in the first post-show blog:
- nV Technology to simplify operations in the Network edge
- Segment Routing to enabled SDN-based routing and simplifying network operations
- Operational Simplicity enabled by Autonomic Networking in the Access
- Network Service Orchestration using Tail-f
- Virtualized Managed Business Services: delivering Cloud VPN
The above mentioned technologies are key innovations and bring a wealth of choices to the service provider when they create and deliver services to their business and residential users.
We attempted to bring a comprehensive collection of demos to help service providers Read More »
Tags: business transformation, Cisco, Cisco Live Milan, David Ward, epn, esp, evolved programmable network, evolved services platform, Kelly Ahuja, NFV, SDN, Service Provider, Service Provider Strategy, SP
Written by Igor Dayen, SP Product and Solutions Marketing
If you had a chance to join us at Cisco Live Milan last month, thank you very much for making this another exciting event for all of us. If you missed out being there in person, let me give you a brief summary of the highlights. Milan is the main industrial, commercial, and financial center of Italy and a leading global city where the EXPO 2015 will take place. What could be better than such a city to host the Cisco Live 2015 event! It proved to be fertile grounds for driving innovations with our service provider customers and partners. Our exhibition was structured to tell the story of the Open Network Strategy by presenting over 15 technology and business demos. We also brought the newest routers and switches with us to showcase the latest innovations that service providers can start deploying today. Last but not least we have teamed up with the DevNet area where attendees could get their hands on developing applications and learning on virtualization, orchestration, and automation. Our service provider booth of the Cisco Campus in the World of Solutions was very busy: “standing room only” and so many insightful conversations were conversations around the NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) and the SDN (Software Defined Networks), as pillars for delivering cloud services and an automated networking handling respectively, have matured significantly and are ready for prime time. Read More »
Tags: #DevNet, application virtualization, autonomic networking, business transformation, capex, cisco esp, cisco live, Cisco Live Milan, Cisco Open Network Environment, Cisco SDN, Cloud VPN, epn, esp, evolved programmable network, evolved services platform, MOI, monetization, netconf, network function virtualization, Network Service Orchestration, network virtualization, NFV, NSO, nV technology, open network strategy, Operational Simplicity, opex, SDN, segment routing, service providers, software defined networking, SP, virtualized Management services, vMS
In this Season Finale of Engineers Unplugged, Joe Onisick (@jonisick) and Michael Ducy (@mfdii) discuss GoatOps. Yes, you read that right. What is GoatOps? What does this have to do with DevOps? This is all about process and the necessary changes to make Enterprise workflow flow in modern IT. This is a can’t-miss episode!
Unicorn Challenge, Goat Edition, with Joe Onisick and Michael Ducy
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Tags: business transformation, devops, goatops, workflow