There’s a new force changing the way Cisco IT operates, the way we plan and develop new services, and the way we support our employees. Consumerization is showing us how to help our employees to be more productive and more satisfied – if we can learn to listen and respond. Read More »
You’ve all heard the saying “think outside the box” when encouraging someone to be creative and come up with new ideas, new ways to do things, new ways to…..just about anything. Well, I’d like to take a small twist on the well-known saying and talk for a moment on how deploying outdoor Wi-Fi access points should be something you should be “thinking” about.
We all know that here in late 2013 almost everywhere you go, you can pull out your laptop, tablet, or smartphone and you will find Wi-Fi coverage, be it at your workplace, at a coffee shop, or in a retail store. Why is Wi-Fi coverage so pervasive in these areas? Because connecting to Wi-Fi access points and the data network behind them makes employees more productive, enables the coffee shop to be the new remote office (while selling more coffee and cakes), and provides the retail store the ability to gather analytics to better target offers for their customers.
Now let’s think about expanding this coverage to outdoors….outside the buildings. The same holds true. Providing Wi-Fi access in the surrounding outdoor locations frees up employees to take their laptops outside and enjoy a nice, sunny day while still being “online” for secure corporate email and business tools. It allows the employee to connect to that important WebEx meeting he is running late for as he pulls into the parking lot. It allows the retail store to engage with customers thru Cisco’s Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) earlier and push offers to them as they walk in from the parking lot, perhaps pulling customers headed to nearby stores who might otherwise not have stopped in.
Cisco will host a live backbone switching webcast on Wed Dec 4, 2013 to discuss BYOD, mobility, security and how Cisco backbone switching addresses these customer needs. This is the second webcast in the Cisco switching webcast series. You can view the first one, Cisco access switching webcast, at any time as it is now an on-demand video.
This backbone switching webcast comes at a critical time, as BYOD and mobility are creating major impact to the workplace. According to a recent study on BYOD and mobility,
- 75% of employees think that the IT department should help secure personal devices used at work;
- 63% of IT pros say the biggest network issue will be the increased bandwidth requirements;
- 39% of them say that network latency is a problem because of mobile devices;
- And 39% of them have seen serious issues tied to network performance as a result.
There is no denying the changing role of IT. The traditional govern and build approach is too slow for the new world of cloud and mobile computing. IT departments, who once carefully metered out which services they would offer and how they would be delivered, are now being led by a completely new set of drivers.
The model has been upended: employees and customers now decide by proxy what they want and it falls upon IT to scramble and deliver it instantly. These days the face of the technologist is your average high school student, retail shopper, hotel guest, hospital patient, and even branch office employee. This “consumerization of IT” has transformed these beings into powerful, roaming, high-octane data seekers assuming connectivity at all times. In essence, they expect access to any application on any device from anywhere with a high quality experience. Read More »
Every Friday, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories of the week, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:
Off the Top
Ken Trombetta, vice president worldwide channels for Enterprise, Architectures and Solutions, was back on the Channels Blog this week with some great new insight around BYOD.
Ken used the information from the Cisco IBSG BYOD Financial impact study and expanded on mobile users willing to invest in BYOD and how BYOD delivers productivity gains and cost savings.
Be sure to join the discussion with Ken and give some feedback on your thoughts around mobility. Read More »