Several years ago, I went on a cruise with my family. There were fun things to do on board the ship, and we even had ample time left over for other things after dining, exercising, and relaxing on the sun deck. At one point, I came across a brochure about the on-board power system innovations that really impressed me. In the past, dedicated diesel engines were used for different purposes such as propelling the ship and generating electricity for cabins. The new system pooled output from these engines to form a single power plant that delivered power for everything on board, allowing greater control of power and better efficiency. That was an excellent example of system resource consolidation and pooling to me, which is showing up in other technology areas as well, such as data center virtualization.
A newly published Cisco switching case study provided a lot of insight on how Norwegian Cruise Line deployed the latest technologies to innovate guest experiences in the cruise ship industry,
and to optimize IT operations. Whether guests want to completely unplug or still stay connected, Norwegian is enhancing guest experiences with better access to entertainment, communications, goods, and services through a more advanced network on its newest ships.
The Norwegian Epic, Norwegian’s largest and most innovative cruise ship, debuted in 2010 with a long list of never-before-at-sea features. What keeps the 19-story high “city at the sea”, 4100 cabins and 1900+ crew members all together? Here’re some ideas:
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Tags: 3560-C, byod, Catalyst 3560-C compact switches, cisco networking, Cisco Unified Access, cruise, Norwegian Cruise Line
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.
Tags: bring your own device, byod, telework, telework exchange, US Telework Enhancement Act
In my recent guest post, Mobilizing the New Collaboration Experience in the BYOD Era, I discussed the increasing desire for untethered collaboration as users bring personal devices and applications into the workplace. IT departments must make the decision whether to be the “proactive enabler” and embrace BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies that allow for mobile devices or to be the “passive supporter” and limit users’ choices to one or two devices.
However, the challenges of supporting a global, mobile, remote workforce go beyond BYOD policies. It’s about enabling your employees, customers and other stakeholders to get business done in any location, on any device, and for any workload. A number of questions come to mind for me:
- How can employees access information securely?
- How do we enable better real-time knowledge sharing?
- How do we do more with the same headcount?
- How do we allow for maximum productivity anywhere, on any device?
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Tags: byod, Cisco Services, mobile collaboration, mobile devices, unified workspace
Everybody’s doing it. Your colleagues. Your customers. Maybe even you. But how can you profit from the BYOD midmarket revolution? For those not familiar with the acronym, that’s “Bring Your Own Device”—or, as we like to call it, the BYOD “Your Way” experience.
But just how big is the opportunity for partners? Already, more than one third of the midmarket IT budget is dedicated to wireless LANs. And by 2014, 90 percent of organizations will allow personal devices for work use. So is there any doubt? Your customers need your help now to safely, affordably, and securely manage this explosion.
With Cisco, it’s easy. We just introduced a great partner value proposition in the form of our new Cisco Midmarket Mobility solution.
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Tags: byod, byod hosted infrastructure demo, channel partners, Cisco 2500 Series, cisco business class email, cisco fast track, cisco midmarket mobility, global mobility partner community, the Cisco Aironet, work your way
“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
With the increasingly global nature of business, along with advancements in technology, employees are continually pushing the envelope in regard to how and where they work. Workers can connect and collaborate from anywhere such as their local coffee shop, on an airplane 35,000 feet in the air, to the mid-mountain cafeteria, after a morning of ski lifts and hand warmers.
According to a Cisco IBSG study released a few weeks ago, 84% of companies support Read More »
Tags: byod, Cisco Jabber, Cisco Jabber for iPad, collaboration