With more than seven billion souls set to tote 10 billion mobile-connected devices by 2016, mobility has not just arrived, it’s taken over our schools, businesses and personal lives.
Just ask Mitch Davis, the CIO of Bowdoin College, a private liberal arts college in Maine. Before BYOD ever became a global IT trend, according to Mitch, the vast majority of college students were already bringing their personal devices into the campus environment.
These co-eds expected Bowdoin to fully embrace personal mobility, and, upon graduation, these same post-grads expect that their employers will do the same (this year’s Connected World Technology Report findings back this up, with more than 40 percent of recent college graduates/Gen Y employees choosing BYOD flexibility over higher pay).
Bottom line, the rules of the game are changing, and companies must move beyond basic BYOD connectivity to meet employee demands today and tomorrow. To help companies meet these demands, we’ve introduced a comprehensive approach that unifies policy, supports a better user experience and simplifies management to deliver an uncompromised user experience in any workspace. After all, Cisco wants to empower IT managers to allow employees to have their devices and use them too. That means delivering:
- A unified security policy across the whole organization – wired, wireless, VPN and now MDM – helping companies set and enforce policies;
- An uncompromised user experience over the entire wired/wireless network, across any type of device; and,
- Simplified operations and network management to understand application performance from a user’s perspective, accelerating troubleshooting and lowering operating costs.
Like Ray-Ban aviators, BYOD is here to stay. And done the right way, BYOD demands a comprehensive approach to allow current and future employees to work how they want, when and where they want, and on the devices they want – while still allowing IT the control and visibility to sleep at night.
Learn more about our announcement and new technologies here.
By the way, whether you’re a college student or have been working for 30 years, you’re eligible to take the BYOD Challenge and win a trip to 2012 London Olympics – good luck!
Tags: access point, beyond byod, bring your own device, Bring your Own Device (BYOD), byod, CIO, enterprise mobility, MDM, Mobile Device Management, mobile devices, network management, vpn, wi-fi, wifi, wireless access points, wireless LAN, wlan
In a previous blog, I posted the first of three pitfalls of hitching your wagon to the cloud . Today, let’s cover the second pitfall of force fitting cloud into your current security model.
Recently, I had an opportunity to listen to the CIO of a Fortune 100 company talk about top business care-abouts for IT. We have all heard about cloud and virtualization as technology care-abouts, but this CIO boiled it all down to two things that matter for IT: Productivity and Risk. Read More »
Tags: ASR_1000, CIO, cloud, Hybrid Cloud, ISRG2, IT, risk, security, vpn, WAN
CIOs around the world are at the center of technology trends such as cloud, social media, consumerization of IT, and mobility. This is the second blog in a four-part series (Read Part I) exploring and sharing how CIOs around the world are responding to these trends and creating new ways to innovate, grow, and deliver superior customer experience.
Many of us are used to having a pretty formal relationship with our bank – after all, it’s about our money, isn’t it? It’s hard to get more serious than that.
However, times are changing. The Intuit 2020 Report: The Future of Financial Services identifies four areas of rapid transformation in today’s financial services industry: Read More »
Tags: allianz, any device, Borderless Networks, Bring your Own Device (BYOD), byod, Carrie Krinock, CIO, Cisco, cloud, customer experience, Europe, Executive ViewPoints, Financial Services, Germany, innovation, operational excellence, social media
CIOs around the world are at the center of technology trends such as cloud, social media, consumerization of IT, and mobility. This is the first blog in a four-part series exploring and sharing how CIOs around the world are responding to these trends and creating new ways to innovate, grow, and deliver superior customer experience.
The manufacturing industry has been hit harder than most as a result of the global recession. As the market recovers, however, manufacturers are finding that IT has also changed. Consumers are more demanding, and expect new products faster. Read More »
Tags: akzo nobel, AkzoNobel, any device, Borderless Networks, Bring your Own Device (BYOD), byod, Carrie Krinock, CIO, Cisco, cloud, customer experience, data center, Europe, Executive ViewPoints, innovation, Manufacturing, netherlands, operational excellenc, supply chain, supply chain excellence, virtualization
A colleague of mine with close to 30 years experience in financial services recently returned from a business trip to Kuala Lumpur where he attended a financial services CIO summit. One of the messages he heard again and again was the quest for simplicity.
The CIOs were looking for solutions that are not simplistic, but rather simple – simple to implement, simple to maintain and simple to use.
Not a new concept, but one we need to constantly remind ourselves of as we use technology as an enabler. Key lessons learned to keep in-mind include:
- It’s not about the technology, it’s about delivering improved capability and business value
- Get the users involved early and often
- Ensure both the business and the technology sides are aligned
- It’s about people, process and technology
The list can go on, but let’s return to simplicity. When we look at today’s distributed computing environment, it harkens back to the early 1990s when the battle raged between OS2 and Windows. We all know the result and now PCs, in a client-server architecture, rule the day. It is now becoming increasingly clear that the client-server environment is anything but simple which is why we are moving into a post PC era. I would argue that a critical part of this shift is the need to drive to simplicity.
A brief example may help paint the picture for you. We recently worked with a large European bank that was facing a far-reaching desktop operating system upgrade. To replace the old with the new would not have solved one nagging problem: it took over 20 minutes to boot up, sign in and start using a desktop. All the best intentions lead to increased complexity and a lot of lost productivity.
Do the math: 1,000 people signing in once a day lose a total of 333 hours of productivity every day. That’s 8 weeks of lost productivity in the first half hour of each work day. Transitioning to a virtual desktop environment, with Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure(V XI) and services, brought the sign-in time down to seconds, not minutes, while simplifying overall desktop management, which ultimately helped increase productivity.
The challenges we face in today’s post-PC era include overcoming complexity, but as Edward de Bono says, “Dealing with complexity is an inefficient and unnecessary waste of time, attention and mental energy. There is never any justification for things being complex when they could be simple.” Now is the time to drive for simplicity.
Tags: CIO, Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure, Post-PC Era, V XI