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What I learnt at Data Centre Day in EMEAR …

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend the first Cisco Data Centre (DC) Day held in EMEAR. On an unusually sunny but cold morning at Bedfont Lakes, we saw customers collect their registration packs and take their seats, curiously waiting for the day to begin.

From the kick-off, the theme was evident – the need for companies to be (technologically and culturally) faster in order to remain relevant and successful, as we all strive to become digitised. With this digital disruption, there’s a big emphasis on the role of the Data Centre and Cloud in making that journey. DC day was focused on sharing what we’re doing inside Cisco, as we ourselves move towards this notion of digitisation.

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Meet the Cisco Live Berlin Millennial Team!

Hello! Meet the Cisco Live Berlin Millennial Team from the IT Management Track.  We will be joining you in Berlin to be inspired by cutting edge insights into how IT is transforming our world. We look forward to meeting all for you at Cisco Live!

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Cisco IT’s User Experience Playbook: Shared Goals and Accountability

When we talk about user experience (UX), we raise the importance of better UX design and a better user interface, along with the ability for us to make UX pervasive. What we’re really trying to establish, the bottom line, is a cultural change as to how we approach these priorities. How can we make pervasive UX part of our DNA and embed it in our operating model, enable innovation through continuous delivery in a way that surprises and delights our clients? In Cisco IT, we created a User Experience Playbook with the following five chapters:

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Our IT Millennial Team Experience at Cisco Live! LATAM 2015

It’s been one month since our big Cisco Live! Event in Cancun. We can’t stop thinking of all the amazing people we had the privilege of meeting including many of our Cisco partners and customers. Throughout the week we interacted and interviewed many individuals from across Latin America. What a great opportunity this was!

Everyone we talked to shared his or her enthusiasm and hopes for the digital future.

A few highlights from the interviews:

Are you ready for the digital era?

“I don’t thinks so! There’s still so much to learn but that’s why I am here [at IT Management Program], I want to learn, and I want to discover what new technologies Cisco is offering.”

What are you most excited for?

“I am excited to go back home, and share everything I’ve learned with my boss so that we can start implementing some of these [Cisco] technologies.”

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Bringing Context-Aware Security to Applications

Are you really who you say you are? This has long been the key question and the key challenge in managing user access to corporate networks and IT systems. In recent years, capabilities for context-aware security have expanded this WHO question to identify the WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, and HOW details for each login attempt at the network level. Now, a planned deployment of application connector software for the Cisco Identity Services Engine (Cisco ISE) will extend our context-aware security down to the application level.

How Context Awareness Supports More Control

Network security has traditionally operated on trust that the person behind a login name and password is indeed the right one. The problem is when hackers capture usernames and passwords. They can simply login and access anything authorized for that user, even the most sensitive data and most critical systems. Context-aware security limits that open access by evaluating more factors in the login and detecting variations from the user’s norms.

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