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IoE/IoT Globetrotting Part 2: Off to CiscoLive!

Having recently returned from weeks of event keynotes, customer roundtables, briefings and engagements (plus a few culinary adventures) in Greater China, I’ll start there with a few insights and observations. Despite one of the sharpest slow-downs in the Chinese manufacturing sector in recent history that have continued to shrink for the third consecutive month, I sensed an optimism and determination to persevere that haven’t waned, nor has China’s march to global leadership of manufacturing GDP. A recent report from Rhodium Group indicates the number of American workers employed directly by Chinese companies increased >five-fold over the last five years to >80,000 in 2014.

Automation and quality are key tenets driving China’s current growth strategies in manufacturing and the industrial sector. For Cisco this is creating continued demand for our Connected Factory portfolio of architecturally integrated solutions Chet Blog 6.4as a leap-frog approach to the legacy automation predominating U.S. and European factories. I certainly found to be the case at two conferences I keynoted—the 5th Annual Manufacturing Supply Chain Summit in Shanghai and the Industry 4.0 / Manufacturing Cloud Forum in Shenzhen—that many massive manufacturers are urgently implementing Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud / Data Analytics projects as part of their competitive business strategies and differentiation. This key take-away and perspective that China is leading other top manufacturing nations on adoption of industrial IoT is validated by a recent analysis compiled by Infosys Ltd.

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Empowering Global Problem Solvers at Cisco Live US 2015

Right now, nearly 16 billion people, processes, data, and things are connected to the Internet. By the time this blog post goes “live”, that number will have surely increased. And by 2020, there will be more than 50 billion connections, as the Internet of Everything becomes a reality and changes the world around us.

But what does this mean for you? To start, it means the jobs of today will become the jobs of yesterday – you’ll need new skills to thrive in the digital economy and stand out to employers looking to take advantage of the data created by billions of new connections. Furthermore, these connections will create new opportunities to solve some of the world’s greatest social issues, from global hunger to disaster relief.

At Cisco Live US 2015 in San Diego, attendees will learn firsthand how Cisco CSR is empowering global problem solvers with the skills needed to thrive and speed the pace of social change.

At Cisco Live US 2015 in San Diego, attendees will learn firsthand how Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility is empowering global problem solvers with the skills needed to thrive and speed the pace of social change.

Through its Cisco Networking Academy curriculum and a number of unique partnerships, Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is empowering global problem solvers with the skills they need to create social change around the globe. At Cisco Live US 2015, Cisco’s largest customer event from June 7 to June 11, visit us in booth 1441 to see firsthand how you can become a global problem solver and start using technology to solve the world’s social and environmental challenges.

Cisco CSR highlights include:

  • Student Career Day – Thursday, June 11: Corporate Social Responsibility will connect 600 students with IT professionals for career conversations and hands-on workshops, including a scavenger hunt, a Lego-building activity, and a Maker Faire workshop.
  • CSR Partner Pavilion – June 8 to June 11: Six Cisco CSR Partners, from CyberPatriot to Water for People, will demonstrate how they’re working with Cisco to provide global problem solvers with the technology and know-how to create social good around the world.
  • Give Back Activation – June 9 to June 10: More than 20,000 Cisco Live attendees will have the opportunity to join the global fight against hunger as part of the Stop Hunger Now activity on June 9 and June 10. Volunteers will spend 30 minutes assembling meal kits which will be delivered to hungry families around the world.
  • Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team: As part of the Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team, 30 students will work side-by-side with the Cisco IT team to maintain the event’s massive networks and develop the hands-on skills they’ll need to thrive in the connected economy.

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What does a Cisco Live Demonstration have to do with droughts, floods and fossil fuels?

In days where smartphone and staying connected have become living necessities, we forget that there are natural resources that are equally important.  In times where television, microwave, refrigeration, network connectivity have all become baseline requirement for living, we assume there will be endless supply of natural resources.

Visit us at Cisco Live 2015

Visit us at Cisco Live 2015

We are observing unprecedented droughts running throughout the world while some places are facing floods never seen before.  We are waking up to the awareness that we need to take care of earth and leave it better for our children and the upcoming generations.  Ask a kid growing up in India, my dad used to mention that fuel might not last another 40 years.  Forty years hence we have seen a lot of changes and there is no clear alternative to fossil fuel and our dependence is only increasing.

Fossil fuel is a powerful economic resource that countries are frantically looking for new resources in unexplored areas of the world.  It undoubtedly creates economic strength, jobs and ability to make difference in citizen’s lives.  The consumption of fuel is steadily increasing with increasing population.  Third world countries are bringing in a lot of additional vehicles on the road and in the process also try to move its economy upward.

As the need, dependency of fuel increases with the threat of depleting natural resources, it becomes imperative to improve efficiencies wherever and whenever possible.  It should start from exploring all the way to the end users consuming the natural resource.  To this effect, productivity and reduced down time directly means competitive edge and increased profitability which is fundamental concern across the board to enterprises.

Cisco Collaborative Operations Solution Screen Shot

Cisco Collaborative Operations Solution Screen Shot

To enable improved productivity in a process centric environment one looks for tools to enable this.  Collaborative Operations Solution from Cisco is one such tool that helps with increased productivity.  All one needs to do is see the demo and they can immediately see the value such tools can bring to their process and enable faster decision and reduce flat times.

Come see a demonstration at Cisco Live in the World of Solutions in the Process Industries section. You’ll see the Collaborative Operations Solution in action, and see how partners such as Librestream add value to the solution. In the case of Librestream you’ll see how Mobile collaboration becomes a reality, and how Librestream and Cisco are working together to provide our customers with real business value and positive business outcomes.

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10 Smart New Ways to Keep Your Network Up and Running: A Preview of What to See at Cisco Live

CiscoLive! is next week. With more than 23,000 people ciscolivelogo_245x100expected to attend, there’s no event more popular with IT professionals who pride themselves on their networking expertise. As I prepare to travel to San Diego for the occasion, I wanted to share my perspective on how IT organizations can better operate and protect the networks that are the digital backbones of their companies.

Chances are you’re already realizing numerous benefits using either Cisco SMARTnet or Smart Net Total Care (SNTC) Services. We know, because we regularly poll Cisco enterprise customers on how they’re succeeding with each service. We also know that most of us like to have our cake and eat it, too. That’s one reason why we have decided to combine these two services into one powerful and flexible service under the Smart Net Total Care name. 

The move to Smart Net Total Care creates more flexibility and more value for you when it comes to supporting your company’s network.  “Flexibility” means you can choose to only to use the basic features of the combined solution or take full advantage of SNTC’s extended feature set.  Put simply, you can choose only the basic support capabilities traditionally found in SMARTnet or reach higher to access the added value of proactive smart service features in Smart Net Total Care to optimize the full lifecycle of all your Cisco equipment. You can also choose a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) deployment or, if you want a fast boost up the learning curve, we will make available assisted deployment options from Cisco. Flexibility means you choose the approach that is best for you.  Read More »

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11 Reasons to Visit Collaboration in the CLUS World of Solutions

Last week, I gave you the top reasons to check out what Cisco Collaboration has to offer at Cisco Live this year. But wait, our team has more good guidance! I’m pleased to present 11 fantastic reasons to visit the Collaboration neighborhood in the World of Solutions.

  1. Experience: See, feel, touch, smell, and trial our products. Get fingerprints on the touchscreens and watch us clean them off.
  2. See the latest in the IP Phone 8800 Series: HD video good enough to watch your boss’s dog eat tiny cupcake crumbs.
  3. AeroSmith’s Steven Tyler may be referring to the Collaboration booth when he sings “I don’t want to miss a thing.”
  4. Visit the Infrastructure Hardware Petting Zoo!
  5. Fran might teach you how to arm wrestle.
  6. Our latest video endpoints and phones are sleeker and cooler than the new car you’ve been wanting.
  7. Free coffee.
  8. See the collaboration technology that powers the Wall of America on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
  9. Have the chance to meet “Sparky Jeff” LIVE and in person!
  10. Our booth staff is the most collaborative and our booth has the fewest pillars! (Yes, someone counted!)
  11. We’ll help you get Spark on your phone faster than you can say Chuck Robbins.

Understand the experience from the room, desk, mobile and customer perspective and meet more than 15 of our collaboration partners. Demos focus on Room Experience, Mobile Experience, Desk Experience, and Customer Experience. You can also visit the Endpoint Gallery, Tech Zone, and Collaboration Backstage.

On Tuesday, June 9, be sure to catch theater presentations to learn how customers are achieving measurable business outcomes in case studies.

  • 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Cisco Mobile Collaboration Solutions
  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Providing a Total Customer Experience
  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. How American Century Investments Improved Service without Increasing Contact Center Staff

See you in San Diego! Follow me in the Twittersphere for the latest during the week: @ciscokima

Special thanks to Alexis Doherty, Barnaby Meadows, Jillian Zimmerman, Ross Daniels, Fran Blackburn, Chris Wiborg, Angela Murphy, Kirk McNeil, Jeff Marusak, Lauren Colson, Marcus Gallo, Patty Medberry.

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