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Manufacturing in America – Turning the Corner

What does manufacturing mean to America? While there may be no quantitative right answer to that question, in my opinion, manufacturing is the creation of new jobs, the empowering of individuals, and teamwork that helps make dreams a reality. Manufacturing has long been wrongly perceived as a dirt and grime industry that lacks the appeal necessary to build and grow a strongly educated workforce, vital to our nation’s industrial and economic growth.

Recently, I watched a video released by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) titled, “What Manufacturing Means to America.” The video addresses the current state of the manufacturing industry and provides fresh insight into utilizing the skill and talent of America’s workforce. It shows that with the right education and skills, manufacturing can be the key to a better future and making dreams come true. Read More »

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The End of Support for Windows XP: Problem or Opportunity?

EOLWindowsXPLast night , at midnight PST , Microsoft ended support for Windows XP.
While 12 years may seem an appropriate length of time to support a software product in today’s fast-changing world, this decision will have a major impact on the business operations of many companies whose IT infrastructure is based on the retiring operating system.

Through necessity, work arounds can likely be created for any technical issues that arise after this date.  Of significantly more concern is the end of security updates.  Without security updates, vulnerabilities exploited by malware will not be corrected.  According to Microsoft, “PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be protected.”  For any organization, whether large or small, this means increasingly greater risk over time of having servers successfully hacked and sensitive data exposed.  What does this mean to IT and users? Again, according to Microsoft, “It means you should take action.”
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Oracle on Cisco UCS : Breaking Records without Breaking the Bank

CollaborateLogo Cisco is back at Collaborate , the great show put in place by IOUG , this year in Las Vegas April 7- 10.
More and more Oracle customers benefit now from the advantages  provided by Cisco and Cisco partners for mission critical applications, not only in terms of performances but also in terms of TCO.

So what are we doing this year at Collaborate 2014 ? Here is the complete list of Cisco activities , as well as a resource center to know everything about our partnership with IOUG, and other technology partners such as EMC , or NetApp. But I like also to highlight some specific activities.

[] Oracle Virtualization and Risc Migration Bootcamp

IOUG Bootcamp WebsiteWith our partners Intel and House of Brick Technologies , we just completed a full day workshop to help the attendees to plan a Risc  migration and virtualization deployment in the safest environment possible.

I interviewed yesterday  Daniel Young, Manager of Data Base Administration from Indiana University about his  experience

As we promised this was  an intense and fast moving session where we gave our all and didn’t hold anything  back regarding the best way to execute your Oracle virtualization or server migration efforts. Developed after years of hands-on real world Oracle virtualization and migration projects, this bootcamp distills implementation and execution experience into a 6-hour session that will help you plan and implement your own project.

WomenIntechPicture [] Women in Technology 

This year again, Cisco is the proud sponsor of Women in Technology luncheon and panel discussion .
These two events are exciting opportunities  to share experiences  and challenges in the high tech industry.
I hope that this year we will witness more men showing up at the panel session  , as there are a lot of lessons to learn from these powerful and inspiring panelists
We are pleased to have on Thursday Kathy English, Senior Director Data Center, as moderator of  the conversation.
You may want to check here the complete program and the list of panelists

[] Theater Presentation on Cisco Booth # 1461

You may want to check the complete list , but here are 4 sessions that you really don’t want to miss
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Monetizing the Shift to Cloud and Hybrid IT with Services

Picture this scene, which took place last month at Cisco’s Partner Summit in Las Vegas. I had been talking for a few minutes in the lobby of the Venetian with a long-time Cisco partner when he suddenly asked, “Raja, how are you guys at Cisco going to help us use services to capitalize on cloud and hybrid IT?” I answered: “Plenty…and rapidly expanding.”

First the back story, then the details.

By now, we all know that new technology consumption patterns have shifted the business model that customers are demanding. Much of this has to do with the increased influence that line of business decision makers now have on IT buying decisions. Consider this. In just two years, 35 percent of IT spend will reside in the business — outside the control of IT – according to a recent study.1 A whopping 90 percent of IT spend will be controlled by the business in 2020. As the saying goes, “We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto.”

Then there’s the lightning-quick shift to a variety of new cloud models.  In just two years, cloud spending will account for the majority of new IT spending, according to Gartner.2 That same research also predicts that by the end of 2017, nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Summit 2014: The Grand Finale

I’ve been home from Las Vegas for a little more than week now, and the excitement from Cisco Partner Summit 2014 has yet to wear off. I hope you were able to either attend the event in Las Vegas or participate via Virtual Partner Summit (VPS). It’s hard to believe we wrapped up last Thursday evening. Of course our coverage has continued this week, but we’re wrapping that up today as well.

Before we close out our coverage of Cisco Partner Summit 2014, let’s jump all the way back to the beginning, so to speak. While speaking to several of our executives at Cisco Partner Summit, I asked them to give me a rundown of what’s on partners’ minds coming into Cisco Partner Summit 2014. You had the opportunity to see the responses from John Chambers, Chairman and CEO; Rob Lloyd, President, Development and Sales; Bruce Klein,  Senior Vice President, Worldwide Partner Organization; and Edison Peres, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Channels last week in Las Vegas.

As you see in the video, a wide range of partners have a lot of the same thoughts. Just look at what Edzard Overbeek, Senior Vice President of Cisco Services, said he heard from partners, “There are two or three things standing out. First of all cloud, and I hope we’ve answered that with the Intercloud announcement, and how critical the network of clouds is for our partner community. The second piece is the transition from product; technology selling into outcomes based selling.” 

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