In my role as leader of the Analytics Practice for Cisco® Consulting Services, I often meet with clients who remind me of how the nature of consulting is changing. Traditionally, a consultant’s value and relevance to the customer has been derived from his or her business background and knowledge of specific industries or areas of expertise. The consultant comes in and takes a look at the client’s critical business issues, then makes top-down recommendations based on his or her specialized business experience.
This traditional model is being challenged by what I call “digital disruptors”—consultants whose credibility comes not just from their past experience, but from their ability to extract value and insight based on data that is gathered at the operational base of the organization: the network. This bottom-up approach is turning the consulting industry on its head—driven by data gathered on the network and turned into business insights by analytics.
Consider, for example, a major enterprise that has made a large investment in infrastructure for video collaboration. The company’s leaders want to see what kind of value they are getting back from their investment in order to evaluate further investment in collaboration. Cisco Consulting can help this customer not only because of our industry expertise, or even because of our knowledge of video collaboration technology—but because we can take an analytics-based, digital-disruption approach to the customer’s challenges. The key is our ability to tap into the video infrastructure itself, combine network and other types of data, and give the client a view of how the infrastructure is being utilized.
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Tags: analytics, Big Data, Cisco, Cisco Consulting Services, digital disruptors, Nicola Villa, TelePresence
Are you passionate about Cisco’s networking
technology? You know, routing, switching, mobility and more? Run for routers? Swoon over 11ac? Named your turtle Captain Catalyst? Do you love sharing your knowledge? Do you want unique access to Cisco experts? Today is your lucky day my friend!
I’m excited to announce the call for nominations for the all-new Cisco Champions for Enterprise Networks!
From now until January 10, 2014, please nominate yourself, a friend, a mentor, a luminary in the community or your favorite awesome person for inclusion in this program.
Submit your nomination today to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Be sure to mention “Enterprise Networks” in your nomination, so it will be routed
correctly. All Cisco Champions for Enterprise Networks will be selected and alerted no later than January 17, 2013.
Tags: #CiscoChampions, 11ac, Cisco, enterprise networks, networking, Nominations Open, wireless
2013: A Year of Growth and Innovation for Cisco WLAN
As we approach the end of 2013, I feel it is important to reflect on what an important year it has been for Cisco in mobility. 2013 marked continued growth in the WLAN space overall. It’s exciting to to see the continued gain in market share. Innovation has been a key differentiation against our competitors, and we will continue to strive towards providing the best solutions for our customers’ current and future needs. I truly believe the preservation of our market growth is attributed to the cutting-edge solutions that only Cisco can offer to meet the increasingly complex challenges of mobility in the enterprise, BYOD and beyond.
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Tags: 802.11ac, Cisco, enterprise mobility, wifi
Once upon a time, not so long ago, high-end videoconferencing was a luxury item available mostly to the C-suite. It required special equipment. It was expensive. It wasn’t all that intuitive to use. That was then.
Today, video is part of day-to-day communications – not just for high-powered business interactions, but also for personal connections. In a world of distributed workforces where colleagues are separated by miles and organizations hire where the talent is located, video has become the standard form of collaboration and communication as a way to keep the pace of innovation and efficiency needed to stay competitive. Unlike before, the equipment now ranges from specialized rooms with high-end, high-def equipment to tablets and smartphones that provide the needed level of quality and fidelity required to be useful to the users. How are we getting from pricey and exclusive to completely pervasive? Technology catches up to what we want it to do. It’s the Moore’s Law theory applied to all technology that is valuable in business – performance increases while the economics and footprint decreases.
When Cisco dove into the waters of video collaboration, the demand was from the boardrooms of the business world. Business was becoming more global, yet organizations were trying to reduce travel costs –a communications conundrum. How could we improve the videoconferencing experience? Read More »
Tags: Cisco, collaboration, Jabber Guest, TelePresence, video, video collaboration, videoconferencing, WebEX
One thing the IoT World Forum reinforced was the need for collaboration across the industry. No one company will represent the Internet of Things. I also saw a lot of passion. Everyone there was excited and ready to help create a more connected world. This is why I’m excited to announce open nominations for a new program here at Cisco: Cisco Champions for Internet of Things!
Are you passionate about the Internet of Things and Cisco technology? Do you love sharing your knowledge? Do you want unique access to Cisco experts? Today is your lucky day. From now through January 10, 2014, nominate yourself, a friend, a mentor, or a luminary in the community for inclusion in this program.
Here’s what’s in it for you: http://www.cisco.com/go/ciscochampions
Submit your nomination today to email@example.com! Be sure to include “IoT” or “Internet of Things” in your nomination, so it will be routed correctly. All Cisco Champions for Internet of Things will be selected and alerted no later than January 17, 2014.
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Tags: Cisco, Cisco Champions, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoT, Nominations Open