One of the greatest changes taking place today in the energy industry is the increased need for information from every aspect of the grid. Utilities need detailed data to meet regulatory requirements and to understand the grid’s condition on a granular level. They need to understand the grid’s condition from moment to moment – helping to cost-effectively balance load and assure reliability.
The opportunities are huge: for example, at CES Cisco CEO John Chambers announced an update to the Internet of Everything (IoE) Value Index estimating that in addition to the $14.4 trillion of value at stake globally over the next decade for private sector through IoE, there is an additional $4.6T in in value at stake for the public sector over the next decade. The connected grid is a component of this, and it has a lot of potential.
To help realize the opportunities in a connected grid, Cisco has a Unified Field Area Network (FAN) Architecture and Distribution Automation solutions that can extend the utility communications network out to the field and substation device. They help to enable a new level of secure manageability and control on a single integrated architecture. To learn more about these, register for and join:
In this webinar you will learn how Cisco is helping Utilities design and deploy an end-to-end communication infrastructure that creates greater value. Technology experts will be on hand to answer your questions on Cisco FAN Architecture, distribution automation, security and incident response, as well as the future of utilities and IoT!
Tags: Cisco, Distribution Automation, IoE, IoT, Smart Devices, Smart Grid, Smart Network, utilities
Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:
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While it may not have been one of our own Channels Blogs, John Monaghan posted a great blog today on what’s up next for BYOD.
The BYOD influx of personal devices into the Enterprise causes IT departments numerous challenges. John takes a look at the Cisco BYOD solution and mobile device management (MDM) and how the two must co-exist. It’s a good forecast at where the segment is going and definitely worth a look, especially with the new marketing plays for Cisco BYOD and Connect to the Cloud II. Read More »
Tags: byod, Cisco, partner, partner weekly rewind, Weekly Rewind
Tuesday of CiscoLive Milan (#CLEUR for the Twitter among you) the keynotes will be wall to wall Rob with Rob Lloyd at 9:30 followed by Rob Soderbery at 11:15. These should be pretty interesting and give you a good foundation to where Cisco is headed overall and specifically in our core networking.
Opening Keynote with Rob Lloyd,President of Development and Sales, Cisco
Tuesday, Jan 28, 9:30 – 10:45AM
Hear from Rob Lloyd on how Cisco and the ecosystem of Cisco’s partners are uniquely positioned to connect the unconnected with an open standard and an integrated architecture from the cloud to end devices. Rob will share his vision of the Internet of Everything and examine the industry trends and technologies that are making that vision a reality.
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Tags: #CLEUR, byod, Cisco, cisco live, enterprise networks, IWAN, SDN
“We already have program management,” is a typical statement I hear when speaking with a customer about collaboration program management. The unfortunate truth is, most organizations do not have formal program management or know how to effectively manage a Collaboration specific Program.
Instead, when talking about program management you should ask “Why is a collaboration program different and what should I consider?” Here are a few explanations:
There are many misconceptions about Collaboration Programs, but one of the biggest, and potentially most impactful, is that you only need to focus on the technology design and build. I can tell you from my experience in running many programs; a successful collaboration program requires a lot more than a successful technology implementation.
I’m not going to bore you with the formal definition of a program and how it differs from a project, but I will tell you that a successful collaboration program typically includes several non-technology projects (component projects) that must be planned and managed in order for the collaboration technology to be deemed a success. Examples include operational readiness, organizational change management, migration readiness, and more. Many times, programs fail to identify and manage these component projects. As a result, the collaboration program slows, business cases fail, ROI isn’t realized, adoption lags, issues arise, and satisfaction declines.
On the other hand, I have personally managed programs where these component projects were properly managed at many large enterprise, commercial, service provider, and government customers. The positive impacts of following the Collaboration Program Management best practices were obvious and tangible. The below metrics are some of the major documented impacts.
The impact of “doing it right” Read More »
Tags: Cisco, collaboration, Consulting Services, CPMC, Harvard Business Review, PMO impact metrics, program management
As an industry, we are starting to see a convergence of small cells and Wi-Fi to help solve coverage, capacity, and spectrum issues in our increasingly connected, mobile-dominated world. Today more than ever, mobile operators are increasingly realizing that Wi-Fi and small cells must be part of their traditional licensed network in order to realize the future of mobility.
This topic was especially evident during last month’s Small Cell Americas conference in Dallas, Texas. During the conference, I had the opportunity to discuss how small cells and Wi-Fi can work together, which proved especially timely as the Dallas conference also marked the launch by the Small Cell Forum of their Enterprise Release, comprising of 25 documents to help overcome barriers to small cell deployment in the enterprise. Release Two: Enterprise is the result of over nine months of hard work by the Forum and its members!
As small cells and Wi-Fi bring corporate networks and mobile networks closer to each other, IT leaders and service providers are increasingly asking questions about how the convergence of small cells and Wi-Fi coexist, from a product, architecture and business model perspective. Some common questions include: Read More »
Tags: Cisco, mobile, mobility, Networks, Service Provider, service providers, small cell, small cells, Small Cells Big Thinkers, wi-fi, wifi, wireless