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Cisco Partners Can Look Beyond SDN Hype To Network Programmability

There’s been a lot of hype and speculation among industry watchers over Cisco’s position in the software-defined networking (SDN) trend. But as Padmasree Warrior, Cisco Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, explained during Cisco Partner Summit, SDN itself is a limited vision – customers aren’t gaining all that much by merely virtualizing network functions, for example.

“SDN addresses only a portion of the requirements our customers need,” explained Padma during her Day 2 General Session keynote at Partner Summit. It’s network programmability that should be the goal, she said, and Cisco and partners are the ones who will “clarify and explain to customers how the network of the future must transition to deliver better value.”

Padma joined the Cisco Channels social media team at Partner Summit to further clarify Cisco’s approach to network programmability. Let’s hear what she had to say:

Read on for more from Padma.  Read More »

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More mobile devices than people by the end of 2013 – is your business prepared?

By the end of 2013, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on earth, and by 2017 there will be nearly 1.4 mobile devices per person. As the consumption of mobile devices increases, so does the need for businesses to change the way they work to reap the benefits. Investment in IT is vital if businesses are to take full advantage of new ways of working – with the best tools and solutions to achieve high levels of workforce connectivity.

The increase in mobile devices creates a great opportunity for businesses. A workforce using mobile devices allows for flexible working practices and more freedom to work whenever, wherever, making the workforce better connected. 82% of visitors to the Cisco Jabber Hub say improved productivity is a direct result of a better connected workforce. Better connections mean quicker decisions are made, improving employee response rates and decision making speed.

Businesses need to address the IT challenges of created by mobility and invest in the most suitable solutions for their business. Unified Communication solutions like Cisco Jabber integrate voice, video, instant messaging, presence, voice messaging and conferencing capabilities. It allows staff to choose the most suitable tools for their needs. This means the workforce can be productive from anywhere, on any device. Read More »

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Cisco Services and the Partners of Tomorrow

For Cisco partners, now is the time to get more deeply involved with Cisco Services.

If you caught Edzard Overbeek’s presentation at Cisco Partner Summit earlier this month, you’ll remember what he and other executives said: for every dollar of Cisco product sold, services can generate an additional $3-$7, dramatically increasing the size of deals and translating into profits. As Edzard, SVP, Cisco Services, explained, when you combine the opportunity presented by consulting services, industry services, platform and analytics services, professional services and technical services, Cisco partners are looking at about $162 billion in addressable market.

So how do partners get there? Edzard joined the Cisco Channels social media team at Partner Summit to talk through what it all means, watch below:

Read on to find out about special Cisco Services offers announced at Partner Summit.  Read More »

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Nice, France: A Municipal Showcase for Cisco’s Connected Mobile Experiences

The city of Nice and Cisco, working with Think Global, showcased today the first Internet of Everything proof-of-concept (PoC) for a smart city. The project, called “Connected Boulevard,” builds on Connected Mobile Experiences to create innovative connected experiences by playing host to “guest” devices such as mobile phones and tablets used in the streets that get connected onto its Cisco wireless mesh network.

The project leverages Cisco’s mobility offerings of Outdoor Access Points, Wireless Controller and Mobility Services Engine to connect 200 sensors throughout the city to gather data. The true enabler of these new innovative connected experiences is the Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) solution. Layered on top of the wireless infrastructure, CMX with its location analytics and browser-based mobile engagement opens the door for the city to deliver highly relevant information, insights and services to its residents and its visitors.

International city dignitaries and a local press delegation were treated to a walkabout tour at Boulevard Victor Hugo in the center of Nice by the Mayor and the City CEO, where they could experience the power of Connected Mobile Experiences..Nice deployed two components of Connected Mobile Experiences: CMX Analytics and CMX Browser Engage.

CMX Analytics enables city organizers to visualize the busy parts of the city and witness how device density varies across the day and the week.

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A Mobility Guide to Cisco Live! Orlando Part I

If you’re heading to Cisco Live! Orlando next week, you’ve probably signed up for a few sessions after running your eyes through the hefty spread of sessions and talks in the events catalogue.

Here’s a cut of the mobility-centric sessions you should mark your calendars for:

Speaker(s)  Rob Soderbery – Senior Vice President, Enterprise Networking Group, Cisco 

June 24 at 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET / 21:30 CET  / 22:30 GMT <–Editor’s Note: FIXED to Monday June 24!

To View: Go to the home page at the event start time. The keynote will play in the “Excite” tab.

Session Abstract

Is your enterprise network ready to take you where you want to go? Will it support the business applications that you are being asked to support? In this keynote, you will hear how Cisco is unifying access, building out new network services and making the network more manageable so you can meet the coming needs of your organization. We will also show you how you can support more aspects of your business using the network as a platform for the Internet of Things.

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