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Click to Deploy Virtual HetNet Cuts Small Cell Deployment Time from Months to Minutes

There was significant Small Cells buzz during last months Mobile World Congress, where Cisco announced a range of innovative products and solutions that can be used to accelerate the market adoption of small cells. In particular, I spoke at the Small Cell Forum’s Small Cell Zone were I described how Cisco is accelerating enterprise small cell deployments, through a combination of:

  • driving an E2E enterprise architecture that is able to span single 50 sq.m teleworker installations through to 50,000 sq.m campus deployments
  • cloud based Mobility IQ providing Wi-Fi and Small Cell network, user and business intelligence with dashboards that enable integration into enterprise managed service offers
  • channel enabled commercial models that leverage Cisco’s installed base intelligence and vertical sector segmentation to prioritize, qualify, design and install enterprise small cells
  • and, the topic that I want to drill into today, virtualizing small cell core networks and management systems that can be deployed in minutes instead of months, and consumed on a pay-as-you-grow basis

Small Cells have always been easy to deploy with integrated self configuration capabilities and Cisco has now deployed over Read More »

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The Future of Retail Banking

During your morning workout at the gym, a device on your arm measures each step and connects with…your bank. By monitoring your healthy lifestyle, the bank can then arrange a lower rate on your health insurance. Later, when walking toward your office, you notice an apartment for sale in a neighborhood you have been scouting for real estate deals. So you point your smartphone at the building to view an augmented-reality image superimposed on the building. In turn, you see the price, square footage, and a live link to your bank’s virtual mortgage advisor.

These kinds of scenarios could become commonplace, once banks embrace the opportunities of the Internet of Everything (IoE) era. While today’s digital consumers demand experiences that are relevant to their current context, many feel that banks don’t understand their needs. Contextual interactions may be common when buying books or streaming movies, but customers sense a “value gap” with their banks. And many are willing to trust disruptive innovators from outside the traditional realm of financial services to fill this void.

Banks can keep pace with customer demand by adopting IoE-enabled solutions that offer expert advice, value-added services and convenience, whenever and wherever customers need them — and do so securely. Wearables and augmented reality are among the more forward-looking innovations that banks should be exploring today. But there are many other ways for banks to reconnect with customers.

In a recent Cisco survey of banking customers in 12 countries, respondents were extremely receptive to five core IoE-enabled banking solutions centered on advice (virtual financial advice, virtual mortgage advice and automated financial advice) and mobility (branch recognition and mobile payments). Seventy-five percent would move their money to another provider for one or more of the five concepts. In emerging markets, respondents are twice as likely to move their money.

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Technology as a Strategic Differentiator

Commoditisation is a big word these days in the Service Provider business. The value of our services is being depreciated as our customers are exposed to growing choices offering comparable products. In this borderless economy, competition can come from the most unexpected sources. How are you using technology to give your customers a better experience? A number of ways technology changes the way we do things we do were showcased in the recent Cisco Live events. How would you put those to good use in your businesses?

Cisco Live Melbourne 2015 _ Khaykid

Every morning when I wake up, the first thing that I touch is my mobile phone. Living in Read More »

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – March 27, 2015

Partner-Weekly-Rewind-v2Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem 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:

Off the Top

I officially kicked off the Cisco Partner Marketing Velocity and Cisco Partner Summit 2015 season this week. The two events, combined this year in Montreal, Canada, are in the last week of April. With exactly one month to go until we kick off the events up north, be sure to follow the Cisco Partner Blog for more information leading up to this year’s Marketing Velocity and Partner Summit events.

CRN 5 Star Winner

Cisco was recognized by CRN this week as a 5-star winner for its Channel Partner Program and for its Solution Partner Program. These wins will be featured in the CRN Partner Program Guide, which is an annual directory and definitive listing of technology vendors that service solution providers or provide products through an IT channel.

Listen Your Way to the Win

Karin Surber always brings a great perspective on what it takes to be a successful sales person and this week was no different. Karin spent some time on the Partner Blog discussing listening, and how listening can make or break your business. Read More »

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The Connected Bus Stop

One of the well-received demonstrations that Cisco showed at MWC 2015 was: Cisco Internet of Everything: Solutions for SP Business Opportunity, aka the “Connected Bus Stop”. This demo prompted a lot of good discussion about what role Service Providers can play in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Internet of Everything (IoE). We summarized 4 areas for Service Providers to add value:

  • Deliver Intelligent Connectivity over lower-cost, dynamically scalable virtualized networks
  • Offer complete solutions and managed services in focused vertical segments
  • Monetize new sources of analytics from aggregated and contextualized IoT data
  • Provide provisioning, end-to-end device management, and added-value aligned to the business process productivity gains that customers seek from IoT.

Cisco’s approach to IoT encompasses an understanding of key business care-abouts and pain points, derived from our longstanding position as Read More »

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