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Building Scalable, Sustainable, Smart+Connected Communities with Fog Computing

This week, Cisco is showcasing innovations across our Smart+Connected Communities portfolio at the Smart City World Expo Congress in Barcelona.

We’ve entered the digital age and smart cities worldwide are embracing technologies to streamline their operations and meet the growing expectations of their citizens. Today, citizens in the most vibrant cities are already seeing many initiatives designed to make urban services smarter, whether for transportation, parking, lighting, traffic and waste management, safety or law enforcement.

Urban services powered by the Internet will certainly enhance citizen quality of life, but developing this new generation of services requires integrating together many disparate technologies and billions of “things,” or devices. Today, it’s estimated that some 15 billion devices are connected, and this number is set to explode to 50 billion by 2020, particularly in and around urban centers. This complex assemblage will generate and transmit unimaginable amounts of data from all kinds of sensors, mobile devices and smart “things” to and through the Internet.

As the network of connected things grows, an increasingly significant volume of the data will be produced at its edge, where the data will also need to be processed, analyzed, and secured. As a result, new computer processing technologies must also be placed at the network edge to manage this new deluge in a distributed way across a citywide network to intelligently connect and inform people, processes, data and things. These technologies must deliver computing power at an unprecedented scale and help cities ensure economic, social and environmental sustainability.

What does that mean in practical terms?

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A Brief History of Cloud Collaboration

This is part of a blog series on the evolution of the Cisco Collaboration Cloud platform, which explores the technical and design principles behind its unique architecture.

I came to Cisco with the idea that, in many ways, enterprise communications technology had fallen behind consumer technology. And that we could apply to enterprise communications much of what the industry had learned in the mobile cloud revolution.

So it’s no surprise that I believed the next generation of business communications technology would be powered by the cloud, delivered on mobile devices and browsers, and used in larger settings (like conference rooms) through group systems.

The first thing we did as a team was define the “ultimate experience.” We assembled a small group of really smart people from around the world who had invented many of the collaboration technologies we all rely on today. We asked them to dream and dream big! From that dreaming, we created a vision of the future experience we could aim towards.

Assembling the Pieces
The missing piece of the puzzle was a cloud platform to power this next-generation experience. Just one minor catch: The cloud platform we needed simply didn’t exist, though many companies had built pieces and parts. WebEx had web conferencing to which it later added video. A handful of startups had video calling and bridges in the cloud. Some companies had cloud-based telephony systems. And others had even built closed networks to deliver 1:1 and small group video conferencing in the cloud.

To complicate things further, no one had a solid idea of how to build the platform we needed. Read More »

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The Digital Manufacturer: Advancing a New Revolution in Efficiency and Quality

With robotics and automation, manufacturers have advanced our industry over the last few decades, driving innovations and improvements in productivity and efficiency that were once only the imagination of science fiction writers and TV/movie producers. Today, however, the next wave of transformation is required—in order to take companies and the industry to even grander levels—with a digital revolution in manufacturing.

Pressures on manufacturers from global market upheavals, changing customer expectations, and digital disruption require companies to take every competitive advantage—at every step in the supply chain and beyond. To meet these demands and market transition, manufacturers must have deep organizational and technological progress, what we refer as digital business transformation.

To explore some of the mounting pressures on manufacturers—and the exciting opportunities to capture new value with digitization—Cisco recently undertook and released a comprehensive research study. This research includes Read More »

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Private Cloud Increases Business Velocity

The world is experiencing a digital transformation as everything – customers and technology alike – are becoming connected; which has made technology pervasive in all of our lives.   The tools we use have been on a fast innovative pace which has made us all tech-savvy individuals.  If you doubt this, just watch a 6 year-old with an iPad.

We have all become accustomed to a user experience that empowers us to receive information, products or services immediately.   The problem is, once we enter the business world, the user experience changes dramatically.

Does business need to transform?   Yes!  It needs to change the pace at which it delivers services both within and externally as well as address customer expectations for a self-service order experience.   From what I am hearing during customer conversations, the good news is that businesses are acknowledging that changes are required.

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – November 13, 2015

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Each 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

Well, we’re continuing to move fast around here at Cisco as this week we announced another big alliance with Ericsson. The news garnered quite a lot of buzz in the social media channels, including this from Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins:

The Cisco CEO also discussed the strategy and benefit this partnership will bring to you and your customers in his blog earlier this week. Be sure to check out his blog and also watch this conversation he has with Hans Vestberg, Ericsson’s CEO:

In the Channel News: Cisco + Ericsson

  • CRN says this pact is a potential IoT game-changer for partners
  • Fortune on what Cisco gains by partnering with Ericsson
  • Channelnomics writes that Ericsson is depending on Cisco partnership revenue boost

The Power of Insight: The Role of Data and Analytics in Customer Success

MaintanenceNet recently joined the Cisco family, and one of their leaders, now a part of Cisco, made his Cisco Partner Blog debut this week.

Scott Herron, Cisco Chief Enablement Officer shares insight on data science and the role it can play in driving customer success. Don’t miss it or the upcoming webinar:

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How Much More Could You Be Making On Services?

Raul Pedraja stopped by the blog this week to talk about smart services and the opportunity partners can capture with them.

Raja provides partners a step-by-step method for capitalizing on what IDC says will be over a $1 trillion market in less than 5 years. You’ll definitely want to see the advice he gives.

It’s Easier Than Ever to Grow Your Business

As you know,  Cisco wants to help our partners expand their customer base and drive customer success. And over the last year we’ve grown our Cisco Solution Partner Program to include new toolsets and resources.

Arjun Lahiri, Director of Global Partner Programs here at Cisco, writes about 2 new solution categories partners can now leverage: Platform Ready and Co-Resident.

Learn more about these new categories and how to start using them to expand your customer base in his blog from earlier this week.

Good Reads

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