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Cisco Fellow talks to Telecom TV about 5G and Information Centric Networking

While at the NGMN Industry Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, the folks from Telecom TV interviewed Paul Polakos, Cisco Fellow. Paul is our CTO office lead for 5G research. During this interview, Paul talks about Cisco’s active work driving towards 5G technology. Cisco is active in both Research and Development and the various standards organizations that are focusing on 5G development (like 3GPP, NGMN, etc.). Cisco is also working with our customers to align strategies.

Mr. Polakos stresses that 5G is about diversity of uses cases and devices unlike what we have seen in all the previous generations (i.e. 3G, 4G).

Cisco is very interested in Information Centric Networking (ICN) as a possible solution Read More »

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Cisco Marketing Velocity and Partner Summit 2015: Thank You Social Ambassadors!

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I always want to provide you with the best coverage possible for Marketing Velocity and Partner Summit each year. Often that means giving you a perspective other than my own. For instance, earlier today I posted the main takeaways from our Cisco executives. Sometimes though, the best way to give you an even more transparent look at these Cisco events, an outside perspective is preferred.

This is exactly why we ask select Cisco partners each year to work with us as social ambassadors for these events. Their insight at events like Marketing Velocity and Partner Summit are invaluable. This is our fourth year of the Cisco social ambassador program and it gives a unique look at both of these events.

This year, we had 10 Cisco Partner Summit Ambassadors who represented different backgrounds and regions, and who focused on different events. We invited each of them to participate in Cisco Partner Summit 2015 as official social ambassadors who focused on tweeting and blogging about things they heard at our annual events. In addition, three of them were performing the same duties around Cisco Marketing Velocity before moving on throughout the week to give you a marketer’s perspective on Partner Summit.

There are always great stories to tell at these events, and who better to tell them than the partners themselves. Some ambassadors were on site with us in Montreal, while others participated via Virtual Partner Summit (VPS), but in both cases, the partner ambassadors did great work in capturing everything they heard last week. Read More »

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Building the Cable Access Network for the Next Decade

When I talk with service provider customers these days about their goals, it’s a very different conversation than in the past. It’s no longer just technology and procurement people in the room; more and more, the people launching the actual services are steering the discussion. And they don’t want to hear about all the complexity of what happens in the network, or focus on cable modem termination system (CMTS) speeds and feeds.

These customers are facing stiff competitive pressure to scale bandwidth many times more than what the current network supports. They’re looking to increase top-line revenues by launching new cloud-enabled services Read More »

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3D printing is here. How will your organization respond?

As someone who has spent his career developing a deep knowledge of manufacturing and software, I’m rapidly becoming a major “fan” of 3D printing. The technology offers exciting possibilities that can radically change multiple industries including manufacturing. According to Industry Week, “a survey by the global consultancy PwC found that 67% of manufacturers are adopting 3-D printing in some way, most frequently in prototyping.” At the same time, ubiquitous 3D printing introduces new complexities around intellectual property ownership, counterfeiting and diversion issues that we’ve yet to fully confront.

3D printing has the potential to globally disrupt multiple industrial processes and supply chains. In the case of manufacturing on an assembly line, parts or products can be created through 3D printing on-site, potentially eliminating the need for separate parts suppliers. Take a look at how one leading industrial company, GE Aviation, is leveraging additive manufacturing in the video below.

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Cisco Partner Summit 2015: Final Thoughts from Cisco Executives

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Well, we’re starting to wind down our coverage of Cisco Marketing Velocity and Partner Summit 2015. I’ll put a bow on it and wrap everything up in my Weekly Rewind blog tomorrow, but we still have some ground to cover.

So far, I have recapped Marketing Velocity and day one, day two and day three of Partner Summit. In addition, since we closed out the show in Montreal last week, I have also brought you interviews with John Chambers, Rob Lloyd, Edison Peres and Sherri Liebo.

I had the opportunity to speak with several other Cisco executives last week as well, including our newly named CEO successor Chuck Robbins. I know your time is valuable, so I’ve condensed their thoughts into a couple of montage videos I’d like to share with you today. First, let’s take a look at what our executives have been hearing from partners during the past year:

As you can see, Cisco partners are concerned about many of the same things we talked about all week last week. Read More »

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