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Video Showcases Hamburg’s Digital Smart City + Port Connection

This blog post was co-authored by Michael Ganser, Cisco’s SVP for Central and Eastern Europe. Follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelGanser

The inter-connection among society, the economy and environment, enabled by Internet of Everything (IoE) technology, was a central theme at the recent M-Smart City Summit hosted by the City of Hamburg.

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It is no coincidence that the Summit was incubated here and its public and private sector leaders advanced the overall theme of connecting the
unconnected
.  Collectively, Hamburg’s leadership is driving a visionary strategy to digitize the entire metropolitan region, virtually connecting government, port, business, citizenry, healthcare, academia, public safety and other key organizations.

After just a few years, historic Hamburg has burst into the 21st century as not only a modernized Smart City, but also as a Smart + Connected Community, or, as some call it, a futuristic Seatropolis, anchored by the economic powerhouse of Hamburg‘s port operations.

Essential Application Centric Infrastructure

Today, we are thrilled to release a new video starring Hamburg. In “Internet of Everything Transforms Hamburg into a Smart City,” we showcase how leaders started with an ICT master plan to incorporate a single platform for collaboration, that leverages essential Application Centric Infrastructure. This integrated network stretches across departments and organizations throughout the urban landscape, seamlessly connecting people, processes data  and things — a single digital overlay to existing physical infrastructure.

With many more Internet of Everything plans still in the works, Hamburg has already realized tremendous value Read More »

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Reinventing Conferencing

What kind of a world will you live in three years from now? How about five? Will your personal robot pour you a drink after your self-driving car delivers you home? That’s where we’re headed, and it’s a pretty quick trip: self-driving cars are already on public roads and you’ll soon be able to buy that humanoid robot.

Cisco’s Collaboration team thinks a lot about the future—not just about how we’ll get around and get our drinks, but about how we’ll connect and collaborate. We’re passionate about the future of collaboration, about giving the world collaboration tools that are every bit as smart as those self-driving cars and whiskey-pouring robots.

Where we’re at: today’s challenges
Before we talk more about the future, let’s talk about where the industry is right now. Over the years, various vendors have given us audio conferencing, web conferencing, and video conferencing. Each of these technologies were introduced at different times, and have matured at different paces—with audio being the tried-and-true veteran, video conferencing the relative newcomer and web being the thing that came somewhere in-between.

Herein lies the problem: Read More »

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Give Your Customers One Conferencing Experience

October 6, 2014 at 5:00 am PST

Too many of us attend frustrating meetings filled with background noise, dropped connections, attendee roll call and large presentation files that are emailed only after it’s too late. Fortunately, the right technology can turn a bad meeting into an engaging, productive experience.

Imagine if you could deliver to your customers a simple, single experience that incorporates audio, web, and even room-based video conferencing with access from any device?  Now you can!  Today, Cisco is unveiling the new WebEx. In Rowan Trollope’s blog you can learn how this massive update lets users join meetings up to 30% faster, has an elegant new user interface, and boosts productivity with tons of new functionality. It reinvents conferencing by bringing together all different types of conferencing—web, video and audio—into one seamlessly integrated meeting, so the host no longer has to worry about the conferencing preferences or the devices each participant will use to join. With WebEx, meeting attendees join quickly, use high quality video for more engaging discussion, share content to ensure everyone is on the same page, and always know who is speaking thanks to active speaker features.  You can even mute that person working from home with the barking dog in the background.

What does this mean to you as a Cisco Collaboration partner? By providing one conferencing experience to your customers, you can deliver a better overall experience and drive greater adoption across each customer site. The more your customers embrace and use WebEx each day, the more value they can realize from collaboration. And, in turn, the more solutions and services you can deliver. More WebEx usage can lead to more sales of our new video endpoints such as the Cisco DX 70, Cisco DX 80 and Cisco TelePresence SX10 Quick Set because they all work seamlessly together. Read More »

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Internet of Everything: Hype or Hyper Progress?

Last month, Gartner published one of its well-known Hype Cycles, and a Forbes headline summed up a key assertion very well. “It’s Official: The Internet Of Things Takes Over Big Data As The Most Hyped Technology.”

This comes as no surprise to anyone engaged in this market phenomenon – the explosive growth of things connecting to the Internet. At Cisco, our engineers determine that about 13.5 billion things – everything from mobile devices and computers to sensors and machines — are connected today. By 2020, we forecast 50 billion such connections – a much faster adoption rate than electricity or telephony.

Web searches for IoT and media mentions of IoT each have tripled in the past couple of years alone. Our consulting services group confirms that global Internet Protocol (IP) traffic continues to accelerate exponentially, and the last two years have spawned new IoT-related consortia and standards bodies.

The hype clearly has accelerated. However, I passionately believe that in this case the hype is completely justified because it is underpinned by tangible hyper progress throughout all types of industries. Other markets in the past that have ranked high on the Hype Cycle have included ecommerce and wireless technologies, and nobody can argue the rocket success of markets engaged in online business portals, social media or mobile devices such as smart phones.

IoE Can Unleash $19 Trillion in Economic Value

IoT provides the foundation for an even greater – we think unprecedented – technology revolution that Cisco calls, the Internet of Everything (IoE). IoE includes the connection of things, people, data and processes, enabling the transformation of data into information, knowledge and wisdom. As a result, Cisco Consulting Services estimates that IoE can unleash $19 trillion of economic value worldwide over the next decade by generating new innovation, revenue streams, customer experiences and improving asset utilization, employee productivity as wel as sup0ply chain and logistics operations.

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – October 3, 2014

October 3, 2014 at 7:30 am PST

Partner-Weekly-Rewind-v2Each 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:

Off the Top

As you probably saw at the beginning of the week, Cisco made a big announcement around all of the momentum we’ve seen so far on our approach to cloud. Edison Peres even came by the Partner Blog to share his insight on how partners can engage and explain the roles you can play to meet customers’ needs.

Just in case you missed it, be sure to read Edison’s blog and let us know what you think. Our approach continues to be partner-centric, and with Intercloud, you have more opportunities than ever with Cisco.

CRN – 100 People You Don’t Know but Should

In CRN’s annual look at individuals building channel programs, designing special incentives, educating solution providers and evangelizing hot technologies, Cisco had three of our very own featured! Please join us in congratulating Steve Benvenuto, Sr. Director, Business Development, Cisco Channel Partner Programs; Faisal Hanafi, Vice President of Strategy and Partner Experience; and Susie Wee, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Networked Experiences.

CRN itself says this list recognizes the unseen channel professionals from vendor organizations who consistently drive success for Solution Providers. These directors, vice presidents and officers roll their sleeves up and lead their channel programs with resolve, excellence and creativity. Again, we welcome you to take a moment to congratulate Steve, Faisal and Susie for being recognized for all of their hard work. Read More »

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