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The Internet of Things Accelerates Innovation and Value Creation for Manufacturers

I wasn’t around during the Industrial Revolution, but I can’t help but think that today is an even more interesting time to be in manufacturing. I’m happy to be participating this week in the annual Rockwell Automation Fair, where it seems we can see the Internet of Things (IoT) evolving in real time.

Perhaps no other industry is being disrupted by technology more than manufacturing. As manufacturers digitize their businesses, operational complexity increases and competitive pressure builds—driving the need for faster innovation, quicker time to market, and more efficient processes. Those who can’t keep up are left behind. Read More »

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The Future Knowledge Worker

In this guest blog, Jacob Morgan, author, speaker and futurist, shares his vision for how the Internet of Everything will shape the day-to-day lives of future knowledge workers.

As evidenced by the results of Cisco’s 2014 Connected World Technology Report, the future of work will be more collaborative than ever before. As a result, the typical day of tomorrow’s knowledge worker will be dramatically different than it is today.

Consider this early morning scenario:

6:30 a.m. -- Most of us today wake up to an alarm clock. But imagine your alarm clock is connected to your coffee maker that automatically starts brewing your coffee and is is connected to your car, which tells you when you need to leave for work based on traffic patterns and weather as you pour your first cup. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – November 21, 2014

November 21, 2014 at 8:28 am PST

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

This week saw the 10th annual Collaboration Summit kickoff and Richard McLeod was on hand as part of the Cisco team to participate in the event. Richard emceed the Partner Awards Ceremony on Sunday night where we honored 27 award winners in 11 different categories. Read Richard’s full recap of the awards ceremony.

Richard also posted about the announcements from Collaboration Summit and provided a summary of the new opportunities available to partners. Be sure to check out both of his posts and see what’s new in video and cloud for Cisco partners.

Partner Voices

In our latest Partner Voices blog entry, TekLinks shared how they use Cisco-powered solutions to provide data security and business continuity.

Learn how TekLinks preserved the data for the Peoples Bank of Cullman, AL when a series of tornadoes ripped away part of its data center. You’ll also get TekLink’s thoughts on ransomware. Give it a look and let us know what you think! Read More »

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Context…Not Content…Is King : How Mobility Is Accelerating Innovation in an IoE World

We’ve learned a lot since releasing our original research on the Internet of Everything (IoE) at the end of 2012. I created a top-10 countdown style review of these learnings, however, today, I’m jumping right to #1 (sorry David Letterman). Here it is: #1 – Context…not content…is king.

Same Person, Different Customer

I was recently on a business trip to the Middle East. Just before boarding, I realized I left my headphones at the hotel. Not wanting to be on a 10-hour flight without them, I ran to the electronics vending machine I saw on the way to my gate. Without regard to price, I purchased the headphones I wanted and headed to the gate.

Now, contrast this event to when I originally purchased the now-lost headphones. I went to Amazon.com. After reading the description and reviews, and doing some additional online research to make sure I was receiving the best price, I placed my order and waited two days for the package to arrive. Read More »

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Where Do Your Teams Work?

Lately we’re hearing a lot about the end of traditional workplace hierarchies. Organizations expect employees to do more within smaller teams, and to do it faster. People want the freedom to rapidly move between projects and to collaborate with others inside and outside their organizations with fewer restrictions or privacy concerns. And they want to work from everywhere.

According to the 2014 ZK Research Unified Communications Purchasing Survey, 48% employees now spend at least 30% of their time away from their primary workspace and 71% of organizations regularly collaborate with individuals outside their company.

Today’s collaborators – what I call “agile workers” – are transforming the enterprise.  They are creating and sharing ideas and content rapidly, and interacting with colleagues inside and outside their organization from anywhere.  They work at their own pace and they want to use the devices of their choice.  Gone are the days of being in an office on a 9 to 5 schedule.  So even while organizations invest in collaboration tools to improve how people work at work; employees bring their own devices and apps to the workplace to be more productive, individually.  What we’re missing is a way to improve productivity for both the individual and the team, using the same, simple solution.

Think about your day. Despite all the new technologies available, do you default to the familiarity of e-mail and audio conferences? Do you feel that you work better with your teams inside your company or with others outside your organization? Do you feel more productive at the coffee shop or at your office?  Read More »

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