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Bridging Business and IT: The Value and Virtue of a Business Directory

According to Dr. Barry Devlin, amongst the foremost authorities on business insight and one of the founders of data warehousing, “Data without context is meaningless. It is also valueless. Without a well-understood business context, any derived information and subsequent decisions are open to multiple interpretations or, worse, misinterpretation. It is the context—and, by extension, a Business Directory that manages this context— that promotes the value and virtue of data.”

Data, Data Everywhere, Self-Service BI Can Help

Businesses that successfully leverage their data will be the leaders. Those who don’t will fall behind.

However analytics, big data, the cloud and the Internet of Everything are are drastically changing today’s data landscape. Gone are the days when business users would ask for information and wait patiently for IT to modify the data warehouse and then write the new reports.

To gain the insights required for competitive success, business users today visualize and analyze data without IT’s help using a new class of easy-to-use, self-service business intelligence (BI) tools such as Qliktech, Spotfire, Pentaho and Tableau, as well as the increasingly powerful and ubiquitous Excel.

However finding and accessing that data remains a big challenge. From the business user point of view, data lacks proper business context, thus obscuring its relevance. Instead data is too distributed, too diverse, too IT-focused in how it is described, organized, and stored.

As with self-service BI for visualization and analysis, business users today are seeking self-service approaches to finding, understanding and accessing data. This requires not only new tools that provide data in a business context, but also a new approach to business and IT collaboration.

Business Directory -- Self-Service Data for Business 

On October 1, 2014 at Data Virtualization Day 2014 in New York City, Cisco introduced Business Directory, as part of Cisco Information Server 7.0 (CIS 7.0), the latest version of our flagship data virtualization offering.

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Business Directory is the first data virtualization offering designed exclusively for business self-service. Through a business context lens, users apply search and categorization techniques to quickly find and understand the data they’re looking for. From there, they can use their self-service BI tool of choice to query it. The result is far faster time to insight which translates to better business outcomes sooner.

With Business Directory, business and IT align the people, processes and technology for competitive success. IT provides secure, curated, business-context organized data sets to the business, with business adding domain knowledge and analytic value on the path to insight.

 

Learn More

For a third party point of view on the benefits of Business Directory’s, download Dr. Barry Devlin’s recent white paper, Putting Data In Business Context: The Value and Virtue of a Business Directory.

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SP Network Transformation at the Cisco Live Cancun World of Solutions

October 21, 2014 at 1:30 am PST

By Igor Dayen, Manager, SP Product and Solutions Marketing  Igor-Dayen

The excitement starts on November 3rd in Cancun, Mexico where Cisco is holding our next Cisco Live event. A great opportunity for the service provider community to study with industry experts, get inspired, and understand how Cisco’s Open Network strategy can fast track their growth.  In the World of Solutions the SP booth is hosting numerous demos and live equipment which tell the story of how Cisco is helping carriers address their business requirements.

Cisco Live is known for the extensive number of breakout technical sessions, and Cancun will be no different. Hot topics such as NFV and SDN will be extensively covered. Read More »

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Cloudbusting

In the same year Cisco was founded, Kate Bush recorded the hypnotic Cloudbusting, one of her most iconic songs and music videos.  Conceived by Terry Gilliam and featuring Donald Sutherland, there is a strikingly poignant moment in the video where Bush’s character is ‘cloudbusting’ with her father and she first realizes that adults are fallible.

Cloud Myth Busting Read More »

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Cisco to expand portfolio of SAP HANA Mission-Critical Platform Solutions

Cisco introduces an 8 Socket SAP HANA Server

Today, Cisco expanded their portfolio of server products for SAP HANA Solutions with the certification of an 8 socket C880 SAP HANA Server.  This server will be used exclusively for SAP Analytics and Suite on HANA workloads.

With this expansion of the server product line, Cisco provides a one-stop shop for their complete SAP architecture which includes Cloud, (Enterprise, Intercloud, Private, and Hybrid Cloud), Compute, Management, and IT Process Automation (ITPA).  The Cisco server expansion will also highlight how Cisco’s eco-partners may augment their SAP workloads on Cisco certified platforms Read More »

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A Cisco Customer Solutions Architecture (CSA) Use Case in How to Manage Threat Defense

This is part 4 of the “Your Business Powered By Cisco Customer Solutions Architecture (CSA)” blog series.

Enabling & Delivering Cloud-based Security Services -- Managed Threat Defense

Many enterprises (30%) have been leveraging cloud services cautiously or only in an internal (private) cloud manner. The reasons for this vary but these are the most common:

  • IT applications (~80%) are not cloud enabled i.e. traditional client server apps or non-x86 apps
  • Perceived security and performance concerns
  • Perceived lack of control and loss of IT governance and policy

While these reasons are valid, the evolution of cloud services and the ability to transform traditional IT services, governance, and policy controls mean this Cisco CSA can now address these reasons.

This use case example focuses on Security because it is a major consideration for most customers.  The market growth for security is driven by increased demand for security applications such as network security and “confidentiality” of services.  Security services are seen as an emerging market and are expected to grow to $40B by 2017.  Managed Threat Defense is projected to be $3.7B of that $40B. Read More »

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