I attended Enterprise Connect for the ninth time this year, but it was the first time I delivered a keynote address. With the advances in technology today I could have delivered my keynote via TelePresence from Oslo, my home town in Norway. But I chose to attend in person because in this case face-to-face was the best way to tell my story.
I spoke to how “It is not enough to be connected.” This may sound strange coming from me, especially since I represent “the” networking company, but Cisco has evolved, as technology, businesses, and customer needs have evolved. Just being connected is not enough to drive the next levels of productivity. So, we need to think beyond connectivity. Read More »
Remember the days when going to work meant being stuck at your desk, working on a desktop PC? Thankfully, the proliferation of laptops, tablets, and mobile devices, along with a robust network to support connectivity, has enabled all of us to be on the go and working, at the same time.
With new innovations in Borderless Networks, which are being announced today, an organization’s ability to securely connect anyone, anywhere, with their preferred device, while delivering a high quality experience even to the most resource-intensive multimedia applications, has become even stronger.
So how will these new innovations change the workplace even more? Watch this video to find out, and to learn more details on the enhancements.
Luckily, most of us don’t have a boss like that one in the video. And using our smartphones, we can get some work done on the beach! (Ok, maybe).
As for how the new the Borderless Networks innovations will have an impact—they will deliver solutions in three areas: Security, Management, and Multimedia.
Here are the details, and what the new innovations will mean for our partners: Read More »
A colleague of mine is going to be silent for 10 days over the holiday break*. 10 days. 240 hours. 14,400 minutes. It is a meditative thing. I respect her decision to do this…very cool and certainly an experience not many have had.
She can’t talk, so I asked her if she could read. Nope. Which means web surfing is out of the question. I, like many, HAVE TO BE CONNECTED AT ALL TIMES!!! The network has become so pervasive in our lives that not having instant, anywhere access to information is nearly inconceivable. Globally, broadband growth is still chugging away. Today, we released a report that shows that Peru broadband growth grew nearly 10% in the first half of this year. And, yesterday, Google released what they call the Zeitgeist. The sum of the searches for the year. What’s hot, what’s searched…and from where…and, of course, because this is 2010 and video is the medium for communications, they also released a very cool video with a catchy jam that is still in my head (who is this? anyone?!!).
I’m writing this en route back to Austin, flying at over 500 miles per hour at an altitude of 35,000 feet. And I’m really frustrated that the in-flight internet isn’t working.
It is truly absurd.
Not that it’s not working but that I “expect” to maintain constant connectivity while being in a flying can more than 6 miles up in the sky.
But I do.
I’m not proud of it…and even wince a bit because I recall a comedian who in a skit made fun of reactions like this…of people like me. [Editor’s note: here’s a video clip of Louis C.K.’s comedy clip that Doug references.]
The challenge for providers is that I believe there are a lot of people like me. Our level of expectation is pretty outrageous and only getting higher. In a stadium with 100,000 other smartphone carrying people, the air is filled with complaints about mobile connectivity, with the complainers not giving thought to the fact that they are in the midst of effectively 1/7th the population of my city packed into a single square block and seemingly all of them are tweeting, foursquaring, or facebooking about that last great play (which, for the Longhorns, was last year, btw). Trying to download a video around 9pm - the start of the Internet’s prime time as we covered last week -- we complain about how “slow” the internet is, not giving any thought to the fact that the rest of the neighborhood is downloading a high-def movie too, or playing Halo, or having a video call.