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With Second Term Ahead – What Tech Initiatives Matter Most for Government Agencies in 2013

November 13, 2012 at 10:36 am PST

President Barack Obama has been reelected as the 44th president of the United States. And while he may still be holding on to his treasured Blackberry, most of us are more interested in what technology trends he and his administration will pursue to make public sector agencies smarter, faster and more efficient.

Throughout Obama’s first term he made significant headway with data center consolidation, cloud computing, information transparency and cybersecurity, and it seems like he’ll be keeping tech initiatives on his agenda.

To solidify his commitment to furthering technology, Obama made mention of it in his victory speech:

“But despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America’s future; we want our kids to grow up in a country where they access to the best schools and the best teachers. A country that lives up to its legacy as the global leader in technology and discovery and innovation. With all the new jobs and new businesses that follow.”

So looking at Obama’s track record and guarantees, what should the public sector have its eyes on? Take a look at the four technology trends identified by many as likely second-term priorities: Read More »

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Happy Veterans Day from the Cisco Team

As a Marine veteran, this day is extremely special to me. First and foremost, I want to express my unending gratitude to those who have bravely served our country, protecting it no matter what the cost. We spent some time on Memorial Day to show our gratitude, but today it’s time to celebrate our veterans of which I’m so proud to be a part.

First, please join me and take a moment to appreciate all of our military service members and express your gratitude by commenting/sharing  the video below. From one veteran to another, thank you for all you do for our country.

As a veteran myself I know the struggles, challenges and triumphs our country’s veterans face each day. I’m proud to work for a company that recognizes this as well and provides numerous programs dedicated to the U.S. Military and our veterans. To date, Cisco has hired more than 2,000 U.S. military veterans --including myself--to become part of our Cisco team and we have been ranked in the U.S. Veterans Magazine Top 100 Companies Recruiting Veterans.

Our programs also leverage our technology and resources to support vets, whether it’s using solutions like Cisco TelePresence to connect military personnel in Afghanistan with loved ones back home, with Operation Morale Call, or collaborative technologies to offering free voice messaging services for veterans in transition.

Too often, transitioning from military life to civilian life can be a challenge, and Cisco has dedicated resources to help connect military personnel with career and educational opportunities through programs like Cisco’s Transition Training Academy and Warriors to Work. Cisco even offers information and communications technology training on 21 U.S. Army, Marine and Navy bases. These programs are examples of some of the ways we are working to help veterans, and I am the first to attest to the benefits they offer.

Again, thank you for your service, and Happy Veterans Day!

Learn more about Cisco’s veteran programs here & in Alexis Raymond’s recent blog post.

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Hurricane Sandy Disrupts East Coast: Will Telework Keep Agencies Running?

October 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm PST

Over the past few days, the East Coast of the United States has been bracing itself for Hurricane Sandy. While residents have been preparing houses for impact, organizations have been working to ensure continuity of operations despite the intense storm.

While many are directly impacted, there are also those who are or will be indirectly impacted by cancelled flights, the shutdown of mass transit, and other travel-related impact, such as trees down, roads closed, etc.  For those workers, the ability to telework could have a tremendous impact on their employer, whether an agency, organization or business.

As a member of the U.S. public sector team at Cisco, I have to say how proud I continue to be of the Cisco team and the repeated internal calls & reminders to monitor our partners, our customers and our colleagues and to keep communication open in case of any issues or concerns.  The message has consistently been to be safe, be remote and telework if possible. Read More »

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Connected Justice: It’s much more than simply cutting costs

October 25, 2012 at 9:20 am PST

As collaboration technologies become more pervasive in our daily lives, we increasingly hear about video and other communications taking students on virtual fieldtrips, connecting colleagues across the globe and enabling better access to healthcare for rural and under-served communities.

You may have also noticed a dramatic increase in the use of video and collaboration in the Connected Justice areas -- courts, law enforcement and corrections. Dallas County, Texas, for example, implemented videoconferencing, or telepresence, a number of years ago and immediately realized multiple benefits from reducing detainee transport to enabling faster case disposal. One application in particular has shown dramatic impact within court systems -- remote interpretation. The video below is a great overview of how remote interpretation works and its benefits.

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How Do You Take Control of BYOD and Create a True Unified Workspace?

October 19, 2012 at 8:58 am PST

Want to know how to make sure your network is secure & meets compliance all while enabling a successful BYOD program?

OK, I admit that I’ve always been a techie wannabe, however I never quite made it to true techie level. So when the buzz around BYOD and unified workspace started a couple years ago, I was intrigued, and as it has built momentum and taken hold in so many organizations, I have taken an interest in understanding how it really works. Obviously, security, visibility and control are the big concerns, and to understand how those concerns are met, I found this video on Cisco’s Identity Services Engine (ISE) really helpful:

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