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Making the Last Traffic Jam a Reality

Traffic jams aren’t just stressful—they’re expensive. A recent study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research revealed that in 2013 traffic jams cost the U.S. $124 billion. By 2030, they estimate the annual price of traffic in the U.S. and Europe will soar to $293 billion.

Can we turn this around? I think so. The Last Traffic Jam can happen through the Internet of Everything (IoE) and the increased value that comes from connections between people, process, data, and things. It’s in this highly connected world where we’ll see amazing things happen—including the Last Traffic Jam. Read More »

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In Retail, Insight Is Currency, and Context Is King

Today’s retailers face a rising tide of change, disruption, and challenges, all driven by technology. As their business landscape is upended, many are struggling to adapt to changing consumer behaviors, competition from disruptive innovators, and exponentially increasing complexity.

The source of much of this disruption is the Internet of Everything (IoE). IoE is the networked connection of people, process, data, and things, and Cisco projects these connections to surge from 13 billion today to 50 billion in the next decade. For retailers, that means a sharp increase in the potential channels, devices, and shopping journeys that are available to consumers. Increasingly, retailers must meet new demands for relevant, efficient, and convenient shopping experiences, whether in-store or out.

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But for traditional retailers, IoE also presents tremendous opportunities. At the National Retail Federation’s “Big Show” in New York this week, I have seen a great openness to change and innovation. As I see it, traditional retailers are ready to step into the IoE era, but they will need the right ecosystem of partners to guide them through the transformation and help them make the right investments.

To better understand these opportunities and the changing competitive dynamics in retail, Cisco recently undertook a comprehensive, three-pronged study consisting of original research, economic analysis, and interviews with retail industry thought leaders. Released this week, the first wave of primary research findings includes 1240 consumer responses from the United States and the United Kingdom.

A key theme that emerged from the research was that today’s consumers demand new kinds of digital experiences, both in-store and out. In our survey, we presented respondents with 19 concept tests — everything from digital signage and same-day delivery to mobile payments and augmented reality. Above all, we found that shoppers seek a hyper-relevant experience — more so than a hyper-personalized one. In short, efficiency and savings are more important to them than personal engagement.

In our survey, 38 percent of respondents identified greater efficiency in the shopping process (e.g., ensuring items are in stock, speeding checkout times) as the area retailers most need to improve. By contrast, 13 percent sought improvements that would lead to a more personalized shopping experience. Read More »

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How Trinity Leeds is changing the future of retail with IoE

Shopping centres have been around for thousands of years, supposedly starting in Ancient Rome. The basic concept of a shopping centre has not changed much since then; a large building, or multiple buildings connected, which contain a variety of retail stores, services and restaurants. However, we at Land Securities, a commercial property group based in the UK, are changing the way customers experience shopping with our newest shopping centre, Trinity Leeds, “the mall of the future.” Read More »

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#InternetofEverything – Where Connections and Value Intersect

The evolution of the Internet is a combination of integrative factors that improve connectivity, create networked economies and build immersive experiences to create an increasingly connected world known as the Internet of Everything (IoE). IoE brings together people, processes, data and things through networked connections. These connections offer value by turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences and unprecedented economic opportunities. Read More »

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Where is Cisco Data Virtualization Going in 2015?

Welcome to 2015!

If you are like me, the New Year is a great opportunity to assess where I am at and where I am going.  So let’s do that for Cisco Data Virtualization.

2014 – A Year of Exciting New Products

Before looking ahead at 2015, let’s first take a look at 2014 highlights.

2014 was an incredible year for new Cisco Data Virtualization products:

  • In 2014, we shipped Cisco Information Server (CIS) 7.0, a major release of our flagship data virtualization offering. CIS 7.0 extended data virtualization to new audiences, enabled larger, more-complex deployments and integrated more data sources so our customers can run their businesses more effectively by leveraging all of their data.
  • On the big data front, we announced Cisco Big Data Warehouse Expansion, a new offering that combines hardware, software and services to help customers control the costs of their ever-expanding data warehouses by offloading infrequently used data to low-cost big data stores. Analytics are enriched as more data is retained and all data remains accessible.
  • And with our December 11, 2014, Connected Analytics Portfolio announcement, Cisco added a rich suite of analytics solutions that help organizations capture insights that create new opportunities, simplify business operations, enhance the customer experience, and resolve potential threats.

2014 Adoption Success

2014 was full of amazing Customer Adoption successes as well.  The individuals who drove a number of these successes were recognized with Data Virtualization Leadership Awards at the fifth annual Data Virtualization Day on October 1st at New York’s Waldorf Astoria.

  • Paul Dzacko, Lead Architect, Risk Systems, BMO and James Evans, Architect & Project Manager, Client Portal, HSBC were awarded Data Virtualization Champion Awards in recognition of their leadership in consistently achieving and promoting data virtualization’s value across their organizations and the broader data integration market.
  • Victor Campbell, Principal Architect, Long Island Power Authority (PSEG) received the High Impact Award in recognition of data virtualization leadership in an environment where the result was high impact and critical to the business.
  • Pratima Botcha, Sr. Technical Architect, Information Technology, AT&T Services was given the High Impact Award for her work in enhancing business agility through use of data virtualization technology and methods, rapidly establishing a path for high value across the organization.

2015 Will Be Bigger Than Ever

In 2015 the pace of change across the enterprise data landscape will continue to accelerate, disrupting how organizations compete.

The biggest driver of change is massive messy data everywhere, spanning many sources – cloud, data warehouses, devices – and formats – video, voice, text, and images.  This distributed data landscape increasingly relies on data virtualization to bring order to the chaos.

To meet these needs in 2015 and beyond, Cisco Data Virtualization’s strategy is multi-faceted including:

  • Simplify Use And Adoption – To provide agile data access to today’s self-service business users, Cisco will expand beyond Business Directory, which was data virtualization’s first offering developed exclusively for business users.
  • Expand Data Virtualization’s Core – To address more sources and higher volumes and more, Cisco will continue to broaden our platform to scale reliably for the largest workloads and most complex requirements.
  • Leverage Cisco Technology – Fortunate to be part of Cisco, we will take advantage of a broad range of Cisco offerings including our Nexus interconnect capabilities, UCS servers, software such as Tidal Enterprise Scheduler and more.
  • Bring Data Virtualization’s Benefits to Big Data – Cisco Data Virtualization will continue to strengthen big data deployments with significant data abstraction, federation, directory, delivery, security and governance functions.
  • Enable Intercloud and Internet of Everything (IoE) – As Cisco pioneers new Intercloud and IoE solutions, Cisco Data Virtualization capabilities will expand to meet these new challenges.

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Beyond capability advancements, Cisco will greatly expand our coverage, partnerships, Customer Advisory Community and more as we go to market globally.  Stay tuned to this blog throughout 2015 as we make formal announcements.

Happy New Year!

 

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