One year from now more than 10,500 athletes from 205 National Olympic Committees will put their skills and perseverance to the test at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Next year’s medal winners may go on to become professional athletes, role models, and commercial spokespeople – for many, the visibility and success they achieve in front of an international audience launches their careers.
Most of us are familiar with the world’s largest international multi-sport event. But it might surprise you to learn that next week a different kind of global competition will take place in Brazil. Instead of tennis, swimming, or gymnastics, next week’s participants will show off their abilities in 50 professional fields – ranging from carpentry and cooking to robotics and web design.
Held every two years, the WorldSkills competition inspires and prepares today’s young people to become the skilled professionals of tomorrow. Participants also gain hands-on experience that helps them stand out with employers.
The Internet of Everything economy will create many opportunities for creative, tech-savvy people everywhere. As a WorldSkills Global Partner, Cisco provides networking infrastructure and sponsors an entire segment of the competition – IT Network Systems Administration, or Skill #39.
A student competes in Skill #39, IT Network Systems Administration, at WorldSkills 2013 in Leipzig, Germany. About 90% of Skill #39 competitors participate in Cisco Networking Academy. Photo courtesy WorldSkills.
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Tags: Internet of Everything, IoE, IT careers, Jobs in Tech, netacad, STEM Careers, STEM Education
As part of its research for this year’s annual Fortune™ 500 issue the magazine polled the CEOs of all the companies on its latest list of industry leaders. When asked, “What is your company’s greatest challenge?” the number one answer among the CEOs was, “The rapid pace of technological change.” Holding second position on their list of challenges was cybersecurity. The magazine remarked on the results, “Today’s CEOs clearly recognize that new technologies are going to radically change the way they do business. And they know that they need to figure it out before their competitors do.”
A major contributor to this change is the emergence of the Internet of Everything. Billions of devices, machines and equipment are being connected to the Internet at astronomical rates. These hyper-distributed things are creating unprecedented demands for data understanding and new business processes from every player in every industry value chain. The result will be a massively connected and integrated digital community that creates new services and experiences for each participant. Read More »
Tags: analytics, Application Centric, business process, digital enterprise, edge computing, hyper-connected, Internet of Everything, IoE
Once upon a time, the world’s greatest inventions always seemed to come from individual geniuses locked in a room day and night on their own. We often think of Alexander Graham Bell inventing the telephone by himself, Thomas Edison inventing the light bulb solo or Johannes Gutenberg working mostly alone to develop a mold that led to the first printing press.
Solo inventors will always play pivotal roles in developing “the next big thing” even as we we’re half way through the second decade of the 21st century. Think Mark Zuckerberg masterminding Facebook on his own in his dorm room at Harvard.
More and more, however, we’re discovering that in today’s Internet of Everything world, where complex technologies increasingly connect and converge, innovation hinges on all types of hyper collaborations. Today, innovation requires open interaction among businesses, universities, startups, incubators, developers and others. Now, collaboration makes innovation happen! Read More »
Tags: Alex Goryachev, Cisco, innovation, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoE Innovation Center, IoT
I’ve been blogging a lot lately about how smart organizations in all industries need to embrace a digital transformation in order to innovate and compete at the blistering pace of the Internet’s next wave—the Internet of Everything (IoE). The pace of digital disruption is affecting the transportation industry in significant ways. The IoE is driving safety, mobility and efficiency efforts across the industry. And, while streamlining operations is critical to the success of any agency, it’s even more important when inefficiency can mean the difference between life and death.
The California Shock Trauma Air Rescue’s (CALSTAR) is an example of an organization that is driving its own disruption by embracing Internet of Things (IoT) innovation. Operational efficiency is vital to CALSTAR and seamless communication between hospitals, medical personnel, flying crews and CALSTAR dispatchers is something the company has also always envisioned. When the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) updated its operational control guidance for air ambulatory operators, CALSTAR re-examined its own air-to-ground communication systems. They saw this as an opportunity to not only comply with FAA changes, but to ensure that transportation was the only concern its flight crews had to consider when transporting patients.
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Tags: CALSTAR, Digital transformation, Internet of Everything, IoE, Public Safety and Security, Tony Shakib, Transportation
Today’s digital organization relies on information gathered across the network and out to the individual – from customers to employees to citizens. Whether your user is a commuter looking for a train schedule or a tourist using a retail app, Cisco’s Connected Experiences software lets you gather data on that interaction, analyze the findings, and respond in real time. With this ability to connect to each person, in any location, you provide a new level of intimacy with users while gathering data that will shape those relationships into the future.
Kansas City brings this vision to life through its new captive portal powered by Cisco Enterprise Mobility Services Platform (EMSP). Using EMSP, Kansas City will create urban social apps that allow citizens to report on issues in real time, making city problems more visible and leading to faster resolution. Users can also access content and context-aware data and location-based services to help navigate their way through shopping and sightseeing. Read More »
Tags: @thinkbigkc, Cisco, Connected Experiences, enterprise mobility, Internet of Everything, IoE, Kansas City, services platform, smartcities