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Girls Among the Geeks: Why Women Should Absolutely Seek Careers in Tech

Choosing a career in technology turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. At one time, however, it seemed counterintuitive to enter such a male-dominated industry. I’m not an engineer. I don’t have a degree in computer science. The only traditional tech skill I possessed was a small knowledge of HTML programming language, which I at one time used to put up static web pages. Today, that skill is useful only for editing blog posts.

What I was trained for was design. I moved into technology because it offered me a fresh way to leverage those talents while having a bigger impact. As a designer, I was taught to understand the context of a problem and to generate insights and creative solutions. I switched from a career in print design because technology was providing exciting new ways to reach people. I found it fascinating and wanted to be a part of it.

Apparently, I’m in the minority. A Forbes article cited research from Maria Klawe, a computer scientist and president of Harvey Mudd College, in listing some of the main reasons women don’t choose tech careers. Many believe that they won’t find a career in tech interesting, while others fear they won’t be good at it. A third concern is working in such a predominantly male bastion.

I have to say that my experience on all three counts has been just the opposite.

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What Does IoT Mean to You?

April 28, 2014 at 5:45 am PST

What does IoT Mean to YouA few weeks ago I started to prepare my session for the great meeting of the minds at Cisco Live in San Francisco. I have to confess that at the beginning it felt a bit weird creating a presentation about Internet of Things (IoT), a market that is targeting Operational Technology (OT) decision-makers, for an event that for many years now has been a “mecca” for Information Technology (IT) professionals felt incongruous.

But the more I thought about it, the more excited I got about the opportunity. As the IoT market gets better defined and developed, and grows in size and relevance, it presents an unprecedented opportunity for IT professionals to engage in the conversation and bring in their experience, skills and perspective. The IoT solutions required by OT professionals are ripe for innovation, the type of innovation that IT professionals are great at.

Resilient, scalable and secure converged networks, simplified and automated management, new computing models (Fog) that deliver distributed intelligence, and system-wide application enablement are building blocks for more advanced and smarter solutions for IoT. In a previous blog I talked about some of the characteristics of these new environments, and how the extension of the traditional IT environments outside the “carpeted office” can deliver incredible gains in visibility, automation and control. Think about these examples in terms of business value enabled by Cisco’s IoT portfolio: Read More »

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Attending Cisco Live US 2014? Five good reasons to check out BRKEVT-2311!

IP Video Surveillance is one of the most important applications for companies today since real time video surveillance and analytics can be used not only to protect the business, people and assets, but it can also be used as the eyes, ears and memory of the business to improve decision making and operations, significantly increasing the value of people, processes, data and things.

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So, if that doesn’t sway you, here are five good reasons to check out Network Design and Implementation for IP Video Surveillance (BRKEVT-2311)

  1. Your Business: IP Video Surveillance and related analytics applications are becoming the eyes and the ears of business.  Beyond safety and security, there are many business use cases and applications that can save your company valuable time, money, and resources.
  2. Your Network:  Similar to two way video, and streaming video, video surveillance is one of the most demanding applications on a network and you will be introduced to ways to meet this demand.
  3. Your Skills: Increased technical understanding IP Video Surveillance design and implementation is a great way enhance and add to your existing skills.
  4. Your Future: The Internet of Things has made many new solutions possible with fog computing, open application eco-system partners, and analytics with IP Video Surveillance that is a central component.
  5. Your Cisco Team -- Cisco technical experts, Lionel Hunt and Jason Lee are delivering this together and have received rave reviews in past sessions.  If this isn’t one of your favorite sessions of Cisco Live, I’ll eat my hat.*

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Introducing Clara Alvarado to the Energy Blog

claraalvaradoIt is with great pleasure I introduce you to another industry and technology thought-leader from Cisco, Clara Alvarado.

Clara Alvarado is Cisco’s Solutions Marketing Manager for Applications Enablement and Management portfolio for the Internet of Things group, with an industry bias towards Oil and Gas. In that position Clara develops the strategy and requirements for the programs and initiatives needed to successfully execute on the strategy, ensure the alignment of the channels, sales, technical operations and support teams, and serves as a liaison between Cisco’s IoT Business Group, customers, partners and sales teams.

Clara has been in Cisco in various executive roles for 7 years, having joined Cisco in 2007 as Marketing Operations Manager for Latin America. She then moved to lead the Collaboration Solution portfolio in Emerging Markets and recently moved to corporate marketing where she has been responsible for strategy, sales enablement and demand generation projects around cloud and joint marketing activities with strategic ecosystem partners.

Prior to Cisco, Clara Alvarado held several roles in marketing and business development in companies such as Lucent Technology, Avaya and Emerson Electric (Emerson are a strong partner of Cisco, we won’t talk about the other two!). She holds a BS in Electronic Engineer form Universidad Javeriana, a MBA from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia and a Competitive Strategic Marketing Diploma from Wharton Business School.

Welcome Clara!

 

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The Need for a New IT Model: Fast IT and the Convergence of Mobility and Cloud for IoE

Guess what? Convergence is happening again, and it’s happening at a faster pace with more profound implications than I have never seen before.

Those of us who’ve been in the industry a long time have seen convergence happen over the years across various technologies and areas of IT. This time, we’re talking about convergence across the infrastructure—in wired and wireless, in physical and virtual, in collaboration and social, and in on-prem and off-prem resources. Convergence brings together the applications and infrastructure in new and more flexible ways, opening up new opportunities.

Getting this convergence right is a big deal. And it’s a key to becoming an innovative enterprise. It’s clear that if you’re not innovating, you’re going to miss out on opportunities to be strategically valuable to your organization.

Convergence _ Are You Ready for the Future of IT? from Cisco Business Insights

 

This convergence is called different things by different people and firms. IDC calls it “third platform” while Gartner talks about ‘Nexus of Forces.’ In any case, they’re all talking about technologies, such as cloud, mobility, data and network programmability, which are blurring and blending. And in addition, the combination of these technologies is collectively making the Internet of Everything possible.

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