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Cisco Live Program Inspires IT Managers to Drive Relevancy and Innovation

Five years ago the IT Management Program at Cisco Live had about 100 attendees. At this year’s event in San Francisco, there were more than 550 participants. And their enthusiasm was palpable. Cisco’s homegrown IT Management Program focuses on practical knowledge and insight about industry hot topics (global intercloud, collaboration, Application Centric Infrastructure . . . ) and career growth that IT managers and aspiring managers can take back to their companies and apply immediately. Read More »

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Discovering and Managing your Office Personalities

One of the fascinating aspects of being an IT manager of a distributed company is discovering the office personalities. Not people personalities like “the office joker”, but how each office itself has a personality of its own. The challenge of managing technology in these environments is learning the idiosyncrasies of each location and then guiding them appropriately.

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Introducing the Cisco IT eStore and a Service Catalog for BYOD

June 25, 2013 at 8:30 am PST

Cisco IT has always encouraged employees to use the tools that help them work most efficiently from anywhere on any device.

As the range of IT services we offered has increased, we noticed that the process of acquiring the various tools became complex and confusing. We had a number of different internal sites (aka “stores”) within Cisco, each offering different systems for employees to request services.  This complexity impacted the user experience and productivity of these employees.

In order to simplify the employee experience with Cisco IT, we made the decision to consolidate all these different systems into a single online service catalog – effectively a unified e-commerce storefront for our IT services – where our employees could find services they needed to do their jobs.

We thus created Cisco IT’s “eStore”.

Our goal was to improve employee satisfaction, decrease support costs, and increase employee productivity. We had to find a way to increase adoption and transparency of our existing IT services.

Cisco IT knew that a platform to consolidate these services into one unified service request system could be built on top of Cisco Prime Service Catalog, our own end-user portal and service catalog solution. This solution provides enterprise IT management capabilities that enable entitlement, approvals, service taxonomy control, and even chargeback.

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TelePresence Provisioning 2.0 – a new paradigm in large scale provisioning of fixed and mobile video endpoints

The trend to increase workforce mobility has accelerated, more customers are proactively empowering employees to work wherever and whenever they have access, to increase productivity and streamline their business. This growing number of employees being set up with video-enabled tablet devices and video endpoints however has added to the burden of IT management; especially massive user, device and phone book provisioning from hundreds of devices to tens of thousands of devices—and across geographic regions and firewalls.

Specifically for telepresence, IT resources have been focused on helping an increasing number of mobile and remote users configure and personalize their devices, endpoints settings, and preferences. Fueled by this demand, Cisco is excited to introduce Cisco TelePresence Provisioning 2.0.

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