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My Week at CiscoLive! Milan 2015 – The IT Management Program

Change happens either with us, by us or to us. Especially during the 3 Day IT Management Track at Cisco Live in Milan. We heard many things about leadership, disruption, change and innovation, and why it is the most important for leaders to listen, while sending the right signals to the audience. As Kevin Murray from the Good Relationship group stated: “People are afraid of ‘change’ but love to ‘innovate’ – so tell me the difference between ’change’ and ‘innovation’ – there is none!” If 60% of the companies’ assets are intangible, representing USD 35 trillion in total, leaders can really make a difference by valuing the people around them. Read More »

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Cloud Managed Networking is the “Easy Button” for the Network

Let me start with a few ideas that should be pretty uncontroversial:

  • Digitization is transforming even the most old-school industries. Who would have thought the taxi cab business would get turned on its head by an app?
  • The old way of doing IT—where every company builds and maintains its own vast infrastructure—is going to change. For decades, survey after survey has said that companies spend 70 or 80 percent of their IT resources just to keep the lights on.
  • Companies want to shift their IT risk onto IT companies. They want to press the proverbial “big red ‘easy’ button” on their networks so they just work.

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Cisco is taking a giant step in that direction with Cisco-Meraki cloud managed IT. The idea—which should be pretty uncontroversial—is to make the network as easy to operate as your iPhone.

When Cisco acquired Meraki a couple of years ago, people thought of it as a company that supplied wireless networks to midsized businesses. But it’s never been just about Wi-Fi or small and medium-sized businesses.

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Event Takes Customers Inside the Data Center, Explores Cisco’s Journey to ACI

For the second year in a row, the Cisco on Cisco IT team planned and hosted Data Center Day for customers, showcasing our data center in Allen, Texas. Held on September 30th, the event focused on our Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) journey.

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The Cisco IT Booth – Cisco Live Cancun 2014

At the recent Cisco Live Cancun, Cisco IT setup a booth among other Cisco Partners including EMC, Panduit, NetApp, CITRIX, Alestra, and Cisco Business Units including Services, Security, Collaboration, and Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). This Cisco Live was mainly targeted to clients and partners of Cisco from Latin America. Read More »

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Cloud-based IT Energy Management – The Power to Save

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) in the U.K requires more than 7,000 large enterprises to undertake an energy audit at sites that make up the majority of their total energy use. Initiatives like this are now commonplace across the public and private sectors as growth in web-based services, applications and mobile devices add more IT energy costs.

How organizations consume and conserve energy has been a priority since the 1970s. Today, minimizing global carbon footprint and reducing energy costs are even more important. The key is to have visibility into which devices are connected, be able to measure the amount of energy being consumed by each one, and then be able to set policy that reduces each devices’ energy usage.

Our new offer — Cisco Energy Management Cloud – is a “cloud delivered service” subscription that makes IT energy management much easier. With Cisco Energy Management Cloud, any IP end-point device – regardless of vendor or type – connected to networks can be discovered and controlled via the cloud.  It lets organizations achieve cost savings, and manage their IT energy consumption without having to install and update any software on premise. Additionally, Cisco offers a free 45-day trial that will enable organizations to manage up to 500 devices. It’s a great opportunity to see immediate value, at zero upfront investment and reduce energy costs by up to 35%.

Cisco Energy Management Cloud also provides detailed reporting, so organizations can see and can set policy for their energy usage of PCs, monitors, IP phones, printers, and any other IP-connected devices. It quickly and conveniently gives them the power to make decisions to help reduce their company’s energy consumption. We encourage organizations to take the trial, and then let us know about their experience with Cisco Energy Management Cloud.

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