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Collaboration and the Internet-Raised Employee

Whether you’re a small or large organization, your employees are no doubt your most valuable assets. During my career, I’ve seen just how critical it is to unlock the full potential of each person to achieve great things. Today’s unique challenge lies in facilitating effective collaboration amongst a globally distributed workforce with the Internet at the center of everything.

I recently took the stage at Cisco Live! London where I talked about a new class of Internet-raised employees, their requirements for the next-gen workspace, and what Cisco is doing to facilitate this new way of working.

Snorre Keynote

For starters, employees’ expectations today far exceed those of the past when it comes to communications. I can’t even imagine how my 7-year old daughter’s generation will be when they enter the workforce. Influenced by their consumer experiences, employees now desire (and need) much more than the corporate issued laptop: They want access to the devices—smartphones, tablets—and platforms of their choosing. IT departments now must figure out how to provide integrated collaboration experiences from any device and location. I’ve dedicated the past few years to finding a way for people to collaborate in a secure and scalable way while meeting these new expectations.

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Internet of Things at Cisco Live UK, 2013

January 31, 2013 at 2:10 pm PST

Cisco Internet of Things Partner Pavilion

Cisco Live logo #1Cisco Live is taking place right now in London, UK Jan 28 -- Feb 1, 2013. Located in front of the Internet of Things area on the Borderless Networks section of the Cisco Campus, the Cisco Internet of Things Partner Pavilion brings together a number of Cisco’s flagship industrial partners and demonstrates key technologies and their application in creating real-world solutions.

Partners in this Pavilion are part of an extensive and growing ecosystem highlighting the value they and Cisco can bring to industrial industries such as Oil and Gas, Mining, Manufacturing, Transportation and Automotive.

Here’s a run down of key Industrial Partners at the IoT Partner Pavilion:

Emerson, Booth #IoT3

Emerson’s Smart Wireless products and solutions extend PlantWeb predictive intelligence into areas that were previously out of physical or economic reach, opening the door for new possibilities in process improvement. Remote locations, physical obstructions, and the high cost of engineering and integrating new technologies are no longer the barriers they were.

Honeywell Process Solutions, Booth #IoT4

Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) is the global leader in process automation and control solutions and has been a pioneer in these areas for more than 35 years. HPS serves the oil & gas, refining, pulp & paper, power generation, chemicals and petrochemicals, life sciences and metals, minerals and mining industries.

Panduit, Booth #IoT2

PANDUIT is a world-class developer and provider of leading-edge solutions that help customers optimise the physical infrastructure through simplification, agility and operational efficiency. PANDUIT’s Unified Physical Infrastructure (UPI) based solutions give enterprises the capabilities to connect, manage and automate communications, computing, power, control and security systems for a smarter, unified business foundation. Strong relationships with technology leaders complemented with its global staff and unmatched service and support, make PANDUIT a valuable and trusted partner. Come to our stand to see our cabinets developed with Cisco as well as our HSDT (High Speed Data Transport) solutions.

Redline Communications, Booth #IoT5

Redline Communications is a manufacturer of specialized backhaul radios that offer a point-multipoint, Layer-2 IP backbone which connects a Cisco Core network to edge devices in the field. Manufactured for industrial M2M applications and offering reliable performance of over 100 Mbps up to 20 miles in extreme environmental conditions.

ROCKWELL AUTOMATION, Booth #IoT1

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs over 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

If you’re visiting Cisco live UK 2013, please visit these Partners!

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The Mobile Internet Goes Underground

A common refrain in the wireless world is “everything, everywhere”, but up until now there’s been one place wireless communications has not reached: underground.

When Virgin Media came to us with the opportunity to work together to design and build a Wi-Fi network that would bring mobile broadband to passengers of the London Underground subway system, we jumped at the chance.

Working together with Transport for London, the transportation authority for all London mass transit systems, Cisco and Virgin designed and built a Wi-Fi network that would not only bring a reliable broadband signal to London Underground’s stations, but would be robust and durable enough to withstand the less-than-ideal environment existing under the streets of London. Read More »

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Cloud – A New Rainmaker for UK Public Sector

The UK is recognized these days as a leader in moving government to the cloud. Through its G-Cloud Programme, Government Digital Service, and other initiatives, the British government is making the effort to put technology innovation at the heart of the public sector. The London Borough of Hillingdon is just one example of how a community of 250,000 is being unified and better supported with cloud technologies. Watch the video.

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The Cost of Security During the Olympics

May 24, 2012 at 10:31 am PST

This summer the world will be watching London. At the same time, the city will have to deal with millions of extra people and the logistical challenges that go with it. Obviously, one of the most important of these challenges is security. We’ve all seen the furore in the papers about the government spending more on security than they initially planned – up from £282 million to over £550 million. . I don’t know about you, but I’d rather we spend the money than be underprepared during the Olympics and Paralympics…when all eyes are on London.

So, what does £550 million buy you these days? 23,700 security personnel to cover 100 venues, for a start. However, there are also virtual threats to consider. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China suffered 14 million online attacks. It’s no surprise; the information infrastructure is critical to the Games running smoothly. That’s why, as the networking infrastructure supporter  of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we’ve been working closely with BT and Atos as the Communications Services Partner and the Global IT Partner respectively to provide robust and secure network infrastructure. But it’s not just those involved in the Games that need to think about security. Businesses are vulnerable while the Games are on too. And it’s a time when they should be capitalising on increased demand and opportunity. Unfortunately 42% of businesses have not reviewed their security arrangements for the Games and will be vulnerable to serious threats throughout the Games period. A key part of this is ensuring their networks are set up to cope with increased demand and potential threats.

That’s why Cisco is holding a security webinar with Deloitte, Atos and G4S on June 1st at 12:30 pm (PST). Read More »

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