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Slow and Steady Doesn’t Win This Digital Business Race

Image for BlogWhen I talk to network professionals, I routinely ask them about the one part of their job that keeps them up at night. The thing that consistently comes up is their network speed required for delivering a consistent reliable user experience: or specifically, the lack of it. They usually follow up this admission by saying that their network is not always slow, but the rate at which the business introduces new applications and new ways of leveraging technologies is definitely trending towards the network not being able to keep pace.

I know exactly what they’re talking about. Unfortunately, with the way things are trending, going with the idea of, “It has always worked, why change it?” is becoming less of a viable solution.

In the coming years, thanks to the accelerated pace of BYOD/CYOD and IoT adoption, this trend will be extremely important for IT to address. In fact, according to the Virtual Mobile Networking Index, wireless traffic will increase ten-fold by 2019. Not only will more devices be connecting to the network, but also they will access a lot more business critical applications requiring performance, reliability, and user experience than ever before.

Sorry network pros, but your legacy network’s performance and reliability are going to be scrutinized more than ever. Read More »

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#CiscoChampion Radio, S2|Ep. 46. Meraki

#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking about Meraki with Cisco Subject Matter Experts Joe Aronow and Simon Tompson. CiscoChampionBadge

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Service Providers Reduce Time to Market with Cisco Meraki

Imran Idrees headshotWritten By Imran Idrees, Senior Marketing Manager, Global SP & Enterprise, Cisco Meraki

Time to market. This is likely to be one of the top answers a service provider will cite when posed the question, “what is the most critical aspect of launching a new service?” And it’s not difficult to see why.

Time to market directly impacts a service provider’s bottom line: spend too long building an app for iOS 8 and half of your market will have migrated to iOS 9 by the time you launch. It’s not a perfect metaphor but you get the idea–delays in a launch result in missed revenue opportunity in the increasingly fast-paced tech world.

When you probe a little further, you find that time to market must be coupled with low cost of delivery and high customer experience for a successful launch.

So, enter Meraki – Cisco’s cloud networking solution and one of the company’s fastest growing groups with triple-digit YoY growth.

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Meraki enables zero-touch provisioning meaning service providers can get end customer sites live almost immediately after receiving an order

The Meraki cloud-managed networking architecture is ideally positioned to support successful launches for service providers. Meraki dramatically reduces the Read More »

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It’s All About Simplicity: Join Cisco at Wireless Field Day on October 1

We are excited to announce that Cisco will be WFD8participating in Wireless Field Day 8 this year! Cisco is bringing together independent bloggers, speakers, and podcasters to share best practices and opinions in a two-hour interactive discussion format. All presentations will be live streamed from the Tech Field Day website October 1, 2015 beginning at 9:30 am PT.

Cisco is focusing on operational simplicity, and will cover the following topics at #WFD8:

802.11ac Wave 2 and Mobility Express: We will be discussing how 802.11ac Wave 2 provides customers new capabilities found in the Cisco Aironet 1830 and 1850 Access Points such as Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) and their advantages. We will also demonstrate how Mobility Express can be deployed in less than 10 minutes, ideal for smaller businesses who want an uncompromised enterprise-class solution without the big IT staff to manage it. Learn more about 802.11ac and Cisco Mobility Express. Read More »

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Cisco Collaboration at Tech on Deck

This week I had a great opportunity to participate in the first ever Tech on Deck with Robert Scoble and Scott Jordan.

Tech on Deck is being broadcast from SCOTTeVEST’s headquarters in Ketchum, Idaho, which happens to be a mile away from Sun Valley where the annual Allen & Co. Conference is taking place. This event boasts an impressive list of the who’s who in technology and media so Robert and Scott thought what better time to do a live broadcast exploring many different topics ranging from technology, to startups, to music and more. We provided the video collaboration and wireless network technology to help make Robert and Scott’s vision become reality.

During our discussion, we talked about what I am doing at Cisco, our vision for collaboration and dug deep into video and a hot new category called business messaging, Cisco Spark and our cloud platform. I am glad to have supported this inaugural event and check out the full interview here.

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Congratulations to the entire Tech on Deck team for a successful event!

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