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Cisco Live Berlin 2016 Pre-Event Perspective

This year’s Cisco Live event in Berlin (Feb 15th – 19th) is the first time visiting the historical city to host our eagerly anticipated customer and partner event. It also happens to be the first time I have traveled to Germany. With the event fast approaching the excitement around the office is suitably building as are my personal nerves for such an important event.

I am fortunate enough to attend Berlin as my second Cisco Live event after attending Milan in 2013 as a Millennial in the IT Management track. I was amazed at the content shared from Cisco and partners as well as the on-going participation from within the room. This year I will be joining a strong Cisco IT team on our booth within the World of Solutions, with an excellent opportunity to engage directly with our customers. These interactions will share how we are leveraging our own technology to support Cisco’s growing business. The floor is very atmospheric with thousands of technology enthusiasts and I cannot wait.

Intelligent Proximity on Collaboration Devices, Connected Lighting, Smart Spaces, Internet of Things, Security and Application Centric Infrastructure are just some of the experiences awaiting for you on the IT booth. These insights supply a handful of the information available at the entire event.

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Mortgage Lenders Imperative – Engage Millennials

I am a millennial and my entire financial life fits in my front pocket.

Whether I am setting up automatic credit card payments, paying a friend back for a dinner he paid for, making my monthly rent payment, or buying the latest Wall Street darling stock; it can all be accomplished with four or five taps on my smartphone.

Since the advent of the iPhone in 2007, the app economy has flourished, and now there seems to be an app for everything. This is particularly true for the financial services industry. There are apps for banking, investing, measuring net worth, tracking expenses, processing payments, and for things that probably neither you nor I have even thought of yet.

This trend has spilled over from the world of simple financial transactions to the complex financial world. Exemplifying this perfectly is the astounding success of Quicken Loans, which has grown to become the third largest United States mortgage lender (by volume) after adjusting its strategy in the late 90’s to become a direct digital lender. And as you may have guessed, they have an app for that. Read More »

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Cisco Live Milan 2015 – The IT Millennial Perspective

Stepping into the Milan conference center (MiCo) it became clear not much could prepare you for the magnitude of the event that is Cisco Live.

It’s a Sunday afternoon, but the venue is alive and buzzing with staff making final preparations for the week ahead. Read More »

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Evolving Millennial Connections Using Wearables

Don’t look now, but that guy’s app just measured his heartbeat when he saw you and we think it’s a match! Sound far-fetched? Well, it’s not.

In a very interesting (and possibly draining) year-long dating social experiment, a Newsweek contributor discovered that finding love has gone beyond reviewing online profiles, as some of the industry’s largest match-making companies are developing “wearables” and apps that are becoming the newest weapon in match-making. Utilizing everything from musical playlists to physiological reactions (like that racing heartbeat) the apps match daters in close vicinity with similar-minded interests. Not surprisingly, millennials are becoming some of the fastest adopters of the wearables movement.

In a recent survey, more than half of millennials revealed they were excited about the growth of the wearables market. And it’s no wonder, considering the fact that overall, millennials are an extremely connected and influential generation. They’ve grown up in a world where smartphones are the norm, social media apps are preferred communication platforms and an untold number of studies have been conducted on best practices for marketing to them. And the lens from which they view technology – as an expected day-to-day necessity – is part of the reason they’re the power behind the growing widespread adoption of wearable technology.

As the Internet of Everything continues to evolve and connect more people, process, data and things, wearable technology is not only delivering more information to us – but also bringing us all closer together. Holidays like Valentine’s Day are the perfect reminder that connections matter and go to the heart of who we are as people. Considering our natural inclination to seek out meaningful connections and the technology we have on-hand, wearables are on trend to become an invaluable networking tool, empowering an entire new level of collaboration and opportunities between employees, clients and business leaders.

According to the Cisco 2014 Connected World Technology Report, millennials believe a wearable device will be an important part of workplace 2020. Indeed, it’s estimated more than 177 million wearable devices will be in use by 2018. With a smart phone in one hand, and perhaps a fitness tracker attached to their wrist, mobility is an essential part of the millennial lifestyle. In other words, they are data-driven and businesses the world over have taken a new look at everything from their recruiting practices (using Skype for interviews) to mobile-office options to recruit and keep millennial talent on board. Companies who have embraced a holistic approach to mobility are moving in the right direction, as the millennial workforce shuns the idea of carrying multiple devices to perform work-related tasks.

A couple of years ago, I talked about a connected workforce, focusing specifically on millennials and how their perspective, as the newest generation of workers, would alter the employment scene as we know it. I’m by no means a fortune teller, but myself and the entire industry have seen this become reality. Through the tools of the Internet of Everything – wearables among them – millennials are empowered to connect with people who they have never had the chance to meet and learn from. These connections and the cross-sharing of ideas, goals and common experiences are opening up a new world of opportunity as the world changes and our connections evolve.

What type of new experiences and opportunities for wearables do you hope to see in the future? Share your thoughts here and be sure to follow the discussion using #Internet of Everything.

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Cisco Live Europe 2015 – The ITM Millennial Team

CiscoLive! Milan 2015 kicks off on the 26th January and five Cisco IT graduates have been given the opportunity to attend the event as members of the IT Management (ITM) Program. On-site responsibilities will revolve around showcasing the impact & outcomes of Cisco IT to event attendees. We will also aim to reduce IT cost of delivering the ITM Program by assisting with operational activities, whilst gaining exposure to Cisco technologies, customers & partners.

Meet the team…  Read More »

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