Planning to go to the World Series this year? If you are lucky enough to attend, think about using your mobile device to enhance the experience.
Last month, my colleague used an iPad during our team outing at a San Francisco Giants game to watch his favorite team, the St. Louis Cardinals, live via streaming media on Major League Baseball’s MLB.TV app. Thanks to the Cisco network infrastructure and Wi-Fi technology deployed in AT&T Park, he was able to catch both games simultaneously.
Down in Southern California, while unfortunately the San Diego Padres didn’t make the playoffs – one thing is for certain – this season Petco Park Stadium saw a trend with the increase in mobile device usage at games by their fans.
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Tags: access point, Aironet Antennas, Cisco, mobility, Nexus 7000 Series Switches, Petco Park Stadium, San Diego Padres, wi-fi, wireless
If any doubts remained about the soaring demand for online media, the London Olympics probably dispelled them.
With 217 million viewers in the United States alone, it was the most-watched television event in history. But it also illuminated the evolving habits of online consumers. For starters, two events—the women’s soccer final and women’s gymnastics final—accounted for more online viewership than all events combined during the 2008 Olympics. Tablet computers, particularly the iPad, are driving this trend.
These kinds of striking transitions in online media consumption were top of mind during two gatherings that I attended last week. The first was a roundtable discussion of media executives in Hollywood, which I moderated; the other was a World Economic Forum Industry Partnership Strategy Meeting in New York, focused on media entertainment and mobility.
It was a privilege to be around such industry brain trusts and to share research from Cisco IBSG. Here are four core topics of conversation that emerged: Read More »
Tags: Cisco, content providers, IBSG, internet video, media entertainment, media providers, mobility, online media consumption, online video, service providers, SPs, streaming, WEF, World Economic Forum
Last week, the blogosphere was abuzz with fresh insights on business mobility, BYOD, and collaboration. Cisco worldwide sales leader Chuck Robbins highlighted recent research commissioned by Cisco from the Economist Intelligence Unit. His blog talked about the risks and rewards that come with a business mobility strategy. The research showed that business leaders see this new mobile way of working as inevitable, even though it comes with a certain amount of risk for corporate data.
Chuck’s blog also briefly touched on another concept: culture. I recently spent some time speaking with customers about their mobility strategy, and culture came up in some of these conversations as well. When I think about Cisco and other companies I’ve worked with, a big part of corporate culture is defined by how we (as individuals) work, how we share, how we collaborate, and how “close” we feel to others in the workplace. Have you ever reminisced “when I worked for xyz-company, I really felt like I was part of a family?” I know I have.
In today’s non-stop global world, preserving culture is more important than ever, but technology and geography can conspire against culture – and so we have to actively work to preserve culture in modern business environments. One way to promote culture is to create a collaborative and open environment through the use of video collaboration, not just for remote employees, but in every meeting. While ideally every meeting would be face-to-face, the reality of mobility and BYOD is that we’re not always at our desks. Video puts us front-and-center. It forces us to tune in and focus on the conversation at hand. But it also drags our culture and our surroundings into the meeting. I saw this first hand speaking to a customer on WebEx this week, when he unexpectedly turned on his iPhone video, and marveled at how he could walk through his home, streaming video while speaking with me on the call.
And there it was! That simple act of sharing video turned a regular conference call into a vibrant, two-way engagement. If we can make it easy and enjoyable to use video collaboration in the new global, virtual, mobile workspace, we share more than just words – we share culture. And to do that in a mobile environment, you’re going to want a strategy and a partner that can get you there regardless of the device you are using at the moment, be it a traditional PC in an office or cubicle, a thin client delivering a virtual desktop, or a smart phone or tablet.
One thing is for certain – freedom to use a wide variety of items is having a profound impact on society and culture. Putting those devices to use to nourish and extend your corporate culture is an idea that some forward looking IT leaders are already turning into practice. How has, and how will video and mobility impact your workspace and corporate culture? The following info-graphic highlights some of the trends that are driving the need for a seamless blend of mobility, video, and collaboration across all your devices.
Click the tall info-graphic above to learn more, and them come back and post a comment! Tell me how the consumer usage of video and mobility are changing the culture of your company.
Tags: byod, Cisco, collaboration, mobility, unified workspace
Recently I took a weekend trip to Sea Ranch, California, a coastal town 2.5 hours drive north of San Francisco. What was interesting (besides the great view and interesting architecture) was for three days there I had no cellular coverage on my mobile phone, but I was able to get access to the internet using Wi Fi in various locations. Being the classic connected and mobile consumer, my trip would have been much less enjoyable without some form of wireless connectivity
Cisco IBSG Retail Director Edward Westenberg recently published a paper on the impact of consumer mobility and what retailers should do to respond to the trend.
Peggy Casey, Cisco retail industry manager sat down with Edward to discuss his latest research and four areas of mobility that retailers should address:
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Tags: mobile marketing, mobile payments, mobility, retail, retailing, shopper services, wi-fi, wireless
I just finished reading Chuck Robbins’ blog on the BYOD trend and its impact on corporate culture. In the blog Chuck cites a recent study on how most executives are still uneasy about their companies’ mobile data-access policies… and it got me thinking about how manufacturers are dealing with this trend.
More and more manufacturing workers are adopting mobile technologies into their workspace, and are growing accustomed to interacting and working in a more visual, virtual, social, and mobile way. In fact a survey conducted by Manufacturing Executive this year noted that 63% of manufacturing companies permit their employees to bring their own devices (BYOD) to work, but only 17% of manufacturing enterprises have a formal BYOD strategy with clear goals and objectives. Manufacturers are struggling with how to create, deploy and enforce sound enterprise wide security polices around BYOD. Protecting intellectual property is only half the concern. Manufacturers must also consider how a breach in security will effect the safety of their workers and environment, as well as, their products.
Although security is a top of mind concern for manufacturers, the promise of deploying a sound BYOD policy can not be discounted. Empowering employees and partners with the freedom to collaborate and access video, data and voice on an open, mobile and personal platform can produce a culture that drives operational excellence, supply chain agility, and innovation throughout the entire manufacturing value chain from the plant floor up through to R&D centers.
For example if there is a problem on the manufacturing line, an employee with access to the company directory on their personal mobile device can locate and contact a supervisor or expert using Cisco Jabber and then launch with a single click mobile Cisco WebEx mobile, where they can show the problem using the video camera on the device and quickly collaborate to solve the problem.
Supply chains can now become more agile and flexible, because customers and the enterprise can analyze, monitor and track progress from order through successful delivery in real-time. Data is now not just captured, stored, analyzed and delivered, but is now acted upon, presented and shared with the appropriate people and systems in real-time.
In addition, a May 2012 Cisco Connected World Technology Report found that two of five survey respondents said they would accept a lower-paying job that offered more flexibility for device choice, social media access, and mobility than a higher-paying job with less flexibility. Crucial for an industry looking to retain and attract a qualified workforce.
Can manufactures continue to avoid the new BYOD paradigm, or are they just delaying the inevitable? Let me know your thoughts.
Tags: byod, Cisco Jabber, Cisco WebEx, innovation, Manufacturing, mobility, remote expert, supply chain