With all the talk around virtualization in our industry, it’s easy to get a bit confused. Between our industry’s love of acronyms and passionate evangelism of technological specs, it can be far too difficult at times to determine what’s really important, what is real, and what is just talk. Our announcement of the Cisco Evolved Services Platform today is meant to address these very points. It represents the progress we’ve made on our provider virtualization strategy and, unlike many others in the industry, orients the talk of virtualization around real business benefits and customer deployments.
The Evolved Services Platform represents a fundamental shift in the way service provider networks will be built. It not only has the industry’s broadest, most comprehensive range of virtualized functions, but it also orchestrates them to create, automate and provision services in real time, across compute, storage and network functions across the entire architecture. As the middle layer of the Cisco ONE SP architecture which works in conjunction with the infrastructure layer – the Evolved Programmable Network which we announced in September – the ESP ensures the right type of experience for subscribers regardless of how or where they connect to the network. And it does this while also delivering both significant operational cost savings and the ability to more easily and quickly pursue new revenue generating opportunities. In essence, the ESP does the equivalent for a service provider business as a retail storefront, factory, and tool kit would do for a manufacturer. It allows them to “manufacture” network experiences quickly, efficiently, and in a customized manner.
Those experiences can be many and span the entire provider’s existing services portfolio, plus an ever increasing array of new services that are now or will be possible in Internet of Everything. But to help keep the business orientation of this announcement, we’re announcing the first two service modules, complete with business models that can help quantify the benefits to the providers that are interested in or already deploying them: Read More »
For many of us, conferences like Mobile World Congress are places where we learn about the latest technology and industry developments, network with our colleagues, and meet with customers and partners. During that time, Wi-Fi connectivity is imperative to successfully communicate with other attendees and share the latest news with colleagues back home.
The Fira de Barcelona knows how important connectivity is for their conferences. Since 1932, the Fira de Barcelona has been one of the most important trade fair institutions in Europe. Every year it organizes and hosts events spanning all aspects of the global business and social calendars. Hosting global technology shows such as the annual Mobile World Congress means that Fira has to always be familiar with the latest advanced technology. That requirement came sharply into focus in September 2013 with the 49th meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). One of the four biggest annual medical conferences in Europe, it draws attendees from over 100 countries.
Mobility and the cloud have changed how we work, transforming pockets of downtime into bursts of productivity, with easy access to our most valued information and people. But this transformation has unleashed havoc. Security practices built on decades-old assumptions of placing controls at key points in the infrastructure won’t work in today’s hyper-connected application and data-centric world.
Mobility and cloud have shifted the power balance from IT to users. Business units and workers are embracing public cloud services for everything from document sharing to payment services. Most CISOs cannot state with confidence that their organization’s information assets are secure.
The industry needs to embrace innovative security and identity architectures so organizations can protect their users’ identities, devices, and data, wherever and whenever they are. Now is the time for InfoSec pros to embrace CHAOS and enable the business to move forward quickly and securely.
Recently, I was able to chat with Forbes contributor Dan Woods about how Cisco increases productivity and efficiency of its sales staff through a methodical approach to mobility.
Specifically, today’s mobile landscape is demanding constant evolution. From listening and responding to the mobility needs of employees to deploying home-grown apps, a flexible and holistic roadmap for mobility and mobile apps is essential. While mobility continues to be a growing trend that offers businesses new opportunities, many companies have yet to fully realize the true potential of mobility.
With this in mind, many business leaders may ask:
How can my enterprise recreate Cisco’s approach to mobility success?
How can my organization realize all of the benefits a mobility strategy can offer?
Why Mobility Matters
You don’t have to look very far – probably the nearest airport lounge, coffee shop, or even living room – to see how the influx of smart, connected devices is changing how and where we work.
However, basic BYOD and mobility policies are becoming more comprehensive in order to support emerging trends like the rise of enterprise apps and demand for a faster and personalized user experience. In fact, according to a CIOL article, CIOs will continue to put mobile first, understand and invest in mobile enterprise apps, and integrate corporate mobility policies in the next year.
In addition, mobility – and its untapped potential – is shaping the bottom line.
A recent CIO Insight article sheds some light: A survey from Mobile Helix supports that CIOs and IT leaders recognize there is untapped business value potential from investing in mobility. Read More »
In a world of digital distractions and shrinking attention spans, brand loyalty and customer engagement often wind up “out of bounds.” But forward-thinking organizations — including the National Basketball Association (NBA) — are using technology to create some exciting new scoring opportunities.
One of the keys to establishing brand loyalty lies in enabling an experience that sparks an emotional connection between the consumer and the brand. The NBA is a great example of an organization with an ardent fan base whose loyalty is based on an emotional bond. But to transform that passion into higher merchandise sales and social media buzz, the NBA has been adopting some unique concepts.
Some of this innovation will be on display at the NBA All-Star Jam Session, which will take place in New Orleans, February 13-16. There, the NBA is deploying Cisco’s Virtual Mirror done with partner C-InStore. The full-length mirror enables shoppers to see enhanced virtual images of themselves. And while Cisco’s Virtual Mirror might not make a customer look 7 feet tall (yet), it will render an image of him or her wearing the official All-Star jersey, shorts, and other licensed apparel. That digital snapshot can then be shared with friends and family, capitalizing on the excitement of being at the event. Those who engage with the mirror will also receive a 20-percent discount off event merchandise, redeemable through a coupon sent automatically to their phones.