To read the first part of the Network Matters blog series that focuses on how IT leaders can rely on a network to simplify the process of onboarding new mobile technology, click here. To read the second part of the series that discusses how an architectural approach to mobility is essential for the Future of Mobility, click here.
The ultimate goal of business mobility is to drive better productivity, heightened customer experience, and achieve a harmonious work/life balance.
As we’ve discussed over the course of this Network Matters blog series, businesses can support and shape further adoption of this key technology and capture its full benefits by implementing the right network solutions.
It’s also important to discuss how business mobility represents an opportunity for service providers (SPs). I’m going to address three of them:
- Consumerization of IT to offer cloud-delivered mobility services at lower cost-to-serve, as well as service delivery reinvention
- New emerging and monetizable business models to support consumer desire for unique service offerings
- Consolidation of the business mobility market to provide a more integrated, end-to-end value proposition
Service providers can deepen their enterprise customer relationships by addressing pain points and meeting new enterprise mobility challenges. According to a recent Cisco whitepaper, here are some ways SPs can embrace new mobile opportunities by focusing on comprehensive network solutions.
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Tags: Cisco, cloud, future of mobility, infrastructure, mobile, mobile device, mobility, network, Service Provider, unified communications, wireless
The most wonderful time of year is upon us. With the holidays just around the corner, many will be crossing off wish lists by shopping via their laptop, tablet or smartphone. Last year I was one of those that waited until the last minute to shop for the holidays and by the time I arrived at the mall, there was virtually nothing left to buy for my nieces! I had to fight for a parking spot and was exhausted after the first half hour!
A recent prediction from e-Marketer states that online and mobile spending will increase about 15.1% year over year this November and December, showing just how quickly the Internet of Everything is enabling more e-commerce spending than ever before.
With this increase in anytime, anywhere online shopping, how are delivery companies meeting this influx in demand? How are they ensuring on-time deliveries? How are they lowering operating costs and expanding reach? Over the next few months – and coincidentally during the busiest shopping time of the year -- I’ll be discussing how advances in cloud and mobility are propelling the Internet of Everything and transforming the shipping industry. And this change is starting with the customer.
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Tags: Cisco, cloud, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoT, mobility, retail
In my last blog post, I discussed how mobile collaboration is bringing flexibility to the manufacturing industry, offering transformational benefits in a variety of functional areas including R&D, operations, customer service and sales. Today, I want to take a deeper dive into not just how collaboration can reduce cost, but how it offers manufacturers the potential for real revenue growth.
Along with rapid acceleration of the bring your own device phenomenon and the forecast that there will be 1.4 mobile devices per capita by 2017, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the manufacturing workforce is evolving and going mobile. Yet, many manufacturers are still trying to substantively leverage collaboration and take full advantage of its benefits in a way that impacts the bottom line.
One key opportunity is to use collaboration to better connect product experts and customers. However, without effective collaboration tools, it can be difficult for sales to broker this communication. Mobility solutions enable sales teams and customers services reps efficient access to newly connected plant floor expertise, helping facilitate customer product questions in real time via phone call, text, e-mail or even videoconference. Not only is customer satisfaction improved, but also sales conversion rates increase when the salesperson or service rep secures answers to difficult customer questions before the competition can.
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Tags: collaboration, Manufacturing, mobility, operational efficiency, revenue growth, video conferencing
When Benjamin Franklin coined the famous phrase, “time is money,” I am sure the advances of mobile technology were not on his mind. However, the adage is more relevant now than ever before as organizations evaluate their mobility and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies.
BYOD is Here to Stay
Earlier this year we announced the results of the Cisco IBSG BYOD Financial Impact study. The global research revealed interesting statistics about the financial impact of BYOD including:
- Mobile users are willing to invest in BYOD. Mobile employees who BYOD (“BYOD-ers”) spend on average $965 on their devices, and use 1.7 personal devices for work. They spend an additional $734 per year on voice and data plans for their BYOD devices.
- BYOD is delivering productivity gains around the world. Even with a broad mix of BYOD implementation levels, the typical company is, on average, saving money and its employees are more productive.
- Comprehensive BYOD pays for itself in hard cost savings. Apart from productivity gains, the major cost savings are in three areas: hardware, support and telecommunications costs. Read More »
Tags: bring your own device, byod, Cisco, future of mobility, mobility, partner
When it comes to mobility, everyone is learning fast in order to keep up. With what seems like daily advances in mobile technology and rapid consumer adoption, it is not getting any easier for organizations to break the cycle of reactive IT decision making. For many of our customers, enterprise mobility happened to them and the initial supporting architecture was built at light speed to respond to the demands of the business. While this approach was necessary to stop the deluge, it didn’t put all of the pieces in place to enable organizations to adapt the continuous change and emerging new realities of mobility. For instance:
- Users now connect to the network with three or more mobile/WLAN devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones, resulting in complex wireless infrastructures and network bottlenecks.
- Inconsistent management tools and policies across the wired and wireless segments of the network increase the burden for network managers and drive up management costs and complexity.
- Employees demand access from devices not only within the corporation, but also beyond the firewall.
- Risk management dictates that corporate data must remain protected.
The need to balance productivity with security and coordinate business justification with the various line of business (LOB) owners has never been greater. IT leaders who want to break out of the reactive cycle of just keeping up must take a step back to evaluate what’s coming next. What changes are on the horizon? How will it impact my network? How can my network help me adapt to the changing needs of my employees?
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Tags: byod, Cisco, infrastructure, mobility, network, wi-fi