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Join Cisco private sector industries at Cisco Live! next week

Welcome to my first blog as Cisco Senior Director, Financial Services, Manufacturing, and Retail Marketing.  On Monday, June 11th I will join thousands of our customers from across the world as we gather in San Diego to work and learn together at Cisco Live!

Many of our customers come to Cisco Live to learn about the latest IT and network innovations.  This year, you can not only see the latest IT innovations around networking, data center, collaboration, video, and cloud, but you can also learn about, discuss and experience solutions purpose-built for industry based on those platforms.  See how they can help you transform your business processes in ways you never managed to deliver greater productivity, operational efficiency, and customer service.  Here’s a list of must-see industry-focused topics that you may want to join.  I hope to see you there.

Keynote session June 14th 12:30pm Pacific Time

GENSK-4356 The Future of the Enterprise Network in the Post-PC Era

Rob Soderbery -- Senior Vice President, Enterprise Networking Group, Cisco

Join Rob Soderbery, SVP for Cisco’s Enterprise Networking Group, for a discussion about how Cisco is driving innovation across its core portfolio of Catalyst switching, access routing and wireless networking technologies that will help you navigate these transitions. Soderbery will demonstrate how Cisco solutions come together so you can deliver a secure and uncompromised user experience to your customers, partners and employees

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Join Cisco on June 14th for retail webcast “Get in on the Gold Rush: Best Practices for Global E-Commerce”

According to the US Department of Commerce’s latest figures, Eccomerce sales in Q1 2012 is estimated to be at $53.2 billion, reprenting 4.9 percent of total US retail sales.  Recent news from Asia Pacific (Video interview by of Michael Zung, senior VP and MD, digital at Bite Communications from ClickZ Asia) and Middle East (Article by Nancy Messieh on NextWeb) all indicate growing E-commerce sales and projections.

With global e-commerce estimated to reach $1.4 trillion by 2015, crossing borders online is a clear path to faster growth.

Joanne Bethlahmy, director of retail with Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group will be hosting a webcast on Best Practices for Global E-Commerce where she will be discussing:

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Reshaping Retail with Mobility

It’s no secret that people are forming personal attachments to their iPhones, Android phones, and other “smartphone” devices.

In fact, in a recent Pew Research Center study, respondents used adjectives such as “awesome,” “great,” “essential,” “indispensable,” “good,” and “excellent” to describe how they feel about their treasured mobile devices.

This love affair is driving skyrocketing sales of smartphones: by 2015, eMarketer estimates that 58 percent of all mobile users in the United States (149 million people) will own smartphones, while in the European Union, more than 50 percent will own them by 2014. Read More »

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Getting your retail network ready for cloud computing

Last week at the Interop conference in Las Vegas  Cisco announced the  2012 Global Cloud Networking Survey  where more than 1300 IT professionals in 13 countries were polled to find out the top priorities and challenges they face when moving applications and services to the cloud. The survey was commissioned by Cisco and distributed by Insight Express and addressed a range of questions from what are the top applications considered for migration (Storage, ERP) and the role of the network in supporting a Cloud strategy.

Retailers today are considering cloud computing to support business agility and innovation.  This include reducing the number of servers in the store and moving them to the cloud, optimizing data center computing resources and virtualizing desktop applications. 

Some of the recent inquries to Cisco retail team have led to development of the following content that we hope will help you in your road to the cloud:

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Retailers and the Supply Chain in the omnichannel world

In previous blog I wrote about the impact of omnichannel on retailers and how some retailers are coping with the new realities succesfully, and some are not.  In our next conversation with Brian Kilcourse, managing director of Retail Systems Research we talked about the impact of omnichannel on the  retail supply chain.

Some of the points we discussed are:

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