Sarasota County Schools includes 24 Elementary Schools, 9 Middle Schools, 8 High Schools and various Technical and various Special Centers. It houses about 40,000 students in about 250 buildings. The Sarasota School IT Team believes in using the best-in-class technologies to provide the optimal connected experience for students, faculty, staff and guests.
This next generation pervasive WLAN network enables students to collaborate with each other anywhere on the campus and with the teachers in the classroom. In the previous blog, we described how Bowdoin and the Pinellas County have embraced the IOS based 5760 Series controllers. In this blog, we will cover more details about the recent upgrade of the Wireless LAN Controller from the previous model WiSM to the new model 5760 and describe highlights of our conversation with xx about the WLAN deployment itself.
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Tags: 11ac, 802.11ac, access, device, education, K-12, K12, LAN, laptop, management, mobile, mobility, network, policy, sarasota, school, school board, tablet, unified, unified access, wi-fi, wifi, wireless, wlan
More people than ever are talking about “shadow IT” nowadays. As the name implies, it’s mysterious, perhaps even malevolent by some people’s standards. From a traditional IT vantage point, this negative view may be somewhat justified given the risks it creates around security, compliance, productivity, and technology investment.
But let’s look at it from another perspective. Shadow IT is on the rise because more people outside of IT are gaining awareness and access to technology, and harnessing it as a business differentiator. More importantly, many of these people are business leaders with growing budgets that align to their priorities. Here’s how much technology budget growth business leaders expect in the next year:
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Tags: Cisco Business and IT Priority Survey, connected mobile experience, enterprise networks, Intelligent WAN, internet of things, Shadow IT, technology budgets, unified access
Each year I pledge to telework along with thousands of others for the annual Telework Week. Today, I worked from my rpod parked in front of my house. My rpod is my personal smart work space and provides me everything I need to work at home or on the road with secure mobility capabilities that allow me to access all my meetings, applications, and collaboration tools to do my job.
In fact, I could have worked from anywhere and have been teleworking for the past several years.
The Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 (Act) was signed into law on December 9, 2010. The objective is to achieve greater flexibility in managing the workforce through the use of telework. Telework programs and best practices provide agencies a valuable tool to meet mission objectives while helping employees enhance work/life effectiveness to:
- Improve Continuity of Operations to help ensure that essential Federal functions continue during emergency situations including snow storms
- Promote management effectiveness when telework is used to target reductions in management costs and environmental impact and transit costs
- Enhance work-life balance and allows employees to better manage their work and family obligations
This year, Telework Week 2014, was the fourth-annual global effort to encourage agencies, organizations, and individuals to pledge. A total of 163,495 pledges collectively saved $14,003,872 in commuting costs and spared the environment 9,066 tons of pollutants.
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Tags: Bring your Own Device (BYOD), Mobile Government, telework, unified access
Instead of having people travel to a singular physical location every week, this church brings their services to the people, therefore reducing barriers in spreading their message.
Eastlake community church is located across 8 campuses in Seattle area in Washington. Their main objective is to create a feel of a singular church across physically disconnected campuses.
The use of technology such as video allows them to do connect to a wide audience like never before. In addition to delivering their main services, they are also able to offer secure child services at their locations using electronic check-ins.
In order to conduct their services week by week, they required a reliable network with a widespread wireless network with simple management for their volunteer-based IT. They also needed to keep their operational costs low considering the nature of their organization. More interestingly, Eastlake church faced some additional unique challenges. Out of their 8 locations, only 2 of them are permanent while the others are “pop-up” locations such as schools and public places. All these dynamic, “pop-up” locations needed to support secure BYOD and yet simple management. Read More »
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As business groups increase their technology investments and gain more access to new technologies and consumption models, IT’s balance between operational excellence and innovation is shifting. Technical innovation can now happen anywhere. This change presents a huge opportunity for IT to drive innovation in new ways. So which organizations are seizing this opportunity?
To find out, we recently conducted the Cisco Business and IT Priority Survey to determine how these groups manage innovation, and how their business and IT priorities are linked. See the info graphic and previous blog for global results and observations, and see how your priorities compare to your peers by taking the survey here.
As today’s innovation and technology investments can dramatically impact tomorrow’s business results, the investment levels by region are particularly interesting.
For example, 50% of business leaders in China see technology innovation as a critical differentiator to their business, whereas in the US, only 21% rank innovation as critical. Multiple times in the survey, the responses from China indicated a collective interest in innovation as a top business priority. In Germany, 23%, and the UK 25% of business leaders also see innovation as a business priority as critical.
Companies in India and China also indicate that their investments are growing faster than other regions’. About 81% of Indian business leaders surveyed, and 75% of Chinese ones expect their technology budgets to increase next year – many by more than 25%. By contrast, 54% of UK businesspeople, 48% in Canada and Germany, and only 41% in the US expect their technology budgets to grow.
Indian and Chinese business leaders also indicate that they’re spending a bigger proportion of their own growing budgets on technology. In China 82% of those surveyed plan to spend at least 25% of their business budgets on technology, and in India 71% are doing the same. By contrast, only 41% of US and 45% of Canadian business leaders are spending more than 25% of their budgets on technology. Read More »
Tags: business priorities, China, Cisco Business and IT Priority Survey, enterprise networks, Germany, india, innovation, Intelligent WAN, survey, UK, unified access, us