Pack your bags, double up on shoes and leave room for swag, it’s time for VMworld 2013, and Team Cisco Data Center has a lot going on. For a full round up of our show presence, this: http://www.cisco.com/go/vmworld
Yes, that is a tower of real bacon at #vBacon.
Now for the the behind the scenes look. First, follow @CiscoDC and #ciscovmw for all Cisco-flavored information from the show. This year’s Roving Reporter duties will be most ably handled by Scott Hanson (@CiscoServerGeek). Follow Scott for up to the minute geek’s-eye views on what’s happening.
We are also welcoming Maish Saidel-Keesing (@maishsk), one of five Cisco vExperts, who will be leading a talk through our #vBrownBag sponsorship. Details pending–we’ll update you as we have the specifics.
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Tags: Cisco UCS, private cloud, v0dgeball, vbacon, vBrownBag, vdi, virtualization, vmunderground, vmworld 2013
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Tags: API, Cisco, Cloud Computing, data center, desktop virtualization, technology, Unleashing IT, vdi
Cisco IT has always encouraged employees to use the tools that help them work most efficiently from anywhere on any device.
As the range of IT services we offered has increased, we noticed that the process of acquiring the various tools became complex and confusing. We had a number of different internal sites (aka “stores”) within Cisco, each offering different systems for employees to request services. This complexity impacted the user experience and productivity of these employees.
In order to simplify the employee experience with Cisco IT, we made the decision to consolidate all these different systems into a single online service catalog – effectively a unified e-commerce storefront for our IT services – where our employees could find services they needed to do their jobs.
We thus created Cisco IT’s “eStore”.
Our goal was to improve employee satisfaction, decrease support costs, and increase employee productivity. We had to find a way to increase adoption and transparency of our existing IT services.
Cisco IT knew that a platform to consolidate these services into one unified service request system could be built on top of Cisco Prime Service Catalog, our own end-user portal and service catalog solution. This solution provides enterprise IT management capabilities that enable entitlement, approvals, service taxonomy control, and even chargeback.
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Tags: byod, cisco live, Cisco Prime Service Catalog, data center, eStore, IT management, IT services, ITSM, private cloud, Service Catalog, unified management, user experience, vdi
When was the last time you turned on your new gadget, opened an app, or logged onto a website and found that you needed to attend a training course before you could use it effectively?
At times, we in the IT industry fall into the trap that we need the most advanced technical capabilities. After all, this is the great force that has produced numerous inventions and has made our lives better. However, when we focus too much on technical details rather than meeting our users’ needs, we fail to deliver not only for our customers but also for our business.
The IT team at a major global manufacturer recently told me about their company’s major investment in user experience design, because it is important for their brand image and business success. They are applying user-centered design not only to the products they make, but also to the IT systems they implement in-house. Even the U.S. government has a usability and user-centered design practice under http://www.usability.gov/basics/ucd/.
This year, our software development team embarked on a user experience update for our IT service catalog software by applying the user-centered design principle. We are showcasing this new user interface and introducing a new product name for the software – Cisco Prime Service Catalog – at Cisco Live Orlando this week.
Here is a preview of the next-generation user interface for Cisco Prime Service Catalog:
This new user experience highlights the services that end users may be interested in, with lists like “Most Popular Services”. If a user has a certain model of IP Phone, the service catalog may feature associated items such as a compatible headset. This familiar ecommerce experience is still governed by the service catalog’s entitlement and approval process, so the service owner has full control over service consumption. User experiences like this will help transform employees’ impression of their IT department. Service providers will also find that they can configure this new user interface to portray the brand image and customer experience they want to project.
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Tags: byod, Cisco Prime Service Catalog, intelligent automation, ITSM, Service Catalog, user experience, vdi
Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solutions Video
I know I know.. You are already familiar with the fundamentals of Desktop Virtualization. So we are not going to talk about that. However, if you do not know much about Cisco’s capabilities in the space and you have three minutes and twenty seconds of your busy day to spare, you can watch this short video and get the ‘Bonsai’ rendition. While tempting, I will not dwell on the strengths of our UCS platform which is at the core of our Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solutions portfolio.
I will focus instead on a question that our services team often gets from our enterprise class customers; “How do I best manage my desktop virtualization environment on a day-to-day basis?”
Let’s face it. Designing and configuring production-ready Desktop Virtualization Infrastructures takes planning and expertise. Frequently, that expertise comes in the form of a Professional Services contract. But the challenges that many of our customers experience is expanding their platform after the implementation team has moved to other projects …
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Tags: advanced services, desktop virtualization, vdi, virtual desktops, VMware View, xendesktop