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Unified Wired and Wireless: History Repeated

At a recent event hosted by the City Universities of New York (CUNY), I had the privilege of presenting Cisco’s strategy for secure mobility to a team of security experts from the various universities. I enjoyed the opportunity immensely. Primarily because the audience responded very positively to Cisco’s secure mobility story; but also because I had the opportunity to hear Aruba talk about its approach to wireless and security.Aruba opened their presentation by discussing the evolution of wireless technology and by making the point that wireless and wired should never be unified. Rather, they claim, wireless is so different it should always be kept separate from the rest of the enterprise IP network.Hmmm- sound familiar anyone? Think voice. Read More »

Dave Molta’s Unwires FUD

One of the people I most respect in our industry is David Molta, the Senior Technology Editor for Network Computing who covers the mobile space as well as serves as an engineering professor at Syracuse University. In addition to running the most objective test team in the industry — and I am not saying it because we have done well by it; certainly we have felt the wrath of his pen as well — he is one of the best analysts and observers on the growth of the wireless marketplace.In his column last week in Network Computing Wireless FUD: Alive and Well,” he reflects on the emotional state customers must deal with after listening to Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) from vendors. It’s worth perusing.http://www.networkcomputing.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=190302833He aptly notes “[t]he wireless network market is an industry that lives and dies by innovation, so fear, uncertainty and doubt are all things we have to learn to live and work with.”For those of us with a touch of gray, we also remember the reports in the mid-to-late eighties that predicted there would be only 1 million cell phones in the U.S. and cautioned telecom players from investing in this emerging segment.As my 11 year old son would say, Rock on Dave!

The Protocol of Transformation

I am jealous of kids born in the 80s. I’m not going to lie and say that it was great being a kid in the 70s. Its not because the video games were better – I love the Atari 2600 and Lincoln Logs. Wanna know why: TransformersRemember them – more than what meets the eye? I always wanted a Transformer. So if you are reading this and you are your 20s – I’m jealous. I’ve always wanted to transform! Right now, on the last Friday of Cisco’s fiscal year – I think I might have. Read More »

How to tell if Mobility is a necessity?

There have been good discussions on this site about mobility and how it has been deployed in interesting ways, nearly absorbed in the DNA of how we conduct business. But how do we determine if it is a business necessity and not a nice to have? Here are my top 10 signs mobility is on the cusp of being more than a nice to have:1. It is pervasive, not just in conference rooms or in the hands of the sales people.2. The early adopters don’t need a business case in order to invest in it -imagine if you had to create a business case for email3. The hockey stick analyst forecasts charts now look like baseball bats-. it is summer after all4. My doctor weighed me prior to my annual checkup and was not concerned that my Treo was attached to my belt 5. You can get high speed and decent coverage indoors, outdoors, except when your device turned off 6. Wi-Fi was an answer to a Jeopardy question last week in the rhyme-time category 7. Flight attendants ask you to turn off WiFi devices as part of their boarding announcements8. Business travelers select hotels based on in-room wireless to be able to use their laptop while stretching out on the”heavenly bed”9. Now that the job market has picked up, you turn down a position because they don’t have a wireless network.10. Give me your best reason here

Mobility, In Human Time

We of the Mobile Visions blog love it when a blog sparks a reader to post a comment. First of all, it shows that there is life beyond the typeface, but more importantly it provides a sanity check for our ideas. I noticed that Alan’s Instant Mobility post inspired a reader to write in (see the comment section). The reader claims that the need for continuous mobility is overstated. In fact, the reader makes the statement that he’d rather do without it in favor of conducting business at a much slower pace. I believe the phrase he used was “in human time”. Read More »