There’s been a lot of buzz around our recent Cisco Unified Access Solution announcement. We understand there is also some confusion around what’s what, what’s required for Unified Access, and what the impact will be on IT.
In true Mythbuster fashion, let’s all discover why no myth is safe – through a 5-part series of posts. In this series, we’ll look at some of the most common myths that have been floating around and unveil the truth.
Myth 1: Moving to the Cisco Unified Access solution requires the complete replacement of the existing access switch infrastructure.
This is pure fiction. Cisco has always promoted that the network infrastructure should evolve and we understand that different organizations will feel the impact of the Internet of Things, mobility and BYOD at different times and will address them differently. The new Cisco Unified Access solution provides you flexible deployment options, including separate wired and wireless, converged access, cloud-managed, and more. The deployment model chosen will depend upon the lifecycle of the existing infrastructure.
Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences allows enterprises and service providers to detect, connect and engage their end users on their Wi-Fi network, enabling them to communicate with relevant mobile content. The star feature of our new software release is Cisco Advanced Location Services, which includes Location Analytics and Mobile Concierge. Location Analytics provide real-time location analytics gathered from the Wi-Fi network, alongside historical trends, enabling greater visibility into customer movements and patterns through trending data.
Mobile Concierge allows engaging users through a native app on a smartphone. It also includes the Mobile Concierge SDK, a developer’s kit that provides an easy-to-use approach to developing mobile applications that leverage location data from the MSE.
Often we focus on the challenges associated with IT with little consideration of the end user viewpoint. In Cisco’s Work Your Way Global Study, completed in January of 2013, we polled over 1300 IT professionals and business-focused end users around the globe to investigate how BYOD is not only affecting IT, but how the challenges directly impact the end user experience. We were curious to compare and contrast the different viewpoints to understand if the difficulties IT was facing had an impact on how end users get their devices on the network, access business applications and perform day-to-day activities on the move. Check out the Borderless Blog to see our awesome infographic!