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BYOD No Longer Optional for Government

Do you remember your first cell phone? I remember mine.    It was big, and clunky, and really heavy.  It would have made a better door stop than personal device.  Things have really changed since those days. Our devices are so sleek and light now that we bring them with us everywhere we go, feeding directly into the BYOD trend that is taking government by storm.

In last Thursday’s BYOD post, I talked about the need to approach the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend from a collaboration perspective. Government organizations know the BYOD movement is here to stay. It’s no longer optional.  It’s the way their employees want to communicate, and it’s a level of connectivity that state governments and federal agencies have started to implement.

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Gadget Geeks Require a High Density Wi-Fi Network. Learn Design Best Practices









Last year at Interop New York, Sujai Hajela, VP/GM Cisco Wireless presented a Keynote: Mobility and the Social Enterprise.  He asked the audience to show a raise of hands to see how many devices people were carrying.  As you would expect, there were plenty of people with 5 or more devices—some with as many as 7!

Similar to IT industry veterans, college students are also gadget geeks. Charles E. Spurgeon, Senior Network Architect at the University of Texas sees most students carrying 2-3 devices—typically a laptop, smartphone and some students also carry iPads.  Last Wednesday, more than 2 million pre-orders were placed within 24 hours of Apple announcing the iPhone 5—I’m sure many college students, Interop attendees, and gadget geeks were among those first orders.  

So what’s an IT director to do with all these devices on their network? How do you design a network to accommodate the influx of users, devices, and applications on your wireless network?

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Pervasive Wireless for BYOD Webinar: Q&A Session

We recently recorded a webinar on Pervasive Wireless for BYOD. If you missed the webinar, you can find a recording of it here. During the session there were a number of great questions that came up and we felt it would be good to post them on the Cisco Mobility Blog. Here is a selection of the most informative questions from the session:

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Cisco Wireless Hosts Wireless Field Day 3

I have a special treat for you today: IT’S WIRELESS FIELD DAY!

Thanks to Stephen Foskett of Gestalt IT, we and the Cisco Wireless Business Unit, or WNBU (pronounced “Win-Boo”), are hosting some very special guests at our very own San Jose campus. This is a part of a series of 2-day events where group of influential bloggers tour networking companies across Silicon Valley to learn about the latest and greatest in the wireless networking space. (For more on Tech Field Day, visit

We invite you to join us LIVE (provided we are lucky enough to be spared from technical difficulties) today, Friday September 14th from 1:30-3:30pm. We’ll be hosting a livestream RIGHT HERE on our blog. You can also visit or follow the hashtag #WFD3 on Twitter.


UPDATE (3:00pm): LiveStream is now over: We will be uploading the recorded videos when they are ready :)

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Security, Cloud & Collaboration Enable Federal Agencies BYOD Success

We know you were in much anticipation for this week’s Public Sector BYOD Thursday post…drumroll please!

User expectations around using personal devices have evolved rapidly over the past few years, and the BYOD trend has been the result of users demanding to use personal devices and applications the way they want, when they want it on the device of their choosing.

Last week, I talked about the Pentagon’s move toward BYOD. With the BYOD movement here to stay, government agencies are starting to jump on board.

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