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The Cisco Connected World Report: Mobility’s Role in Workplace Flexibility

As part of Cisco’s ongoing focus to help customers, we often conduct studies around the world that give us real-life insight into how businesses are evolving and how end users themselves are driving many of those changes with their behavior and technology expectations.

After all, understanding what employees expect from their IT organizations to perform their jobs better is integral to delivering the right solutions to our customers.

This week, Cisco announced the results of a comprehensive, global study that analyzes employee lifestyles and the level of importance workers place on being able to use various devices to access applications and information – both corporate and personal – inside and outside of the office.

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Educause 2010 Proves Learning is (Going) Mobile

“The Future of Learning is Mobile”. That is how I closed each of my 8 presentations at the Cisco booth at Educause 2010 this week.  What I should have said instead though is “Learning is Mobile”.

Mobility in Education is not a future trend; it is happening right now all around us.  And I should have known better since Higher Education has been a very early adopter of wireless networking and our customers are constantly interested in the latest technology.

I had less than an hour to walk the expo floor, but during that time I had multiple discussions that proved just how mobile education already is. Here is a quick summary of those discussions:

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Cisco Borderless Networks Demos at Interop New York Oct 20 and 21

Next week on October 20-21 I’ll be at Interop New York in booth #121 demonstrating Cisco CleanAir technology.  For those of you who can’t be there for a live demonstration of the Cisco Aironet 3500 Series, you can watch this CleanAir Demonstration Video to get a preview.   Stop by the Cisco booth to see why Borderless Networks technology is so exciting. Here are highlights of other exciting  demos we’ll be showcasing.

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Ghostbusters and Cisco CleanAir technology

Cisco Aironet 3500 Series Access Point with CleanAir technology

What do Ghostbusters and CleanAir technology have in common?  New York City and detecting phantom interference!  In 1984 Drs. Venkman, Stantz, and Spengler walked around with proton packs in Manhattan looking for Ghosts.  Nearly 26 years later, on October 20-21, 2010, Cisco CleanAir technology will be demonstrated at  Interop New York in booth #121. While CleanAir technology doesn’t really find “Ghosts” in the true sense of paranormal activity, it can help you chase down “phantom” interference in your wireless network.  So stop by to visit me at booth #121 and I’ll demonstrate how CleanAir technology can help you:

  • Detect RF interference that other wireless systems can’t see
  • Identify interference sources and locate them on a floor plan
  • Provide automatic adjustments to optimize wireless coverage around interference

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Introducing the Cisco Aironet 1040 Series Access Point

Scene:

A growing, medium-sized enterprise, that specializes in green technology. After receiving stimulus dollars and licensing a few patents for a new electric car, the company has just expanded into the second floor of their office building: floor-to-ceiling windows, all glass and stainless steel.

With the new expansion came new problems, especially for the lone network administrator Not only is he laying Ethernet throughout the new floor, it’s an older building—the influx of employees, their laptops and smartphones is taking a toll on the wireless network. Their trusty 802.11g had worked up until now, but the business needed something more, something they could afford, and their small IT staff could manage.

What’s the solution?

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