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Mobility Superheroes Revealed

As Alan Cohen mentioned in his last blog, Cisco Motion transforms IT managers into Mobility Superheroes with unprecedented mobility superpowers to protect mobile workers’ experience and ultimately save their world, the mobile enterprise.Thinking more about this theme, I realized that superheroes and superpowers were often a source of high public interest covered in the press. Superheroes actually often were the press. Clark Kent, Superman’s secret identity, was a reporter at the Daily Planet to have access to the latest breaking-news and be at the heart of the- motion. Peter Parker, Spiderman’s alter ego, was a photographer at the Daily Bugle specialized in pictures of Spiderman in- motion.Then I started wondering if Superman or Spiderman’s alter egos would still be the same if they lived today. Reporter or photographer? Probably not. With the internet and new media, they would have to be bloggers. I could just imagine our Mobility Superheroes blogging at night, educating the rest of us on the rightful wireless way, while spending their day-time exercising their superpowers saving the mobile world. I now had to uncover these Mobility Superheroes. Read More »

Mobility Superheroes

“œYou think you’re the only superhero in the world? Mr. Stark, you’ve become part of a bigger universe. You just don’t know it yet.” -- Nick Fury, IRON MAN (post-credit closing scene)

In thinking about our recent Motion launch, I found the confluence of two key factors peppering my thoughts about Cisco’s new Mobility Services Engine: a laser beam focus on enabling IT managers to practically enable mobility applications and the Memorial Day kickoff of movies inspired by comic books. Traditionally wireless and mobility are like”superpowers”: they amaze and astound us, even if we are neither sure how they work nor if they can be controlled. We increasingly run our businesses and lives through mobility but rely on others to provide the capabilities. Our mobile society is overseen by the good graces of a mobility superclass. Cisco’s answer: make our customers, core IT managers,”Mobility Superheroes.” That is, take the province of a few and make it easy for many by separating the deeper physics of the network from the application enablement IT knows cold.Although I am not a comic-book aficionado, I grok the basic thesis of Superhero 101: take an unlikely ordinary individual through a technically transformative experience, add dash of courage or initiative, and, ta da, great things come out on the other side.Cisco’s Business Mobility initiative is bringing 4 superpowers to IT: Read More »

The Search for Mobile Intelligent Roaming

Lately there has been a lot of discussion around the general notion of mobile users with dual-mode devices seamlessly making voice calls, and connecting and transferring from a private Wi-Fi network (WLAN) to a public cellular network and vice versa. To learn more about this service in the area of enterprise mobility, I asked Aleem Rizvan, senior product manager for wireless, to talk about some of the business and technology drivers for-what we’re calling-mobile intelligent roaming, as well as the IT challenges for bridging voice over multiple wireless networks and some of the current mobile devices used in the enterprise today. Click the video below to watch the latest Cisco Mobility Video Blog episode.

Cisco Ships 5 Millionth Aironet AP to Mayo Clinic

It’s not every day that you announce a major industry milestone like shipping five million wireless access points (since 2000). And adding to that, we shipped more than 50,000 802.11n access points, making it the fastest ramping access point in Cisco history. So where was the five millionth access point shipped to? The world-renowned Mayo Clinic. They are running a Cisco Unified Wireless Network for hospital staff, patients and guests at its three U.S. campuses in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona.A Q&A with Randy Regimbal on how Mayo Clinic sees efficiency as a major mobility benefit can be read here.And the press release is available here.

Mobility Video Blog du jour: Adding Context Awareness to the Mobility Network

Aside from access and voice services, what else can businesses do with their wireless networks? This is something I think many mobility application providers and innovators maintain their focus on a daily basis. Here is the setup: since a WLAN is available, I can roam around the office and campus while maintaining a connection to check email and access unified communication-type applications like messaging. Grand. I can make phone calls with a voice over Wi-Fi phone. Grand. If I did not have an actual handset available, then I could use my IP softphone client installed on my laptop to make phone calls. Grand. (I’m sure many users are over it, but my IP softphone client has a high usability and practicality factor, especially when I work from home or away from my desk.) And, if I were to work in a retail store, I could use a mobile computer to check inventory levels or collaborate with team members to better serve customers. Grand. Not to digress-But, how about some of the not so often discussed mobility services? I’m talking about services that happen in the background, behind the scenes, yet have an impact to operations. I wanted to learn about some mobility services that do not get too much play, but deserve equal billing because I think they fall into the cool (literally) mobility application category.In this episode, I interview Isabelle Guis, senior manager of mobility solutions, and asked her what mobility-related area she has been focused on. (Mobility has been a long-standing hot topic, but Isabelle always adds that certain je ne sais quoi-) So I will not say more; but, watch and listen about how adding context awareness to a wireless network can benefit the carpeted enterprise and enterprises in the every vertical market, including healthcare and manufacturing. Also, Isabelle talks about what IT should look for when planning to deploy context awareness services within their organization.