Last week’s blog highlighted ways you can improve the user experience by preparing your network to meet the challenges associated with the sea of devices entering the corporate networks. Ultimately however, productivity is not only going to be depended on the freedom to choose a device, or the ease of access to information, or the quality of the connection when consuming bandwidth intensive content. It will largely be depended on the tools available on those devices – in other words “the apps”.
Most desk-bound knowledge workers will be quite content using existing productivity tools such as word processing, spreadsheet, or presentation software already available in the various app stores. There will however be many other types of workers that can tremendously benefit from having applications that are turbo-charged with network intelligence.
What do I mean by that? Well, you will just have to watch the video where Jagdish Girimaji, product manager for the Mobility Services Engine (MSE), outlines what network information can be exposed to make tablet applications more intelligent.
If you continued reading without watching the video, you may be wondering to yourself “is this stuff real?” It sure is! Jagdish also provides a couple of examples where Cisco customers have created applications that take advantage of our technology. One example he mentions is used in the American Museum of Natural History, and the other in the Copenhagen Airport.
The capabilities, or the intelligence of the network as we call, is delivered from the Mobility Services Engine. The MSE has an open API that you can use to write your own apps. To do that, you would need to be part of the Cisco Developer Network (CDN) or maybe even find a third-party validated application on the Cisco AppHQ.
If you want to know more about the MSE, you can view a very cool video on MSE Fundamentals that was put together by the TechwiseTV crew.
What type of tablet applications do you envision creating in your environments that take advantage of contextual awareness?