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Chris Osika

Senior Director, Global Lead

Service Provider Practice Internet Business Solutions Group

Chris Osika is senior director and global lead for the Service Provider Practice, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), the company’s global consultancy. With more than 20 years of international consulting experience with communications, high-tech, and media clients, Osika is the perfect partner for service providers (SPs). His mission is to catalyze and grow the SP marketplace by helping SPs adopt new business models based on disruptive strategies such as cloud computing, video collaboration, and the fusing of the home and mobile experience. “Our aim goes beyond helping leading SPs to compete more effectively,” he says. “Our intention is to move the SP marketplace ahead as a whole.”

Osika and his team are focused on establishing go-to-market plans for cloud computing, which provides SPs a new and rapidly growing market for managed services. On the consumer front, the emphasis is on fusing mobile and in-home experiences to create “ubiquity” that extends across networks, devices, and applications—providing the next generation of entertainment, productivity, collaboration, and monitoring solutions that will effectively change consumers’ lives. Finally, Osika is focused on developing new business models that allow SPs to create new sources of value.

Osika holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial and management engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. As a devoted father who stays connected to every aspect of his own busy life, Osika has both a professional and personal stake in making cloud computing and ubiquitous presence a reality.

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“Network as a Service” Brings the Benefits of Virtualization to Network Operators

By Carlos Cordero, Cisco Consulting Services, Service Provider Cloud consumption models are gaining traction across all company sizes and industries.  Whether software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), or platform as a service (PaaS), the value propositions of virtualization are being sought by IT decision makers. Cisco Consulting Services sees an opportunity […]

Summary: Next-Generation Knowledge Workers

Accelerating the Disruption in Business Mobility Business mobility is driving better productivity, heightened customer experience, and harmonious work/life balance. It also offers freedom for knowledge workers beleaguered by accelerating demands on their time and talents. Indeed, workers themselves have taken much of the initiative toward business mobility. It is now up to enterprises to support […]

Next-Generation Knowledge Workers: Accelerating the Disruption in Business Mobility

Business mobility is driving better productivity, heightened customer experience, and harmonious work/life balance. It also offers freedom for knowledge workers beleaguered by accelerating demands on their time and talents. Indeed, workers themselves have taken much of the initiative toward business mobility. It is now up to enterprises to support and shape their further adoption of […]

Cloud and Advanced Services Are Service Providers’ Keys To Tapping the Fragmented $200 Billion Small and Medium Busine …

By Neeraj Kumar and Kevin Suh, Cisco Consulting Services The small and medium sized-business (SMB) commercial-services market is important for all types of service providers (SPs). SMBs account for more than half of total U.S. commercial-services spending, according to AMR Research/Gartner. And, the portion of the U.S. SMB commercial-services market that service providers could capture […]

How Are You Weathering Industry Storms? Five Ways To Help SPs Turn Disruption into Transformation

Service providers (SPs) have been wracked by wave after wave of disruption, creating new winners and losers on every front. Traditional carriers continue to look for ways to make up for lost voice revenues; over-the-top (OTT) players have redefined the ways video is delivered and consumed; exponential growth in mobile data traffic devours network capacity […]

How Service Providers Can Capture Seven Times Their Mobile Investment

By Henky Agusleo, Vertical Manager, and Neeraj Arora, Director, IBSG Service Provider With nearly a billion smartphones and tablets in use today, the time is ripe for service providers (SPs) to invest in cloud-based Connected Life services for mobile devices. The Cisco® Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) projects a direct mobile cloud service opportunity of […]

BYOD Spells Opportunity for Service Providers

There’s no doubt that BYOD—“bring your own device”—is a huge and growing phenomenon throughout the world. Recent research by the Cisco® Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) looked at BYOD and its economic impact in six countries: the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, China, India, and Brazil. In these countries alone, the number of BYOD devices […]

Mobile Data Traffic Is Exploding—but Who Is Profiting? How Mobile Service Providers Can Monetize Mobile Data

By Marc Latouche, Vertical Manager, IBSG Service Provider The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update projects a 13-fold increase in global mobile data traffic between 2012 and 2017 — two thirds of it video. To move all that data traffic with speed and quality, mobile network connection speeds will increase […]

With Targeted Professional Services, Service Providers Can Tap Small and Medium-Sized Business’s Demand for Cloud

By Uwe Lambrette and Evgenia Ryabchikova, IBSG Service Provider Cloud is no longer a nascent market. The explosive growth of public-cloud providers —coupled with the relevance of the network in the delivery of cloud and IT services — has led many service providers (SPs) to treat this game-changing transition as a natural extension of their […]