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.


Business, Not Technology, Drives Cloud Adoption – Vertical Cloud Providers Can Increase Momentum

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By Uwe Lambrette, Director, IBSG Service Provider Cloud adoption is accelerating at an impressive pace. To gain a deeper understanding of the current rate of change, and the dynamics of cloud’s evolution, the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) engaged with wide-ranging groups of IT executives and decision makers—first in 2010, and then again in […]

February 28, 2013


Reclaiming Mobile Cloud Services from OTTs: Seven Actions Service Providers Can Take to Capture a $60 Billion Opportunit …

By Henky Agusleo, Vertical Manager, and Neeraj Arora, Director, IBSG Service Provider – Singapore A rapidly expanding, tech-savvy middle class is driving an explosion of connected mobile devices, with close to a billion smartphones and tablets in the world today. These users are looking for new cloud-based “Connected Life” experiences from their mobile devices, creating […]

February 25, 2013


For Mobile Carriers, Five Key Trends Promise Pain and Prospects

Mobile carriers face no shortage of pain points as new data streams create unprecedented and staggering amounts of information. But it is important to remember that pain points often arrive in tandem with new opportunities. From my perspective, observing the driving forces shaping the mobile industry, five key trends stand out. All are laced with […]

February 14, 2013


Four Ways TV Advertising Will Change During this Decade

By Leszek Izdebski, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) The past few years have brought sweeping transformation to television—a trend that will only accelerate in the coming decade. Following up on a 2011 study on the future of television, Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) recently examined the ways disruptive technology and user behavior trends […]

January 30, 2013


Multiscreen Video Delivery: Tangled Solutions, Smoothed by the Cloud

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By Bill Gerhardt, Director, IBSG Service Provider Online video is growing at a rapid — if not explosive — pace, with innovation and disruption spreading across all areas of the value chain. Some of the greatest innovation is currently occurring around multiscreen delivery and related services. To better understand the climate for video consumption, in […]

January 18, 2013


Service Providers Are Just Getting Started with Big Data

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By Kate Griffin, Principal Consultant, IBSG Service Provider Big Data has become top of mind among CxOs,but service providers (SPs) and most businesses today are just beginning to explore data analytics. “Big Data” generally refers to the growing scope of data analytics in terms of the variety, velocity, or volume of data involved. When this […]

January 16, 2013


CES 2013: An Explosion of Innovative New Devices

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The annual Consumer Electronics Show, held last week in Las Vegas, has been called the “Super Bowl of Technology.” This year’s event was no exception. The largest in the 45-year history of CES, it featured 3,250 exhibitors, 150,000 attendees, and more than 20,000 new products unveiled. But while it may have been impossible to nail […]

From Internet Video Consumers, a Call for Content

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By Leszek Izdebski, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) These days, professionally produced video can be accessed through a dizzying array of hardware and delivery choices. But which concerns are top of mind for typical video consumers? To better understand the dramatic changes in the consumption of professionally produced video, Cisco IBSG surveyed 1,152 U.S. […]

December 18, 2012


Streaming Is Going Mainstream: The Upward Arc of Online Video, Driven By Consumers

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Only a short time ago, consumers had limited choices for accessing professional video content. Today, a smorgasbord of options continues to multiply—from premium cable and DVDs, to online choices such as Apple, Netflix, and Hulu. Hardware options are equally dizzying, as traditional TV gives way to PCs, smartphones, and tablets. As portable devices meet the […]

November 28, 2012


Six Projects To Move Enterprises Toward the Clouds

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By Uwe Lambrette, Director, IBSG Service Provider How exactly is the enterprise migration to the clouds progressing? In 2010, the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) sought answers in a wide-ranging survey. At the time, the path to cloud was just beginning for many enterprises. Today, with cloud evolution accelerating into an increasingly essential process, […]

November 20, 2012


Cisco Pilot Proves the Value of CDN Federations

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By Marc Latouche, Manager, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) Service Provider As more and more video traffic streams across service provider (SP) networks, many SPs are deploying content delivery networks (CDNs). In addition to supporting their own operations, these CDNs provide a viable commercial alternative — or complement — to pure-play CDNs (such as […]