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When it comes to Mobility, What Are You Waiting For?

May 2, 2011 - 3 Comments

The very first mobile call took place in 1973. It wasn’t so much a conversation as a taunt: Dr. Martin Cooper, a former general manager for Motorola, used a portable cell phone to call his chief competitor, Joel Engel, from Bell Laboratories. Engel had introduced cellular communications in 1947, but it was Cooper and Motorola who evolved the technology to the point of mobility. So what was said on that historic mobile call? “Hi Joel – guess where I’m calling from?”

How far we’ve come since then is staggering. Now, not only can we make calls from pretty much anywhere, but the devices have evolved to become powerful mini computers.

As I tweeted recently, Gartner predicts that by 2014, 90 percent of organizations will support business apps on personal devices. And as the Wall Street Journal reported just a few days ago, companies need to think through how they’re going to handle that.

My previous blog announced three new borderless capabilities from Cisco—centralized policy, network management, and video automation—to help address concerns surrounding support of not just mobile devices, but the overall security of the company when opening up to mobile access, the user’s security when mobile, and the reliability of the user’s experience regardless of their location or device.

How is your company handling the proliferation of devices? Are you allowing them? Restricting types or access? Let us know. In the meantime, learn more about the network’s role in all of this at

And, you can also learn more about our latest borderless innovations at Interop Las Vegas on May 10. For those who can’t make it to Vegas, please join our virtual event. You can register here.

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  1. wow, believe it or not, I remember that call being on the news…and I would of been all of 11 years old. I guess it shows it was such a big deal at the time. It amazes me to think that mobile phones in those days were the size of half a house but now days, anything and everything is a phone. That’s progress I guess.

  2. Good work, this makes a lot of sense

  3. hologram that is what i am waiting for