Transformation and the New Role of Managed Services

Like other well-worn terms such as “Digitization,” “DevOps,” or “Agile,” transformation can mean a lot of different things depending on the perspective of the organization, team, or individual person.

May 10, 2017


Women of OpenStack at Boston Summit

Hello! I'm reporting from the OpenStack Summit in Boston. There's one and a half days left in the summit, and it's been great so far. I'd like to draw attention to an OpenStack group which is near and dear to my heart, the Women of OpenStack. I am a female engineer, and have been working in the field of engineering for quite some time. The low ratio of women in engineering has always been rather obvious to me, but with the advent of things like Girls Who Code and #ilooklikeanengineer, the gender gap has become part of a larger dialogue about diversity in engineering. As a population, we need to think with all of our brain power, and that includes people of all types, from all walks of life.

Cisco Expands Analytics Footprint with New Talent and Technology Acquisition

Today, Cisco is announcing its intent to acquire the Advanced Analytics team and associated advanced analytics intellectual property developed by Saggezza, a privately-held technology services company. As applications are moving to the cloud and billions of things are connecting to the network, our customers need a way to see and manage these increasingly complex networks. […]

Empowering Customers at the Edge

Over the past several years, an immense transition has taken place as networks have become more diverse and complex. Companies large and small have many branch sites – users at the edge that need to connect securely and quickly to the network and the cloud. Software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) technologies are enabling customers to […]

April 21, 2017


Reflecting on a Great Cisco Partner Connection Week

One of the things I value most about Cisco Partner Connection week is the in-depth conversations I get to have with many of our top partners across the globe. I...

April 21, 2017


VGA Cables and WiFi Access as Cloud Adoption Predictors

I spend most of my time educating channel partners, most of them Value-Added Resellers (VARs) on how Cisco CloudCenter can help them help their customers with a hybrid cloud strategy. What I’ve noticed in my first year at Cisco after being part of the CliQr acquisition is that selling cloud services is very different than the traditional VAR box sale.

April 18, 2017


5 Reasons Why Businesses Are Turning to Collaboration as a Service

User mobility is leading to more flexibility in the workplace. Effective collaboration solutions are now a must. Join our #Ciscochat on May 3rd to discuss Collaboration as a Service (CaaS).

April 6, 2017


What is the Real Value of Managed Services?

The value of managed services is often reduced to discussions about cost-cutting and taking a mess off the customer’s hands. However, the real value resides in ways that managed services help streamline operations, innovate with new technologies, drive more IT value to the business, and actually clean up the IT mess. It all boils down to the kind of discussion that the customer holds with the provider—reframe the discussion, ask the right questions, and find out how valuable the provider’s managed services offers really are.

March 28, 2017


CloudCenter 4.8 Release–Brownfield Import and Action Library

The big news in March for cloud was the AWS S3 outage that brought down some large pieces of the Internet with it. While the world didn’t end, it definetly caused issues and illustrated the need for a cloud strategy that accounts for vendor failure. But managing multiple clouds, accounts, and capabilities–that sounds too complex, […]