Archive for February 2016

At Cisco Live Europe, Cisco announced ‘Digital Ceiling,’ a new solution to connect large-scale IoT deployments.

Cisco has rapidly been evolving its user event, Cisco Live, away from being a hardcore network engineering show to one that has broader appeal to IT individuals, line-of-business managers, and even corporate executives. Cisco Live Europe this week has been highlighted by a number of pre-packaged, integrated solutions, such as the Customer Experience ones I discussed in this post.

At Cisco Live Europe, Cisco announces new solutions to help make digital transformation easier for large enterprises.

The European version of the Cisco Live user conference kicked off in Berlin, Germany, this week. The timing of the event is interesting, as it’s about a month after the World Economic Forum (WEF) held in Davos, Switzerland. At first glance, one might think that a networking event like Cisco Live would have nothing in common with a conference comprised of world leaders and Fortune 500 CEOs. However, one topic of discussion that was a major theme at both WEF and Cisco Live Europe was digital transformation.

Think of Cisco Workspace Productivity as the company’s version of “Extreme Makeover” for physical spaces.

This week Cisco kicked off the EMEA version of the company’s user conference, Cisco Live, in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is a fitting location for the event since Germany has been one of the most resolute nations with respect to having a country-wide digital initiative.

Aligning the workforce to take advantage of digital trends is one of the common challenges many organizations face. There has been tremendous innovation in the area of collaboration tools to enable someone to communicate with anyone at any time. Web conferencing tools have gotten better, the quality and ease of use of video platforms has never been better, and workstream communication and collaboration tools have created an entirely new way to engage with coworkers. We finally have the tools we need to take advantage of digital trends.

Working everyday in a cubicle is awful; everyday is spent in the same location, in the same seat and with the same view of the same fabric walls. For a millennial, it’s normal to have an attention span shorter than a goldfish (which is actually true). With such a lack of attention already, staying in the same spot and experiencing the same things everyday brings us to exhaustion, irritation, a lack of motivation and disengagement.

A workspace designed for millennials should be dynamic. We want to come into the office, know we have different options for where to work and pick where we do so, based on what we are feeling that day and the type of work we need to accomplish. If I have some individual tasks to do, I want to be able to be tucked away in a quiet spot with my focus on work. If I’m feeling the need for companionship and collaboration, I want to be able to sit in an open area with others who are maybe feeling the same way. Having the freedom to choose where to sit and how you work makes for a very comfortable and productive day.

Recently, I visited Red Thread a Boston, MA based company that specializes in building a wide variety of workspaces. Through research based innovation, Red Thread excels in making dynamic workspaces that enables millennials to work how they want, when they want. They have built the workspace of the future, today.

Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, saw a new record in mobile data used at the big game.

The 50th Super Bowl was filled with hype and high expectations. The young, upstart Cam Newton was facing off against the old veteran Peyton Manning. By all accounts, the game didn’t live up to its hype, as both defenses dominated, but it did see Peyton Manning hoist his second Lombardi trophy after one of the most tumultuous seasons any Super Bowl-winning quarterback has ever had.

What is Jasper and why did Cisco pay $1.4 billion for it?

There has arguably been no network vendor that has evangelized the value proposition of the Internet of Things (IoT) more than Cisco (disclosure: Cisco is a client of ZK Research). The company hosts the annual Internet of Things World Forum, has provided a wealth of case studies, and has sized the IoT opportunity to be about $19 trillion. These are some of the reasons why respondents to the 2015 ZK Research/Tech Target Network Purchase Intention Study ranked Cisco No. 1 when asked “Which technology vendor do you associate most with Internet of Things?” (disclosure: I am an employee of ZK Research).

The topic of WAN transformation has been a hot topic over the past couple of years. In fact, earlier this year, Mark Haranas, the fine reporter with CRN, recently authored an article declaring that 2016 would be a breakout year for SD-WAN.

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