Innovation: it’s a word that is rather imprecise on its own. However, when teamed with the concepts of research and thought leadership, innovation becomes a powerful term, imbued with virtually limitless possibilities and underpinning positive outcomes.
The Internet of Everything (IoE) is a global industry phenomenon that brings together people, processes, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before. When Cisco named Toronto the location for one of six global Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centers, the company made a commitment to help organizations improve business outcomes by integrating, creating, testing and validating IoE solutions. It signified that Toronto, as one of the most multicultural and vibrant metropolises in the world, would be a facilitator of technological movements such as the IoE model.
In May, Cisco released the 10th annual Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast, and like previous reports it predicts substantial growth in IP traffic globally, as well as here in Canada. Between 2014 and 2019, the annual global IP traffic is expected to triple to a record 2 zettabytes.
In Canada alone, IP traffic will grow 3-fold from 2014 to 2019, a compound annual growth rate of 22%, and will reach 4.1 Exabytes per month in 2019, up from 1.5 Exabytes per month in 2014.
1. Torch bearers represent individuals that have proven to be a local hero. What are some of the challenges you had to overcome?
As a 36 year old mom to two young children, a wife and a professional, my world was unexpectedly turned upside down when I was told I needed a liver transplant to survive. Despite the constant pain and exhaustion I felt, I made a choice in that moment to survive using courage, humor and grace. I owed it to my children to show them that even though unexpected things in life were going to happen, we each have the control to choose how we handle these life events. I candidly blogged about my transplant journey so others waiting for a transplant would not have to live in fear of the unknown journey ahead. I was blessed when two amazing, selfless women in my life offered to donate 2/3rd’s of their own liver so I could live. On January 29, 2014 my diseased liver was removed and a piece of my childhood friends liver was put in—12 weeks later both of our livers had grown back to full size and the transplant was considered a resounding success. Sharing my transplant experience and advocating for organ donation is my small way of giving back. Continue reading
The TORONTO 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games are less than a month away and the city of Toronto will be buzzing with activities, athletes and spectators. The Games are a great opportunity for Ontario residents to take advantage of all that is being offered this summer and participate in the action. And Cisco is proud to be a Premier Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Games and its Official Information and Communications Technology Provider, providing the network and communications infrastructure to power the Games.
By Laura Franks, Computer Science Professor, Durham College
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are huge, including some 30 venues scattered throughout basically the whole Golden Horseshoe area of Lake Ontario, and will take place over 24 days during July and August 2015. They will recruit some 23,000 volunteers across more job titles then you could believe in order to pull off a successful Games. And the experience is highly resume-worthy.
So, I was very excited when I heard Cisco was working with anyone involved with building, implementing and maintaining the Games’ network infrastructure to involve Cisco Networking Academy students as volunteers as much as possible. Students don’t have the experience necessary to make network design decisions, but they are being given a chance to work alongside Cisco and TORONTO 2015 engineers in setting up, configuring, managing, maintaining, and supporting the largest – and often cutting-edge – Games network ever created.
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Over the course of this series, I’ve talked about the value of collaboration for making enterprises more successful and the role played by communications technologies to make this possible. Conversely, I’ve also looked at the challenges facing IT to fully leverage today’s collaboration solutions along with how the dynamics of enterprises act as inhibitors against these intentions.
The nature of large enterprises and collaboration technologies are each complex in their own ways, and IT must manage both, and that brings us to the final post in my Collaboration Insights series. Vendors offering collaboration solutions are really just one piece of the puzzle that IT needs to pull together into an overall plan.
On a broader scale, IT has to sell the virtues of collaboration across the organization. Not only does management need to be sold on the business case, but employees need to buy into the personal productivity benefits, plus line of business managers need to buy into this as a better way to drive team-based results. Continue reading