Take the Meraki Challenge and Find out if Cloud Managed IT is Right for Your Business

We all hear that the role of IT in today’s companies is becoming increasingly complex. In Canada and around the world, companies are faced with this challenge on a daily basis.

Want proof? A report posted on Information Age indicates that 70% of businesses say that IT operations are holding them back. Companies need a solution that simplifies daily IT management so their valuable IT staff can focus on new business models and strategies.

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How Cisco’s Networking Academy meets High School Students’ Needs

By: Susan Monachino, OCT, B.Sc., Computer Technology Teacher and Technology Department Head

What critical component is pervasive across all careers, from A (Architect) to Z (Zoologist) and everything in between? What specific knowledge and skills are necessary and valued in virtually every job market?

Computers.

Computers and all forms of digital devices are now entrenched in society, and the need for skilled resources to setup, maintain, network and troubleshoot these devices, will always exist.

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Complexity versus Simplicity in Making Collaboration Work

*Posted originally on Jon Arnold’s Analyst 2.0 Blog on March 16, 2015

This is the second post in my new Collaboration Insights series, with the focus being how IT needs to balance the forces of simplicity and complexity in order to get things right with collaboration. My opening post set the stage by looking at the value of collaboration for “getting work done”, which is what employees really care the most about. They don’t care about the technology that drives UC, and that brings us to the natural tension between these two forces.

The challenge of complexity

Collaboration solutions are complex for a variety of reasons, and this creates challenges for both IT and end users. Whether called UC, collaboration or UCC, these platforms can be complex to deploy, and this will be a key consideration when choosing a collaboration vendor, especially those that do not have all the applications native to their solution. Many vendors only have some core pieces of their own, with other elements such as video or conferencing being bolted on from other vendors.  Continue reading

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It’s About You Bettering Your Business

Trends in the technology industry are always changing. If you are anything like me, being ahead of the technology curve is challenging. We all know we need to be at the forefront of it, but sometimes the wave takes us by storm and we get derailed. Cisco Connect Toronto provides the perfect opportunity to learn about the latest trends, network with local peers and meet with experts. It’s two days dedicated to advancing your business.

This year we are bringing a new spin to Cisco Connect Toronto. As the Premier Technology sponsor of TO2015, Cisco Canada is demonstrating Fast IT on a world stage. We are deploying an intelligent, mobile, secure, and collaborative mission critical network and data center to support the massive levels of data generated across 35 different Games venues. But before we demonstrate this at the GAMES, we are bringing it to Cisco Connect Toronto.

Additionally we are hosting walk-in self-paced labs, a full day of tectorials / labs, and Internet of Everything story-telling exhibits focused on retail, healthcare, transportation, and Smart and Connected workspaces. I won’t give away everything here, but it’s definitely a must see!  Continue reading

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The Future of Partner Eco-Systems

Last month, I had a great conversation with Robert Dutt from ChannelBuzz.ca. Robert is well known for covering the Canadian IT channel and for reporting on the trends and tribulations that come with the rapidly changing IT sector. Robert and I spoke about the evolution of the partner eco-system for the IT industry, and for Cisco in particular.

Our world is changing. From analogue to digital, static to mobile. Offline is becoming online. What was here and there is now everywhere. The Internet is evolving fast and the Internet of Everything is literally changing everything. Naturally, this is having a major impact on how we consume, sell, and procure technologies, products, and services. Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 10.26.24 AM

In IT, we are moving from ‘selling great products, features, and functionalities’ to ‘delivering solutions or whole-offers that solve business problems’. The Internet of Everything is about creating solutions that deliver business outcomes to those that want to become more efficient, productive, innovative, competitive, and grow their business.  Continue reading

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With the Internet of Everything, Canadian Banks Can Drive a New Level of Customer Engagement — and Profitability

For financial services institutions, the battle to acquire new customers and increase business with existing clients centers on customer engagement. A superior engagement, differentiated experience, and sense of distinctive value at all points of interaction with customers (and potential customers), is key.

With more Canadians seeking to fulfill their service needs through mobile and other digital channels, Canadian financial institutions must ensure that their operations, distribution, and delivery models are digitized to produce the highest value to customers. The way to do that is through the Internet of Everything (IoE), the networked connection of people, process, data, and things.

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Empowering a Diverse Workforce

“Entrepreneurial Volunteerism” that is how I describe our inclusion and diversity strategy at Cisco. This is what you get when you give passionate people the freedom and support to explore what is important for them.

A great example of this would be the Canadian women’s group who has set out their charter as Recruit (show Cisco Canada as a great place to work for women), Retain (provide opportunities to network and support each other), and Educate (give access to training to improve professional skills).

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Governor General Addresses the Qikiqtani Regional Teachers’ Conference via Virtual Keynote

Over 400 Teachers across Nunavut Connect for the First Time at Inuksuk High School through TelePresence

I don’t know if many of you have had the great privilege of meeting His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. On February 19, I had that distinct pleasure. His Excellency joined us along with Terry Audla, president of Inuit Tapiirit Kanatami at Cisco’s office in Ottawa to address over 400 guests located in Iqaluit including the Honourable Peter Taptuna, Premier of Nunavut, the Honourable Paul Quassa the Minister of Education, as well as many teachers and administrators.  This was part of Cisco’s support of the Qikiqtani Regional Teachers Conference taking place in Iqaluit. We were happy not only to invite His Excellency to join us, but to have him participate in the virtual portion of the event, which brought experts and special guests from across Canada to the teachers in Iqaluit over the course of the week-long conference. And let me tell you – he had me at “cherish our teachers”.  Having been in several schools across Nunavut, I can tell you first hand that these teachers are doing incredible work on the front lines of some of Canada’s most remote communities. In the winter it’s dark. And cold. Some of these teachers are dealing with challenging social issues and children with unique needs. And yet, the teachers I have met show such commitment, resilience and a real passion for what they do. It was moving and fitting to hear them recognized by none other than our extraordinary Governor General.  Every teacher in this country does us all a great service in the support of Canada’s students. And the teachers in Nunavut are exceptional examples of teachers can have such a meaningful influence in the lives of their students. They are mentors, coaches, sounding boards, advocates.  And they are to be celebrated!

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How Cisco Canada’s I CAN Learn Program is Connecting Students to the Science of Sport, Virtually

Do sport wheelchairs have breaks?

How long does it take to make a sport wheelchair from design to manufacturing? What do you have to study to become a sports scientist?

And how long have you been training for the upcoming TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games?

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Cisco TORONTO 2015 Countdown Clock wins global recognition

Our Cisco TORONTO 2015 Countdown Clock is getting worldwide attention! I am delighted to share that X2O Media (a Barco company) our ecosystem partner, won international recognition at the 2015 Digi Awards in the Best Deployment, Sports Venue category. X2O’s platform was used in conjunction with Cisco’s iServices platform to drive real-time content to the displays on the Countdown Clock.

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