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.
Cue Cisco Meraki. Continue reading
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 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.
*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
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
Posted in Cisco, Cisco Canada, Collaboration, Data Centre, Virtualization and Cloud, Internet of Everything, Security, Service Provider, Small and Mid-size Business, Technology
Tagged cisco canada, Cisco Connect Toronto, Cisco Systems, Internet of Everything, Internet of Things, IoE, IoT, Mark Milton, Ontario, Pan Am, technology, TO2015, Toronto, Womens Empowered Network
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.
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
Posted in Internet of Everything
Tagged Channel Buzz, cisco canada, Cisco Systems, GE, Honeywell, Internet of Everything, Internet of Things, IoE, IoT, Johnson Controls, partners, Rick Huijbregts, Rockwell, Schneider Electric, technology
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.
Posted in All Posts, Cisco, Cisco Canada, Financial Services, Industries, Internet of Everything
Tagged analytics, banking, cisco canada, Cisco Consulting Services, Data, digital, financial services, Geoff King, innovation, IoE
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?
Posted in All Posts, Cisco, Cisco Canada, Education, Technology, TO2015, Video
Tagged cisco canada, Cisco I CAN Learn, Jenn Madden, STEM, TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games
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.