Cisco Americas Networkhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/rss/Recent AnnouncementsThu, 20 Jun 2019 00:14:36 -0700Network Infrastructure: The Key to Retail Modernizationhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10619To paraphrase Mark Twain, the death of traditional retail has been greatly exaggerated. A majority of goods transacted in the U.S. in 2018 were sold in brick-and-mortar stores, according to all available analysis. But, of course, traditional retailers cannot ignore the constant disruption occurring in their industry. Digital’s share of retail has nearly tripled in a decade.2019-06-11http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10619/ Human Machine Interface: An Issue of Trusthttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10602One of the many unique aspects of the manufacturing industry is its diversity of operating systems in terms of purpose, vintage and version. Besides the real-time operating system of controls, you could argue the only other operating system within manufacturing is Windows. Although that is technically untrue, Windows certainly covers greater than 90 percent of the installed base.2019-06-10http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10602/ The Retail Moments That Matter Most — "Optimize Me"http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10537Retail is not what it used to be. With so many new, enriching and interesting things to do in this world, traditional shopping just doesn’t have the shine it used to. Consumer expectation and interest have shifted from browsing and pondering what they might be interested in, to making split-second decisions and moving onto the next thing. Shoppers are increasingly mobile, hopping channels frequently. 2019-05-21http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10537/ Bottled Better: Coca-Cola’s Connected Factory approachhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10530When the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the United States recently increased their number of production centers from 5 to 13 (through acquisition) they knew that getting them to work together would be a challenge. With issues around proprietary infrastructure, an explosion of data, and the age old issue of IT vs. OT, integration had to start off solid. So they turned to a trusted partner, Cisco. 2019-05-20http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10530/ Sharp Faced Challenge of Upgrading IT Infrastructure with Legacy Appshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10532San Diego-based Sharp HealthCare was struggling to modernize its IT infrastructure while maintaining support for legacy applications, explained Kevin Rothstein, network engineer at Sharp HealthCare. The health system was outgrowing its physical infrastructure for the data center, it was focused on virtualization to reduce underutilized hardware in its facilities, and it wanted to improve its security strategy.2019-05-20http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10532/ Why We Should Establish a Personal Health Record For Each Person In the U.S.http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10484Establish a Personal Health Record for each person in the U.S.– either via Private or Public means, if every person had a PHR that was maintained over a person’s lifetime, each person would own their own data and then decide who and how it gets shared, mined, used, etc. Microsoft Healthvault and Google Health maybe were ahead of their time when they introduced these concepts. I think this is the way it makes sense to make data more interoperable and sharable among those providers that patients believe should have access to it.2019-05-06http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10484/ Autonomous Robot Debut Celebration at Cisco Systemshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10485Cisco Systems is deploying a creative solution to achieve a new zero waste goal for its Research Triangle Park (RTP) campus. With a current waste diversion rate around 65%, getting to zero waste (diverting 90% of all waste generated on campus from landfill) is no easy feat. Part of the strategy to meet this goal is to add composting and prioritize the use of reusable dishes in its cafeteria. 2019-05-06http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10485/ Future-Proofing the Manufacturing Industry Against an Aging Workforcehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10431For many decades, the manufacturing sector in the United States benefitted from a consistent labor pool from which to draw talent. However, the rising, younger generation of potential employees are no longer drawn to manufacturing jobs like their parents and grandparents. Companies such as Google tend to attract a higher rate of younger skilled workers than the likes of GE. This presents a serious skills gap for manufacturers, faced with an aging workforce and fewer options to replace them when they retire. 2019-04-22http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10431/ Cybersecurity Canadian Stylehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10432At the CME (Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters) “Dare to Compete” event in Winnipeg, Canada, likeminded people come together to share their experiences and ideas for the greater good of manufacturing. The event is community focused and the goal is to connect with peers, drive innovation, and compete in today’s global market. The day began with discussions around company priorities and a need to focus on employees (with retention and obtaining new talent in mind).2019-04-15http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10432/ John Graham and Cisco's "First Team" Honoree for Cloud Computinghttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10259Every year, Automation World magazine uses and open-ended survey of automation professionals to ask them who their favorite suppliers are for technology. For 2019, Cisco was selected as a first team honoree for Cloud Computing.2019-03-07http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10259/ How to Address Plant Floor Data Security Threatshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10197In order to fully understand data passing through an industrial network, one needs to take a deep dive and analyze the data itself. In other words, when we have data moving from controllers to I/O blocks, how do we actually know it’s the right data?2019-02-27http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10197/ Cybersecurity Helps Manufacturers Create More Secure, Resilient Networkshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10188If you know anyone who has a current state-of-the-art pacemaker, most likely it can be programmed via a Windows-based computer at the doctor’s office. Most pacemakers use near-field communications, which means they can only communicate with another device at a distance of 1 or 2 inches, making direct access difficult for a potential hacker. 2019-02-25http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10188/ The Key to Any Successful Industrial Digitalisation Projecthttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10149Intelligent use of real-time data is critical to successful industrial digitalisation. However, ensuring that data flows effectively is just as critical to success. Todd Gurela explains the importance of getting your manufacturing network right. 2019-02-18http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10149/ A Look at What Cisco’s Fully Integrated Retail Store Can Do http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10123A prototype store set up at NRF 2019 combines digital and physical store experiences to help customers find items and streamline purchases while improving visibility for store associates. 2019-02-12http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10123/ 2019 Leadership in Automation: First Team Honoreeshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10112Automation technologies are so regularly installed with the idea that they will last for years or even decades that it’s no surprise buyers tend to be steadfast in their loyalties to one company or another. Given that, it’s really not a surprise that Automation World’s readers show fairly consistent loyalties year after year as they judge the Leadership in Automation First Team Honorees. But in this, our ninth year of the program, we’re starting to see a few changes as end users wend their way through the maze of new technologies related to the Internet of Things (IIoT), collaborative robots, edge and cloud computing, and more. 2019-02-08http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10112/ A Day in the Life of a Digital Shopperhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10113Cisco's NRF 2019 booth had customers experiencing a comprehensive journey with scan-and-go checkout, immersive digital signage, end-to-end shopper analytics and more. Check out this virtual tour of our Stop, Shop & Go concept today! 2019-02-08http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10113/ Fog Computing vs. Edge Computing: What Higher Education IT Teams Need to Knowhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10087Did you know that Cisco coined the term "fog computing?" Learn what it is, how it differs from edge computing and why higher education network infrastructures can benefit from fog or edge computing as they incorporate the Internet of Things on campuses.2019-01-30http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10087/ Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure, with its Focus on AI and Machine Learning, is a Data Center Solution for Financial Institutions of All Sizeshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10088Technology is rapidly evolving, particularly in the financial services sector, where there are increasingly automated services and greater customer expectations for speed and convenience. Cisco Systems seeks to help companies stay ahead of the technology curve with programs like its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). Cisco ACI is a data center solution that employs AI and machine learning to provide thorough, quick, and secure services to its clients, so they can pass along great service to their customers. 2019-01-30http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10088/ #WeAreCisco and we #LoveWhereweWorkhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10081Cisco Canada has been recognized as an exceptional, and industry-leading, workplace by Forbes Best Employers in 2019. 2019-01-29http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10081/ AI-fueled Verizon Digital CX Targets Virtual Contact Centershttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10065Verizon, one of the leading telecommunications vendors, entered the customer experience software space with Verizon Digital CX, a new suite of products aimed at enterprise and SMB contact centers. The New York-based telecom vendor unveiled Verizon Digital CX at the National Retail Federation's NRF 2019 conference on Jan. 14, and it said customers can license the product immediately. 2019-01-28http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10065/ NRF 2019: What I Saw and Felt at the Expohttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10066Being at NRF, no matter how many years you've attended and have collected good tips for optimizing your content, you're sure to feel that sense of forgetting important things! With so many simultaneous lectures, areas of innovation, startups and parallel actions, the script must be studied well before. On the second day of the event, in front of more than 700 exhibitors, it is a challenge to be on time, in the right place!2019-01-28http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10066/ NRF 2019: Big Brands Come Together to Use Blockchain Technology and Provide More Attractive Experienceshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10068BLOCKv will work with CataBoom, Intel and other leading retail brands to launch Project NGAGE, an initiative led by Intel that will demonstrate how digital objects are gamified in blockchain. Its goal is to provide much more attractive customer experiences and have the potential to initiate a new era in retail marketing at the NRF 2019 Retail's Big Show.2019-01-28http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10068/ Innovation: Cisco Innovation, Technology and Development Arrives at the National Retail Federation 2019http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10060The Digital Transformation is no longer something only linked to companies, but it is increasingly related to the internal customer, end user, business processes and customer experience. That is why, every day it becomes more necessary for companies not only to use new technologies but also to develop a business strategy based on increasingly demanding expectations from their customers. Strategies must seek to unite the digital and physical world through consistent, memorable experiences that ultimately achieve customer loyalty.2019-01-25http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10060/ Tech Lets Shoppers Say ‘Optimize Me’ When Ordering Grocerieshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10054The line between digital and physical shopping continues to get fuzzier. At NRF’s “Big Show” last week, Cisco showcased a concept called “Optimize Me” within its fictitious Stop, Shop & Go store. Rather than the shopper buying everything online and picking it up in store (BOPIS), this scenario allows the shopper to save items in a grocer’s smartphone app as they go about their regular activities. They add items to a virtual shopping list as they think of what they need and then select “optimize me” within the app when they are ready to head to the store.2019-01-24http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10054/ NRF 2019: The Promise of Surveillance Data for Retail Operationshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10056Surveillance cameras are in nearly every physical store, from the smallest bodega to the largest big-box retailer — and they’re always running, gathering info on the goings-on in brick-and-mortar locations around the clock. But, are retailers using these tools to their fullest extent? Likely not, according to George Bentinck, product manager at Cisco Meraki, who spoke at NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show on Tuesday, Jan. 15, alongside George Howard, IoT Business Architect at CDW, in the session “Enhanced Video Surveillance Turns Sight into Insights.”2019-01-24http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10056/ Retailers Should Tap Into Technology to Create Magic Moments for Consumershttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10059As technology innovation changes at the speed of light, retailers are working hard to build up the customer experience, both online and at brick and mortar. At the intersection of the digital and physical retail space are "magic moments." Presenting at the National Retail Federation's NRF 2019: Retail's Big Show, technology giant Cisco highlighted three magic moments from around the globe. In the Americas, it is the merging of online and in-store; in Asia, mobile is a way of life; and in Europe, it is synchronized inventory and pricing.2019-01-24http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10059/ Questionable Headlines Can Drive Bad Security Decisionshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9975Security is hard enough without your executives knee-jerking to the latest FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) filled headlines and demanding answers or solutions to problems you either already solved or don’t even apply. It gets worse when those headlines themselves are in error and your over-subscribed teams end up burning time you don’t have, or even worse, altering sound thoughtful policy just to give a positive “fixed it” answer to the wrong question.2018-12-21http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9975/ Agile Retail, Simplifiedhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9963Our focus at NRF this year is taking advantage of the retail “moments that matter most!” We are bringing to life what those moments might look like with a life-size board game- showing how retailers can bring it all together in the quickest and simplest way possible.2018-12-19http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9963/ Intent-Based Industrial Networkshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9906Manufacturing networks today are massive and pass quite a bit of unutilized data. These networks also have a lot of equipment on them that, from time to time, is moved around where the plant floor is re-optimized to make people and machinery more efficient. 2018-12-05http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9906/ Strategic Planning for Growthhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9894The National Center for the Middle Market’s recent research revealed that, for the majority of middle market businesses, formal growth strategy is second only to market expansion in terms of weight in the growth equation. While some strategic focuses lead to more rapid revenue growth than others, it’s not just what the strategy dictates that matters. How the strategy is defined, developed, and executed also play essential roles in strategic success and a company’s rate of growth. 2018-11-30http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9894/