Cisco Americas Networkhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/rss/Recent AnnouncementsMon, 18 Mar 2019 20:58:55 -0700John 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/ How Enterprise-Level Firms Should Approach Data, Automation, Blockchainhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9895Listen to Al talk about data, automation, and blockchain during an interview at Money 20/20, the fintech event where technology meets money, money meets people, people meet ideas, and ideas become reality. 2018-11-30http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9895/ Making The Retail Moments That Matter Most Positively Contagioushttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9867Flu season is upon us and catching the bug is not all that has shoppers concerned this winter. Standing in long lines, not being able to find an associate to help or arriving to the store only to find a product out of stock are too often still a reality during the holiday season. It is no surprise that shoppers are in search of effortless experiences that provide much-needed transparency and can save them time. And we all know that when experiences cut the friction out of the shopping equation, customers are more likely to come back for more. 2018-11-26http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9867/ You Don’t Have to be Amazon to Create a Frictionless Retail Experiencehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9852The new normal in retail comes down to one simple concept, ease of purchase. The longer the list of obstacles that stand between your product and your customer, the less likely your customer is to complete a transaction or return for another. But let me let you in on a secret. Its okay, you can still thrive even if you’re not Amazon. 2018-11-20http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9852/ Five Steps to Effectively Engage Your Partners in Digital Enterprise Transformationhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9844When keeping pace with digital transformation in financial services today, the journey between A and Z is long—but the time organizations have to get it right is short. It’s no secret that the path to industry innovation can pose more challenges than in other sectors. Evolving global regulation and standards require a higher degree of forethought, due diligence and certainty about the effectiveness of every solution introduced. The margin for error is…well, in truth there isn’t one. In the weeks before 2019, technology simply moves too fast. 2018-11-16http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9844/ Retail’s Missing Gap to a Brighter and More Sustainable Futurehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9775Retail is moving towards a new digital model that is expedited by all the various digital technologies, IoT capabilities and consumer expectations taking the stage. However, many retailers are faced with unexpected hurdles and challenges during this process of change and transformation. 2018-11-06http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9775/ Join Cisco at Automation Fair 2018http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9776The city of brotherly love will become the center of manufacturing this fall as Automation Fair comes into town, November 14-15 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Just like in the past, the two days will be packed with be vendors, forums, hands-on labs, technical sessions and an opportunity to network with your industry peers. The entire two days are also free to attend. 2018-11-06http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9776/ The Future of Money is...http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9777Last week, I had the chance to attend Money 20/20, the Coachella of financial technology. Over four days in Las Vegas, I heard from more than 100 speakers and met with dozens of executives, investors, and entrepreneurs working to define and create the future of money. So, what is that future? And how do we get there? To find out, I posed three questions to attendees. 2018-11-06http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9777/ Cisco Awarded Top 5 Rank by IDC in Financial Serviceshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9778This award is in recognition of Cisco’s continued focus on the FinTech sector and helping our customer adopt the NG technology. We spend every day working with our Financial Services customer to adopt a Digital transformation strategy, however in today’s market it is not enough to just have a Digital strategy. You also need to have a Digital Ready Network platform that will enable you to execute and deliver on that Digital strategy.2018-11-06http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9778/ Fintech Moves from Banking Disruptor to Collaboratorhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9729If you can’t beat them, work with them. That’s one clear message coming from the Money 20/20 USA conference in Las Vegas this week as representatives from large financial institutions rubbed shoulders with fintech startup founders in an effort to sort through the future of money. 2018-10-25http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9729/