Cisco Americas Networkhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/rss/Recent AnnouncementsMon, 17 Jun 2019 00:11:33 -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/ 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/ Education Wild for Wi-Fi6http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10511Cisco Meraki's Dwight Henning draws on 20 years of edtech experience and dives into the Wild Rose School Division's story on how WiFi-6 turns student and IoT devices networking obstacles into opportunities to promote learning.2019-05-14http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10511/ 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/ Durham County goes Cisco for enterprise network ops and security proficiencyhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10052Durham County, N.C. is featured for helping the county's IT team save time while improving security for their network powered by Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and DNA Center.2019-01-23http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10052/ Modernizing IT - A Network with Intenthttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9959How is the digital environment changing for the Public Sector and how does the network need to change in order to support it? Cisco CTO Dan Kent dives into what the network environment needs to look like in order for public sector organizations to continue in their IT modernization journey. 2018-12-18http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9959/ Montana State's flexible research network is improving security and reducing costshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9917Montana State University CIO Jerry Sheehan discusses the campus' Cisco intent-based network and how the university is improving security and reducing costs as a result.2018-12-06http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9917/ 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/ 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/ Why the Military Needs Skynethttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9883In the Terminator movie, Skynet was originally built as a “Global Information Digital Defense Network” providing an omni-connected platform that, in many ways, resembles the goals of the Department of Defense’s digital transformation effort. Cisco Defense Director Carl De Groote and Defense Strategist Chuck Louisell make the case for why a Skynet-like network can give our military the ultimate advantage on the battlefield through mission assurance, sustained operations and greater awareness.2018-11-28http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9883/ 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/ How to Empower Your Workforce to Create Repeat Loyalistshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9785No industry faces disruption as acutely as retail right now. Online-only retailers are challenging every piece of a retail puzzle that has not changed much in the last century. How do traditional retailers grow market share and revenue? Upon first glance, faster shipping and more customized in-store experiences seem like the most obvious answers. There is one critical component that retailers tend to overlook, however: workforce productivity. 2018-11-08http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9785/ 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/ EDUCAUSE 2018: How Intent-Based Networking Helps Montana State Live Up to Its 125-Year Old Missionhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9734Montana State University CIO Jerry Sheehan shares his campus' digital transformation and how Cisco's intent-based networking helps Montana State Live Up to Its 125-Year Old Mission. Learn how MSU honors its land grant heritage of accomplishing innovative, groundbreaking research in science and technology – and shares that knowledge with others to benefit the greater good.2018-10-31http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9734/ The Tech Lessons of Westworld for Our Worldhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9735Cisco's U.S. Public Sector Senior Systems Engineering Director Marcus Moffett contrasts how fog or edge computing in HBO's fictional Westworld, results in robots disastrous consequences to present day smart and connected communities. Today smart communities are fueled by the Internet of Things, government and citizens can benefit from edge computing to improve public services and respond quickly to disasters.2018-10-29http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9735/ HIMSS Analytics Debuts Infrastructure Benchmarkshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9736HIMSS Analytics introduced a maturity model to measure the technical infrastructure used within a health system, dubbed the "infrastructure adoption model," or INFRAM. Cisco has signed on to the program as an early certified consultant. Becker's Hospital Review has more details. 2018-10-28http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9736/ Every Day, an Average of Three U.S. Bank Branches Close their Doors for Goodhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9705In theory, the decline makes sense. Consumers with supercomputers in their pockets no longer need face-to-face interactions to complete basic financial transactions. They can do everything that used to be a part of weekly trips to their neighborhood branch directly from the comfort of their living room.2018-10-22http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9705/ Turn Fear into an Advantagehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9711It is the season for scary Halloween movies, and the most terrifying ones are often about the unknown. It’s easy to grasp a frightening ghost, monster, or some lunatic chasing after a group of folks whose van broke down in the wrong town. However, the unknown allows for another level of paranoia because you never know what’s coming next. 2018-10-22http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9711/ Threats from Cyber Adversaries Follow You Homehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9610Threat Researcher Nick Biasini discusses with Government CIO how cybersecurity attacks are becoming more and more sophisticated as attackers find new ways to penetrate networks. One of the most concerning methods is by infiltrating a device when it’s connected to a home network, with less protections than the office. Nick dives into the details. 2018-10-02http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9610/ Cybersecurity for smart cities: Changing from reactionary to proactivehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9573Cisco U.S. Public Sector Senior Director of Security Will Ash and Vice President of State, Local and Education for the Western U.S. Britt Norwood explore how smart cities can be proactive instead of reactive. The best proactive security plan is one developed by city officials that relies on a multi-tiered security approach to keep all endpoints, the network infrastructure and the cloud architecture safe.2018-09-24http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9573/ Are We Missing the Forest with IT Modernization?http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9431Former CIO and Federal Expert Alan Balutis explains why we shouldn't be worried about the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) not being included in the Senate version of the spending bill for fiscal 2019. His insights can be found in Federal News Radio.2018-08-09http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9431/ The 4 C’s of Learning in a Connected Classroomhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9122Cisco's new report highlights the key factors for establishing a successful marriage of technology and the classroom curriculum.2018-07-30http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9122/ Why Middle Market Manufacturers Might be the Solutionhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9101Many of us have heard the pros and cons of big and small manufacturers. Big manufacturers typically have greater access to capital, more advanced technology and more relationships. Small manufacturers tend to be quicker to respond to consumer demands. But what we haven’t heard much about are the middle market manufacturers. Cisco's Eric Ehlers is featured in this roundup article.2018-07-20http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9101/ The Government Reorganization Plan - Finding a Way to the 21st Centuryhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9085Reorganization remains a popular prescription for many of the ills of government. But little is known about what types of reorganization promote efficiency. Cisco Distinguished Fellow Alan Balutis breaks it down with a five-part plan to advance us towards a 21st century government. Details are at FCW.com.2018-07-12http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9085/ The Next-Generation Network Will Work Like the Nervous Systemhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9082Cisco Healthcare Director Barbara Casey talks next-generation network for healthcare with Healthcare IT News. She is quoted saying, "The old network was like the circulatory system, pumping blood to and away from the heart using a series of pipes. The next-generation network will work more like the nervous system, taking in sensory information, learning from it and changing its behavior based on its sensory environment." More insight from Casey and other healthcare experts shared with Healthcare IT News. 2018-07-11http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9082/ Cisco Chief Executive’s New Mantra: Simplify Computer Networkshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9079Chuck Robbins, Cisco’s chief executive since 2015, has been pushing for simpler and smarter computer networking systems, both to reduce operating costs and to head off security threats. Durham County, N.C. and Montana State University share their experiences with DNA center in the article. Seth Price, who manages networks operated by Durham County, N.C., estimated that DNA Center and other Cisco software had reduced the time needed to resolve service problems by 80 percent. Price noted, "Finding and isolating a computer infected with malware — a job that once took months — now takes hours," he said.2018-07-10http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9079/ Manufacturing In the Middle: Growth, Opportunity and New Challengeshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9071There is no one size fits all view when it comes to manufacturing. Large, advanced plants are using a plethora of advanced manufacturing processes, robots and data as a core part of their operations. There are emerging startups who are lean and able to respond to changing customer demands quickly. Then there are also a lot of companies in the middle, ranging from around 10 million in revenue up to 1 billion in revenue and are a significant impact on the overall economy.2018-07-05http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9071/ Cisco Live 2018: In Keynote, CEO Robbins Says Networks Must Change Fundamentallyhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9058At Cisco Live CEO Chuck Robbins talks about the “the network’s next act,” which is to evolve into an intelligent and secure platform for delivering business outcomes. 2018-06-29http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9058/ With Changing Rules, Knowledge is Key to Digitizing Factorieshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9054There is no single route to digital success in Manufacturing. That was quite clear to me from listening the many keynotes and panels during Cisco’s first regional Digital Manufacturing Summit in Seoul late May. Everyone had a different approach, strategy or partnership solution. Although the speakers agreed on many things; how they managed data, why they made certain digital decisions and how they chose to optimize operations varied – sometimes slightly but frankly frequently a great deal! 2018-06-28http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9054/