Cisco Americas Networkhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/rss/Recent AnnouncementsTue, 20 Nov 2018 18:39:45 -0800You 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ EDUCAUSE 2018: Software-Defined Networks Advance Research Computinghttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9754Montana State University CIO sees faster service and stronger security in Cisco DNA.2018-11-01http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9754/ 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/ 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/ DataScan Protects its Customers – and its Reputation – with a Secure Networkhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9689DataScan is a great example of a company that is being proactive about security. 2018-10-24http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9689/ 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/ Bringing the Smart City Vision to Kansas City’s Neglected East Sidehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9609With few signs of renewal in the area, Kansas City officials are hoping new investments in transit and technology will move the needle. It will mean smart parking, smart intersections, smart water meters and smart streetlights. Cisco, Sprint and its corporate partners has made Kansas City a magnet for tech entrepreneurs and conferences for big think about big data.2018-10-02http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9609/ Security, Yes, Cameras Provide Other Valuehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9591Security cameras have long been used in many different business settings to protect against theft and keep an eye out for suspicious behavior. Only fairly recently, though, have manufacturers recognized the unique value cameras can bring to warehouses, distribution centers, and factory floors.2018-09-27http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9591/ Why a smart city is an asset to the citizen and the city itselfhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9534U.S. Public Sector Senior Vice President Larry Payne discusses the future of smart cities technology, why it's essential to share information across all departments and how public officials can use that data to improve real-world experience for its citizens and the operational needs of a city. 2018-09-12http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9534/ Universities Integrate Smartboards to Promote Collaboration on Campushttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9459University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Eric Loepp, a political science professor at UW-Whitewater Webex uses Webex Boards and Teams as a way to get students involved. Later this year, UW-Whitewater plans to expand its implementation of Webex Boards and Teams.2018-08-17http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9459/ Kansas City Blazes a Trail Toward Smarter, Better Serviceshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9458Kansas City CIO Bob Bennett credits KCMO's smart cities public-private partnership with Cisco and its ecosystem partners as critical to its success. 2018-08-17http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9458/ Must do for Retailers: Driving Innovation While Protecting the Enterprisehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9425Brick-and-mortar retailers are standing at a crossroads – the intersection of innovation and security. Amid all the disruption happening in this sector, retailers also face significant security threats from both the cyber sphere and inside their physical stores. 2018-08-09http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9425/ Know Your Vendor Before a Partnershiphttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9107Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) deployments are prone to breaches due to minimal security. This state of affairs is because – in addition to the intelligent connected sensors and machines that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) – IIoT is also comprised of everything in the industrial world that predates the dawn of IT. 2018-07-25http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9107/ The DNA of Middle Market Growthhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9100The middle market consistently outperforms other economic segments. To understand what drives its growth, the Center and its partners completed a full Bayesian network analysis of hundreds of data points from 20,000 middle market companies—possibly the largest such data set ever examined. 2018-07-20http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9100/ 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/ Halton Healthcare Boosts Patient Satisfaction with a Communications Upgradehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9087During a hospital relocation, the three-hospital health system rolled out 700 Cisco IP mobile phones to nursing staff on a converged infrastructure, and patient satisfaction skyrocketed. HealthTech Magazine details the success Halton Healthcare relocating several of its hospital facilities into tech-forward “smart” hospitals. 2018-07-12http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9087/ 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/ Digital Transformation in Retail, how Cisco and its Partner Ecosystem are Transforming the Cisco Store!http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9049Envision if you will that it’s January 15th, 2012, and I am a week into my career at Cisco. On this day I would make my maiden voyage to the Cisco world headquarters in San Jose, CA. I would do all the new employee stuff, like getting my badge, laptop, and other meet and greet items that day. I would also take a trip to the Cisco store to get the latest swag they had to offer. 2018-06-27http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9049/ How Beam Suntory is Taking Bourbon High Techhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9038Kentucky is famous for fried chicken, tobacco and thoroughbreds, and it produces about 95% of the world's bourbon. While this amber liquid is steeped in tradition, one manufacturer is learning a few new high-tech tricks. At Beam Suntory, the key is using digital manufacturing from Rockwell Automation and Cisco to change its business models, improve efficiencies, streamline logistics and update its network.2018-06-25http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9038/ IIoT is Here, but Learn to Securehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9042It’s a fact: Most people are worried about data breaches. While 42 percent of respondents appreciate the value that can be delivered with Internet of Things (IoT) data, only 9 percent consider their data secure, according to a Cisco IoT Value/Trust Paradox report, based on a survey of 3,000 consumers.2018-06-25http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9042/ Las Vegas Using Smart City Tech from Cisco to Improve Their Communityhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9010Las Vegas is using smart city tech from Cisco to improve their community and provide new amenities for citizens.2018-06-22http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9010/ Cisco Live 2018: Avoiding Distillery Explosions with Cybersecurityhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9026With remote access hacks into distilleries able to cause not only data-related and economic damage but also actual explosions, Beam Suntory said it realised the importance of protecting its networks against outside threats. Speaking during Cisco Live 2018 in Orlando this week, the company's global senior network architect Amon Hogue explained how Beam Suntory -- which produces alcohols including Maker's Mark and Jim Beam -- is now able to allow IT experts to access its networks remotely.2018-06-19http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9026/ How Beam Suntory Uses Cisco Technology to Streamline Logistics and Improve its Networkhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9027Technology can disrupt and transform, and there's no better example than Beam Suntory, a 200-plus year old company that manufacturers wine and spirits. Beam Suntory Senior Network Global Architect Amon Hogue talks about how the company is using Cisco solutions to keep their company on the cutting edge of technology. 2018-06-19http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9027/ Beam Suntory Taps into Cisco's Security Portfolio to Keep Distilleries Safehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9023With more than 80 distilleries and plants around the world, Beam Suntory is working with Cisco to keep data breaches and high-proof explosions at bay. Speaking on a panel during Cisco Live last week in Orlando, Florida, Beam Suntory's Amon Hogue spoke about how his company hardened its network against hackers while also giving remote access to experts to fix problems.2018-06-18http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9023/ $2.8-M NSERC-Cisco chair aims to transform the Internet of Thingshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9024University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has been awarded $1.38 million by NSERC —and matching funding from industry partner Cisco Canada — for a research chair to help address the huge demand the Internet of Things (IoT) will create for transmitting and tracking data.2018-06-12http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9024/