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Are you an information technology (IT) or operational technology (OT) professional planning to invest in your career by adding Internet of Things (IoT) skills? If not, there are compelling reasons why this should be considered in your near-term career development. Industries of all kinds are in an IoT arms race. Research firm Gartner forecasts that IoT will add $12 trillion of economic value ... Read more

Digital transformation underpinned by the Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling organizations to create new customer experiences, empower workforce innovation, and transform their businesses forever. On the flip side, the increased automation and efficiency gains brought by IoT are threatening to replace many entry-level jobs in the IT and operational technology (OT) spaces. Fortunately, the good ... Read more

Digitization is placing unprecedented demands on businesses today and on those responsible for building, maintaining, and expanding their networks as they transform, innovate, and grow. Cisco’s Digital Network Architecture (DNA) is evolving the network to an automated, software-driven model that responds at the pace of digital business. And, as the industry embraces DNA, Learning@Cisco is ... Read more

Data breaches could be costing the healthcare industry $6.2 billion per year, and nearly 90 percent of the healthcare organizations covered in a May 2016 study by Ponemon Institute had endured a data breach during the previous two years. Forty-five percent had more than five data breaches in that period with the average cost of a cyberattack totaling $2.2 million. The data contained in electronic ... Read more

It's the 10th anniversary of Cisco's annual report on security and cybersecurity, and for this one, Cisco went out and surveyed 2900 of its customers. In addition, Cisco gathered the threat data that it has from the 5000 employees who work on security products at the company and fed that into the report. As always, there is ample food for thought in the report! Cisco continues to focus on the ... Read more

To borrow from the Nobel Prize-winning songwriter, the (security) times, they are a-changin’. When the commercial Internet was young—say in 1995—IT structure was relatively simple. It consisted of just three layers: server, network, and client. Each had its own security component. Ah, the good old days. Growing complexity is one of IT’s biggest security challenges today. ... Read more

Imagine a sensor inside an offshore drilling rig. The sensor checks for damage to a critical valve. To do so, the sensor regulates pressure in the oil well 7,000 feet below the ocean’s surface. This sensor generates data that might have gone unnoticed half a decade ago. Back then, the rig operator had no way to tap into this ground-level information. That’s not the case anymore. With ... Read more

The forecast for the digital era is cloudy all over. According to a recent IDC FutureScape study on cloud market predictions, 50 percent of IT spending and 60 percent of IT infrastructure spending will be cloud-based by 2018. Between 60 percent and 70 percent of all software, services and technology spending will be on the cloud by 2020. IDC also forecast that 65 percent of organizations’ ... Read more

Digitization is changing the world. Businesses, organizations, and governments alike are harnessing the power of digitization to build trust, move faster, add greater value, and grow. As a result, the network is undergoing a huge change, too. This change is just as big as the move from analog to digital. It is the shift away from physical devices—hardware—to software that virtualizes ... Read more

The next digitalization phase is about linking people, processes, data, and things—all without wires. Organizations are moving to wireless offices. There is also big growth in mobile application development, which requires testing mobile apps in a wireless environment. As wireless connections become the norm, so does the need for network advances. One example is virtual segmentation to ... Read more

Customer experience, faster innovation, and workforce experience, along with digitization, are determining an organization's future success. Submission By: Tejas Vashi   Three trends have combined to determine an organization’s success in this time of global digitization. The first trend is the customer experience. It’s more critical than ever. Accenture recently polled 13,000 ... Read more

(Note: This is the second installment of a two-part blog that looks at specific certifications that qualify IT professionals to operate and manage today’s next-generation data center. The first part of the blog series may be read here.) It’s not easy to master the wide range of skills that IT professionals need for the ASAP data center. These skills involve the implementation, ... Read more

(Note: This is the first of a two-part series that explores the changes in the digital era data center and the training needed to learn new skills to operate and manage it.) No longer an invisible function, the next-generation data center has evolved into the foundation for business transformation. Data centers that analyze, simplify, automate, and protect data are the wave of the future. This ... Read more

Picture this. You’re in line at your favorite coffee shop, scrolling through your smartphone. Your coffee shop loyalty app uses the location services enabled to sense that you’re onsite at one of its stores. Suddenly a coupon appears on your screen, just in time to redeem at the register. Thanks to real-time analytics on the network’s edge, you’ve just scored a free ... Read more

Submission By: Tejas Vashi   A meteor slammed into earth hundreds of millions of years ago. The impact wiped out the dinosaurs, leaving only nimbler creatures behind. These adapted to their new environment. Today's digital transformation of business and government will have the same effect. It will make short work of any organization that does not evolve rapidly. CEOs must quickly define ... Read more