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The corporate computing environment is rapidly evolving in response to the consumerization of IT, mobility and cloud computing. These trends introduce new strategic business opportunities - as well as new risks and vulnerabilities. IT organizations must find a way to protect corporate assets while enabling the business to realize the value of these trends. This can be made more complicated than it needs to be when the IT organization is supporting a 'good enough' network.
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Network-enabled devices that include embedded communication modules or that are designed to be used with gateways or routers are flooding the market. Consumer products that are designed to be used with a web or mobile application are becoming the norm. It is estimated that over 100 billion M2M enabled devices are being shipped globally each year. This is the 'Internet of Things' and its creation is firmly underway.
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Somewhere out there your customer is right now realizing an experience with your brand. This realization will turn into an opinion soon enough and if you have done your homework, you will be able to lock in that discerning customer for a few more transactions. In a world where customer choices are increasing by the second, customer loyalty is increasingly turning into a wish. Does customer experience management (CEM) offer a way out? Read on to find out.
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The risks associated with the use of password-only authentication are not new. In 1995, the US Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) reported that approximately 80 percent of the security incidents they received were related to poorly chosen passwords. More than fifteen years later, two-thirds of organizations are still using just a password to secure remote access1.
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In the highly competitive Pharmaceutical world, staying ahead of your competition can be extremely challenging. Whilst having great products and a dedicated Sales Force were the keys to success in the past, it is not a guarantee of success in today.s environment. In an age where information is transmitted by a few keystrokes in a matter of seconds, traditional ways of doing businesses have to be re-looked. .Adapt or Perish. is the mantra for companies today. The primary challenge for any organization therein lies within . their ability to recognize and make the change in their business processes that allows for effective use of information. Traditionally, companies have relied on manual reporting using paper based reports to collect and send information from the field to their managers and the corporate headquarters. Some companies have moved to sending reports via e-mail. In either case, the information collection and dissemination is prone to errors since this is done manually with little validation. This also takes significantly more time in terms of collating the data. Furthermore, information has a very short half-life. You needed the information yesterday to make a decision. In this situation, the ability to reduce the time-lag in receiving the information is as vital as the information itself.
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With CAPEX accounting for only 20% of the cost of a network, it is important to look beyond initial expenditures and consider TCO and the business value a network can provide. A third-party TCO comparison of a Cisco network versus other vendors illustrates that Cisco can deliver a 13% better TCO even before business benefits, such as network uptime and employee productivity are considered. Further, the Cisco Borderless Network Architecture acts as a platform for service delivery, allowing your IT organization to say “yes” to business and revenue-enhancing opportunities.
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Today mobility, collaboration, and cloud computing present opportunities as well as challenges for IT organizations. You need a network that can deliver new service models while fostering business innovation and mitigating costs. By connecting people, information, and devices securely, reliably, and seamlessly, Cisco Borderless Networks can help you provide BYOD (bring your own device) support to your workforce; improving productivity and collaboration while protecting assets, capture growth opportunities using collaborative applications by attracting and retaining customers and workforce talent with video and finally use cloud economics for flexible services which helps to reduce costs and improve business processes.
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By taking a comprehensive end-to-end approach, a next-generation enterprise network simplifies and speeds the deployment of current and future technologies. This can help you transform your business because it provides opportunities to give employees freedom to work anywhere on any device for increased productivity, control your operational costs through virtualization innovations—from the data center to the desktop and also improve your business agility with cloud computing that does not jeopardize security, compliance, or intellectual property.

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Everyone’s heard the line about the only inevitabilities in life being death and taxes. IT managers, however, would quickly assert a third absolute – higher storage needs. There’s no question data storage requirements continue to skyrocket, and there’s absolutely zero likelihood of that ending any time in our lifetime. Enterprises have successfully controlled their IT budgets and server sprawl issues with the help of virtualization technologies, but what’s next? Increasingly, organizations are turning to storage consolidation for virtualized server environments in order to reduce data center costs and inefficiencies.
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Of late there has been quite a bit of talk of the “new world order” and the emergence of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC). Is that really the case? For the veterans of the telecommunications industry that saw the progression of control signaling over the past twenty years, this is more like “history repeating itself”. Some of the challenges facing the signaling industry today were faced in legacy networks over thirty years ago as the industry moved from in-band to “common channel” signaling. This led to the rapid development of the concept of the control signaling network and its related network elements. This paper deals with some of the similarities and differences between network architectures and control signaling protocols of yesterday and today. It will show why it is essential to have a well grounded knowledge of the past to be able to effectively solve the problems of the future!
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