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Cisco Advances Mobility Strategy With New Enterprise 'Smart Solutions,' Building on Service Provider Offerings and Enabling 'Your Way' Experiences
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced findings from the Cisco IBSG Horizons Study of 600 U.S. IT and business leaders that shows IT is accepting, and in some cases embracing, "bring your own device" (BYOD) as a reality in the enterprise. The study shows some of the quantifiable benefits and complexities associated with allowing employees to use their own mobile devices on their employers' networks. Coinciding with the publication of the study, Cisco also highlighted "Smart Solutions" for the enterprise and opportunities for service providers to help customers, and end users, make the most of mobility experiences in the office, at home, or on-the-go.
The study found most organizations are now enabling BYOD in the enterprise, with a staggering 95% of respondents saying their organizations permit employee-owned devices in some way, shape or form in the workplace. This study also concluded that the average number of connected devices per knowledge worker is expected to reach 3.3 by 2014, up from an average of 2.8 in 2012. IT managers are balancing security and support concerns with the very real potential to reap significant cost and productivity benefits from the BYOD trend.
What's more, the survey found that BYOD is just the gateway to greater business benefits. Over three-fourths (76%) of IT leaders surveyed categorized BYOD as somewhat or extremely positive for their companies, while seeing significant challenges for IT. These findings underscore that BYOD is here to stay, and managers are now acknowledging the need for a more holistic approach -- one that is scalable and addresses mobility, security, virtualization and network policy management, in order to keep management costs in line while simultaneously providing optimal experiences where savings can be realized.
These research findings support Cisco's assertion that mobility needs to extend well beyond BYOD to include the integration of service provider mobility, enterprise mobility, security, collaboration and desktop virtualization solutions.
Key Survey Findings
More IT and Business Leaders Saying Yes to BYOD
BYOD Does Bring Complexity: Security and IT Support
Desktop Virtualization on the Rise
Solving challenges and creating opportunities for optimal "your way" mobile experiences
Cisco offers a broad portfolio of mobility products and services to help service providers and enterprises develop a holistic, scalable approach to their mobility initiatives while keeping operational costs in line and optimizing the user experience.
For the enterprise, Cisco is driving innovations around what's called the Cisco Unified Workspace. The Unified Workspace is an integrated and strategic approach to the enterprise workspace that is squarely focused on helping employees access all of the people and resources they need to do their jobs effectively from wherever they are, on whatever device they choose and with an enhanced quality of experience. In short, with the Unified Workspace, everything that makes workers efficient and productive moves with them. For example, instead of an employee just having voice while on the road, why not also provide the worker with location and presence capabilities?
As part of the Unified Workspace, employees will access some information on the device itself, like the platform-independent versions of collaboration applications such as Cisco WebEx(R) and Cisco Jabber(TM). Other applications or data may be accessed virtually through a virtual desktop centralized in the data center with full rich-media capabilities using the Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI).
To bring this strategy to life, Cisco is offering a set of "Smart Solutions" that have been fully tested and validated and can help CIOs and IT leaders increase business efficiency and remove the cost and complexity associated with mobility. The solutions, built on a common technology framework and backed by services from Cisco and partners, help increase employee satisfaction and productivity by enabling personnel to "work their way," helping ensure the business is highly secure and intellectual property is protected.
There are three Smart Solutions that can be offered to customers and partners:
The enterprise solutions referenced above are key components of Cisco's comprehensive mobility offering which also includes an extensive technology and services portfolio for service providers. Cisco offers solutions that can enable high performance mobile networks, with seamless roaming between cellular and Wi-Fi networks, all while helping to ensure the experience is optimized for the service and devices being used. These technologies enable service providers to meet growing bandwidth demands effectively, while increasing their ability to monetize the customers both on and outside of their networks. For example, just as many coffee shops advertise hotspots today, additional mobility services offered by service providers could enable those same businesses to attract additional customers.
According to the next Visual Networking Index Study (to be released on May 30), total devices and connections on the internet will grow from 10.3 billion in 2011 to a whopping 18.9 billion in 2016 -- nearly doubling in only five years. This provides service providers with clear opportunities to grow their business and offer value added services to customers.
Neil Sutton, Vice President Global Portfolio, BT Global Services
"Cisco's findings tally well with the latest BT research, which found that 82% of companies across 11 countries allow their employees to bring their own devices to work (BYOD), or will do so within the next two years. This is why BT and Cisco are working together to address this aspect of the networked IT market covering networking, global Wi-Fi and security."
John Lehner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Eagle Investment Systems
"At Eagle Investments Systems, we provide technology solutions to the global financial services industry across Asia Pacific, EMEA and the Americas and have a workforce of more than 600. The findings of the survey are not surprising to us: we believe it's critical that our employees have exceptional mobile capabilities to do their jobs. On any given day, approximately 40% of our employees may be out of the office meeting with clients or conducting related business. They need optimal ways to collaborate from any environment. We feel applications like Cisco Jabber and Cisco WebEx, backed by a critical network infrastructure, provide that mobile flexibility to our workers and enable the kind of collaboration our employees require anytime, anywhere and on any device."
Nancy Crouch, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Wake Forest University
"Wake Forest has consistently sought out innovative technological solutions, being among the first schools to give laptops to all of its students back in 1996. Now, we're continuing that innovation as it pertains to mobility. Our students are very much on the go, especially as many travel frequently throughout the year as part of the 'go there' experience here at Wake Forest. We want students to be fully engaged even when they're not on campus and find solutions like Cisco Jabber and Cisco WebEx provide that type of capability. They help connect our extended class community. These survey results highlight the changing face of mobility and we're addressing that transition in a way that helps our students receive the best education possible."
Padmasree Warrior, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Cisco
"As the number of devices being brought into work increases, organizations need a comprehensive mobility strategy. By leveraging the intelligent network, organizations can now provide their employees with the benefits of working anywhere, anytime: in other words, 'work your way.'"
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