One of the best parts about my job is that I get to spend a lot of time listening to some very smart people, both internally within Cisco and externally. As we touch so many parts of the global technology industry and market, it puts me in a fantastic position to see what’s coming down the track. So, each year around this time, I take the opportunity to offer some predictions for the year ahead (which, incidentally, is Cisco’s 30th birthday). (more…)
Happy new year from Cisco in Asia Pacific and Japan! As we start the new year, I want to take just a few moments to share with you what Cisco has been doing in the region to bring the transformative power of the Internet to governments, businesses and individuals in the region. (more…)
Innovations and great ideas have resulted in ground-breaking technologies that permanently transformed the way we work, live, play, learn and connect. Continuing with Cisco’s 30th anniversary celebrations, here are ten things that became the foundation for a truly connected and digital world. (more…)
For decades, the physical office has been the de facto definition of a workplace for most of us, where we get our jobs completed. While it is still important to retain this physical space, the future office will undergo a fundamental transformation. Already, many companies in Asia are now warming up to the idea of a ‘borderless’ office - essentially a virtualized workplace which empowers employees to work from anywhere and at anytime. These could include homes, libraries, cafes, remote offices, airports, hotels and customer or partner offices.
Borderless offices are instrumental for enabling flexible work practices, increasingly a necessity in a globally connected companies. Flexi-work also levels the playing field for working parents and those with disabilities – empowering them to fully participate in the workforce – while saving precious commuting time to-and-from the office. In Bangkok for example, it can take up to 2 hours to travel less than 1 km by car. Implementing flexi-work practices providers employees with the option of starting out later or working from home, saving them hours of commute time.
Driving the borderless office trend is the confluence of cloud and mobility technologies. Many companies today already enable their employees to access just about all corporate data, ranging from regular emails to confidential business data online. Moreover, this is achievable seamlessly and securely across an ecosystem of devices – mobile, desktop, personal and company owned.
Christmas came early to patients of Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, with Santa making a surprise visit! Unable to leave his grotto in the North Pole, tech savvy Santa had the elves work with Cisco, UXC, the Starlight Children’s Foundation and Queensland Health, so he could connect with a number of children who are unable to leave the hospital to celebrate Christmas.
Captain Starlight made his way around the hospital visiting children with Santa accompanying him, connected through a mobile TelePresence video unit. The children and their families were then able to interact directly with Santa, sharing their wishes and hopes in the lead up to the big day.
This was all made possible using Cisco high-definition video technology that creates life-like face-to-face connection with Santa, over the hospital wireless network. Take a look at the ABC’s coverage from the event.
A big thank you to Santa and Captain Starlight for helping bring smiles to so many children’s faces – and the entire team and partners who made this visit possible.
Santa is visiting sick children in hospitals around the world thanks to Cisco’s annual Connected Santa program, to bring festive joy and happiness. The team at Cisco was absolutely delighted to be part of such a special and worthwhile visit in Brisbane!
This month, Cisco celebrates our 30th birthday, a company that I have been with for the past 16 years. While many people played a role in the launch of the Internet, Cisco’s claim to fame was that its two founders, Sandy Lerner and Len Bosack, created the first multi-protocol router which allowed data to be sent from one computer to another across a network.
Legend has it that they were motivated by the desire to send love notes to each other across the Stanford campus. For love or money, this invention helped Cisco to become the fastest company in history to reach US$1 billion in annual revenue, and today a large majority of the world's Internet traffic travels across systems built by Cisco.
Just six years after Cisco was founded, the company opened its first office in Asia-Pacific, in Sydney, Australia. Coincidently, that same year, I also moved from my native Canada and set up shop in Asia-Pacific, in Nanjing, China. Of course the Asia of 1990 was a radically different place than the Asia of today. When I first lived in Nanjing, there were no private cars on the roads, only bicycles. In that city of 5 million people, there was only one building over 15 stories tall. And to phone Canada the cost was US$7 per minute, which proved a pretty quick way to bankrupt me as I dragged out a break-up with a girlfriend back home.
Today, Cisco kicked off a year-long celebration of our 30th anniversary. Cisco has come a long way - from our first multi-protocol router 30 years ago to becoming the global leader in networking and now working towards becoming the no. 1 IT company in the world. Cisco has transformed how people connect, communicate and collaborate by enabling the Internet with innovations such as IP Telephony, TelePresence, Unified Computing, Application Centric Infrastructure, Intercloud and most recently, Connected Analytics.
In Asia Pacific, Cisco too has come a long way. From our first office in Tokyo in 1992, we now have over 38 offices and over 15,000 employees across the region. One of our recent milestones in the region includes the Global Center of Excellence, established last year in Songdo, South Korea, as a showcase for Smart Cities. Meanwhile, the Cisco Internet of Things Innovation Grand Challenge lets startups like Singapore-based Subnero punch above their weight. By giving them a voice, this global open competition aims to recognise promising companies as well as accelerate the adoption of breakthrough technologies and products.
To accelerate the implementation and adoption of the next phase of the internet which Cisco refers to as the Internet of Everything (IoE), Cisco itself is innovating and investing in many areas to make the IoE a reality, from the network platform to cyber security, cloud and data analytics. But there are still many opportunities for innovation and new companies to emerge and we want to seek out, invest in and where appropriate, assist those companies to accelerate the transition to IoE on a global basis.
With this in mind, Cisco is pleased to have made an investment in Blackbird Ventures. Blackbird is a venture capital firm whose purpose is to help build global internet start-ups from Australia. The organisation is a collection of the founders of some of the country’s most successful start-ups, including Atlassian and one of Silicon Valley’s top investors.
Australians and New Zealanders have a wealth of relevant Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills and have proven themselves to be adept at identifying market opportunities. We have recently seen significant momentum among local start-ups and early stage companies and our announcement today is the first part of a multi-phase plan to foster this growth and to invest in this region.
Cisco’s investment will allow Blackbird’s portfolio companies access to cutting edge Cisco technologies very early in their life cycle and will help accelerate their path to becoming global organisations. By collaborating with Blackbird who has a good understanding of Cisco and where the market is heading, we are opening up our visibility to the Australian and New Zealand start-up community well beyond that which we are able to do independently. We are excited about playing a part in investing in local innovation and helping where appropriate to globalise.
The world we live in is continuously evolving, especially when it comes to the technology landscape. By 2020, there could be as many as 50 billion connected devices around the world, including smart refrigerators and vehicles, all wired to the Internet, which unlocks a whole gamut of possibilities.
Some of the trends which are emerging as a result of these increased network nodes include hyperconnectivity, flexible working styles and wearable technology. These shifts have the potential to disrupt our existing way of living and doing business globally.
This hyperconnectivity in a zettabyte era describes the intricate interactions between objects, people, places, businesses and governments, accelerated by the proliferation of Internet access and smartphones.
The Internet of Everything (IoE) is another key contributing factor, where everyday objects have an IP address, making automation and remote sensing a reality. The data mined from the inter-connectivity promises an incredible USD 19 trillion in value for businesses that embrace the opportunity to connect the previously unconnected.
As far as enterprise mobility is concerned, a borderless workplace and flexible working hours are going to be the next frontier. We can already access our corporate emails and engage in instant messaging (IM) with colleagues around the world even as we’re on the go. Soon, more critical business services and data will be made available, too, delivered in a more convenient and secure manner.
An anytime, anywhere workplace could help alleviate some everyday issues such as peak hour traffic congestion as it reduces commuting volume. It also gives working parents greater flexibility in managing their time, boosts employment opportunity for the physically challenged and significantly enhances the agility of enterprises.
Although still in its infancy, wearable technology is being widely touted by market watchers as the next big thing for mobility, like smart watches.
But in the health care industry, wearables in the form of electronic tattoos, Bluetooth-enabled dental implants, and other types of sensors that track our vital signs are changing healthcare from being prescriptive to predictive.
These trends described above are just a taste of what it’ll be like as the world develops into a digitalized society. We anticipate that, if managed correctly, the shift will allow us to become more sustainable through increased efficiency.
We will be unveiling more insights as to how Asia is digitalizing and becoming more connected through technology, and explore in detail trends that are emerging as a result of this evolution.
Tell us via a comment below what your predictions are for a connected future or join the conversation by following us on @CiscoAPAC on Twitter.
The Cisco Regional Roadshow has just finished its tour of eight cities across Australia and New Zealand.
More than 2,400 Cisco partners and customers registered to join the roadshow to hear the latest around how Cisco can provide end-to-end solutions that make innovation a business priority, whilst minimising risk and cost.
The roadshow gave our customers and partners an integrated view of new solutions across the business to show how Cisco is:
- Delivering a convergent way of working
- Concentrating on an application-centric approach to computing
- Delivering on the promise of innovation
- Providing security - anytime, all the time
Here’s a few insights from people who joined the Cisco Regional Roadshow:
“Short, sharp, thought provoking”
“Well organised, very engaging speakers”
“Very good, liked the content”
“Good high level overview, good sound technical information”
“Liked hearing about innovations and technologies”
“Structured and concise”
If you weren’t able to attend the roadshow, don’t worry! You can now download the presentation slides from Slideshare.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Cisco Regional Roadshow in Auckland, Wellington, Canberra, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, or Brisbane.
A special thanks to all of our speakers - Jason Brouwers, Kevin Bloch, Andrew Pillon, Glen Roberts, Robert De Nicolo, Anthony Stitt, John-Paul Sikking, Dave Robbins and Kris Boyd for their time and dedication over the course of the roadshow!