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Cisco's Allyson Corcoran wins prestigious ARN Women in ICT award

Cisco’s Allyson Corcoran wins the ARN Women in ICT Award for Achievement

The Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) are run by ARN to recognize female excellence in the ICT channel and reward professional achievements and outstanding results each year.

Allyson Corcoran, Director, Operations of Cisco Technical Services was chosen as the winner for the Achievement category for her strong business and financial acumen. Allyson has worked in the ICT industry for more than 22 years, fourteen of which have been spent at Cisco.

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Three other Cisco employees – Vanessa Sulikowski, Shae Howard and Vicki Morris – were nominated with Vanessa and Shae making it to the shortlist for the final round alongside Allyson, under various categories.

A certified accountant, Allyson has been able to simplify finance for her technically focused colleagues. To achieve this, Allyson designed an interactive course aimed at Senior Managers and Directors within Cisco Technical Services. The sessions that Allyson developed for the organisation covered topics such as financial statements, deal structuring and new business models. Based on the success of this program, the leadership in the region developed an ongoing learning and development module, which has now been rolled out across all business units within the region.

Since joining Cisco in 2000, Allyson has held several senior positions within the organisation and her current role is Director, Operations of Cisco Technical Services for the Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China region. In addition to her APJC Operations job, since 2012 Allyson has had a dual role as the Theatre Director for Cisco ANZ Technical Services.

Allyson is very passionate and active in the areas of inclusion and diversity in the workplace and developing talent for the future. She is an Executive Sponsor of a number of programs focussed on talent development and employee engagement both in ANZ and across the broader region.

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The 2014 awards were presented at a gala luncheon at the Ivy ballroom in Sydney with more than 285 channel leaders in attendance.

The entire Cisco Australia team is thrilled for Allyson and her achievement.


20 years of Connecting Thailand and Digitizing the Economy

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Cisco celebrates 20 years of operations in Thailand,  having played a key role in digitizing the economy and transforming Thailand. Our technologies, expertise and solutions have been embraced by business and organizations, changing the way Thais’ work, live, play and learn.

For example, Cisco played a crucial role in building the first Internet PoPs (Points of Presence) with a commercial service provider, Internet Thailand Co. Ltd (now known as “Internet Thailand Public Company Limited or INET) which went “live” on 1st March, 1995.

Cisco also made significant contributions to bridging the digital divide in Thailand by developing ICT skills and networking knowledge through its Networking Academy® program. Since the program’s inception in 1998, Cisco has trained more than 34,960 students through its 45 education institution partners. More than 36% of these students are female. The Networking Academy Program is the flagship of Cisco’s social investment programs worldwide and uses a public-private partnership model with educational institutions, nonprofits, governments and other international and local agencies.

“Cisco plays a critical role in enabling a transformation in Thailand through information and communications technologies and our expertise and vision mirrors Thailand’s aspirations for a ‘Connected Digital Economy’.

I’m excited by what the future will bring for Thailand, seeing the government’s recently announced five themes to build a ‘Digital Economy’. Cisco and our ecosystem of partners are committed to drive the development and implementation of hard infrastructure, soft infrastructure, service infrastructure, digital skills and innovation, and a digital society.

Critical to the success of this vision for a digital economy is a robust and secure broadband infrastructure that can grow with the current of 26 million Internet users in Thailand.In addition, the ‘Internet of Everything’, which connects things, data, people and process will expand how the world will benefit from the connecting the unconnected.

By increasing the adoption of digital technologies to connect stakeholders, customers, employees, investors, and partners, we can connect Thailand and beyond that, connect ASEAN.

Tomorrow really does start now for Thailand."

Vatsun Thirapatarapong, country manager for Cisco in Thailand and IndoChina.


Saleh 'Haji' Munshi appointed as President of ASEAN

Saleh M Haji Munshi has been appointed as the new leader in ASEAN, reporting to Irving Tan, President for Cisco in Asia Pacific and Japan.

Based out of Singapore, Haji will be responsible for owning and accelerating business strategies across Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, and the Indochina region.

Prior to Cisco, Haji held senior, regional leadership positions at Dell, Ciena, Lucent Technologies and Hughes Network Systems. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School; a Master of Engineering from Cornell University; and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Leeds.

Saleh M (Haji) Munshi“Southeast Asia is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world, and I’m excited by the opportunities we have to create substantial economic development for the ASEAN countries through disruptive technologies like mobile Internet, big data, industrial automation cloud, and the Internet of things. Our team is focused on creating sustainable and innovative business models for our customers, andour partner ecosystem as we move towards a future of a borderless economic community.

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Connected Cities: A New Model of Government and Citizen Partnership

Today, cities face a variety of challenges, including job creation, economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social resilience. In the age of the Internet of Everything (IoE), where connectivity has become increasingly prevalent, the networked connections among people, processes, data and things can be utilised to offer solutions to these urban challenges faced by citizens and the public sector.

In fact, cities serve as fertile ground for realising the promising value of IoE. In Malaysia alone, IoE is expected to drive a value of US$64 billion (RM214.11 billion) over the next 10 years, with US$11 billion (RM36.80 billion) of it originating from the public sector. (more…)

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Top 10 things cybersecurity professionals in Singapore need to know about the Internet of Everything

Built on the foundation of the Internet of Things (IoT), the Internet of Everything (IoE) is accelerating, creating significant opportunities for organisations, individuals, communities, and countries as more things come online – along with the people, processes, and data that interact with them.

Setting its sight to be the world’s first smart nation, the Singapore government has already lay a solid infrastructural foundation to support IoT with the  Intelligent Nation Masterplan (iN2015) from the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, and the Ministry of Communications and Information is now working on the Infocomm Media Masterplan for the next 10 years. Several proposed ideas, such as the Above Ground Boxes and Data Marketplace, will enable Singapore to leverage IoE’s transformative potential and help the nation develop smart, connected communities.

However, IoE adoption is not a bed of roses as, alongside new opportunities, there will also be fresh challenges particularly when it comes to cybersecurity. The IoE does not just require networked connections but secure networked connections in order to capitalise on the estimated trillions of dollars of value to be gained globally over the next decade.

To ensure that its residents and businesses can stay connected, while protecting their privacy and transactions, Singapore needs a robust and scalable nationwide infrastructure as well as cybersecurity professionals who are able to anticipate and address the security gaps that IoE will bring.

To help cybersecurity professionals cut through the hype and gain a better understanding of what to expect as the IoE continues to evolve, these top 10 observations might help.

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