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Kevin Delaney

Thought Leadership, Writer/editor/podcast producer at Cisco

New York, United States

I bring years of print journalism and storytelling experience to Cisco's Thought Leadership team. As executive editor and senior writer for our Connected Futures site I report on the Digital Transformation story as it spans cultures, industries, and continents.

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Company Information

Company Type: Enterprise
Email: kedelane@cisco.com
Business Unit: Though Leadership
Theatre: North America
Media Experience: Untold Decades

Areas of Expertise

Customer Experience 30.41
Digital Transformation 34.60
Future of Work 37.69
IoT 33.61
Digital Disruption 30.57
Blockchain 30.27
Cloud 32.39
Govtech 31.07
AI 31.05
Mobility 33.11
Risk Management 30.62
Analytics 30.51
Leadership 30.65
Innovation 30.93
Social 31.23
Cybersecurity 32.88
Culture 31.01
HR 30.13
Edtech 30.72
Sustainability 31.03
Health and Safety 32.22
Autonomous Vehicles 30.78
Retail 30.94
Business Strategy 30.32
5G 30.91
COVID19 40.99
Healthtech 30.73
Business Continuity 31.17
Agile 30.30
Diversity and Inclusion 32.21
Public Relations 30.37
Startups 30.51
Data Center 30.23
Ecosystems 30.16
Emerging Technology 30.06
Management 30.14
Privacy 30.09
Smart Cities 37.78
Climate Change 30.61
Supply Chain 30.11
Health and Wellness
Mental Health 30.32
CSR 30.23

Industry Experience

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Publications

79 Article/Blogs
Managing uncertainty in a hybrid work world
CISCO
July 14, 2021
A Stanford psychiatrist shares tips for building self-care into your company culture.

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Tags: Culture, Future of Work

The best of two learning worlds: Hybrid education
CISCO
June 29, 2021
Given the seismic shift in education during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a safe bet that the old ways of teaching and learning will never fully return.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Innovation, IoT, Culture

An innovative learning tool to bridge the digital divide
CISCO
June 24, 2021
Around the world, tremendous efforts are underway to connect the unconnected. But deeply rooted challenges remain, and, for many people, high-speed broadband or wireless remains a distant dream, at least for now.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, IoT

From the traumas of war, a passion for helping others
Cisco
June 15, 2021
When the Syrian civil war erupted 10 years ago, it was the beginning of a trauma that would shake the country to its core and spark a refugee crisis that endures today.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Social, Leadership

The next future of work? It’s about empathy, trust, and creative thinking
Cisco
June 08, 2021
The future of work arrived suddenly and unexpectedly last year, as digital technologies enabled us to adapt to unprecedented challenges.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Leadership, Future of Work

Cisco is No. 1 in Gartner’s Supply Chain Top 25 — again
CISCO
May 28, 2021
Cisco tops Gartner's Supply Chain Top 25. John Kern explains why.
In a uniquely challenging year, Cisco set new standards in innovation — and for its core purpose of powering an inclusive future for all.

This was especially true across the company’s vast global supply chain, where a staggering number of components, semi-finished goods, and finished products are moved and assembled with great efficiency, equity, and respect for the environment.

All of this factored in Gartner’s decision to name Cisco No. 1 in its Supply Chain Top 25 — for the second year in a row.

How did Cisco do it? And how does it plan to get even better?

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Tags: Innovation, Supply Chain, Future of Work, CSR

Five cool things about private 5G
CISCO
May 26, 2021
Cisco is positioning organizations for the wireless revolution.
We all look forward to the day we can play immersive, virtual-reality games on our 5G phones with ease and speed.

But 5G’s advances in bandwidth and latency will go far beyond the consumer experience. It’s also a potential game-changer for enterprises, manufacturers, universities, hospitals, the public sector and beyond.

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Tags: AI, IoT, 5G

Where COVID surges, Cisco brings empathy and expertise
Cisco
May 20, 2021
As people around the world look cautiously towards the post-pandemic era, other regions remain mired in crisis.

In India, the numbers of reported COVID-19 cases have surged to 20 million in recent weeks, and some worst-case estimates fear more than a million deaths by mid-Summer. In Brazil, COVID has claimed more lives in the first four months of this year than in all of 2020.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Leadership, COVID19

Solving the tangled web around app innovation
Cisco
May 06, 2021
Cloud-based apps have revolutionized the business world, with services, capabilities, and flexibility that would have been hard to imagine a few short years ago. But they’ve also created a complex web of problems.

Apps need to be developed faster than ever before — in a constant cycle of evolution and deployment — to meet the ever-changing demands of customers, users, and unpredictable markets. Rather than the old model of “monolithic” apps residing in an on-prem data center, we now have highly distributed applications that reside in different public and private clouds, all connected by a vast array of APIs. And amid this speed and complexity, security and visibility can become an afterthought — all as the gap between app velocity and infrastructure response times widens.

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Tags: Cloud, Innovation, Leadership

Transforming security with innovation and simplicity
Cisco
May 04, 2021
After a uniquely challenging year in which the future of work arrived seemingly overnight, organizations are doubling down on digital agility. That means becoming faster, smarter, more innovative and, of course, highly secure.

Because nothing undermines agility like a cyberattack. As Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Security Business Group, Dr. Gee Rittenhouse has some strong ideas about the challenges — and critical innovations — that are transforming cybersecurity today and into the future.

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Leadership, Future of Work

Security secrets of the SMBs 
Cisco
April 28, 2021
Conventional wisdom would have us believe that only large enterprises excel at cybersecurity.  

But small-to-medium-sized businesses can keep up with their bigger cousins — and with their agility and resourcefulness can even outperform in some areas, like aligning cybersecurity strategies with the business side.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation, Leadership

For Earth Day, Webex gets walking
Cisco
April 22, 2021
Well, it wasn’t just any Webex meeting. Cisco’s Global Communications team, led by Chief Communications Officer Stella Low, decided to host this month’s All Hands as a walking Webex meeting.

So, dozens of team members took to the streets — and hiking trails and farmlands around their homes — to demonstrate the power and flexibility of Webex as a collaboration tool.

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Tags: Sustainability, Leadership, Mental Health

Reimagining the global supply chain
CISCO
April 19, 2021
Supply chains are the critical arteries of the global economy. Your car, your food, your clothes, your phone, medical equipment, toys, you name it, all depend on a mind-bogglingly complex network of raw-materials suppliers, manufacturers, shippers, and more.

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Tags: Sustainability, Supply Chain, Future of Work

The future of work, phase two: what to expect
CISCO
April 12, 2021
Leaders share how cloud, communication, and choice will unleash the next future of work.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Future of Work, Agile

A desert city turns to Cisco for safe, secure water
Cisco
March 24, 2021
From IoT to cybersecurity, Albuquerque future proofs its water utility.
When hackers threatened the water supply in Oldsmar, Fla., last month, it highlighted the critical importance of these utilities — along with their placement in the cross hairs of cybercriminals around the world.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Leadership, Business Strategy

Building a network as fast as the future
Cisco
March 10, 2021
Blazing-fast speeds and ultra-low latencies? Check out my latest article to see how Cisco's Routed Optical Networking is enabling the Internet of the Future.

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Business Strategy

The wireless future — ‘smarter, better, and faster’
CISCO
February 22, 2021
Exploring the potential of 5G and Wi-Fi 6 to change our world.
From smart factories and hospitals to connecting communities on the wrong side of the digital divide, 5G is not just about faster video downloads on smart phones (not that we don’t want that).

But what is the current state of 5G — and the other key next-gen wireless technology, Wi-Fi 6 — and how can organizations prepare for the benefits? And just what can we expect when these technologies — with their higher speeds, wider bandwidths, and lower latencies — begin to fully impact our lives, work and industries?

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Tags: IoT, 5G, Smart Cities

The Inclusive Future starts with a liveable planet
Cisco
February 17, 2021
Powering an Inclusive Future is central to the very mission and purpose of Cisco. That means innovating great technology and connecting the unconnected — to sow opportunity, learning, and well-being where it’s currently lacking.

But expanding digital connections is only half the battle. Challenges like climate change, pollution, and threats to water and food supplies can undermine all other progress.

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Tags: Sustainability, Leadership, Climate Change

Between apps and security, Cisco builds a bridge
CISCO
February 04, 2021
Today, cloud-based apps are at the center of the business universe. They streamline just about everything we do and enable the agility, scalability, and innovation that keep organizations competitive and future proof.

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity

The power of connectivity: Closing the digital divide with next-gen wireless
Cisco
January 06, 2021
Connecting everyone is a big challenge. 5G and WiFi 6 have a key role to play.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still upon us, the internet is nothing less than a lifeline.

But for those on the wrong side of the digital divide, working, learning, and staying healthy is a constant challenge.

“An internet connection is really only affordable in 29 out of the world’s 195 countries,” said Jonathan Davidson, SVP/GM of Cisco’s Mass-Scale Infrastructure Group. “In the U.S. alone there are 30 million people with no high-speed access. And 40 percent of people on Native American reservations have no connectivity or basic wireless services.”

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Tags: Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion, 5G

Webex enables Facebook and the United States Golf Association to thrive in a challenging year
Cisco
December 15, 2020
When the pandemic struck this year, every organization faced unprecedented challenges. The successful ones used technology in new ways — especially collaboration technologies. Facebook and the United States Golf Association (USGA) were two that adapted quickly — and thrived.

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Tags: Social, Leadership, Future of Work

Cisco study highlights what works — and what doesn’t — in security
Cisco
December 03, 2020
“As a former CISO and a former analyst,” said Wendy Nather, head of advisory CISOs at Cisco, “one of the big questions that I feel we’ve never really been able to answer is how do we know what works in security? We know what people are doing, but we don’t know if it actually works. And that’s why I’m excited about what we found here.”

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Privacy

Five security tips to ruin a hacker’s holiday
Cisco
November 30, 2020
That’s especially important this season. With the COVID-19 pandemic still surging, Deloitte predicts a 25-35 percent increase in online shopping. And Cisco Umbrella is already reporting a 40 percent increase in online phishing scams since last year.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Leadership, COVID19

Cisco to Host 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders
Cisco
November 25, 2020
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Tags: Management, Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion

In a fast-changing world, IT agility rules
Cisco
November 05, 2020
Cisco leaders share strategies for building resilient, future-proof organizations
“Changes are more unpredictable and faster than ever before,” Oliver Tuszik, Cisco’s SVP for global partner organization, said at the company’s Partner Summit event last week. “And this can have a massive impact on your competitive situation. Agility is key to allow you to stay relevant.” Being ready for an unpredictable future — and responding to change with speed, agility, and resilience — was a critical theme for the event.

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Tags: Management, Future of Work, Agile

Thriving in a hybrid, multicloud, app-first world
Cisco
November 02, 2020
Cisco’s 25th annual Partner Summit brought together 19,000 representatives from 152 countries last week. And as with so much of our lives this challenging year, the event was virtual — and cloud made it possible. So, not surprisingly, cloud was a key topic throughout the event — its complexity, its challenges, and above all, its endless potential.

“The power of the cloud experience,” said Liz Centoni, Cisco’s SVP for strategy, emerging technologies, and incubation, “is being able to access innovation from everywhere, whenever you want it.”

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Tags: Cloud, Emerging Technology, Innovation

The networking expert behind a Nobel-winning organization
Cisco
October 15, 2020
When the U.N. World Food Programme was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last week, it was a well-deserved honor for a global team spanning 88 of the most underserved nations on the planet.

But advancing the world’s population toward a goal of Zero Hunger by 2030 is a daunting task. It takes passion, dedication, and skills of all kinds. It also demands digital technologies and expertise.

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, COVID19

Bridging the Digital Divide on Native Lands
Cisco
August 06, 2020
Around the world, tribal and indigenousl communities are brimming with rich traditions, creative thinking, and entrepreneurial spirit. Yet too many are still held down by a lack of connectivity.

This was brought into tragic focus with the COVID-19 pandemic. As much of the world depended on digital technologies for school, healthcare, and business continuity, Native lands have been deeply affected by the lack of broadband — and in some cases even landlines.

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Tags: Leadership, Public Relations, COVID19

Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration: Fast, global responses to a deadly pandemic
Cisco
June 23, 2020
Covid-19 underscores the critical importance of trusted tech partnerships

Data has been called the currency of the digital age, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only reinforced that belief. There is a critical need for the digital infrastructure that keeps that information and data flowing. And remote connectivity has all but kept the world running through our current crisis.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Leadership, COVID19

In a pandemic, cities must be smarter than ever
Cisco
April 09, 2020
From disinfecting robots to IoT virus sensors, new innovations can keep urban centers safe

As the Covid-19 virus spreads across the globe, cities are working quickly to figure out the fastest ways to respond. And that demands pinpoint visibility, remote connectivity, and rock-solid security.

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Tags: Innovation, IoT, COVID19

Navigating the ‘new normal’ with virtual connectivity
Cisco
March 27, 2020
“We’re all having to adjust to a new normal,” Cisco’s SVP and Chief People Officer Francine Katsoudas said in an industry roundtable on March 25th. “Social distancing and working from home is something we’re talking about on a regular basis. And it’s a way for us to stay safe and still connected to the work that we do.”

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Tags: Health and Safety, Business Strategy, COVID19

A new hotbed for innovation: the public sector
Cisco
February 18, 2020
Once laggards, governments reap the benefits of digital transformation

From smarter cities to rural opportunities, public sector organizations impact our lives in profound ways. And digital technologies are key to making it happen.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Govtech

Inclusion and Diversity in an AI World
Cisco
January 22, 2020
Artificial intelligence can improve countless lives. But only if we get it right.
“With AI,” Cisco’s Joseph Bradley said, “we’re at a crossroads for a new kind of moral compass of human equality, at a level literally of the civil rights movement. Because when you think of the number of people that AI can impact and the speed at which it drives decisions, you understand how important it is for us to get it right.”

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Tags: AI, Innovation, Diversity and Inclusion

Seven cybersecurity tips for 2020
Cisco
December 09, 2019
Security experts share their predictions, warnings, and best practices for the coming year.
2020 promises a wave of technology change that will further transform the enterprise — and our very lives — in profound ways.

But that inclusive, sustainable, and productive future demands a far-reaching commitment to cybersecurity.

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Tags: Cybersecurity

A wireless industrial revolution
Cisco
October 23, 2019
5G and WiFi 6 will enable the next level of efficiency, safety, and agility in manufacturing
Visit a modern factory floor and you’ll see a hive of high-tech activity, as data-empowered workers manage dazzling arrays of precisely calibrated industrial machines.

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Tags: AI, IoT

Next-gen wireless: the platform for tomorrow’s smart cities
The Network - Cisco's Technology News Site
September 18, 2019
To fully transform urban communities, the future depends on WiFi 6 and 5G
The city of the future could be dangerous, congested, and dirty. Or dynamic, green, and thriving.
More and more, digital technologies will be the difference.
But meeting the demands of increasingly data-intensive solutions — everything from self-driving cars and distributed energy grids to heightened public safety and hyper-informed citizens — will require a new dimension in wireless connectivity.

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Tags: IoT, Autonomous Vehicles, Smart Cities

The 5 ‘Love Languages’ of Customer Experience
Cisco
July 01, 2019
What do your customers want? Since no two are exactly alike, weighing their desires with your options is critical.

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Tags: Customer Experience, Digital Transformation

Strategic CIOs, on Growth and Transformation
Cisco
July 01, 2019
How top IT leaders are closing talent gaps, adopting new technologies, and forging business alignments.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Future of Work

On Remote Scottish Islands, the Promise of 5G Unfolds
Cisco
June 01, 2019
With its rugged coastlines, unpredictable weather, and far-flung towns and villages, Scotland’s Orkney Islands might seem an unlikely setting for cutting-edge technologies. But the region has become a test bed for everything from underwater data centers to wind, tidal, and wave power.

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Tags: IoT, Data Center, 5G

Executing Change at Digital Speed
Cisco
June 01, 2019
Change is happening so fast that change itself is changing.

That may sound like a Zen riddle, but it also describes today’s volatile business climate.

In highly disruptive markets, linear change-management strategies no longer cut it. And that’s a big problem when many leaders are forced to rethink their business models every few years.

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Tags: Digital Transformation

From Dark Ages to Digital: A Family’s Journey in Live Sound
Cisco Connected Futures
May 01, 2019
Clair Global is once again transforming the live music experience, this time for digital-age fans

Like any CIO, Matt Clair hates network downtime.

But in his case, customer feedback comes in especially loud and fast — from top artists like U2, Jay-Z, and Justin Timberlake, and from hordes of high-energy fans at arenas and music festivals.

For Clair, the CIO of Clair Global, that means ensuring an unforgettable experience of sound, lights, convenience, and connectivity. All of which depends more than ever before on digital technologies.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Mobility

Six Ways To Combat Clueless Meetings
Cisco Connected Futures
February 01, 2019
Meetings. They’re the bane of modern workers.

And the key to shared vision, collaboration, and innovation.

But what is it about meetings that led one worker to call them a place where minutes are taken and hours are wasted? And a Cisco survey of knowledge workers in nine countries to call them a top-three frustration?

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Tags: Mobility, Future of Work

Cyber Security Tips for 2019
Cisco Connected Futures
December 01, 2018
Cybercrime caused no shortage of sleepless nights in 2018. And in 2019, freelance hackers and sophisticated nation-states alike will be more determined and capable than ever — to put your organization in the cross hairs.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Risk Management

Digital Transformation: Dispatches from the Front Lines
Cisco
June 01, 2018
Digital transformation. If you haven’t gotten started, your company’s probably in trouble.

But what is the current state of digital transformation? How is it being managed at the executive level? What are the goals? And is digital transformation even the term technology and business leaders use to define it?

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption

For Estonians, Great Government Is a Click Away
Cisco
June 01, 2018
In the 1990s, Estonia emerged from decades of Soviet oppression, a backward nation lacking in wealth, natural resources, and even landline phones and personal computers.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cloud, Govtech

In the Future of Work, Creativity Still Rules
Cisco
May 01, 2018
You’re a mobile, data-driven, hyper-connected worker — doing things that weren’t possible even a few years ago. But don’t expect the pace of change to slow anytime soon.

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Tags: AI, Mobility, Future of Work

Crisis Management Lessons from a ‘Steely-Eyed Missile Man’
Cisco
April 01, 2018
We’ve all had tough days at work.

But few of us have made decisions that risked billion-dollar spacecraft and astronauts’ lives.

As a NASA flight director and director of mission operations, Paul Sean Hill managed some pretty dicey situations. Like the time in 1991 when a cooling-system failure imperiled the shuttle Discovery, demanding fast action that ran counter to many experts’ opinions.

Along the way, Hill, author of Leadership, from the Mission Control Room to the

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Tags: Risk Management

Three Insights for Winning in the Future of Work
Cisco
April 01, 2018
The Future of Work — your organization may not be ready for it, but it’s a safe bet your best employees are. And any business leader who wants to drive competitive advantage and keep top talent needs to think ahead.

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Tags: Future of Work

Machines, Talking Their Way into the Workplace
Cisco
March 01, 2018
Until recently, a conversation with your computer would have been nonsensical at best, one-sided at worst.

“It’s always been promised as, ‘It’s going to work really well, really soon,’ ” said James Landay, a professor of computer science at Stanford University, “but ...

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Tags: AI, Future of Work

Saving Water: Drop for Drop, Bit for Byte
Cisco
March 01, 2018
“You can live without energy or power,” said Amir Peleg of the water-industry software company TaKaDu. “Look at what happened when New York had a blackout. Nine months later there was a baby boom. But try living for 24 hours without water.”

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Tags: Analytics, IoT

Leadership Lessons for the Digital ‘Battlefield’
Cisco
February 01, 2018
“The fundamentals of leadership haven’t changed since time immemorial,” said Col. Scott Snook, an Army commander turned Harvard Business School professor. “Someone has to believe in what you’re doing, and you have to be pretty damned good at what you do. It’s pretty much competence and character.”

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Leadership

Blockchain, from Promise to Payoff
Cisco
February 01, 2018
Blockchain, the technology writer Don Tapscott exclaimed, is “the biggest innovation in computer science in a generation.”

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Tags: Blockchain, Innovation

Reinventing the News, from Ink to iPhones
Cisco
January 01, 2018
“Change is hard,” said Nick Rockwell, chief technology officer of The New York Times, “and learning to be a different kind of company, or to value a different perspective or set of skills, takes time.”

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Tags: Digital Transformation

Keys to a First-Class Hotel Stay: Clean Towels, Great Service, and Digital Transformation
Cisco Connected Futures
December 01, 2017
“We’re not just a hotel company,” said Jeff Eckard, vice president of Americas Technology for InterContinental Hotels Group. “We’re a digital company.”

That doesn’t mean IHG isn’t laser focused on soft pillows, fast check-ins, and other amenities. And with 5,000 hotels around the world and iconic brand names like Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza, it’s not all about bits and bytes.

But more and more, Eckard stressed, digital is the key to happy hotel guests.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Future of Work, Retail

Industries in the Cross Hairs of Disruption
Cisco Connected Futures
December 01, 2017
In the digital age, disruption seems to arise minute by minute. And 10 years’ worth of change feels like it’s crammed into two.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Future of Work, Retail

Classic Guitars with a Digital Business Backbeat
Cisco Connected Futures
December 01, 2017
From a humble radio repair shop in Fullerton, Calif., Leo Fender changed the future of music.

His 1950 Telecaster-style guitar set the pace, followed by the Precision Bass, Stratocaster, and other timeless instruments. And the unique, chiming Fender tone would define artists from Buddy Holly and Merle Haggard to Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, IoT, Future of Work

It’s Raining Data
Cisco Connected Futures
November 01, 2017
Mega-storms like Harvey, Irma, and Maria remind us of the awesome power of nature.

But while we can’t change the weather, we can be proactive about it — in ways that weren’t possible even a few years ago.

Smart businesses — in industries from agriculture and insurance to transportation and retail — are using digital tools to save lives, protect property, and capture competitive advantage.

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Tags: Analytics, IoT

The Partner Ecosystem: Your Key To Unleashing the Power of IoT
Cisco Connected Futures
November 01, 2017
Most big challenges are tough to overcome alone. The Internet of Things is no exception.

To stay competitive in the IoT age, you need real-time visibility into your customers, your supply chain, and your ever-expanding endpoints. Along with lightning-fast responses to disruption and changing market conditions.

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Tags: Cloud, IoT, Ecosystems

Internet of Things: Challenges, Breakthroughs and Best Practices
Cisco Connected Futures
November 01, 2017
“When you are the fastest decision-maker, you win,” Bob Bennett, the chief innovation officer of Kansas City, Mo., told Cisco. “The Internet of Things allows companies and cities to quickly analyze data from sensors and connected products and link it to a decision.”

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Tags: IoT

Insights at the Speed of Change: IT Services for Digital Business
Cisco Connected Futures
August 01, 2017
Predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, and automation yield powerful insights faster than human analysts ever could. These technology advances make digital business possible. They also make external IT services more valuable than ever before.

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Tags: Cloud

The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence: Striking a Balance
Cisco Connected Futures
July 01, 2017
From banks to battlefields, artificial intelligence (AI) is on the rise. But as AI influences more and more key decisions, it also raises complex questions.

Will smart machines eliminate workers or help them? Can people trust the recommendations of robot teammates? And should we worry about AI one day turning against us?

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Tags: AI, Future of Work

5 Strategies for Finding and Retaining Talent
Cisco Connected Futures
May 01, 2017
“CEOs are waking up to the fact that they need digital transformation,” said Martha Heller of Heller Search Associates, a technology talent sourcing firm.

That puts pressure on the entire organization — to innovate and drive exciting new customer experiences.

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Tags: Future of Work

Defying Demographics: Today’s Hyperconnected Consumer ‘Generation’
Cisco Connected Futures
May 01, 2017
By understanding the collective quirks of boomers, Xers, Y’s, and Z’s, brands hope to strike marketing gold.

But as futurist Brian Solis stressed, they may be overlooking the most important consumer segment of all: Generation C.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Future of Work

Airport CxOs Creating a Non-Stop Passenger Experience
Cisco Connected Futures
May 01, 2017
Picture a major airport. Tens of millions of passengers race through each year, expecting the most efficient and seamless experience.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Future of Work

Digital Cities: Building the New Public Infrastructure
Cisco Connected Futures
May 01, 2017
From smart lighting to digital crime-fighting to connected transportation and beyond, cities are poised for a radical makeover.

This technology-driven transformation is redefining the business of running a city. It has as much influence on how cities generate revenue as on the assets they own and how they manage them.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, IoT

How CIOs Can Surf a Tidal Wave of Change
Cisco Connected Futures
April 01, 2017

“Some people are going to be grabbing their surfboards and able to ride this tidal wave successfully,” said Peter High, president of the CIO advisory firm Metis Strategy.


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Tags: Digital Transformation, Retail

The CIO Survival Guide to AI
Cisco Connected Futures
March 01, 2017
Artificial intelligence is driving cars, winning at Jeopardy, and according to science fiction writers, threatening to conquer the world.

But CIOs can’t worry about rampaging robots in a far-off future. They need to know what AI can do for their organizations today.

“Three years ago, you might have been too early to start on AI,” said Dan Olley,

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Tags: AI

Creating Exciting Customer Experiences Through Technology
Cisco Connected Futures
January 01, 2017
“There almost has to be a perpetual revolution going on in each company,” said Sir Richard Branson in a keynote at the National Retail Federation’s “Big Show” in New York. “Because if you don’t have that happening, someone else will do it to you.”

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Tags: AI, Cloud, Innovation

Saving the Rhino with Digital Solutions
Cisco Connected Futures
November 01, 2016
A small herd of rhinos grazes peacefully in a game reserve near South Africa’s Kruger National Park. It is unaware of a growing threat from poachers.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, IoT

IT’s New Starring Role
Cisco Connected Futures
November 01, 2016
When IT loses touch with an organization’s core goals, it’s no joke.

But that didn’t stop Robert M. Gates from recounting his own IT misadventures during a keynote address at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Florida.

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Tags: Innovation, Culture, Business Strategy

The Science of Decision-Making
Cisco Connected Futures
October 01, 2016
Facing a tough decision in a tense boardroom?

Try picturing your colleagues with stone tools on the primordial savannahs of Africa.

Suits and Macbooks aside—that shouldn’t be a stretch.

“You are walking into boardrooms and business meetings with a brain that

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Tags: Culture, Risk Management

It’s a Rocket Revolution
Cisco Connected Futures
July 01, 2016
After a successful launch to resupply the International Space Station last week, the first stage of a SpaceX rocket reversed course and landed upright at the Kennedy Space Center, just a few miles from where it took off.

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Tags: Mobility, Risk Management

Using Data to Build Growth and Revenue
Cisco Connected Futures
July 01, 2016
Envision a bustling manufacturing plant floor. You see heavy machinery, assembly lines, and busy workers.

Not as visible, but equally critical, is data.

Unfortunately, many manufacturers are not getting the most out of their data.

| Related: How Manufacturers are Unlocking the Value of Data

“Data scares people,” said Douglas Bellin, global lead of manufacturing and energy industries at Cisco.

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Tags: Analytics, Digital Transformation

Surviving the Treacherous World of Disruption
Cisco Connected Futures
July 01, 2016
It’s a competitive world out there. Everything that can be digitized—products, services, and business processes—will be digitized. It’s a world where one in four market leaders will be displaced in the next five years.

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The Promise of Blockchain: No Weak Links
Cisco Connected Futures
June 01, 2016
A self-driving electric car picks up the same groggy commuters each morning, charges their fees, and ferries them to work. It then taps into a ride-sharing network to move dozens of other passengers around the city—negotiating their payments, along with tolls and recharging stations.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, IoT

When Digital Is Business, Transformation Never Stops
Cisco Connected Futures
June 01, 2016
ital business may be redundant. Today, digital is business. And if yours isn’t, then you’re probably no longer in business.

These days, pretty much every company is on the digital path. Those that haven’t are probably “dead in the water,” as Chris Skinner, author of Digital Bank, says.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Culture, Future of Work

Roadmap to Digital Value in the Retail Bank Industry
Cisco Connected Futures
May 01, 2016
This paper details specific digital use cases that can help banks differentiate with innovative new offerings and business models.

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Five Industries Most Vulnerable to Digital Disruption
Cisco Connected Futures
February 01, 2016
Digital disruption is everywhere—with the potential to reshape markets faster than perhaps any force in history.According to recent research from the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation, executives across 12 industries predict an average time to disruption of 3.1 years. This represents a dramatic rise in the rate of competitive change, as well as an unprecedented opportunity for transformation.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Retail

Cybersecurity: Fighting the War One Battle at a Time
Cisco Connected Futures
October 01, 2015
We are battling a war on cybercrime. And it’s a global, agile and seemingly invisible, fight.

In the digital age, one ill-timed security breach can erase decades of brand equity in a flash of bad publicity. Being increasingly connected, digital, and mobile creates more opportunities for organizations. But it also means more opportunities for malicious actors.

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Episode 11: Diversity & Inclusion in Cybersecurity
CISCO
October 05, 2020
Today, security is critical not just for large enterprises, but also small businesses, the public sector, and individuals of every race, gender, age, religion, and culture, in the developing and developed world alike. On this episode of TechBeat, we explore the intersection of cybersecurity and inclusion with Cisco’s Global Lead for Inclusion, Trey Boynton, and Cisco security experts Dug Song, Lothar Renner, Kerry Singleton and Alejandra Hernandez-Montaño.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation, Diversity and Inclusion

Episode 10: A champion climber finds small business success in the cloud
CISCO
September 14, 2020
Scaling an Everest peak and running a small business in a competitive, ever-changing market aren’t entirely different. Both demand speed, agility, and fast, informed decision-making. In this podcast, Cisco TechBeat host Kevin Delaney speaks with Benedikt Bohm, a record-breaking climber who is also the CEO of Dynafit, a maker of high-end mountaineering and skiing gear. Additional insights on the power of digitalization are shared by Bidhan Roy, Cisco’s Managing Director and Head of Commercial and Small Business for Asia Pacific, Japan, and China; and Carlos Torales, Managing Sales Director for Small and Medium Business in the Latin America region.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Startups

Episode 9: Secure Distance Learning
CISCO
September 08, 2020
In this podcast, host Kevin Delaney explores the future of education technology aimed at keeping students motivated, teachers empowered, and parents sane — with expert advice from Christine Olmstead, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services at the Orange County Department of Education and Mary Schlegelmilch, a former teacher and school administrator who is now Cisco’s U.S. Public Sector Education Advisor.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Govtech, Edtech

An epicenter of the digital divide: Native reservations
CISCO
July 27, 2020
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, digital connections were indispensable — for education, social interactions, telemedicine, business continuity and so much more.

But in places where connectivity is limited, the challenges and tragedies of the pandemic were only heightened. This was especially true in Native American communities across America, where infection rates soared, economic opportunity fell, and, for many, isolation deepened.

In this podcast, Cisco TechBeat host Kevin Delaney speaks with Traci Morris, Director of the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University. A proud member of the Chickasaw Nation, Dr. Morris has studied the impact of the digital divide in Indian country.

Additional insights come from Emma Broadbent, of Cisco’s Networking Academy, about her efforts to build tech skills among the indigenous peoples of Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea.

Together, they provide some real-world solutions that will help to unleash the creativity, wisdom, and entrepreneurial spirit of indigenous communities around the world.

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Turin, Italy’s rapid response to the pandemic
CISCO
June 30, 2020
Digital technologies have all but kept the world running through the Covid-19 pandemic.

But it’s not just technology per se.

Outstanding leadership and trusted partnerships enable cities and organizations to pivot quickly to meet big challenges with digital innovations.

Take Turin, Italy.

In this podcast, Cisco Techbeat host Kevin Delaney speaks with the technology analyst Rob Enderlee, and Dr. Guy Diedrich, global innovation officer for Cisco and leader of the company’s country digital acceleration program, or CDA — with additional insights from Agostino Santoni, Cisco Italy's Country Manager.

Together they share the story of a city — and a Cisco technology partnership — that prevailed against some of the biggest challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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'CIO Perspectives 2020’: IT strategies for the new normal
CISCO
June 29, 2020
The pandemic is driving rapid transformation and major challenges. But the best CIOs have been there every step of the way, to guide organizations, scale fast, and implement new technologies and solutions.

But even for the most strategic CIOs, it hasn’t been easy.

In this podcast, Cisco Techbeat host Kevin Delaney highlights some key insights from a CIO Roundtable discussion from Cisco Live this week, Cisco’s premier education and training event for IT professionals.

Moderated by Michael Krigsman, an industry analyst and host of CxOTalk, the original discussion — “CIO Perspectives: 2020” — brought together three top CIOs: Abhijit Mazumder of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS); Phillip Knutel of Babson College; and Jacqui Guichelaar, senior vice president and CIO of Cisco.

In a free-ranging discussion available on the IT Leadership Channel, they shared their recent challenges, top priorities, and key insights about the new rising challenges facing CIOs today — along with their thoughts on the elevated status of the CIO role.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Business Strategy, COVID19

In an app-fueled world, embed security at the source
CISCO
May 27, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic has stressed, apps need to be created, deployed, and updated faster than ever before. But without knowing it, many developers are building in security flaws at the earliest stages of coding. Pieter Danhieux, CEO of Secure Code Warrior, an Australian DevSecOps startup, is determined to change all that. In this podcast and article, Pieter speaks with Cisco Techbeat host Kevin Delaney about his efforts to bring security awareness and strategy to developers everywhere.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation, Agile

Collaboration in a crisis
CISCO
May 13, 2020
Analyst Patrick Moorhead has spent decades studying the impact of technology on life and work. So, without minimizing the hardships of the global pandemic, he’s fascinated with the reality of millions around the world abandoning their workplaces to collaborate remotely. In this “new normal,” technology is key. And getting it right is critical. That means collaboration tools with end-to-end security and the flexibility to meet any kind of creative situation. In conversation with Cisco TechBeat’s Kevin Delaney, Moorhead examines the essential elements for the collaboration tools that keep the world working, learning, and healing. Listen in as he lays out the case for no-compromise collaboration that enables data privacy, business continuity, and ongoing innovation — whatever the challenges.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Future of Work, COVID19

In the pandemic, a higher calling for private sector
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May 06, 2020
In this episode of Cisco TechBeat, Kevin Delaney speaks with Tae Yoo, Cisco's  Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, about how the private sector can step up to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The conversation touches on the impacts of working and learning from home and addresses

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Leading Remote Teams Through a Global Crisis - Part 2
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April 20, 2020
 Cisco's CIO on managing IT in challenging times “If there’s anything this pandemic has taught us,” said Cisco CIO Jacqueline Guichelaar, “it's how important technology is. Technology is the connector. It's what allows the world to continue to function as we all navigate through th

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Leading Remote Teams Through a Global Crisis - Part 1
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April 19, 2020
Hear from three experts -- Flexjobs VP of Employer Engagement and Strategy, Mika Cross, Cisco’s Chief Communications Officer Stella Low and CIO Jacqui Guichelaar -- as they share insights on communicating with, motivating and managing remote teams during a time of crisis and beyond. 

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Cisco TechBeat - Trailer
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April 13, 2020
Cisco TechBeat Conversations about the new IT agenda   Access to technology is access to opportunity.  Connectivity on a global scale transcends borders, bridges cultural divides, and ultimately powers a more inclusive future.    Cisco TechBeat brings you stories of con

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Podcast: Transforming the public sector, from cities to farms
CISCO
March 05, 2020
Cisco’s Marcus Moffett is improving lives for citizens, students, and government workers

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The promise of AI
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January 31, 2020
For Joseph Bradley, artificial intelligence has the potential to support an Inclusive Future, in which opportunity, education, and equality touch even the most disadvantaged people on the planet.In a free-ranging interview with Kevin Delaney - senior writer for Cisco's strategy and Storytelling team

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Podcast: Meeting the security threats of 2020
Cisco
December 19, 2019
Bret Hartman has been in cybersecurity since he was a young Air Force lieutenant. Followed by stints at the NSA, IBM, and EMC. Along the way he’s seen the focus of security shift from hardware to cloud and on to machine learning and AI.

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Meeting the security threats of 2020
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December 18, 2019
Cisco's Bret Hartman shares key strategies for thwarting cyberthreats in the coming yearIn a free-ranging podcast interview with Kevin Delaney - senior writer for Cisco's Strategy and Storytelling team - Bret shares some of his warnings, predictions, and, above all, best practices for cybersecurity

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Podcast: The Wireless World of Industry 4.0
Cisco
November 01, 2019
Manufacturing has made astonishing progress in recent decades. But there are even greater changes to come, especially as the Internet itself undergoes its next level of transformation. 5g and WiFi 6 will be a big part of this, by fully enabling data-intensive manufacturing solutions like AI, virtual reality, advanced robotics, and predictive maintenance. The end result? Factories (and products!) that will be cleaner, safer, and more productive than ever before.

In this podcast, Cisco’s Kevin Delaney chats with some top experts about next-gen wireless, and what to expect in the factories of the future.

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The Wireless World of Industry 4.0
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October 30, 2019
Manufacturing has made astonishing progress in recent decades. But there are even greater changes to come, as the Internet itself undergoes its next level of transformation. 5g and WiFi 6 will be a big part of this, by fully enabling data-intensive manufacturing solutions like AI, virtual reality, a

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Podcast: A wireless revolution for the smartest cities
Cisco
September 25, 2019
The next wave of urban transformation will incorporate technologies like AI, robotics, and advanced video analytics in exciting new ways. But such data-intensive solutions demand a new dimension in wireless connectivity.

In this podcast, Cisco’s Kevin Delaney brings in expert insights on the promise of 5G and WiFi 6 — to meet the the urban challenes of the future and help create cities that are cleaner, safer, and a whole lot smarter.

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A Wireless Revolution for the Smartest Cities
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September 24, 2019
The next wave of urban transformation will incorporate technologies like AI, robotics, and advanced video analytics in exciting new ways. But such data-intensive solutions demand a new dimension in wireless connectivity.In this podcast, Cisco's Kevin Delaney explores what the experts are saying abou

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Making the Business Case for Rural 5G
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June 25, 2019
A Cisco-led effort is proving 5G's potential to create value in even the most remote places. Many rural locations are abundant in resources and creative drive. Yet a lack of connectivity holds them back. An initiative called 5G RuralFirstis trying to change all that. Spearheaded by Cisco and princ

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Tags: Mobility, Future of Work, 5G

Cracking the Digital Transformation Code
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June 04, 2019
Author James Macaulay shares winning strategies for executing business transformation We all talk about being agile, adaptable, and comfortable with change. But in an age when disruption is relentless and the need for transformation seemingly perpetual, few organizations are managing change effecti

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Revolutionizing the Live Concert Experience
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April 09, 2019
If you've have an unforgettable experience at a big concert or music festival this year, there's a pretty good chance that Matt Clair helped to make it happen. The CIO of Clair Global, Matt is in the third generation of a family business that has been revolutionizing the concert experience since th

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The Perfect Meeting: It's Not Just a Myth
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February 27, 2019
We've all suffered through ponderous, aimless, time sucking meetings. Meetings that were ill-planned, included the wrong people, and were dominated by the loudest voice in the room. And yet, meetings are more critical than ever. If you get them right, they're the key to collaboration, innovation, a

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Social, Future of Work

Integrate, Prepare, and Measure: Thwarting Cyberattacks in 2019
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December 19, 2018
Cisco's Chief Security Officer shares his top-of-mind concerns for the coming year. As Cisco's chief security and trust officer, John Stewart has a unique perspective on global trends in security - what the bad actors are developing and how smart companies can stop them. By integrating security int

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Africa Shows How Public WiFi Can Serve as a Cornerstone for Developing Nations
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December 13, 2018
"I think this is just the beginning of a revolution in terms of what internet can do for society," said David Bunei, Cisco's country manager for East Africa. "The more we have low-cost devices that are able to access WiFi, the more we'll see society shifting economically as well as socially." Acros

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Mobility, Future of Work

'A Low-Level, Perpetual' State of Cyberwar
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November 05, 2018
Author David Sanger believes cyberweapons demand a wide range of new solutions - spanning businesses, governments, and innovators. Cyberweapons are cheap, stealthy, and powerful. They can launch a devastating Pearl Harbor level attack, knocking out power grids, government agencies, and financial in

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A Strategic CIO, on Culture and Talent
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October 24, 2018
"CIOs are being asked to step up our game," said Cisco CIO Guillermo Diaz Jr., "to be business liaisons, the bridge between the technology and business outcomes." To do that, however, demands sweeping culture change in IT - which Diaz calls the hardest part of digital transformation. A true strate

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Tags: Culture, HR, Future of Work

Driving Cybersecurity, from the CEO’s Office
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October 19, 2018
For Steve Durbin, cybersecurity isn't just a tech issue. It's a business issue, a culture issue, and above all, a leadership issue. So no matter how effective your CIO or chief security officer, they're going to need help. From the board and the rest of the C-suite, especially the CEO. In this pod

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Disrupting Education, for the Augmented Age
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August 30, 2018
At a time when AI and machine learning stand poised to replace many rote human tasks, are schools and colleges preparing the workers of tomorrow? And are business leaders creating the enterprise cultures that will support continuous learning in a climate of constant disruption? In this podcast, Hea

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Tags: AI, Edtech, Future of Work

Driving Your Own Disruption in a Dog-Eat-Dog Digital Market
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July 27, 2018
"A lot of talk about disruption is on the assumption that it's about negating negative forces where actually, quite often it's about leveraging the power of the newly possible to do things, which genuinely create game-changing results."

So says Tom Goodwin, head of innovation at Zenith Media and au

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Cyber Experts on the Ever-Expanding Cyberwar
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June 26, 2018
The potential for a major cyberattack strikes fear in the hearts of business and technology leaders everywhere. But while things seem bad now, threats are increasing exponentially and the impact of new technologies like AI and machine learning are just beginning to be realized - for defenders and at

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Tags: AI, Cybersecurity, Future of Work

Estonia's 'E-Ambassador' on Smart Solutions for Citizens
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June 06, 2018
Estonians are looking pretty smart these days. With 88 percent fast broadband penetration helping to fuel smart lighting, smart traffic, smart buildings and smart just about everything - they are setting what Rhode Island governor Gina Raimondo called the gold standard for digital transformation in

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A Futurist’s-Eye View on How Work Is Changing
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May 07, 2018
“I don’t think that the end of routine means the end of jobs,” the futurist Gerd Leonhard stressed. “I think it just means the end of routine.” That means fundamentally human qualities like design, storytelling, creativity, and innovation will loom in importance. But business leaders stil

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How NASA’s Mission Control Keeps Cool in a Crisis
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April 16, 2018
At Mission Control, Failure — and Panic — Are Not Options As a NASA flight director and director of mission operations, Paul Sean Hill managed some pretty dicey situations. Like the time in 1991 when a cooling-system failure imperiled the shuttle Discovery, demanding quick action that ran counte

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Future of Work

In the Future of Work, Machines Just Keep Getting Chattier
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March 16, 2018
Siri, Alexa and those ever-chattier bots on retail sites are interacting with us in all-new ways. But as smart as they are, sometimes it still seems as if we may as well be speaking another language. That’s set to change, according to James Landay, an expert on human-computer interactions at Stan

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Tags: AI, Mobility, Future of Work

Digital Solutions for a Thirsty Planet
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March 08, 2018
Experts weigh in on how digital transformation is creating clean water in some of the world’s most challenging places.

In this podcast, Connected Futures’ executive editor Kevin Delaney speaks with:

Amir Peleg, founder and CEO, TaKaDu
Annie Feighery, CEO, mWater
Leo T. Kenny, senior scientist

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Tags: Sustainability, Health and Safety, Future of Work

Managing Through Disruption, the Army Way
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February 23, 2018
The challenges of the business world can’t compare to the extreme pressures of combat. Some days it just seems that way. But the Army’s hard-won lessons about leadership do apply for any manager dealing with rapid change, disruption, and decision making in fluid situations. In this podcast, Con

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7 Tips for Making Partners Part of Your IoT Success
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February 15, 2018
The Internet of Things promises unheard of efficiency and opportunities. But no one said it would be easy. And few companies possess all the skill sets to go it alone. In a Cisco survey, partners proved to be a critical factor among the only 26 percent of companies that reported having even one full

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The Digital City, and How To Get There
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January 29, 2018
Imagine a city that’s clean, safe, and economically vibrant? Not to mention, fun, creative, and smart. Who wouldn’t want to live there? But a smart a city has to be a digital city. And transformation is never easy. So, what can city leaders do to realize that vision of a thriving 21stcentury dig

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Expert Insights for IoT Success
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January 17, 2018
Transforming your organization for the Internet of Things era is no small feat. And according to Cisco’s research, only 26 percent of organizations can claim even one fully successful IoT initiative.

But what are those successful companies doing right?

In this podcast, Kevin Delaney, co-author o

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Leading Technology Change at The Times
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January 03, 2018
Few industries were more impacted by digital disruption than print media. And few newspapers were more rooted in tradition than The New York Times. Yet The Times — once nicknamed the Gray Lady for its stolid resistance to change — has responded to the challenges of the digital age with a wave of

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2 Airport CIOs Are Cutting Turbulence – on the Ground
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April 28, 2017
Ray Charles once said, "they don't pay me to play music, I do that for free. They pay me to get stuck in airports." Touring musicians or not, we can all relate to the frustration of lost luggage, flight delays, and missed connections while flying. Today digital technologies offer many new solutions,

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Tags: Customer Experience, Digital Transformation, Future of Work

The Future of IT
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April 10, 2017
Let's face it, life isn't easy for IT leaders. Cloud mobility, shadow IT, and relentless cyber attacks all drive mounting complexity to the point where simply keeping the lights on is a bigger challenge than ever. Today's CIO must deliver so much more. Given the pace of business disruption, CIO's ca

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Radar

5 Predictions
2021 Predictions for Digital Transformation

Date : October 27, 2020

Among its many tough lessons, COVID-19 taught us to expect the unexpected. For organizations, that demands digital transformation. It’s the only way to ensure agility, speed, and responsiveness — all of which add up to business resiliency, no matter how adverse the situation. That can mean a sudden market disruption or opportunity, or it can mean your entire workforce going remote, seemingly overnight. In the darkest months of the pandemic, the most digitally mature organizations fared the best. Others struggled. But everyone is learning. In 2021, even companies with tight budgets will prioritize their infrastructures, security, and collaboration platforms. Today, there’s simply no other way to stay competitive.

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2021 Predictions for Cybersecurity

Date : October 24, 2020

Cybersecurity affects everyone. And while breaches of large enterprises make the headlines, small businesses and individuals often have the most to lose. In 2021, I see security and data-privacy strategies embracing a much wider swath of society. That will demand more diverse security teams to better understand a highly diverse user base. And it will require simpler, integrated, and highly automated security tools. Hackers, after all, are themselves diverse. And they don’t discriminate in choosing victims. For growth, innovation, and inclusion to increase across the planet, we must ensure that more and more people have access to effective, easy-to-use cyber defenses.

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A More Conscious Future of Work

Date : October 02, 2020

In a time of isolation, humanity got closer in 2020. Digital technologies made it possible. Seeing into our colleagues’ homes and sharing challenges around childcare, health, or loneliness brought greater empathy to our work lives. I expect this trend to continue in 2021. Work will shift to a hybrid model, with few of us returning to the office every day. And the best collaboration platforms will support a deeper level of interaction, inclusion, and work/life flexibility, from any corner of the world, securely, and through any crisis. In 2021, emerging technologies like AI will continue to enhance collaboration tools, further freeing us for what’s most important: creativity and human connection.

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2020 Predictions for Cybersecurity

Date : September 25, 2020

As the sheer volume of cyberattacks outpace the capacity of humans to respond, machine learning and AI will be essential to identify, isolate, and respond to the most sophisticated threats. Beyond the machine-to-machine arms race, however, human creativity, inventiveness, and collaboration will remain paramount — both to program the machines and to match wits with the cybercriminals.

Smart leaders will close the skills gap by cultivating talent from a much wider base. That means diversity in race, gender, culture, etc., but also from unlikely parts of the organization, like the business side. That expanded perspective supports a unified culture that’s security savvy from the board and CEO down — and willing to make the security investments essential to growth and competitiveness.

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2020 Predictions for IoT

Date : September 25, 2020

IoT is about way more than connecting “things”. In fact, it’s about people. And after years of hype, IoT is poised to fulfill its true promise: creating cleaner, safer cities, highly efficient factories and farms, agile enterprises, and more sustainable ecosystems. Especially as a confluence of emerging technologies edge closer to the near horizon. AI is becoming readily available in the cloud, sensors are cheap and reliable, blockchain’s promise is expanding, and next-gen network solutions — including 5G and WiFi 6 — will handle massive amounts of data, securely. By riding that wave of tech synergy, IoT will improve lives in ways we have barely begun to imagine.

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