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Knowledge Network

Just as a collage is a composite art form, a knowledge base is the fruit of the efforts of a conglomerate. It is a window which offers a view into the world outside as also inside. Constantly expanding, this is a live repository of expertise that every Cisco India employee can contribute to; access and utilize.


November 14 Delivering New Broadband Services Efficiently

Broadband services and ubiquitous internet access are a big part of today's government policies. Emerging countries, such as India, China and other Asian and African countries are putting significant emphasis on Internet access as well as on moving many critical services to function on top of the Internet. The Digital India initiative launched by the Prime Minister recently and the emphasis on e-Governance makes internet access a critical service for all citizens, where infrastructure will be offered as a utility to every citizen; governance and services will be on demand and citizens will be digitally empowered.


Kaarthik Sivakumar,
Technical Leader, Cisco India


November 14 Minimize Opex by Drawing Virtual Security Lines

There is simply no denying the increasing importance of being connected. Generation Y in particular, who grew up with mobile devices affixed almost permanently to their hands, views connectivity as one of life’s fundamental resources. According to a Cisco connected World technology Report, Gen Y views Internet to be as essential as food, air and water. Gen Y would accept a lower-paying jobthat has more flexibility with regard to device choice, social media access, and mobility than a higher-paying job with less flexibility. This means that the workplace looks a lot different today, as the next generation of global workers enters the workplace with expectations and demands about how, when, and where they access information.


Hariprasad Holla,
Technical Marketing Engineer, Cisco Enterprise Security, Cisco India


October 14 Securing Enterprises for BYOD

‘Bring your own Device’ (BYOD) - It is one of the most talked about words in the technology world today. BYOD enables the employees to integrate their work stuff on to their personal devices such as Ipad, tablets etc. While this provides better blend between work and personal life and the associated satisfaction and flexibility to employees, it delivers improved productivity for enterprises through truly mobile and collaborating employees. This can also potentially bring in capex savings for the enterprises as they may not need to procure dedicated laptops or desktops for their employees. For these benefits, BYOD is a major phenomenon embraced by global enterprises of today. And guess it right, Enterprises in India are not behind in the game.


Gokul Nair,
Product Manager, Cisco


October 14 Smart Traffic Management With Real Time Data Analysis

Over the last decade, the adoption and use of technologies like Mobility, Cloud and Social Platforms, commonly referred to as SoCoMo, has made it possible for common, middle class users to use small, focused applications for making their life easier and comfortable. Whether it is simply paying your utility bills using mobile banking or getting that favourite movie ticket by just clicking couple of buttons, use of technology has really changed the way we live, play and work.

Though we have been referring to Smart Cities and communities for sometime now, let us look at how use of Information and data available to us can be used to really create some smart services, which in a true sense provide us with better living. Let us look at a key case, which impacts us almost daily: traffic management. Use of technology and real time analysis can actually lead to a smooth traffic management.


Ravinder Pal Singh,
APJC Practice Head: Software Enabled Services, Cisco Systems


October 14 Embracing IoT

When Bill Gates wrote this, little did he imagine that the Internet which acted as a common place for people to share information would also have non-human elements walking its paths!

Clearly in the 21st century the Internet has become as vital as air and water to our daily lives, connecting things, people, and data together. From being a "good to have" to becoming a "must have" the Internet today acts as the conduit for sharing information, providing quality healthcare and education besides being critical for enterprises to run their businesses efficiently. The power of this network of networks is growing exponentially and heading into an era which will not be about what connects to the internet but more about what value those connections make possible.


Swapna Bapat
Senior Product Manager -Enterprise Segment Lead, Cisco Systems India


Co-author : Anand Oswal
Senior Director Engineering, Cisco Systems India


October 14 Cloud Route to Banking

Traditionally, Indian BFSI organizations have preferred private clouds instead of the usual public or hybrid cloud models citing data security as a concern. For the cloud business model to gain momentum, going forward, every conversation must begin with an understanding of the expected business outcome and reveal if the goal is around lower TCO or if it is enabling greater innovation, or is a blend of both?


Arindam Mukherjee,
Vertical Head - Banking & Financial Services, Cisco India &SAARC


October 14 Changing Paradigms of Technology Financing

The onset of the financial crisis in 2008 prompted a restructuring of the global economic order. The global economy was shaped by a confluence of powerful forces resulting in an environment that, while different from the past, was no less rich in possibilities for those who were prepared.

In the Asia Pacific region, the altered environment threw up two key trends that seem to have converged to change the way organizations approach information and communications technology (ICT) procurement. One, a fluctuating economic uncertainty that appears here to stay, and the other, a proliferation of new technology devices and solutions, from mobility to video, cloud computing, and analytics. Whether it is service providers or enterprise organizations, the resultant theme from these trends is the need to become more efficient and effective with regard to allocation of capital and investing in new technology.


Amit Mehra,
Regional Manager and Country Head, Cisco Capital India


October 14 SDN for Reduced Opex-Myth or Reality
If you run a service-oriented IT company in India, think I about this -how often do you have to provision a new client account that you have won, or have a new I employee joining or an existing employee leave the organization? Most of you would say 'Yes'. Every time a new client comes on board a significant part of the operating expenses and time are allocated to this process. Network engineers have to provision VLANs, open up firewall holes to allow access, block access, or prioritize some applications. Is there a technology trend that is helping rescue this situation to help companies save not only operating expenses but free up time for their IT department to consider more innovation and less management?


Sarav Radhakrishnan,
Principal Engineer in Cisco's Enterprise Networking Group


September 14 The Internet of Everything - Harnessing the Full Potential of Internet of Things
In recent years, we have undergone a technology and lifestyle revolution with the connection of billions of smartphones and tablets to the Internet and a phenomenal range of applications. We are now entering the next revolution - the Internet of Things (IoT) - where smaller, real-world devices such as home appliances, sensors, consumer electronic devices, etc. are getting connected to the Internet. The number of such devices connected to the Internet is expected to reach 50 billion by 2020, which is approximately 10 times more than the number of current Internet hosts, including mobile devices. In economic theory, a network effect is defined as the effect where the value of a product or service increases exponentially with the number of others using it.


Dr Ishwar Parulkar,
Cisco Distinguished Engineer and Mobility CTO, Cisco India


Jan 14 Personalized TV is the Future
Thanks to the proliferation of Internet-based content via Internet- enabled devices, today's consumers expect to access content anytime, anywhere and on any device. They demand personalized media experiences whether they use the web or watch television, without the limitations of a hardware-based device (ex: digital video recorders (DVR)). One way to enable that is the digitization of cable networks.


Sandeep Arora,
Regional Manager, Service provider,
Cisco India and SAARC


Sept 13 A Long Way to Go?
Although IPv6 has been on the radar for about two decades, the deployment on the networks was delayed due to multiple reasons
The internet uses the TCP/IP protocol suite for its functioning. IP or Internet Protocol is the protocol that provides a unique address to each endpoint connected on the Internet and makes it reachable on this network of networks called the internet. The version of IP in use for most time has been version 4, commonly written as IPv4. As the internet evolved from an experimental network to the state we know it today, we have increased dependence on it and at the same time have run out of the number of unique addresses available. The IP protocol was enhanced to a new version (IPv6) primarily to support more number of addresses.


Harpreet Singh,
Sr. Solution Architect, Cisco Advanced Services,
Cisco India and SAARC

Sept 13 Transforming the Data Center: Forrester TAP Report (PDF - 1,142 KB)
IT organisations across Asia Pacific(AP) are actively seeking strategies for standardizing core infrastructure and improving the efficientcy and responsiveness of IT Operations. While the benefits are significant,the path from infrastructure consolodation to virtualisation and then to private/hybrid cloud deployment models is not without risks.IT decision-makers must consider a variety of technology and organizational factors to ensure that they can deliver real business value.

Sept 13 Creating Agile Datacenters Boosts Business
Business success in the 21st century is clearly associated with IT enablement and CIOs across the table realize that they need to build IT services that help them achieve business objectives like revenue growth, customer retention and regulatory compliance in order to succeed in a competitive market. Critical for making the best business decisions is the underlying IT infrastructure, which includes an agile datacenter.


Rajesh Rege,
Director, Datacenter & Cloud Sales,
Cisco India & SAARC

Aug 13 Personalized TV is the Future
Thanks to the proliferation of Internet-based content via Internet- enabled devices, today's consumers expect to access content anytime, anywhere and on any device. They demand personalized media experiences whether they use the web or watch television, without the limitations of a hardware-based device (ex: digital video recorders (DVR)). One way to enable that is the digitization of cable networks.


Sandeep Arora,
Regional Manager, Service provider,
Cisco India and SAARC

June 13 Taking the Tech Route
Manufacturing has and will continue to play a key role in ensuring India's economic development. In the next few years, manufacturing will continue to contribute considerably to our economy. According to a joint report titled 'Made in India-the Next Big Manufacturing Export Story' prepared by industry bodies CII and McKinsey, manufacturing exports from India could be as substantial as US$ 300 billion by 2015. With this growth, India will garner a share of approximately 3.5 per cent in the world manufacturing trade.


Anant Deshpande,
Business Development Manager, Enterprise,
Cisco India & SAARC

May 13 The Path to Long-Term Success
Given the complex and challenging nature of the economy in general, it has become increasingly critical for banks to retain existing customers, while simultaneously attracting new ones. Increased competition means that banks need to move up from providing vanilla services to offering a slew of services encompassing conventional banking, and complex financial advisory services. The customer profile is also changing with the onslaught of tech-savvy customers who expect to have access to their bank through multiple channels-phones, internet, Kiosk and even social media. At the same time, a lot many customers still prefer personal attention and human expertise to help them in their financial consulting needs.


Avinash Purwar,
Director, BFSI and Emerging Verticals,
Cisco India & SAARC

May 13 Ushering in the IPv6 Era
The last decade saw the Internet witnessing an explosive growth, emerging as a key communications medium for millions globally. However, the IPv4 address exhaustion would have an impact on the growth of the Internet, Internet service providers (ISP) and Internet presence (websites, e-commerce, email). Hence, the transition to IPv6 will become inevitable for the ecosystem at large.


Mahesh Gupta,
National Manager, Borderless Networks Sales,
Cisco India & SAARC

May 13 BYOD: The New Workplace Trend
The increased adoption of both Tablets and Smartphones globally has led to the emergence of the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) trend, where employees are increasingly opting to use their personal devices at the workplace. Productivity at work is fast becoming location agnostic as employees are demanding increased control and convenience. Employers, as well as CIOs, recognize that the implementation of a BYOD-based IT policy can augment employee productivity and the overall happiness quotient. A recently released Cisco Connected World Technology report which was conducted in 14 countries (including India) also revealed that students and new employees in India were unanimous in their opinion that the freedom to use their device of choice and work remotely was a significant factor for evaluating job prospects.


Manu Bansal,
Regional Manager, Partner Organization,
Cisco India & SAARC

May 13 Decoding a Connected Education Experience
Every day, Disha attends regular classes at a leading University campus where she is pursuing engineering. She takes notes given out by her professors, has open discussions on the economy, politics and business with her peers, and diligently prepares for her impending exams. In addition Disha also manages to attend guest lectures of interest by experts from outside her faculty, which are facilitated through high definition video and is able to learn about things outside her regular curriculum.


Mahesh Gupta,
National Manager, Borderless Networks Sales ,
Cisco India & SAARC

Mar 13 Banking on the cloud
The 'digital ecosystem' surrounding a bank today is exploding at a pace never seen before. The reason for this is two-fold. First, consumers are leading the way, forcing banks to offer what they want. Secondly, with consumers embracing a mobile lifestyle and socializing on digital platforms, they expect banks to connect with them on the same platforms.


Arindam Mukherjee,
Vice-President - Sales (BFSI),
Cisco India and SAARC

Mar 13 Becoming the 'Trusted Advisor'
Continuous technology advancements, constant innovations, increased customer expectations and newer levels of competition are repainting the competitive landscape that companies operate in. This is forcing business leaders to rethink solution pathways that will help capture new market opportunities.


Harpreet Bhatia,
VP Services Sales,
Cisco India and SAARC

Feb 13 Four BFSI Assessment Parameters for Moving to the Cloud
In banking, cloud has become the latest technology buzzword and has opened up a world of new possibilities. Since cloud computing offers increasing agility, banks are planning to adopt it for gaining access to more computing resources for less money. Today, customers would like to have their financial information integrated across various systems allowing the bank to offer its services on the go. Since the data is available on the cloud, the bank can offer a customer, the convenience of accessing his account from anywhere, anytime. Cloud adoption, thus is a step forward to providing financial institutions with a cost efficient method to respond faster to customer needs, by enabling overall employee empowerment.


Arindam Mukherjee,
VP Sales, BFSI,
Cisco India and SAARC

Feb 13 Partnering for Services
As markets become more and more competitive, businesses across industry verticals seek solutions that make them more agile, efficient and profitable. Their customers meanwhile ask for holistic solutions that provide value for money, improve business and help derive maximum ROI from their investments.


Amitabh Patney,
VP Services,
Cisco India and SAARC

Feb 13 Combating an Advanced Threat Landscape
The cyber world is continuously evolving. Organizations and consumers alike are witnessing complex threats which not only possess the ability to disrupt business operations resulting in information leakage and also cause serious financial losses. For instance, a recent news article reported a 19 year old boy from a small town in India successfully hacking the website of a leading Indian PSU. His rationale was to expose the loopholes in security systems - even amateur hackers such as him could access or steal confidential data from the corporate network.


Diwakar Dayal,
VP Sales (Security),
Cisco India and SAARC

Feb 13 Traversing Data Challenges
The corporate computing environment is rapidly evolving in response to consumerization of IT, mobility and technologies like virtualization. Demarcation of the network border has blurred as users become increasingly mobile and connect to the corporate network from various locations. Applications are virtualized and move between servers or even data centers. Instead of safely resting in the data center, data is traversing on Smartphones and Tablet PCs-beyond IT reach.


Riyaz Tambe,
Solutions Architect, Borderless Networks,
Cisco India and SAARC

Jan 13 SMBs: Tapping into Technology
Globally, the IT spending in the SMB market is expected to reach $I trillion by 2016 according to research firm Gartner. In India, market sources estimate IT spending for 2012-13 to be nearly $80 bn (INR 400,000 crore) and a major chunk of that is expected to come from the SMB segment.


Rajesh Shetty,
VP Sales,
Cisco India and SAARC


Dec 12 The Digital Oil field
According to the World Energy Outlook's findings, by 2035, the global energy demands will increase by one-thirds, with India & China accounting for 50 percent of the growth. Oil companies need to be profitable, achieve productivity gains, ensure plant and operations safety and promote environmental sustainability.


Devendra Kamtekar,
VP, System Engineering,
Cisco India and SAARC

Dec 12 Taking to the Cloud
From a time when the prospect of geographic expansion was a daunting one for small businesses it is possible today to use the Internet and conduct business globally, inexpensively and easily, often without setting foot on foreign soil. Social media, blogs, new collaboration tools, videoconferencing are changing the rules of the game enabling small businesses (SMB) to enter new markets


Rajesh Shetty,
VP,
Cisco India & SAARC

Nov 12 Networks of the Future
Imagine a company where as soon as an employee enters the elevator a surveillance camera detects his face or photo ID and immediately connects with the authorised desktop to inform about his arrival so that the desktop turns on automatically.


Mahesh Gupta,
Vice President, Borderless Networks,
Cisco India & SAARC

Nov 12 Making the Shift to the Next-Gen Customer Care
It would be no exaggeration to say that the customer care market is undergoing a major transition. How customers choose to interact with companies is changing substantially, and businesses of all sizes are challenged with providing customer care in the manner in which customers wish to be served.


Daisy Chittilapilly,
VP, Sales,
Cisco India and SAARC

Sep 12 Readying for 4G
With the convergence of the Internet and wireless communications, mobile data services are undergoing tremendous growth. As users increasingly enter the network and create an enormous surge in mobile traffic, mobile operators need to focus on the quality of experience they provide to their users. Broadband network technologies such as 3G, enhanced 3G and now 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) or 4G specifications are being deployed to meet user expectations for speed in an increasingly mobile, wireless environment.


Purushottam Kaushik,
VP Sales,
Cisco India and SAARC

Aug 12 Evolving an Intelligent Network
Trends in enterprise and consumer environments have converged to place unprecedented demands on enterprise IT architectures. One example spans the proliferation of access devices, an increased reliance on rich media to interact with businesses and individuals, and exponential growth in data that a typical enterprise produces and consumes. Coupled with emphasis on efficiency, productivity and agility, this prompted architectural responses that are familiar by now: Consolidation, Virtualization, Cloud Computing and Mobility. Another trend worth noting is the dramatic change in the way individuals and communities learn, live, play and work. Many of us lead increasingly connected lives, producing and consuming data across e-Learning, Social Media, Online Gaming and Telecommuting environments.


Santhosh D'Souza,
Vice President - Technology, Data Centre and Cloud Computing,
Cisco India and SAARC

Aug 12 Television and Beyond
The most talked-about topic today as far as the cable industry goes cable digitization is set to become a reality in India going by the government mandate that the entire country has to get digitized by December 2014. The timeline to complete the first phase of digitization in the four metros has recently been extended to November this year. This is no doubt a positive move from a policy perspective because it opens up a world of innovations for the Indian entertainment industry.


Sanjay Rohatgi,
Senior Vice President, Service Provider,
Cisco India and SAARC

Aug 12 A Win-Win for All
The cable industry in India has grown rapidly to an estimated 94 million in 2011 from trifling 0.4 million in the beginning of 1992. The total number of TV households in the county is estimated to be around 147 million. Additionally, the number of pay channels has grown steeply from 20 in 1995 to around 167 and there are more than 800 channels registered with Information & Broadcast (I&B) ministry. Furthermore, the country is witnessing a drastic shift in consumer behaviour; customers today do not shy away from forking out extra money to get best in class services. All of these put together has provided an impetus to cable digitization in the country.


Sanjay Rohatgi,
SVP, Service Provider,
Cisco India & SAARC

July 12 What Enterprises Should Do About IPv6
The Internet has been a rapidly growing communications medium for a few years now. With the rapid growth of the Internet over the last decade and more, the industry today is on the verge of running out of IPv4 addresses used to number devices on the Internet. The last block of IPv4 addresses to be given to an Internet service provider (ISP) is projected to happen in late 2012/2013. This means, the Internet will continue to function as it does today, but new public IPv4 addresses will be scarce, available only when they have been recovered from previous use.


Lalit S Chowdhary,
Senior Vice President, System Engineering,
Cisco India & SAARC

July 12 Reinventing the Television Experience
Consumers today have more media and communications choices than ever before, and more ways to access them. What they lack however is an intuitive, unified experience that encompasses all of the content, applications and devices they use, wherever they want to use them. While all the entertainment in the world seems to be available, accessing it means navigating a complex web of devices, networks, billing models, and viewing experiences. Consumers want to know why they cannot get all the content they want across all their devices. As content becomes more accessible, broadcasters and content providers are struggling to find ways to preserve the value of their content.


Sanjay Rohatgi,
SVP, Service provider,
Cisco, India & SAARC

June 12 Getting Closer to the Customer
Consider that a retail bank wants to reach out to certain customers with a new scheme for attracting deposits but is compelled to wait for a 6-month period because the solution needs to be configured on to the company's internal IT infrastructure. In such a scenario, the scheme may not remain attractive for customers because another bank might approach the market with a better offer in a shorter time span. The end result can be entirely different if the retail bank has an agile and scalable IT system, which will allow making changes and streamlining processes like accounting, on a real-time basis.


Pranay Jhaveri,
Vice President Sales,
Cisco India and SAARC

June 12 Cloud Enables Better Governance
As a natural evolution of the Internet, cloud computing will become the dominant model of enterprise computing because it can profoundly change the way organizations access and use ICT products and services. The business and operational benefits of cloud computing are as relevant to the public sector as they are to the private sector–in some cases, even more.


Vikram Kumar Mallavarapu,
Vice President – Sales, Public Sector,
Cisco India & SAARC

June 12 The New Age of Mobility
The network is increasingly becoming an integral part of our lives today. There is a conscious need to be 'connected' at all times. This need is accelerated by the growth of social media and smart mobile devices that provide easy access to the Internet. One in three students and young professionals consider the Internet to be as important as air, water, food and shelter, according to a global study conducted across 14 countries. (2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report).


Mahesh Gupta,
VP, Borderless Networks,
Cisco India and SAAR

April 12 Cloud Makes Small Business Look Big
The prospect of global expansion used to be a daunting process for small companies. If one ran a small business, the prospect of global expansion was time-consuming and a costly process-a near-impossibility. The Web has changed all that. With the Internet small business owners can market their companies and conduct business globally-and they can do so inexpensively and easily, often without setting foot on foreign soil.


Rajesh Rege,
Senior VP, Data center and Cloud business,
Cisco India and SAARC

MAR 12 Tablets in the Enterprise: Drivers and Challenges
Over the last decade, technology has become a key differentiator and enabler for businesses. Both enterprises and small business have made a paradigm shift in the way they do business by employing new technologies and are able to tap into new markets of opportunity across industry verticals. One among these technologies is cloud computing, an emerging new computing paradigm for delivering computing services.


Mahesh Gupta,
VP, Borderless Networks,
Cisco India and SAARC

MAR 12 Cloud: Making SMEs Nimble
As the traditional corporate network perimeter continues to dissolve and the enterprise becomes borderless, Smartphones, Tablets, other endpoint devices, and web applications are irreversibly changing the way people work. A rapidly evolving workspace is now more:


Rajesh Rege,
Senior VP, Data center and Cloud business,
Cisco India and SAARC.

MAR 12 Enabling Mobility and Security in Healthcare
The healthcare industry has always been a great consumer of technology, often driving innovation in unanticipated directions. Mobility is an excellent example, enabling medical practitioners to reach out to their patients in different ways, and providing access to information at the point of care from a wide variety of devices.


Mark Krischer,
CTO - Borderless Networks, Asia Pacific and Japan,
Cisco .

MAR 12 Cable TV: Digitally Yours
The Indian parliament has recently cleared the bill to amend the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act for ushering in digitization, according to which digitization will be implemented in four phases across the country and completed by December 2014. The government's mandate to digitize cable networks will bring a significant transformation to the TV industry and positively impact broadband penetration.


Vish Iyer,
Director, Video Architecture,
Cisco Asia Pacific.

FEB 12 Small is Big in the Cloud
The evolution of cloud computing is one among the major advances in the history of computing. By enabling to deploy, operate and consume technology with greater agility and improved economics, cloud computing is compelling many organizations to explore a deployment.


B Raghavendran,
Head, Partner Organization,
Cisco India and SAARC.

FEB 12 Walking Hand-in-Hand
The rising prominence of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in India is a sign that the sector is a key contributor for the economic growth in the country. Going by statistics, SMEs contribute about 45 per cent of the industrial output, 40 per cent of exports and employ 60 million people (SME Chamber of India). Tier II cities seem to drive India's growth story for SMEs because heightened business activity, increasing job opportunities, rapid urbanization, use of the internet, PCs and smart phones are transforming upcountry markets. This coupled with growing investments is pushing sales for small business product lines.


Arun Dharmalingam,
Vice President, Partner Led Velocity and Distribution Sales,
Cisco India & SAARC

FEB 12 Managing Partner Relations
The business of IT is all about relationships and requires vendors and their channel partners to work together to drive growth and profitability. The ties between manufacturers, suppliers and distributors are responsible for building products and delivering services that add value to customers. As the IT market transitions to new technologies, vendors must align with and invest in partners who share their business vision in order to sustain themselves in a constantly changing market place.


B Raghavendran,
Head, Partner Organization,
Cisco India & SAARC

JAN 12 Creating Cities of the Future
It is expected that by the year 2050, there will be at least 100 new cities in the world with more than one million people; and approximately 500 million people will be added to the world's cities over the next five years. According to a UN report, by 2030, 40.76% of India's population will live in urban areas as against the present 29%. As world populations shift to urban areas, community leaders are being pressed for answers related to overcrowding, pollution, budget constraints and inadequate infrastructure. Governments and urban planners are looking for ways to address this growing urban sustainability challenge.


R Ashok Kumar,
Vice President, Cisco Services,
Cisco India & SAARC

JAN 12 The Cloud in APAC: Going Beyond Revenue
Which is the hottest cloud-computing market in APAC? Where is the most revenue being generated? These are two questions which run high on the minds of many CIOs, CFOs, CTOs and cloud vendors. The implication is that the answer to the second question will satisfy the first.


Rajesh Rege,
Senior VP, Data Centre, Virtualization & Cloud Business,
Cisco India & SAARC


DEC 11 Virtualization Best Practices for SMEs
Talk virtualization and most people tend to believe it is relevant to large enterprises only. This is because most large organizations come with sizeable data centers and have the most to gain from the technology. Additionally, there also exists a perception, especially among small businesses that virtualization is difficult to implement and maintain because it needs specialist skills and is an expensive proposition to undertake. Truth however is that, virtualization can work for anyone including SMEs because their IT challenges are very similar to those of large enterprises.


Rajesh Rege,
Senior VP, Data Centre, Virtualization & Cloud Business,
Cisco India & SAARC

DEC 11 Connected and Safe
For any city or community to grow, thrive, and attract human and financial capital, security is a basic requirement. The need for public safety and security has grown in recent times due to increased incidence of unanticipated emergencies, natural disasters, crime rates and terrorism. For the perpetrators, technology is playing a significant role in making the threats highly mobile.


Chiradeep Rao,
Vice President, Emerging Verticals,
Cisco India & SAARC

NOV 11 Revolution in Motion
Dubbed as the new 'voice,' video has provided users across the world with an opportunity to disregard restrictions created by geographical boundaries and made communication geography-agnostic, in the true sense of the word. Today, the versatility of video and its ability to facilitate quicker communication allows it to be optimally used across sectors.


Minhaj Zia,
Director, Collaboration Sales,
Cisco India & SAARC

NOV 11 Cloud Computing: Partnering for Profit
The cloud computing phenomenon is generating a lot of interest worldwide because of its potential to offer services 'on demand', at lower cost, with less complexity, and greater scalability. Cloud computing can make network, computing, and storage resources easily accessible, changing the way people buy, manage and leverage technology.


B Raghavendran,
Head, Partner Organization,
Cisco India and SAARC

NOV 11 Digital Route for Exciting Entertainment
Come 2015 and in all likelihood, cable operators across India would broadcast digitally to every home. As per the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommendations, the four metros of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai have to shift to digital addressability by 31st March 2012. Thirty-five cities with a population of more than one million including Patna, Chandigarh, Pune and Bangalore will be digitized by 31st March 2013.


Sanjay Rohatgi,
Senior Vice President, Service provider,
Cisco India and SAARC

OCT 11 Enhancing Communication and Collaboration
Imagine it is the end of the financial quarter; that part of the year when meetings and presentations are an essential part of every business manager's calendar. However given the restrictions of time and geography, all managers cannot be available in person at all meeting venues to discuss future plans. Helping these professionals to connect and virtually communicate with their teams, are a variety of digitized communication tools which have revolutionized the way they interact on a daily basis.


Minhaj Zia,
National Sales Manager (Unified Communications),
Cisco India and SAARC

OCT 11 LTE: Addressing the Mobile Broadband Tidal Wave
Over the last two decades, the way people communicate, stay informed, and are entertained has changed dramatically. There have been two major technologies driving this change - the Internet and mobile wireless communication. Now, these two forces are merging to enable the mobile Internet and the corresponding growth of mobile data services.


Sanjay Rohatgi,
Senior Vice President - Service Provider,
Cisco India and SAARC

OCT 11 Real Benefits from Virtual Architectures
Businesses today face a growing, and increasingly complex set of challenges in the datacenter. This includes system availability, resource utilization, energy efficiency, regulatory compliance, and expectations of the empowered user. Globalization is leading to increased dependence on IT and requires the consolidation of assets. Therefore, previous business continuance (compute and storage) models are neither adequate nor economical in today's heterogeneous business environment.


Rajesh Rege,
Sr. Vice President - Data Center, Virtualization & Cloud business,
India & SAARC, Cisco

OCT 11 IT's Role in Regulatory Compliance
With an increased focus on better patient outcomes and reduced costs, the healthcare industry is slowly but surely moving towards digitisation and healthcare organisations today are increasingly using IT for diagnosis and care. The availability and use, of sophisticated diagnosis techniques like teleradiology (where the attending physician remotely interprets the patient condition using biomedical devices), means that paperlessness is becoming the order of the day. The growth of concepts like Telemedicine and Telehealth (including m-health which uses mobile technology for diagnosis and care) indicates that the boundary of the hospital is expanding and the number of points of care treatments are increasing rapidly.


Susheela Venkataraman,
MD, Internet Business Solutions Group,
Cisco India

SEP 11 Work Anywhere, Anytime
Three of every five employees today believe they don’t need to be in the office to be productive and two of every three employees would accept a lower-paying job with more work flexibility. This increasingly distributed, mobile workforce seeks information on the go and employs collaborative technologies to connect seamlessly with each other for knowledge sharing.


Mahesh Gupta,
Vice-President, Borderless Networks,
Cisco India & SAARC

SEP 11 Cloud Computing in Healthcare
The healthcare industry has traditionally been considered to be a slow adopter of technology; and there are valid and obvious reasons for their cautious approach. Many of the healthcare players have not adopted technology completely in their environments as yet and their primary focus has been on automation of back office systems, payment and reimbursement, digitisation of medical records, and business intelligence for regulatory compliance and accreditation. In many emerging/developing countries like India, IT budgets are very low. Investments in IT compete with other priorities like radiological equipment or operational expansion.


Vishal Gupta,
VP Advanced Services and Leader Healthcare Practice (East),
Cisco

SEP 11 Working in a secure, borderless world
Two of three workers around the world believe that they do not need to be in the office anymore to be productive, according to an international workplace study. Changes in the workplace environment today indicate that employees want to be always connected and demand access to information anytime, anywhere and on any device. It is estimated that over the next three years some 1.5 billion new network mobile devices will be moving into the enterprise.


Avinash Purwar,
Senior Vice President, Borderless network,
Cisco India and SAARC

AUG 11 Securing the Smart Grid
As much as 24% of total electricity produced in India is lost in transmission; if losses due to energy theft are taken into account the total average equals 50%. The resulting revenue depletion is estimated to be 1.2% of the national GDP. According to a Planning Commission report, losses in transmission and distribution in the power sector exceeded Rs 45,000 crore for the fiscal ended March 31, 2010, even as losses in 2010-11 may equal Rs 68,000 crore.


Sandeep Raina,
Senior VP,
Cisco India & SAARC

AUG 11 Collaborating along assembly lines
The ability to find, create, and capitalize new product and service ideas sets highly successful manufacturing companies apart, especially in complex, fast-moving global markets. As they grow and expand globally, manufacturing organizations are finding it difficult to harness local expertise to solve problems and collaborate on new product designs. New manufacturing plants often do not have experts with experience in managing processes and equipment. Resources required to address quality issues across a global supply chain are limited, customer service representatives have limited or no knowledge necessary to support an increasing number of complex products, and product development teams are distributed across geographies often located far away from the plants and suppliers that build the products they design.


Minhaj Zia,
National Sales Manager,
Cisco India & SAARC

AUG 11 Business Video: Channelized success
Increased globalization is driving the desire for more personal contact across geographic and cultural boundaries, prompting the need for visual collaboration. Technology trends that enable better communication between the various constituents of the extended enterprise are being sought after, while network-based solutions which help to harness the knowledge of the 'collective' by integrating the application stack with networks, communications, and mobility are gaining popularity. All forms of communications, collaboration, and entertainment are becoming digitized, and connected.


Dinesh Sehgal,
Sales Director, Telepresence and Video Sales,
Cisco India

JUL 11 Infusing efficiency into healthcare
Globally, changing lifestyles, increasing incidence of chronic diseases and the rise of new diseases is demanding the need for a specialized workforce to deliver healthcare services often across geographically dispersed areas. Simultaneously, there is also an increasing need for accessible, affordable, and responsive healthcare solutions that meet specific, constantly changing medical and clinical needs of patients. For governments across the world, disease prevention is a huge priority. At the same time, there is a visible shift in the way healthcare is delivered, as patients are demanding greater participation in the healthcare process. Information and communications technology (ICT) presents several possible solutions to address the various challenges in healthcare delivery.


Susheela Venkataraman,
MD, Internet Business Solutions Group,
Cisco India

JUL 11 Tweet versus toll-free
In what appears to be the first of its kind, a subscriber of a telecom service has been served legal notice for voicing his concern over the 'quality of service provided', on a social media site. While the logic behind the defamation notice is being questioned, what this means is that the explosion of the social web- Facebook, Twitter, YouTube- has empowered consumers to engage in an increasing number of online conversations and interactions where they talk about the companies with which they do business. Examples like the above also indicate that customer care is undergoing a major transition and the way in which customers prefer to interact with companies is changing substantially.


Minhaj Zia,
National Sales Manager -Collaboration,
Cisco India and SAARC

JUN 11 Integrated Approach to Healthcare
Essential to countries such as India is an integrated health system, which addresses both the response and preventive aspects of health. In many parts of the world access to healthcare is denied to large groups of people for several reasons including physical, financial and social causes. While on the one hand the global population of youth is increasing, so is the number of the elderly, creating new dimensions to the kind of health issues faced. As people migrate to urban areas the pressure on urban systems increases. Overcrowding often leads to infections and incidence of new diseases. New ways of working and living also give rise to new forms of illnesses. All of the above increase the need for better healthcare delivery even as countries face a shortage of clinicians, healthcare workers and infrastructure, when required and where required. Outdated and outmoded healthcare systems are still prevalent, posing a severe challenge to governments and communities. Better health outcomes call for addressing several other related issues such as water, sanitation, nutrition, pollution, awareness, education, occupation and economic well-being. As care becomes more complex, it requires a specialized workforce to deliver services often across geographically dispersed areas. This means healthcare managers need to communicate and collaborate in better ways without increasing costs or reducing the effectiveness of human interaction. While advances in research, treatment, and processes have strengthened the healthcare system, accessing them requires interaction between multiple sites. This creates new challenges and increases pressure to improve operational efficiency. Therefore the medical fraternity requires constant updating of skills, learning and education, which is in sync with changing technology.


Susheela Venkataraman,
MD, Internet Business Solutions Group,
Cisco India

JUN 11 Role of services in Nation Building
Technology has fundamentally changed people's lives; governments and enterprises across the world are using technology and the power of network to enhance the quality of life for citizens; achieve social, economic and environment sustainability, promote inclusive and balanced growth. The network and the information it carries is helping to weave together people, governments, services, community assets, and information.


Rakesh Goyal,
Sr. Vice President, Advanced Services,
Cisco India & SAARC

JUN 11 Toll-free calls and much more
IP has become the standard for new unified communications deployments today, and organizations having older TDM equipment and networks are migrating to IP at a very rapid rate. This convergence on IP has also brought significant changes in customer care.


Nagendra Kumar,
Program Manager at Solution Engineering, Contact Center Business Unit,
Cisco

JUN 11 Surveillance - Moving from analog to digital
A rise in the instances of terrorism has prompted organizations, authorities and individuals to devise effective response mechanisms. Physical security has become essential for enterprises looking at solutions to address everything from pilferage to theft and terrorism. This has led to an increased demand for solutions like video surveillance in sectors like public transport, hospitality, airports, BFSI and education, prompting organizations to increasingly incorporate network video into their enterprise IT security plans.


Shrikanth Shitole,
VP, Transformation Business,
Cisco India and SAARC

JUN 11 Tech Therapy for Retail
The retail sector contributes around 35% to India's Gross Domestic Product, making it an important driver of economic growth. According to a Government of India estimate, the retail sector is likely to grow to INR 2,00,000 crore (US$45 billion) over the next five years.


Ashok Kumar E R,
VP- Cisco Services,
Cisco India & SAARC

MAY 11 Fabric-based computing: Bridging data center silos
As organizations increasingly rely on IT to help enable, and even change, their business strategies, they need their IT infrastructure to be more powerful, agile, and cost effective than ever. Today's enterprises require continual system availability, demand ubiquitous access, and expect rapid and fluid responses to their ever-changing business needs.


Sumit Mukhija,
National Sales Manager,Datacentre,
Cisco India and SAARC

MAY 11 Learning on the go
Today's college and university students are dynamic, mobile, and technology-savvy. They arrive on campus with an array of mobility-enabled devices including PDAs, gaming devices, cameras, phones, and laptops. At home they roam wirelessly-downloading music, chatting, texting, and sharing blogs and videos on YouTube. This connected generation is un-tethered from wires and use wireless LAN to download course material, perform administrative tasks (including dealing with registration, grades, parking), and access social networking sites. For this student generation in motion, the air is the Internet.


Avinash Purwar,
Senior VP, Borderless Networks,
Cisco India and SAARC

MAY 11 IP increases Grid efficiency
The 'Smart Grid' is a data communications network integrated with the power grid that enables operators to collect and analyze data about power generation, transmission, distribution, and consumption. It promises a more efficient way of supplying and consuming energy.


Sandeep Raina,
Senior Vice President,
Cisco India and SAARC

MAY 11 New paradigm for service efficiency
The network is no longer just infrastructure, not just bandwidth. Instead, it is emerging as a secure platform for delivering the customized experience that 21st century consumers expect whether that means delivering new services as a carrier, boosting productivity for businesses of any size or consumers looking for real-time or personalized entertainment and services. Blogs, wikis, social networks and collaborative applications all exemplify the new types of communication environment that the network enables.


Ashok Kumar E R,
Vice-President, Cisco Services,
Cisco, India and SAARC

APR 11 3G: Controlling the threats
The era of third-generation (3G) mobile services has arrived in India and is set to revolutionize the entire mobile application market. 3G is expected to provide subscribers access to an ever-expanding array of high-bandwidth applications and data services-unlimited, high quality mobile content -audio, video -which can be streamed in less than a few seconds, leading to a rich user experience. For the mobile operators 3G is an opportunity to provide excellent content and services to subscribers although the need for service differentiation is urgent.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco India and SAARC

APR 11 Single vendor: Multiple benefits
With the emergence of Web 2.0 applications, businesses are looking more and more towards ways to optimize their networks and deliver critical functions which their users and customers require. As the network becomes the platform for service delivery, these organizations recognize the business imperative of maximizing network availability. With the onslaught of worms, viruses, spyware, and other malware attacks on the network and its resources - not to forget the all too frequent security alerts - CIOs are starting to employ risk mitigation techniques into their network designs.


Rajesh Shetty,
Vice President,
Cisco India & SAARC

APR 11 Technology Play in Physical Safety and Security
Today, an alarming increase in crime rate and theft, along with the associated fear of terrorism, is forcing organizations to lay greater emphasis on physical security. As security risks increase, the need to visually monitor and record security events in an organization's environment is growing in importance and video surveillance is becoming a key component of physical safety and security in sectors like public transport, hospitality, airports, BFSI and education.


Rakesh Goyal,
Sr. Vice President - Advanced Services,
Cisco Systems

APR 11 Maximizing services efficiency
Increased broadband penetration coupled with awareness about the transformational role that technology, particularly network connectivity can play, is fuelling the growth of the Indian domestic networking market. The launch of 3G and WiMAX services in the country has made it possible for broadband to be available almost everywhere. This has increased the focus on smaller towns where growth opportunities are immense, infrastructure costs are low and acquiring manpower is easy.


Ashok Kumar E R,
VP-Cisco Services,
Cisco India and SAARC

APR 11 Cloud is about doing things better
One thing the IT industry does very well is create 'buzzwords' and 'hype'; the buzzword of the moment is 'Cloud Computing'. The concepts hidden behind the cloud hype are classic business fundamentals - consider what you are doing today and find a way to do it faster, cheaper and/or better -using a technology supported base. Whether you're 'cloud-enabled', 'cloud-ready' or 'cloud-optimized', the promises of cost savings and increased performance are boundless!


Rajesh Rege,
Director - Data Center,
Cisco, India & SAARC

APR 11 Transforming healthcare
In every country, health is a major concern for the government, citizens and businesses. While each country faces its own healthcare issues, developing countries seem to carry the greatest burden of disease and the fewest resources to deal with the problem. In many of these countries, access to healthcare is denied to large groups of people owing to various causes that include an ever growing population, greater number of elderly, increasing urbanization, overcrowding and incidence of new diseases resulting from new ways of working and living.


Susheela Venkataraman,
MD, Internet Business Solutions Group,
Cisco

APR 11 Getting UC right; the first time, every time
The Indian communications market has evolved drastically over the last decade and we've watched as new technology has managed to make noteworthy inroads in to the enterprise space. Slowly, but surely, businesses across the board are beginning to realize the value of technology in reducing costs, enhancing productivity, streamlining processes and improving efficiencies. Adopting the right framework seems to be the key.


Minhaj Zia,
National Sales Manager, Unified Communications,
Cisco India and SAARC

MAR 11 Enhancing productivity sans borders
Today's enterprise is becoming borderless; devices are brought in and out of the environment due to increased workforce mobility. The industry has witnessed significant market transitions which are changing the way we do business. Whether we work on smart phones or whether we have desktops, the distinction between what we do as a consumer and the devices that we use at work are blurring. Technology concepts like Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), also known as desktop virtualization, which decouple a user's physical machine from the desktop environment, are becoming the order of the day.


Avinash Purwar,
Senior VP, Borderless Networks,
Cisco India

MAR 11 Connected way of learning
Today's educational institutions serve a large number of students, teachers, administrators, and support staff, all of whom have high expectations for secure, innovative 21st century learning environments. Therefore, schools, colleges, and universities are seeking new teaching methods and inspiring technologies to engage students, bring excitement to the classroom, and contribute to student employability and social equity.


E R Ashok Kumar,
Vice President, Cisco Services,
Cisco India and SAARC

MAR 11 What It Takes To Build The Cloud
Virtually every business sector today is betting big on cloud computing, because it promises to change the way technology is delivered and consumed by the end user. Driving the advance towards cloud computing is the explosion of digital information, rapid growth in the number of end points (500 billion connected devices by 2020); and video dominance of web traffic (91% by 2013). We are rapidly approaching a point where we will have a trillion devices, a million active applications, content distributed in new ways, and access to large amounts of data. All of this implies that the 'cloud' is not necessarily a new technology, but rather a step in the natural evolution of the Internet.


Rajesh Rege,
Director - Data Center,
India & SAARC, Cisco

MAR 11 What makes SMBs 'tick'
There is no doubt that small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are the major drivers of economic development in emerging markets. More than 90 percent of all businesses globally and 60 percent of the workforce are represented by the SMB sector. The enterprising efforts of SMBs help to raise living standards, create a more favorable trade balance, and broaden the tax base.


Rajesh Shetty,
Cisco India and SAARC

MAR 11 Banking on the cloud
Virtually every business sector today is betting big on cloud computing More so, given the benefits it promises and the way it changes how technology is delivered and consumed by the end user in an enterprise. Like most other sectors, banks and financial services companies too can benefit from the fact that cloud computing helps to create a more flexible, agile business model to meet the growing business needs in a dynamic and competitive landscape. Cloud computing can provide broad capabilities that banks need on a flexible basis to help them do much more than cut infrastructure costs.


Parag Arora,
VP, Financial Services,
Cisco India

MAR 11 Conquering the Cloud with the tablet
In today's fast-paced world, the need to be constantly connected and always accessible has made mobility a strategic corporate asset. Video is a very prominent mode of communication in our professional and personal lives and the ability to quickly create and share video is a classic example of the consumerization of IT. According to Gartner, by 2015, 200 million workers worldwide will video conference from their desktops.


Vishwajith Prasad,
Network Consultant,
Cisco India & SAARC

MAR 11 Getting beyond the Contact Center
Today, we are on the brink of a major transition in customer care. The way in which customers prefer to interact with companies is changing substantially, and businesses of all sizes are challenged with providing customer care in the manner in which customers wish to be served. This provision goes beyond the traditional "multichannel contact center" and into the realm of Customer Collaboration.


Nagendra Kumar,
Program Manager - Solution Engineering, Contact Center Business Unit,
Cisco

MAR 11 Classroom 2.0
Over the last few years, education has undergone tremendous transformation. As it continues to evolve, Web 2.0 and social networking tools help facilitate collaborative learning in new ways. Delivery of content has also evolved dramatically and today it is possible for students and instructors across geographies to participate in live classes, record the entire classroom experience (including lectures, audiovisual and text materials, and both live and Web-based Q&A interactions) for review by any student or instructor anywhere in the world and conduct virtual meetings using audio, video, and IM tools for knowledge transfer.


Susheela Venkataraman,
MD, Internet Business Solutions Group,
Cisco India

FEB 11 Improving productivity and saving Costs with end to end collaboration
Businesses have long acknowledged the Internet as tool for connectivity and efficiency. Internet is fast enabling an interactive and collaborative work sphere with the best applications and programs, such as private social networks, audio and web conferences, video, and chat. These platforms have also assisted in bridging geographical distances, time zones and other collaborative limitations for multi-presence organizations. They are not just applications that address the need to stay connected, but also business tools that enable a collaborative working environment.


Rajesh Shetty,
VP,
Cisco India and SAARC

FEB 11 Collaboration for better health outcomes
Globally, new ways of working and living have resulted in changed health scenarios. Changing lifestyles, increased levels of stress, and changes in the environment have brought new diseases to the forefront, both in urban and rural areas.  An explosion in the availability of information due to technology innovation, has increased awareness and enabled access to clinicians, healthcare workers and infrastructure when and where required, thereby increasing healthcare expectations.


Susheela Venkataraman,
MD Internet Business Solutions Group,
Cisco

FEB 11 Seamless Solutions
An increasingly global and mobile workforce is demanding connectivity and amenities wherever they go, and whenever they want. This need transcends all industry verticals including hospitality. Today's travelers expect from their hotels, exquisite services and the ultimate travel experience. The business traveler additionally demands a safe, secure, and comfortable stay. Evolving regulations and standards place new demands on hotels even as environmental sustainability (e.g. energy consumption, materials and recycling) is becoming mandatory.


Minhaj Zia,
National Sales Manager, Unified Communications,
Cisco India and SAARC

FEB 11 Video is the future
Video is today's voice-on-an-IP network, moving from a standalone service to an application filling an IP-network.  It has almost completely re-shaped the Internet and its use as the driving force behind the total transformation of user experience.  According to the Cisco Visual Index study, video will account for nearly 90 percent of all consumer Internet traffic by 2013, and 60 percent of all online video will be consumer video.


Chandan Mendiratta,
VP, Service Provider and System Engineering,
Cisco India and SAARC

FEB 11 Response management in emergencies
Since emergency situations cannot be foreseen, an organization needs to be completely prepared to face any possible eventuality. Availability of a comprehensive communication solution, i.e., an integrated response management system enables greater interoperability and better co-ordination for suitably managing emergencies.


Shrikant Shitole,
Vice President, Transformation Business,
Cisco India & SAARC

FEB 11 Honing the connecting skill
The network plays a key role in the functioning of various sectors like government and defense, manufacturing, banking, finance, insurance and IT/ITES. Worldwide enterprise network infrastructure spending has significantly increased and IT networking is expected to create thousands of new jobs in the technology industry in the coming days.


Anil Bhasin,
Senior VP, Sales,
Cisco India  and SAARC

JAN 11 Enabling Gen next communication
Over the past two decades, the way people communicate, stay informed, and are entertained has changed dramatically. There have been two major technologies driving this change: the Internet and mobile wireless communication.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco India & SAARC

JAN 11 Enhancing learning through collaborative technology
Over the last few years, education has undergone tremendous transformation. As it continues to evolve, Web 2.0 and social networking tools help facilitate collaborative learning in new ways. Delivery of content has also evolved dramatically and today it is possible for students and instructors across geographies to participate in live classes, record the entire classroom experience (including lectures, audiovisual and text materials, and both live and Web-based Q&A interactions) for review by any student or instructor anywhere in the world and conduct virtual meetings using audio, video, and IM tools for knowledge transfer.


Minhaj Zia,
National Sales Manager- Cisco,
Unified Communications India and SAARC

JAN 11 Going green with IP
As energy costs continue to climb, businesses around the world are looking for new ways to conserve energy and resources. With technologies like 3G coming to play, there would be an explosion of data and companies will be forced to have better networks and data centers that reduce carbon footprint in order to increase their topline and bottomline. This is especially true for the telecom sector, with energy expenses constituting a major chunk of total network operating costs


V C Gopalratnam,
VP, IT and CIO,
Globalization, Cisco


NOV 10 Huge opportunities
Video is today’s voice-on-an-IP network, moving from a standalone service to an application filling an IP-network. Over the next four years, more than 91 percent of all content traversing the Net is expected to be some form of video, whether peer-to-peer or streamed from servers. Global Internet traffic is likely to increase more than fourfold by 2014 and will be driven by improvements in network bandwidth capacity and Internet speeds, along with the increasing popularity of HDTV and 3DTV.


Chandan Mendiratta,
VP, Service Provider and System Engineering,
Cisco India and SAARC

NOV 10 3G: Defining Mobility for the Next Generation
Imagine yourself as a sports enthusiast waiting for the evening to see your favorite World cup finals. You leave office with a hope to make it on time to enjoy the match in front of a large plasma screen and catch all the action live. You hit the road, find yourself stuck in a never ending traffic jam and realize that by no means can you reach home before more than half the match is over. In today’s scenario, all you can do is feel sorry for yourself.


Vish Iyer,
VP ServIce Provider,
Cisco India and SAARC

OCT 10 Lucrative destinations
India is at the forefront of adopting new wireless technologies, largely fueled by the rapid growth in broadband penetration. According to TRAI, there would be 20 million broadband connections and 40 million Internet connections in India by the end of 2010. The domestic networking market is gaining sophistication with increasing awareness about the transformational role that technology, particularly network connectivity can play.


B Raghavendran,
VP and Head, Partner Organization,
Cisco India and SAARC

SEP 10 Communications is the key
In a turbulent global economy, manufacturers are under constant pressure to remain profitable by creating new products while cutting costs. With business communications getting more complex, creating an effective communication environment for mobile personnel and distributed workgroups has become a critical issue for manufacturers.


Minhaj Zia,
Manager, Naltional Sales, Unified Communications,
Cisco India and SAARC

SEP 10 Networking nettles the government
e-Governance applications in the recent past have demonstrated the important role that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) play in the realm of development. ICT is being increasingly used by the government to deliver services of central agencies (like district administration, cooperative union, and state and central government departments) to the citizens at their doorstep. Several Government-Citizen (G-C) e-Government pilot projects like electronic passport filing, eFIR’s, Property Tax Submissions, Tax filing, etc have adopted these technologies to improve the reach, enhance efficiency, minimize the processing costs and increase transparency.


Lokesh Mehra
Regional manager, Corporate responsibility,
Cisco South Asia

AUG 10 Getting ’practical’ on skills development
According to a NASSCOM report, each year over three million graduates and post-graduates are added to the Indian workforce. However, only 25 percent of these technical graduates and 10-15 percent of other graduates are considered employable by the industry. This growing skills gap reflects the slim availability of high-quality education in India.


Lokesh Mehra
Regional manager, Corporate responsibility,
Cisco South Asia

JUN 10 Building intelligent Networks
Technology-enhanced Corporation is the next wave of opportunity for innovation and transformation for businesses. In fact, collaboration is one of the most important tools to help increase an organization's agility and deliver new levels of productivity. The Economist Intelligence Unit predicts that by the end of this year, 62 percent of employees will work with teams in different locations, and by 2011, 30 percent of the global workforce will work remotely. To corroborate this, take the aver-age employee - he carries a PDA and a laptop, and is constantly connected to colleagues, partners and customers via e-mail, IM, Twitter, Linkedln and a host of other web 2.0 applications.


ASHOK KUMAR
Vice President. Cisco Services,
Cisco, India SAARC

JUN 10 Making IT Infrastructure Last: Unlocking Potential with Services
Responsible businesses are constantly challenged to find ways to cut costs improve profitability and maximise returns for investors. Another significant social responsibility of companies is their environment-friendliness ensuring the smallest possible carbon footprint is kept under consideration. With business infrastructure purchase and maintenance high on a list of unavoidable costs for a business, it is absolutely critical that businesses ensure that their infrastructure is robust and remains relevant to their business for as long as possible.


GB Kumar
Senior VP,
Cisco India

JUN 10 Log on to the network
As countries race to embrace the next phase of growth, it is technology that will provide the advantage. Today, every country is vying for a place in the global economy and the 'network' can give them the edge they need. In the public sphere, the Indian government is focusing on rolling out intenet infrastructure and increasing its e-government programs. The National e-Governance Action Plan (NEGAP) is one such example that will drive significant demand for skilled networking professionals. Under the plan, State Wide Area Networks are earmarked as the core infrastructure needed to support these initiatives.


Lokesh Mehra
Regional Manager- Corporate policy,
Cisco- South Asia

APR 10 An Exciting Opportunity
The growth of video on the Internet has had a corresponding impact in the world of business, as meetings, presentations, security monitoring, training sessions, customer service, and other activities increasingly include video. More & more businesses are using Video services such as TelePresence, WebEx etc. to connect with customers, employees across the globe. This huge increase in video traffic is transforming the requirements of networking. There is an inherent need for service providers to adopt a technology platform that can help them deal with this transformation but at the same time they need to keep up gradation costs low to optimize profit.


Vikram Sharma
VP, Service Provider,
Cisco India & SAARC

APR 10 Physical Security: A Strategic Imperative to Business
For most businesses, knowing what goes on at all times can make a big difference in a company's physical and financial security. Maintaining safe buildings and grounds while securing the network is critical for businesses. This is why safety and security solutions are gaining importance - they give businesses access to the necessary tools and resources that enhance physical campus security, track assets, protect the network, and prevent unauthorized network access. IP-based applications converge voice, data, and physical security systems onto a single, pre-integrated solution, allowing intelligent decisions to be made more quickly.


Shrikant Shitole
VP, Transfromation Business,
Cisco India

JAN 10 The Next 40 Years of the Internet? One Word: Video
Internet history teaches us that service innovation follows bandwidth expansion in a 'virtuous circle' of development. Application continues to drive bandwidth and bandwidth will drive new applications.


Suraj Shetty
Worldwide Service Provider Marketing,
Cisco Systems

JAN 10 IPTV: The New Experience of TV viewing
Globally, the IPTV phenom-enon has gained immense popularity and the same trend is expected in the Indian market also. In India, as per IDC, the number of subscribers is expected to reach 966,000 subscrib-ers by 2011 at a CAGR of 156.8 per-cent during the period 2006-2011. IDC expects 15.9 percent of all the residential broadband subscribers in India to use IPTV by the end of 2011.


Roshan D'Souza
VP, Service Provider,
Cisco India & SAARC

JAN 10 Blueprint to a Virtualised Business
Ask any old-economy businessperson, and they will unanimously agree that deals are made through nuances of expression, body language, personal rapport and interaction. In these days of the global enterprise, there is significant benefit in enabling a workforce with the tools and technologies that empower more visual interaction between employees and customers, and within teams.


Sumit Mukhija
National Sales Manager - Data Centre,
Cisco India & SAARC


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NOV 08 Enhancing employability of India's IT workforce
In a city like Hyderabad, a BPO job may not be tough to come by. However consider the case of K. Pushpanjali, the 20 year daughter of a construction laborer who was unable to finish high school due to financial constraints. For her, a white-collar job seemed a distant dream a few years ago. After receiving basic computer and soft skills training from an IT Essentials course she works today as a call center executive at GHMC (Greater Hyderabad Municipal Council). The job has changed Pushpanjali's life and fuelled her ambitions.


Lokesh Mehra
Regional Manager, Corporate Responsibility, South Asia
Cisco Systems.

SEP 08 The exabyte era
An expansion of technological change and a rising wave of new forms of data are working a deep change in the Internets capabilities and uses. People are steadily moving online to watch movies and television shows, play multiplayer video games and talk over videoconference with family and friends.


Vish Iyer
Vice President, Service Provider
West, Cisco India.

AUG 08 Managed services: The road to future profits
Service providers and their business customers share the dilemma of controlling costs while increasing revenue. Market competition has brought traditional telecommunications services under pricing pressure, even as wireless, broadband access and cable telephony services cut into access line revenues.


Sameer Padhye
Vice President, Worldwide Service Provider Line of Business
Customer Advocacy, Cisco Systems, Inc.

AUG 08 Threat defense - Adapting security to looming challenges
The year 2007 was characterized by unprecedented innovation and adaptability in the realm of security threats, as criminals once again demonstrated their ability to continually evolve attack strategies to keep ahead of even the most advanced human and technical defenses.


Mahesh Gupta
Business Development Manager, Network Security
Cisco India & SAARC

JUL 08 Reaching out with technology: Magnifying competitive advantage for small customers
India has become a key player in the modern global economy, serving as a significant global hub for knowledge based economic activities, both as an "offshoring" destination as well as through the growth of indigenous firms.


GB Kumar
Senior Vice President, Customer Advocacy
Cisco India & SAARC

JUL 08 Wireless x-perience
Wireless technology has been touted as the 'next big thing' in terms of connectivity. The latest wireless LAN standard, 802.11n, has a number of innovations and is going to change Wi-Fi as the world knows it.


Vishwajith Prasad
Network Consultant
Cisco India & SAARC

APR 08 Service providers in transition
Service providers are living in interesting times. Customers are demonstrating an increasing desire for ubiquitous access to information and communications. Increases in computing and networking speed and capacity have enabled fundamental shifts in business and personal productivity. Business models are shifting as people take advantage of opportunities presented by these changes.


Sameer Padhye
Vice President, Worldwide Service Provider Line of Business
Customer Advocacy, Cisco Systems, Inc.

MAR 08 The future of television
The insertion of IP into the vertical video industry has enabled new encoding and transport mechanisms, kick-starting a dramatic transformation of the entertainment industry. Clearly, IPTV is where the future of television lies.


Sameer Padhye
Vice President, Worldwide Service Provider Line of Business
Customer Advocacy, Cisco Systems, Inc.

MAR 08 Taking reliable IT purchase decisions
The short shelf life of technology solutions is making IT purchase decisions more complex by the day. Today CIOs and CTOs need to look critically into not just the initial acquisition cost of technologies but also the cost of ownership over certain time period.


Gautam Munish
Vice President
Cisco Capital India

FEB 08 Today's minnow, tomorrow's giant
With the stellar performance of the Indian economy and indications that the momentum will be maintained, it is not difficult to see that today's Small and Medium Businesses are actually tomorrow's Large Businesses in the making. However, they need help to bridge the gap between technology requirements and budget availability in order to exploit their true potential.


Gautam Munish
Vice President
Cisco Capital India

FEB 08 Manufacturing: The next triumph card for India
The Indian manufacturing sector is once again on an upsurge. However, the stakes are high as the progress of manufacturing still sets the tone for the overall business cycle and the health of this sector is very much at the core of India's socio-economic fabric.


Anil Bhasin
Vice President, Enterprise
Cisco India & SAARC

FEB 08 Networking India through SMBs
India's explosive economic growth is being largely driven by small and medium businesses. Cisco India sees great growth potential for this segment and is offering holistic, integrated, simple solutions/products that enable SMBs plan their long-term technology strategy and create real business value.


Pramodh Menon
Senior Vice President, Commercial
Cisco India & SAARC

JAN 08 Network Education and its Opportunities
Networking plays a key role in all sectors, be it government and defence, service provider, enterprises, manufacturing, banking, finance, insurance, IT/ITES and even in small and medium enterprises.


Lokesh Mehra
Regional Manager, Corporate Responsibility, South Asia
Cisco Systems.

JAN 08 Tapping expanding opportunities with our partners
According to the global research firm IDC, IT spending in India is set to grow the fastest in the world in 2008. And as the information&communications technology market in Asia-Pacific reaches $154 billion in 2008, IDC further says that India and China will contribute half the total IT spend by next year. Hence, the opportunities before us are huge and by growing and energizing the market we can further Indias meteoric rise in the global marketplace.


R. Dhamodharan
Regional Manager, Channels
Cisco India.

JAN 08 The network: Driving collaboration and innovation
The advent of the internet has revolutionized information exchange and transforming our lives in turn. In this context organizations need to interact more effectively with customer and suppliers to achieve sustainable competitive advantage.


Ranajoy Punja
Vice President, Business Development - Advanced Technologies
Cisco India & SAARC


DEC 07 Building intelligence into buildings
India needs new-age intelligent infrastructure for faster and sustained economic growth. Technology innovation is the only way Indian real estate experts can build world class infrastructure, engaging with important global trends including energy and climate change; pollution; waste disposal and resource depletion.


Anil Bhasin
Vice President, Enterprise
Cisco India & SAARC

DEC 07 Small network, big threats
Small and medium businesses depend upon technology for survival and the securing their data and communications becomes critical in this regard. Establishing a secure network foundation is vital to protect the authenticity and integrity of data on the network.


Pramodh Menon
Senior Vice President, Commercial
Cisco India & SAARC

DEC 07 Understanding the new age Indian SMB
Today the SMB sector is considered to be the growth driver for many IT companies with rising demand for video conferencing, IP telephony, Wi-fi and other technology. However, as this sector adopts technology and makes it a part of daily operations, it is important to bear in mind that the needs of Indian SMBs are often different from those of larger organizations.


Jagdish Mahapatra
Vice-President Commercial (West)
Cisco India & SAARC

DEC 07 SP IP Next-Generation Network (NGN) journey
The intense global competition in the service provider industry is accelerating the transition of industry players to an IP based Next Generation Network. Bringing a broad network transformation that encompasses not just the service provider's network but its entire business, the IP NGNs enable the service provider to explore new market opportunities amongst other benefits.


Rajesh Chainani
Senior Vice President, Service Provider
Cisco India & SAARC

NOV 07 Fuelling India's youth with quality education
India today needs not just a literate youth, but a skilled youth in order to fetch gainful employment. With nearly half of the population illiterate, high poverty levels, wide rural-urban divide, and the quality of education available, the paucity of talent is indeed becoming a cause for worry.


Lokesh Mehra
Regional Manager, Corporate Responsibility, South Asia
Cisco Systems

OCT 07 Improving business with better communications
Operating in a global environment brings new challenges in productivity. As knowledge workers from India increasingly operate in a global environment, creating and sustaining an effective communication environment for mobile personnel and distributed workgroups remains a critical business issue.


Minhaj Zia
Business Development Manager
Cisco India & SAARC

SEP 07 Bridging the skills gap with industry: Academia partnerships
The galloping pace of the country's service driven economy is under threat from a growing skills gap reflecting the slim availability of high-quality college education in India. As businesses propose to double and treble their workforces and India Inc. strives to maintain its position in the global marketplace, it has become imperative to prepare and plan for a world-class, competent, talented and innovative workforce.


Lokesh Mehra
Regional Manager, Corporate Responsibility, South Asia
Cisco Systems

SEP 07 Networking technology: Fuelling the pharma industry growth
India has the potential to become a global pharma hub, but with a huge R&D and sales & marketing network spread across geographies, telecommunication costs can grow exponentially. Therefore, pharma companies need to embrace technology that can offer dynamic lines of communication between the global markets and its manufacturing and research centres in India.


Anil Bhasin
Vice President, Enterprise
Cisco India & SAARC

SEP 07 Challenges and opportunities for channels in BFSI, manufacturing and other segments
In order to compete in an increasingly global market, businesses need to improve operational efficiency, lower costs and increase revenue despite budget and staffing constraints. Businesses in India have understood that leveraging IT can make all of this possible and are using technology as a business differentiator as well.


Avinash Purwar
Vice President, Channels
Cisco India & SAARC

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