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Blog archive - November 2016

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Huawei presents its 5G vision for the Middle East in GSMA Mobile 360, Dubai

by Jonas Zelba 17 Nov 2016 | Add Comment

LTE and LTE-Advanced technologies are already undergoing commercial deployments in all major economies. LTE-A has just been deployed and it will address the market requirements with considerable life left for the next five years. Operators are likely to enhance their LTE networks for spectrum capabilities. However, companies have started conducting a number of trials for the new 5th Generation (5G) networks and are looking ahead to see what comes next for the evolution of the wireless communications industry. Frost & Sullivan sees the capability to support high data rate, massive device connectivity, massive data collection, traffic-handling capacity, and lower latency as being critical factors for accelerating innovation and capabilities to meet new generation network requirements. In such a scenario, companies that are able to offer a differentiated quality of service over the network will sustain and grow in this competitive market. Frost & Sullivan expects, that the deployment of 5G will completely change the landscape of the market, with growing opportunities for modular instrumentation and software-defined networks. Huawei presented its vision on 5G for the Middle East during the GSMA Mobile 360 Series event. The Chinese telecommunications company believes that 5G will pave the road to full connected world through top 3 areas – B2H via home access, B2C via augmented reality/virtual reality and B2V via smart drive. Huawei has also made recommendations on how Governments and Operators can prepare for 5G in the Middle East. Top recommendations are listed below: Issue new spectrum for the coming future Unlock the power of existing spectrum Open public facility for ICT infrastructure More flexible regulation, faster site construction Start with NB-IOT, achieve full connected world in 5G era Huawei if one of very few vendors that have started conducting some trials for the new 5th Generation networks to bring them to the real world. From a test and measurement market standpoint, the progression and evolution from LTE/LTE-A to 5G will generate a number of lucrative opportunities for test equipment vendors over the coming years. Leading vendors are working closely to anticipate the increasing complexities of 5G.

A time of change in US HCIT? Trump wins US Presidency

by Daniel Ruppar 09 Nov 2016 | Add Comment

Digital health is an area which has potential to bring disruptive change to healthcare. Two key facets which have supported this in the last decade have been the progression of digitization, as well as activities of the US government from the ACA, HITECH, Meaningful Use, etc…. With the win of Donald Trump as the next US President, this also is a story of disruptive change. As part of a trend tied to backlash from progressive globalization there is an undercurrent of unhappiness in many areas of the globe in the developed world. People are dissatisfied with their leaders, their governments, and the establishment. From a healthcare standpoint - there has been benefits to healthcare information technology and digital health in the last 8 years. This is why we are where we are now in HCIT market expansion in the US. We also see the imploding of Obamacare, double digit premium increases, and promises not being delivered fully on a program which was supposed provide disruptive change in a positive direction. What I would hope is if we now have change in US policy in areas which directly impacted health IT, it helps solve some of the problems, and takes a fresh stab at solutions which can further progress the shift to value-based care. Alterations in what has gone on under President Obama does not remove the need to support cost improvements, transparency, outcomes-focused care, patient engagement and wellness. Perhaps Trump’s administration can come up with something to solve issues in interoperability which continue, as well as further progress the market from an incentive standpoint, and help those who are now hurting from leveraging the Exchanges. We will have however a time of uncertainty in the market. Hopefully we can now come together and embrace change, hope, and what comes in the next administration can help make healthcare in America great again.

Notes from Cisco Asia-Pacific and Japan FY17 strategy briefing, Singapore

by Sapana Maheria 04 Nov 2016 | Add Comment

As “Disruption” becomes the new buzz word in the market, we are increasingly seeing business models change, and next generation solutions and services evolve. Vendors that dominated traditional markets for decades are now forced to focus on upcoming technologies to stay ahead of the competition in the market. Cisco has been focusing in this direction and building capabilities in the new age technologies both organically as well as inorganically. The company made over 12 acquisitions in last one year and strengthened partnership with other ecosystem vendors like Apple. In their FY17 Cisco Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) analyst briefing held on 25th October in Singapore, it was interesting to see how Cisco is building capabilities to offer end-to-end expertise in enabling digital transformation while focusing on offerings across hardware, software as well as services. During the session they focussed on workspace transformation, enterprise security and next generation networking offerings in APJ. Irving Tan, Cisco’s President for APJ business, opened the session with brief on the changing customer requirements and Cisco’s focus on building capabilities to position itself in the rapidly evolving market. Cisco has been developing their partner capabilities as they leverage the next generation technologies for new set of offerings. They have high focus on imparting training, and have initiated various programs for their employees as well as partner network. They are also investing in center of excellence to showcase their capabilities and new solutions offerings to potential clients and support in their journey of digital transformation. To add to that Ruma Balasubramanian, VP Enterprise business and digital transformation, discussed about their FY17 initiatives including the digital transformation offices, innovation centers and vertical practices. She also shared client case studies showcasing the business impact of these solutions deployments. Cisco also arranged for live demo of workforce transformation solution by Darryl McKinnon, and leveraged virtual reality to showcase their security solution capabilities. Security has been a key focus area for Cisco for long. It has made over seven acquisitions in the domain since year 2013. Cisco took a holistic approach to offer solutions securing enterprise networks, endpoints, mobiles, virtual and cloud environments. Cisco’s Talos provides verifiable and customizable defensive technologies and techniques to help customers quickly protect their assets. Cisco delivers effective security with solutions that are simple, open and automated with an integrated threat defences approach, which enables protecting assets everywhere against any threat seen just once anywhere. As the definition of work is changing and we are heading towards workspace transformation, Cisco is building capabilities to serve the changing consumer requirements. It launched Cisco Spark to cater to the evolving needs of future workspaces keeping simplicity and agility at the core of their solution. It allows team meetings (audio/video/web), calls, messaging and content sharing on cloud. Some of the key features offered by the solution include: Smooth network handoffs to avoid disconnecting from the meeting when moving around. It also allows to switch devices without getting dropped. It allows the organization to prioritize the data flow on their network, making it easy to maintain the service quality. The solution is offered on subscription basis to clients; they can select from the modules available, basis their requirements and pay accordingly. Have included user centric features like data search and tracking meeting agenda. Cisco is taking the freemium model approach and offering these for free currently. To ensure data security, they even share the encryption keys with clients. We believe the key to success in this market would be to quickly adapt to the changing employee preferences and behaviour to drive enterprise adoption. An average user has over 4 devices today and expected to grow to 6 by 2020. Solution providers would have to ensure that their offerings not only support multiple devices for ease of usage, but also ensure seamless and easy experience across devices. Overall the sessions gave a good overview of initiatives undertaken by Cisco in APJ across technology areas to enable digital enterprises achieve their business objective. The company is taking a holistic approach to offer complete suite of solutions catering to the changing customer demand across verticals and positioning itself as a one stop shop.

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