Silicon Valley Still Bubbly Despite Big Layoffs

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What’s New This Quarter A quick scan of the Valley finds it as frothy as ever, with constant bulletins about huge mergers and acquisitions drowning out the less-bubbly news of restructurings and downsizings. The dog days of August brought new news that Cisco would lay off 6,000 employees, about 8 percent of the company’s workforce, in order to make itself more agile. In comments to his workforce, CEO John Chambers said: “It’s about investing in our growth and moving fast…… continue…

How Automation Is Dooming Entry-Level IT Jobs

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On one hand, there’s more demand than ever for specialized IT staff. But many of the jobs that IT professionals once used to gain the experience to get them are in danger of being eliminated. Welcome to the newest paradox of tech employment. IT vendors everywhere tout the benefits of IT automation, usually in the form of software-defined data centers that operate at “Web scale.” However, that automation of IT infrastructure reduces the need for lower-level IT administrators and other… continue…

Analytics-Driven Cities: Hype, or the Future?

Can you make a city smarter? Despite the hype attached to so-called “Big Data,” many cities haven’t yet rushed to embrace the idea of analyzing massive data sets to holistically improve city services. But change on that front could be underway, with Minneapolis, Minn., and Montpellier, France, working with IBM on analytics platforms capable of boosting efficiencies in transportation, water management and emergency services. Click here to find analytics jobs. Minneapolis is using cloud-based pattern discovery to better track metrics… continue…

Why the ‘Internet of Everything’ Is Important to Your Job

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Cisco CEO John Chambers says that rapid changes in technology will have a dramatic impact on the tech landscape, forcing major players to adjust or fade away, according to Business Insider. Of Cisco, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Oracle, “only two or three of us will be meaningful in as quick as five years,” he was quoted as saying. Then he allowed, “We know we have to change.” Of course, he’s bullish on Cisco’s prospects. Speaking at Cisco Live, he called… continue…

How Cisco’s Investment in the Internet of Things Could Benefit You

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Cisco plans on investing $150 million in startups and early-stage companies over the next few years, provided those recipients use that money to research the Internet of Things, “Big Data,” and other cutting-edge areas. Cisco clearly hopes that the investment will allow it to capitalize on the Next Big Thing before it hits the market. “Our ability to identify and stay ahead of market disruptions is deeply rooted in our build, buy, partner and integrate approach to innovation,” Hilton Romanski,… continue…

iRobot Ava 500 Robot Upscales Virtual Presence

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Coupled with Cisco TelePresence, the $69,500 ‘bot is an alternative to being there in person. continue…

Home Routers Pose Biggest Consumer Cyberthreat

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Security firms conclude there are so many vulnerabilities in home routers, the hardware is almost impossible to secure. continue…

Cisco to Create 1,700 Jobs in Ontario

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Cisco has committed to creating 1,700 jobs in Ontario over the next six years as part of a 10-year deal with the provincial government. The new jobs will focus on research and development. Currently, the company employs 1,300 people in Ontario, and says it could expand its headcount to 5,000 by 2024. The agreement calls for Cisco to invest $4 billion in the province, including $2.2 billion in salaries. In return for creating the jobs, Ontario will pitch in up… continue…

Watch a Cisco Manager Conduct a Whiteboard Test

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Michelle Concannon, a software development hiring manager at Cisco Systems Collaboration Technology Group, has seen it all during her nearly seven years at the networking giant: From death grips on the marker during whiteboard tests, to candidates who freeze when the board suddenly seems very, very blank. Concannon, who recently relocated from Ireland to Cisco’s San Francisco offices, doesn’t want to see these signs of fear. She wants job applicants to feel at ease. Success at the whiteboard, after all,… continue…

New Cisco Software Defined Network Focuses on Hardware

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Making SDN more efficient, cost-effective. continue…