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We have all heard that digital disruption is causing a market change. And, we have probably also heard about the application economy. These two things are tied together with the Internet of Things and what enterprises are trying to do for their business today. The number one priority for businesses today is increasing revenue. And, one of the key ways they intend to increase revenue is through digital innovation. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few things that may help you if you are participating in this industry makeover.

Digital Disruption, Digital Network Architecture and Cisco DevNet

When people talk about digital disruption today, they are usually thinking of killer applications like Uber, or airbnb. For sure, they are thinking of something in their mind that almost certainly involves mobility, analytics, cloud, and networking. But, what I notice is that most people are thinking of the app – far more than the underlying technologies.

What I think is incumbent on us technology professionals is to make sure that we are fully versant in all of the technologies. We need to truly understand what goes into a digitally disruptive application in order to be able to help companies understand what they need in order to build that application that will actually increase their revenues. A mobile application that is really just a mobile version of a static web site is not going to cut it. That’s a waste of time and money.

The types of things that are working are applications that make innovative uses of analytics, location services, collaboration and even better – all of these tied together to create a truly unique customer experience. The Uber application utilizes outdoor location services (GPS) in combination with a mobile experience that has analytics (cloud based) built in and a new super convenient economic payment method – all built in to a single app.

And then there’s the underlying network, there’s a set of tools for automation and orchestration based on the shift to software-defined networking. Programmable networks make it possible to deploy policies for QoS and access control to keep your network safe, secure and performing at its best. However, this requires a change in how people work as they deploy, manage and operate their networks. Network and IT admins and operators are now power users of large software systems, so they need software skills to do their jobs well.

This is where Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) and Cisco DevNet can really help you. Cisco DNA has the bulk of the underlying technologies organized and built into a solution that makes understanding, utilizing, securing and running digitally disruptive networks and applications easier than ever before. And, in some cases, it actually makes things possible that you would be hard pressed to do another way.

We have also created a DNA Community of Interest in DevNet where you can connect with your peers who are on the same journey of digital transformation in their networks and IT systems.

Cisco DevNet is the one-stop shop where you can come to learn about this technology, practice coding this technology, and see how others have solved problems with inspirational stories of innovation on the Cisco technologies – including Cisco DNA.

We’re Bringing this to Cisco Live, Las Vegas!

At Cisco Live, we will have over a dozen different learning opportunities on this front, associated with the DevNet zone. We will have proctored learning labs where you can get started with DNA.

Are you interested in how to make sure your mobile applications are secure? You can learn about that at Cisco live.

Are you interested in how you can use location services to make your mobile application more immersive and customer friendly? You can learn that at Cisco Live.

Are you interested in how you can make a collaboration capability in your application work better? You can learn that at Cisco Live.

All of these things are part of Cisco DNA. And you can learn all about DNA at Cisco Live – in the DevNet Zone.

DevNet is here to help

Cisco DevNet is the single resource for everything “developer” at Cisco. We are here to help you learn, code, and get inspired. We have learning labs, sandboxes and more, ranging from the SDN controllers in the enterprise network and data center to the Internet of Things.

Please, let me know your thoughts. If you haven’t already, come visit us on DevNet.

Thanks for reading!


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