A Fast Day for Fast IT

RICH GORE |

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I was at Cisco IT EMEAR Data Centre Day today, surrounded by about 100 Cisco customers, sales, and IT people. This customer event was the first large European event where Cisco IT shared our own DC experience directly with customers. Cisco IT has a lot of experience deploying powerful new technology in the data centre – virtualized orchestrated platforms and cloud containers and ACI infrastructure and more. We’ve found that beyond the technology challenges, there are big changes required in our IT process, IT skills, and IT relationships with the business. It was great to share with customers how we’ve dealt with all these challenges – technology, process and people – and to remind Cisco customers that they have friends inside Cisco IT who are happy to help.

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JustEnough Software Corporation

JustEnough® is a leading provider of Demand Management solutions for retail, wholesale and direct-to-consumer businesses and is serving the planning needs of many of the world’s leading brands. Available OnSite and OnCloud, JustEnough’s innovative solutions help companies to forecast customer demand; plan assortments, allocations and inventory; shape demand with markdowns and promotions and then execute on those plans.

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