To help build perspective on what’s to come in 2013 and beyond in our upcoming IT in Canada Forecast print magazine, the editorial team reached out to Canadian thought leaders to ask for their views on prospects and trends in seven IT areas. In the coming year, IT in Canada expects to see significant transformation in the networking space as providers work to respond to the twin challenges of cloud and mobility, and to exponential increases in video and other data traffic. Another challenge is visioning (and executing on) the use cases that will help drive adoption of new solutions. Cisco is especially adept in this exercise as excerpts from the feedback provided by Cisco Canada president Nitin Kawale shows. Read on for Kawale’s views on challenge and opportunity in the networking industry, sources of Canadian productivity, progress towards software defined networks and, of course, the smart, connected community.
IT in Canada: What are the primary challenges that network equipment providers will face in 2013?
Nitin Kawale, president, Cisco Canada: The intelligent network has never been more central to transforming business, industry, cities and nations. Here in Canada, we have a significant innovation challenge ahead. Our nation’s capacity for innovation and the ability to absorb and deploy information and communications technology is ranked 18th in the world. It will be the ability to drive innovation, jointly create new markets and lead industry transitions with our customers and partners that will differentiate Cisco from its competitors.