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Cisco inaugurates New World Workplace

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Cisco Systems has inaugurated its New World Workplace (NWW)

office in Mumbai. This is the first office in India to be designed along the

lines of the futuristic NWW concept, with an objective to create a flexible and

productive work environment.

The first futuristic office in India, the NWW concept

provides for a wide variety of workspaces for use for mobile and visiting staff,

namely Just-in-Time offices, unassigned workstations, quiet rooms, prayer room,

collaboration areas and touchdowns. The NWW concept focuses on enhancing

employee productivity by catering to the working/styles needs of different

individuals.

Inaugurating the office in Mumbai, Manoj Chug, President,

India and SAARC, Cisco Systems (India) said, “Cisco philosophy has always been

to create positive work environment for its employees keeping in line with

changing market needs that impact work styles. And this kind of creativity and

dynamism mixed with use of revolutionary technologies is what highlights

Cisco’s commitment to its employees, making it one of the top employers of

choice for people.”

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The employees in Mumbai will be using Cisco IP Phones and

Cisco Aironet wireless networking solutions. The other technologies supporting

NWW include Virtual Private Networking (VPN) and Web-based desk reservation

systems (WRT). This concept has been implemented in over 80 offices across the

globe and aims to provide the same flexible, scalable, productive and innovative

workplace to Cisco employees.

Cisco signs MoU with OCAC

Cisco has also signed a MoU with Orissa Computer

Application Center (OCAC), the government agency responsible for technology

development in Orissa, to set up the Cisco Networking Academy Program in the

state. The agreement was signed between SP Nanda, Secretary IT, government of

Orissa and Chairman, OCAC and Chugh.

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OCAC will be designated as a Regional Networking Academy

and receive networking equipment, comprehensive training, the Networking academy

curriculum and technical support from Cisco. The Regional Academy will in turn

set up Local Networking Academies in engineering colleges across the state. To

help maintain the highest quality of training and education at these

institutions and the other Networking academies around India, Cisco will

implement the Cisco Networking Academy Quality Assurance Plan.

“This is another step to fulfilling the commitment made

by John Chambers, President and CEO, Cisco Systems, to establish 34 Cisco

Regional Networking Academies in every state and union territory in India,”

said Chugh. “This partnership with Cisco will help institutions in Orissa to

build up a pool of talents equipped with critical skills in IT,” said Nanda.

The regional academy will join 10 other existing

academies–IIIT, Bangalore; IIT, Hyderabad; National Center for Software

Technology, Mumbai, Osmania University, Hyderabad; MS University Baroda; Amita

Institute of Advanced Computing, Coimbatore; Regional Engineering College,

Jalandhar; Center for Electronic Design and Technology, Gorakhpur, Amity

Institute of Information Technology, NOIDA and WEBEL, West Bengal.

Established in October 1997, the Networking Academy program

is an e-learning model that delivers Web-based educational content, online

testing, student performance tracking, hands-on labs and instructor training and

support. The program focuses on teaching students for designing, building and

maintaining computer networks. The program prepares students for the 21st

century workplace, while serving as a valuable model for e-learning. As of

today, approximately 1,57,000 students have enrolled in the program in over

6,500 academies in 121 countries around the world.

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