FutureZone 2.0: Unique development in the renewed innovation centre of T-Systems and Cisco in Hungary

FutureZone 2.0: Unique development in the renewed innovation centre of T-Systems and Cisco in HungaryThe use of cloud technology and personal devices in the workplace is in the centre of our joint development programme.

The FutureZone 2.0 innovation centre was opened in the Budafoki road facility of T-Systems Hungary. Building on the latest Cisco technologies, the centre focuses on IP-based network solutions such as videos, cooperative solutions, and data centre technologies. The current work of the centre is building on the cloud-based solutions of these technologies while the projects of the near future include green IT, safe WiFi, and the innovative application of information technology in healthcare.

The scope of tasks assigned to the renewed innovation centre extends to the development of the services of T-Systems Hungary with a customer focus, as well as to demo and training activities. Established in the Budafoki road facility of Magyar Telekom's subsidiary known as T-Systems Hungary, FutureZone has been equipped with Cisco technologies including Cisco TelePresence virtual meeting room, Cisco Webex cooperation platform, Cisco Unified Communications uniform communication system, and Cisco UCS uniform data centre solution. Owing to the Cisco TelePresence meeting room set up in the centre, experts can connect to more than 200 cities across the globe and access the expert resources of Cisco international product and service development. "One of the most important objectives of the joint development work of Cisco and T-Systems is to localise world class technologies to meet local Hungarian needs and to make them available to local companies," explained Ottó Dalos, Cisco Hungary's service division manager. "Since the foundation of its predecessor in 2010, a large number of major innovative developments has emerged from this workshop of high technology. The most important ones include Videogate, which is T-Systems' and Cisco's jointly developed and open video-communication infrastructure; and Cisco Unified Communication (UC) - a unified communication system available for Hungarian corporations against a flat-rate monthly rate." These technologies are used by T-Systems Hungary in their recently built and opened new office building. More than 1500 employees use the entire range of corporate level services of the system including IP telephony, video conferencing, chat, webex, and presence information via their landline and mobile devices. "According to T-Systems Hungary's experiences, a shift towards the use of cloud-based solutions has also been evident on the Hungarian market," highlighted Tibor Rékasi - Deputy CEO for sales. "This is also underlined by the fact that since the introduction of unified communication (UC) as a managed service, the company has practically only been asked to give quotes on this type of solution when dealing with collaboration. Companies recognise and understand the advantages of cloud-based services, which they find particularly attractive for the flexibility, lower operating resource demands, and capital investment free constructions they offer."

Future Zone – projects of the future

New development work will soon begin in the following areas under the joint cooperation of Cisco and T-Systems Hungary in FutureZone 2.0:

  • Analysis/avoidance of network vulnerability issues. WiFi analysis and prevention of vulnerabilities. We only seldom consider that our wired computer network may also include security vulnerabilities that may result in the loss of data or enable unauthorised persons to access information. The analytical and development activities of T-System's engineer are aimed at understanding this area as much as possible and also at the elaboration of new methods of protection.
  • e-Health: Info-communication today has reached a level where it can offer effective and tangible help in medicine and healing too. This is not only about the speedy processing and secure accessibility of data - independent of location - but also about how telepresence technology can help shorten the time required for diagnosis or speed up the training of medical students.
  • Green IT (energy management): The intelligence available through network devices enables our office environment to adapt to our needs and to use minimum energy. If we are not at our work station, our desktop telephone may switch off, the wireless network may switch to lower capacity operation, and there are numerous other smart solutions in this area that will result in significant savings in energy on the whole.

Background material – Bring Your Own Device

Cisco has recently published the results of its Cisco IBSG Horizons Study on BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trends. With the responses from nearly 5000 decision-makers from 9 countries, the survey examined how widespread BYOD was and what kind of challenges its use presented in terms of IT support and security. Perhaps the most important piece of information we gathered from the feedback received was that BYOD provided numerous advantages to corporations: more effective work performance and more opportunity for cooperation, greater employee satisfaction and cost-efficiency primarily because devices were purchased by employees.

Further key findings of research:

  • 60% of white-collar employees use mobile devices (e.g. laptop, smartphone, tablet) to work - two-thirds of them use their own smartphones.
  • 41% of white-collar employees spend at least one day a week doing telework on remote location.
  • In 2014, the initiatives in the support of telework will account for 23% of the IT budget while the same figure for 2012 was only 18%. This is a 28% rise.
  • 89% of companies allow employees to use their own devices in one form or another from connecting onto the corporate network to providing full support of the devices. 22% of companies support the use of any devices owned by employees for work. Only 11% prohibit the use of employee-owned devices all together.

About T-Systems Hungary

As a 100%-owned subsidiary of Magyar Telekom, T-Systems Hungary provides large corporations and the public administration and its institutions with comprehensive telecommunication and IT infrastructure and application development services as well as system integration services that are indispensable for their everyday operation. With its 1800 employees, through the synchronisation of company competences and by the provision of flexible solutions, the integrated enterprise offers expert partnership and a safe infocommunication hinterland to its clients, employees and partners. For information on T-Systems Hungary, please visit http://www.t-systems.hu

About Cisco Systems

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For further information please contact:

Tünde Dénes Erdős
T-Systems Hungary, Communication Department
Mobile phone: (36) 30 371 5175
Telephone: (36) 1 470-6103
e-mail: denes.tunde@t-systems.hu

Attila Mészáros
Cisco Hungary, Marketing & PR manager
Telephone: (36) 1 225 4766
e-mail: attila.meszaros@cisco.com

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