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Enhance Your Capabilities with Cloud Collaboration

Reduce the complexity of your infrastructure.

Collaborate easier, at a lower total cost.

Accelerate the deployment of new services.

Make the most of the opportunities the cloud offers with Cisco® Cloud Collaboration:

a blend of market-leading collaboration solutions, cloud technologies, and Cisco
Powered partner services. You can take the best of each approach, combine them, and
connect what you have on premises with the cloud. Effectively, you extend the benefits
of the Cisco Collaboration portfolio – unified communications, customer collaboration,
conferencing, and collaboration endpoints – across your entire organization.

New Ways to Collaborate, New Opportunities

As collaboration changes, it provides organizations more opportunities to better
connect employees, customers, and partners.

• Share ideas rapidly across multiple continents.

• Make interactions more fulfilling and easier with new tools, such as video and mobile
devices.

• Deliver results across productivity, innovation, and growth.

How can you capitalize on the potential of this new era of collaboration while helping
your organization reduce costs and complexity, boost agility, and better support
business priorities? By using the cloud to extend collaboration capabilities across your
organization.

Taking Collaboration to the Cloud

With Cisco Cloud Collaboration, you dont have to choose between an on-premises or
cloud deployment. You can take advantage of the cloud with complete confidence, and
without compromise, because you will get the same enterprise-grade experience and
application performance you expect from our on-premises deployments. We make this
possible by delivering:

• Security: Helps ensure that security remains an integral component of our cloud
architectures, and that all Cisco Powered services are certified by Cisco and built
using Cisco validated designs.

• Management: Provides a view across service fulfillment and assurance, and helps
ensure performance, availability, and security across the data center, network, and
each application or service.

• Scalability and survivability: Extends the solution to multiple users and geographies
with full redundancy.

• Exceptional user experience: Gives users the same market-leading Cisco
collaboration tools regardless of how their service is enabled.

The portfolio of services we offer with our partners makes these capabilities possible.
Together, we deliver customized, Cisco Powered services that help you reduce risks,
accelerate time to market, and Boost the collaboration experience.
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Question: 192
Refer to the exhibit.
Mary is sending an instant message to Robert. The message will be broken into a series of packets that will traverse all network devices. What addresses will populate these packets as they are forwarded from Router1 to Router2?
A. Option A
B. Option B
C. Option C
D. Option D
E. Option E
Answer: B
Explanation:
The Source and Destination IP address is not going to change. Host 1 IP address will stay as being the source IP and the Host 2 IP address will stay the destination IP address. Those two are not going to change.
For the MAC address it is going to change each time it goes from one hope to another. (Except switches they dont change anything)
Frame leaving HOST 1 is going to have a source MAC of Host 1 and a destination MAC of Router 1.
Router 1 is going to strip that info off and then will make the source MAC address of Router1s exiting interface, and making Router2s interface as the destination MAC address.
Then the same will happen Router2 is going to change the source/destination info to the source MAC being the Router2 interface that it is going out, and the destination will be Host2s MAC address.
Question: 193
Refer to the exhibit.
As packets travel from Mary to Robert, which three devices will use the destination MAC address of the packet to determine a forwarding path? (Choose three.)
A. Hub1
B. Switch1
C. Router1
D. Switch2
E. Router2
F. Switch3
Answer: BDF
Explanation:
Switches use the destination MAC address information for forwarding traffic, while routers use the destination IP address information.
Local Area Networks employ Layer 2 Switches and Bridges to forward and filter network traffic. Switches and Bridges operate at the Data Link Layer of the Open System Interconnect Model (OSI). Since Switches and Bridges operate
at the Layer 2 they operate more intelligently than hubs, which work at Layer 1 (Physical Layer) of the OSI. Because the switches and bridges are able to listen to the traffic on the wire to examine the source and destination MAC
address. Being able to listen to the traffic also allows the switches and bridges to compile a MAC address table to better filter and forward network traffic.
To accomplish the above functions switches and bridges carry out the following tasks:
MAC address learning by a switch or a bridge is accomplished by the same method. The switch or bridge listens to each device connected to each of its ports and scan the incoming frame for the source MAC address. This creates a
MAC address to port map that is cataloged in the switches/bridge MAC database. Another name for the MAC address table is content addressable memory or CAM table.
When a switch or bridge is listening to the network traffic, it receives each frame and compares it to the MAC address table. By checking the MAC table the switch/ bridge are able o determine which port the frame came in on. If the
frame is on the MAC table the frame is filtered or transmitted on only that port. If the switch determines that the frame is not on the MAC table, the frame is forwarded out to all ports except the incoming port.
Question: 194
Refer to the exhibit.
The host in Kiev sends a request for an HTML document to the server in Minsk. What will be the source IP address of the packet as it leaves the Kiev router?
A. 10.1.0.1
B. 10.1.0.5
C. 10.1.0.6
D. 10.1.0.14
E. 10.1.1.16
F. 10.1.2.8
Answer: E
Although the source and destination MAC address will change as a packet traverses a network, the source and destination IP address will not unless network address translation (NAT) is being done, which is not the case here.
Question: 195
Which network device functions only at Layer 1 of the OSI model?
A. Option A
B. Option B
C. Option C
D. Option D
E. Option E
Answer: B
Explanation:
Most hubs are amplifying the electrical signal; therefore, they are really repeaters with several ports. Hubs and repeaters are Layer 1 (physical layer) devices.
Question: 196
Refer to the exhibit.
HostX is transferring a file to the FTP server. Point A represents the frame as it goes toward the Toronto router. What will the Layer 2 destination address be at this point?
A. abcd.1123.0045
B. 192.168.7.17
C. aabb.5555.2222
D. 192.168.1.1
E. abcd.2246.0035
Answer: E
Explanation:
For packets destined to a host on another IP network, the destination MAC address will be the LAN interface of the router. Since the FTP server lies on a different network, the host will know to send the frame to its default gateway,
which is Toronto.
Question: 197
Refer to the exhibit.
If host A sends an IP packet to host B, what will the source physical address be in the frame when it reaches host B?
A. 10.168.10.99
B. 10.168.11.88
C. A1:A1:A1:A1:A1:A1
D. B2:B2:B2:B2:B2:B2
E. C3:C3:C3:C3:C3:C3
F. D4:D4:D4:D4:D4:D4
Answer: E
Explanation:
When packets transfer from one host to another across a routed segment, the source IP address always remains the same source IP address, and the source physical (MAC) address will be the existing routers interface address.
Similarly, the destination IP address always remains the same and the destination physical (MAC) address is the destination routers interface address.
Question: 198
Refer to the exhibit.
If the hubs in the graphic were replaced by switches, what would be virtually eliminated?
A. broadcast domains
B. repeater domains
C. Ethernet collisions
D. signal amplification
E. Ethernet broadcasts
Answer: C
Explanation:
Modern wired networks use a network switch to eliminate collisions. By connecting each device directly to a port on the switch, either each port on a switch becomes its own collision domain (in the case of half duplex links) or the
possibility of collisions is eliminated entirely in the case of full duplex links.
Question: 199
Which protocol uses a connection-oriented service to deliver files between end systems?
A. TFTP
B. DNS
C. FTP
D. SNMP
E. RIP
Answer: C
Explanation:
TCP is an example of a connection-oriented protocol. It requires a logical connection to be established between the two processes before data is exchanged. The connection must be maintained during the entire time that
communication is taking place, then released afterwards. The process is much like a telephone call, where a virtual circuit is establishedthe caller must know the persons telephone number and the phone must be answeredbefore
the message can be delivered.
TCP/IP is also a connection-oriented transport with orderly release. With orderly release, any data remaining in the buffer is sent before the connection is terminated. The release is accomplished in a three-way handshake between
client and server processes. The connection-oriented protocols in the
OSI protocol suite, on the other hand, do not support orderly release. Applications perform any handshake necessary for ensuring orderly release.
Examples of services that use connection-oriented transport services are telnet, rlogin, and ftp.
Question: 200
Which layer of the TCP/IP stack combines the OSI model physical and data link layers?
A. Internet layer
B. transport layer
C. application layer
D. network access layer
Answer: D
Explanation:
The Internet Protocol Suite, TCP/IP, is a suite of protocols used for communication over the internet. The TCP/ IP model was created after the OSI 7 layer model for two major reasons. First, the foundation of the Internet was built
using the TCP/IP suite and through the spread of the World Wide Web and Internet, TCP/IP has been preferred. Second, a project researched by the Department of Defense (DOD) consisted of creating the TCP/IP protocols. The
DODs goal was to bring international standards which could not be met by the OSI model.
Since the DOD was the largest software consumer and they preferred the TCP/IP suite, most vendors used this model rather than the OSI. Below is a side by side comparison of the TCP/IP and OSI models.
Question: 201
Which OSI layer header contains the address of a destination host that is on another network?
A. application
B. session
C. transport
D. network
E. data link
F. physical
Answer: D
Explanation:
Only network address contains this information. To transmit the packets the sender uses network address and datalink address. But the layer 2 address represents just the address of the next hop device on the way to the sender. It is
changed on each hop. Network address remains the same.
Question: 202
DRAG DROP
On the left are various network protocols. On the right are the layers of the TCP/IP model. Assuming a reliable connection is required, move the protocols on the left to the TCP/IP layers on the right to show the proper encapsulation
for an email message sent by a host on a LAN. (Not all options are used.)
Select and Place:
Answer:
Question: 203
Which three statements are true about the operation of a full-duplex Ethernet network? (Choose three.)
A. There are no collisions in full-duplex mode.
B. A dedicated switch port is required for each full-duplex node.
C. Ethernet hub ports are preconfigured for full-duplex mode.
D. In a full-duplex environment, the host network card must check for the availability of the network media before transmitting.
E. The host network card and the switch port must be capable of operating in full-duplex mode.
Answer: ABE
Explanation:
Half-duplex Ethernet is defined in the original 802.3 Ethernet and Cisco says you only use one wire pair with a digital signal running in both directions on the wire. It also uses the CSMA/CD protocol to help prevent collisions and to
permit retransmitting if a collision does occur. If a hub is attached to a switch, it must operate in half-duplex mode because the end stations must be able to detect collisions. Half-duplex Ethernet typically 10BaseT is only about
30 to 40 percent efficient as Cisco sees it, because a large 10BaseT network will usually only give you 3- to 4Mbps at most.
Full-duplex Ethernet uses two pairs of wires, instead of one wire pair like half duplex. Also, full duplex uses a point-to-point connection between the transmitter of the transmitting device and the receiver of the receiving device,
which means that with full-duplex data transfer, you get a faster data transfer compared to half duplex. And because the transmitted data is sent on a different set of wires than the received data, no collisions occur. The reason you
dont need to worry about collisions is because now Full-duplex Ethernet is like a freeway with multiple lanes instead of the single-lane road provided by half duplex. Full-duplex Ethernet is supposed to offer 100 percent efficiency
in both directions; this means you can get 20Mbps with a 10Mbps Ethernet running full duplex, or 200Mbps for FastEthernet.
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Embracing sustainability and reducing our environmental footprint has been a longstanding priority at Cisco. For almost two decades, Cisco has set transparent, publicly declared objectives as benchmarks, diligently tracking our progress and holding ourselves accountable. Additionally, we’ve developed comprehensive programs to empower customers to achieve their sustainability goals.

We understand that sustainability is a collaborative effort, and success requires leveraging our extensive partner network. Collaboration is essential, and it’s through working with our partners that we foster innovation and gain support across the value chain. To this end, Cisco has developed several sustainability-focused programs that enable partners to offer customers end-to-end solutions designed with sustainability in mind, while also enhancing deal profitability.

Net zero by 2040

Cisco has embarked on an ambitious journey towards sustainability, aiming to achieve net-zero status by the year 2040. This goal has not been mere words but supported by continuous improvement and innovation across our entire business landscape. Our primary focus has been on delivering tangible, data-validated advancements that lead us closer to the realization of all our sustainability goals, ultimately culminating in our net-zero goal.

These efforts have not gone unnoticed. The approval of our net-zero goal by Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) stands as a testament to the robustness of our plan, the allocation of resources, and the soundness of our strategic approach. This validation confirms our determination to truly meet these targets, helping to forge a path towards a more sustainable future.

As for our partners, whether you are just starting this journey or already investing, there are four key Cisco programs to consider, through which we work together to meet our sustainability objectives.

Earn Your Cisco Environmental Sustainability Specialization

Launched in 2022, the Environmental Sustainability Specialization (ESS) equips partners with Cisco-specific sustainability knowledge. It covers key sustainability terms, the technology behind our Sustainable Solutions, Cisco’s commitment to a circular economy, and supporting programs. Only one person in the company needs to complete this training and exam. For others in the partner organization, we have additional efforts to educate partner sellers on these topics. If you’re not the one going through formal training, we’ll summarize the partner programs you should leverage in this blog.

Leverage the Cisco Takeback & Reuse Program Plus Incentive

Cisco’s Takeback and Reuse program is integral to CEO Chuck Robbins’ commitment to reclaim 100% of customer gear at no cost while providing partners with discount incentives. This program is an important step towards a circular economy, ensuring the responsible end-of-life management of returned equipment, with a remarkable 99.9% material recycling or reuse success rate.

Partners benefit from this initiative through a stackable discount of up to 7% on Refresh deals, applied to new equipment when replacing older gear. To learn more, visit our Takeback and Reuse Program page. Please note that this incentive is exclusively available to partners with ESS certification and program enrollment, so ensure your company is specialized to take advantage of it.

Strategically Position Cisco Refresh

With Takeback products, we seize the opportunity to remanufacture gear based on their life stage, making them available through the Cisco Refresh program. This refurbished gear supports the circular economy, meeting rigorous quality and performance standards, and is readily available with no lead times. It’s cost-effective and environmentally friendly, and has a lower carbon impact than purchasing newly manufactured products. Explore available products on the Cisco Refresh list – the more we take back, the more we can offer!

Utilize Cisco Green Pay

Cisco Green Pay, through Cisco Capital, offers a flexible payment plan for solutions designed with sustainability in mind, covering hardware, software, and services with a set contract term. At term’s end, Cisco reclaims the hardware to support the circular economy, helping support a more sustainable lifecycle. Cisco’s ownership guarantees gear return, providing a consistent refresh cycle and benefits akin to the Takeback program. All of this is offered to the customer, requiring minimal effort from partners. Plus, customers receive a 5% discount when opting for Green Pay.

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With two former SVPs of Cisco's collaboration unit out on personal leave in the last few months, the tech giant recently named a third leader, Javed Khan, of the firm's critical business segment, which includes the Webex platform.

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Cisco Systems, which has recently experienced turnover within its all-important collaboration segment, has named five-year Cisco executive Javed Khan as the business segment's latest leader.

Cisco's Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Collaboration business Amy Chang decided to take time off to spend time with her family, according to a Cisco spokesperson in March. Chang joined Cisco and the firm's executive leadership team when her business intelligence company, Accompany, was acquired by Cisco in 2018 to bolster Cisco's popular Webex platform. Cisco said at the time of her departure that Chang wasn't leaving permanently and that the firm looked forward to her return.

In the meantime, Sri Srinivasan, vice president and general manager of Cisco's Team Collaboration Group, stepped in for Chang in March and expanded his role to lead Cisco's Collaboration business as senior vice president. However, Srinivasan, unlike Chang, did not become a member of Cisco's executive leadership team.

But by June, Cisco confirmed to CRN that Srinivasan had also left on personal leave. In his place came interim collaboration leader Khan, Cisco's then-vice president and general manager of Webex since 2015, who has since been promoted to senior vice president and general manager of Webex and the new head of the collaboration business unit.

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Cisco told CRN on Thursday that Srinivasan has taken on a new role focusing on the firm's work with nonprofit organizations and partners, specifically in Africa and India. He will be the first member of a new group for the company -- the Cisco Community Leadership fellow engagement -- and will help address essential needs for communities overseas, including food and sanitation.

“Our Cisco Collaboration team has built the most trusted platform for remote work, which has become a lifeline for businesses, governments, educators, and frontline workers to stay connected and productive - securely. We’re pleased to announce that Khan has been promoted to senior vice president of Cisco Collaboration and will lead the business going forward.," said a Cisco spokesperson in a statement. “[Khan's] deep experience in enterprise and collaboration are a tremendous asset as we continue to innovate and drive momentum in our business. We thank [Srinivasan] for his leadership and look forward to seeing him continue to make a positive impact on the world working alongside Cisco’s nonprofit partners.”

Cisco confirmed that Chang is still out on leave but will also be returning to a new role within the company.

The San Jose, Calif.-based tech giant in March announced it would be combining its security and applications groups, which includes the collaboration business. In June, Cisco announced the group's leader: former Box executive Jeetu Patel. Both Khan and Srinivasan in his new role will report to Patel when he starts his new role with the company in August, Cisco said.

Cisco's collaboration unit, which includes its Webex videoconferencing solution and rival product to the Zoom platform, has helped anchor the firm since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that squelched IT spending across the globe.

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins in May said that the company was running its Webex platform at three times capacity that it had before the pandemic in February to manage the dramatic increase in user growth. The platform had well over 500 million meeting participants generating 25 billion meeting minutes in April, more than triple the volume the platform saw in February, according to the company.

On the other hand, Cisco, unlike some of its competitors such as Zoom, may not have the cloud infrastructure that other cloud-based solutions have in place to scale as quickly as they would have liked, according to one Cisco partner that asked to speak anonymously.

"I'm sure Cisco engineers are being hammered by senior leadership to scale up because Cisco is not a cloud platform core provider," the Cisco partner said.

The executive added that the value of Cisco Webex is being diminished because the collaboration tool still doesn't interoperate seamlessly with other tools that customers have within their environments, like Microsoft Teams.

"I think Cisco and others need to embrace interoperability to help end users cross the chasms," the partner said.

Cisco counts 95 percent of the world's Fortune 500 businesses as collaboration customers today.

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Sustainability, Collaboration, and Cisco: A Channel Leader's Perspective

NORTHAMPTON, MA / ACCESSWIRE / November 28, 2023 / Cisco Systems Inc.

By Stacy Betts

As a Cisco channel leader, I recognize the importance of understanding our partners' sustainability endeavors in the Americas, as collaborative efforts and mutual support are imperative in addressing the significant sustainability challenges we confront. In this regard, I had the privilege of conducting interviews with several Cisco partners to discuss their challenges, uncover opportunities, and explore how Cisco can offer support.

Throughout these discussions, a common theme emerged: the need to bring our partners together for collaborative engagement, knowledge sharing, and in-depth conversations on building sustainable business models and offerings. The aim is to ensure not only the success of our partners but also the achievement of our mutual customers' sustainability goals.

Prioritizing sustainability is also a business imperative

A key revelation from these conversations is the recognition that prioritizing sustainability is not just an ethical choice; it's also a vital business imperative. While there may be situations where the choices between speed and convenience conflict with what is morally right, aligning our efforts with the objective of creating an inclusive and environmentally responsible future is not only ethically sound but also central to Cisco's overarching mission.

To help us share insights for the better good, the Americas partner sustainability community now convenes on a quarterly basis with a dedicated leadership team committed to helping customers realize their sustainability objectives. These gatherings provide valuable insights from Cisco leaders on the broader sustainability strategy. They also serve as a platform for introducing the latest Cisco programs and tools centered on sustainability, hosting industry and ecosystem partners to share their go-to-market strategies and offerings, discussing sustainability funding, and encouraging partners to share their own experiences and lessons learned.

Inclusive engagements

Sustainability is a concept that calls for inclusivity. It acknowledges that no single individual or group can bring about the needed changes on their own. What we require is a concerted effort that actively engages individuals empowered by organizations to create a culture of sustainability.

At Cisco, we strongly encourage everyone to engage with their local communities in ways that hold personal significance. This can take various forms, such as participating in beach cleanups, contributing to habitat restoration, supporting wildfire prevention, or engaging in organic waste and edible food recovery initiatives, among others. These efforts must address both the current sustainability challenges our planet faces today and inspire and educate future generations to carry this work forward.

Partnering for purpose

In addition, leadership plays a crucial role in driving these sustainability efforts. Leaders must lead by example, inspire others to join the cause, and ensure that everyone participates. It is a collective endeavor, and leaders must be at the forefront of the solution, making tangible commitments, both in financial terms and in the way their businesses operate, to become more sustainable entities.

At Cisco, our objective is to facilitate collaboration, create scalable solutions, and enable the sharing of best practices with partners globally. The "Partnering for Purpose" initiative aligns perfectly with Cisco's vision of an inclusive future. I'm thrilled to announce that in fiscal year 2024, Cisco will introduce sustainability offerings across our services portfolio in four key areas: Sustainable Data Centers, Smart Buildings and Workspaces, Internet of the Future, and Industry Solutions and Ecosystems.

Reducing our carbon footprint necessitates a shift in mindset, challenging us to think differently about how we design technologies, support our employees, and help our customers address challenges. For instance, through Cisco Refresh, we remanufacture and certify used network routers, switches, phones, and collaboration products, extending the value of our customers' budgets while reducing the environmental impact associated with old technology. This is a win-win solution for all parties involved.

A Commitment to Sustainability

My aspiration is for all of us to lead happy, healthy lives and enjoy our planet in a way that ensures future generations can do the same. As a leader, I encourage others to integrate sustainable practices into every facet of their lives and endeavors. Building a culture of sustainability requires the commitment of all individuals to make choices today that will protect us from bearing the consequences of poor decisions tomorrow. Whether it's protecting our oceans, nurturing emerging leaders, or running our businesses in a manner that safeguards the future, sustainability is a shared endeavor that benefits us all.

To learn more about what commitments Cisco has made to ensure a better tomorrow, read our 2022 Cisco Purpose Report.

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Cisco Launches App Dev Platform For Cius Tablet

Cisco first unveiled Cius, a Google Android-based tablet intended as a unified communications endpoint, last summer at Cisco Live. Since then, details on Cius' pricing, release and various features have slowly emerged and in late March Cisco made Cius available through Cisco Master and Advanced Unified Communications partners. In early May, AT&T confirmed it will offer Cius on its HSPA+ wireless network starting this fall, though it did not mention a price.

Cius is manufactured for Cisco by touch-screen device vendor OpenPeak, according to Federal Communications Commission documents filed in March. It weighs 1.5 pounds, includes a front-mounted 720p HD camera, a 7-inch VGA touch-target display, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and other features. It's supported by Cisco's UC Manager and supports Cisco collaboration products such as Quad, WebEx and Presence. It initially will run version 2.2 of Google Android, also known as Froyo.

The AppHQ aspect of Cius is described by Cisco as a "highly secure, cloud-based user storefront," where developers are able to create and test applications to use with the tablet. Applications developed in AppHQ are ensured of Cisco validation testing, according to the vendor.

Cisco is also offering access to a Cisco-hosted private application store within AppHQ, which business customers can customize by themselves with corporate logos for organizing applications specific to them. The platform's AppHQ Manager function lets IT managers assign security policy over who has access to the app marketplace.

The business and consumer applications available in AppHQ will be selected by Cisco. But IT managers also can access the roughly 200,000 applications in Google's Android Marketplace.

"Basic access to Cisco AppHQ is included with every Cisco Cius device," according to Cisco, which did not immediately provide further details.

Cisco was scheduled to discuss AppHQ and other details on Cius availability at media events in New York and other locations Wednesday. It confirmed that Cius is scheduled for global availability on July 31, 2011 -- the last day of Cisco's fiscal year -- with an estimated street price of less than $750.

Cisco is also offering a promotion called "Triple V" that according to the company would bring the price of Cius to less than $700. That price is in line with a previous statement by Cisco to CRN and other outlets that $700 or less would be the target range for volume purchases of the tablet. Cisco last year had described the Cius as coming in at less than $1,000.

Following Cius' debut a year ago, Cisco VARs saw the potential for Cius as a breakthrough UC device for enterprises, but in latest months have been frustrated with what's perceived as a lack of details.

Barry O'Sulllivan, senior vice president, Communications and Collaboration Group at Cisco, said Cius will bolster Cisco's leadership in providing mobile UC endpoints.

"Our customers' positive response to Cius reflects how technology can change not only when and how we work, but also the way IT will deliver collaborative services to employees, and do so in a way that meets the needs of end users and developers and IT managers," O'Sullivan said in a statement.

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The Top Ten HR Trends That Matter Most In 2024

Rapid use of Generative AI, the emergence of a new blended workforce of humans and digital workers, and increasing employee fear of being obsolete (FOBO), together prove what Intel co-founder Gordon Moore (and the author of Moore’s Law) said, at any given point in time, “change has never been this fast and will never be this slow ever again.”

Resiliency, agility, and adopting a “test and learn approach” will mark the winning strategies for 2024.

As I have done in in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023, here is my countdown of what you should include on your HR roadmap for 2024.

1. Generative AI Will Be Your New Work Buddy

In 2024, Generative AI will shake up how we think about what work we do and what we delegate to our new “work buddy.” This will be the year of specialized AI powered assistants working side by side with humans. Teachers will get a copilot for homework grading, such as Class Companion. Architects will get an AI assistant for design, SketchPro, and online learners studying at Kahn Academy will be able to access Kahnmigo to aid in brainstorming helping them to become better writers and learners while decreasing a teacher’s administrative workload.

Walmart launched one of the largest AI powered work buddies, called My Assistant, an AI powered app to help Walmart’s 50,000 corporate employees be more productive in summarizing long documents, creating new content, and taking over routine tasks that humans did in the past. Microsoft’s Co-Pilot, soon to launch, will integrate generative AI into Microsoft 365, allowing workers to perform at a much higher level. Jared Spataro, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, believes Microsoft Co-Pilot will transform meetings from a point in time and place to a knowledge object. This means employees working with Microsoft Co-Pilot will not only be able to create a summary of the meeting, but also use Co-Pilot to query the group’s sentiment on the meeting topic, the dissenting opinions, who the key dissenters were, and the agreed-to next steps. While these AI powered work buddies can boost efficiency and performance, it will be up to humans to have a strategy to capitalize on their potential.

2. Generative AI Will Impact How Managers Lead

Generative AI has evolved to one of the fastest adopted technologies, with nearly 200 million users of ChatGPT since it launched on November 30, 2022. Business and HR leaders are struggling with how to keep pace with rapid adoption in the workplace. The impact on managers is not simply in training employees on how to use Generative AI, but also in helping managers lead teams of humans and digital workers. Morgan Stanley estimates Generative AI technologies will likely affect a quarter of all occupations that exist today, and this will rise to 44% within three years. To address this, companies and education providers need to provide training on how to use Generative AI. Within the next three years, this will translate into a $16 billion market for re-skilling workers displaced by Generative AI.

As Generative AI becomes increasingly adept at problem solving, it will be up to managers to get better at problem finding. Managers will be working side-by-side with their human and digital teams to foster a culture of continuous learning while leaning into their uniquely human skills, such as relationship building, communications, and collaboration. One thing is certain: Generative AI will drive organizational change, impact workflows, automate some jobs, and create new ones. But it will always be humans augmented by machines that will create innovation.

3. The Fear of Obsolescence Will Force Companies to Increase Spending in Career Development & Mobility

While employers see the promise of increased productivity using Generative AI, a latest survey by EY reports that 75% of employees are concerned AI will make certain jobs obsolete, and two-thirds say they fear AI will replace their job. This fear of being obsolete is causing employees to seek out training in using Generative AI and acquiring new skills to better deal with their fears. PwC announced a $1 billion investment in training its workers on AI with courses on courses such as the ethics of AI, responsible use of AI, and how to create AI prompts to generate the best results. Their goal is to engage 75,000 U.S. PwC employees to both enroll and complete these courses.

In addition to training employees on how to use Generative AI, there is an explosion of new internal talent marketplaces as companies continue to find it difficult to successfully recruit external talent. Internal talent marketplaces have become the de facto way companies connect employees with internal career opportunities and resources to grow in their careers. For example, Grow at Key is KeyBank’s AI powered employee-led, and manager supported talent platform to support internal talent mobility. Launched with the vision that every employee can be the CEO of her own career, Grow at Key provides a range of resources, from matching employees to new job roles to accessing mentoring, coaching, and stretch assignments. To date, there has been a 60% increase in employees engaging in training programs and one in three KeyBank employees have enrolled in an Investing in My Development session to prepare them for understanding how to better manage their careers.

4. Hybrid Work Environments Are Good for Business

Companies need to stop debating the merits of hybrid work and realize this is the new way of working for many knowledge workers as we enter 2024. An ADP survey of 32,000 workers reports that 64% of workers would consider quitting if asked to return to the office full time. Recent research shows companies that allow choice and a remote first/hybrid work environment have revenue growth four times faster than their peers who are more stringent about office attendance. This research conducted by Boston Consulting Group and Scoop Technologies Inc. among 554 public companies employing 26.7 million people, found that “fully flexible” firms — which are either completely remote or allow employees to choose when they come to an office — increased sales 21% between 2020 and 2022, on an industry-adjusted basis. The better growth rates for more remote-friendly companies reflects their ability to hire faster and from a wider geographic area, along with higher rates of employee retention.

As hybrid work becomes the norm, leaders must have a plan to combat proximity bias, or the phenomenon of favoring in-person workers for career development, mentoring, and stretch assignments at the expense of those who work remotely. Hybrid work environments “work” when leaders ensure they are equitable for all and grant autonomy for individual leaders to determine when and where work happens, rather than follow a CEO mandate. Leaders must remember presence in the office does not equate to performance, so they need to shift from “managing by walking around,” to “managing by connecting across geographies.”

5. The Workforce Is a Blend of Full-time Employees, Part-Timers, Contingent Workers, and Digital Workers

Remember when the blended workforce was simply a distinction between full-time workers and part-time workers. Today’s work now gets accomplished by a blend of full-time workers, part-timers, teams of contractors, contingent workers, and digital workers, the later designed to augment some tasks of human labor. In fact, Statista reports a growth in all sectors except full-time workers, with part-timers (growing from 20 million in 1990 to 26 million in 2022) and contingent workers forecast to be half of the US workforce by 2027.

This blended workforce is not a new concept; it’s been around for decades. What’s different now is that a greater percentage of key jobs are performed by contingent workers. Overall, we are starting to see upwards of 30% to 50% of a global organization’s total workforce composed of contingent workers. MIT Sloan Management Review reported that the Novartis workforce includes 110,000 full time employees plus 50,000 contractors and temporary workers. Cisco has 83,000 full time employees and 50,000 plus contingent workers of various types. This new workforce ecosystem requires a new set of management practices, and leadership approaches, especially as 81% of companies in a latest HBR Analytical Services survey report that contingent workers are important to their organization, but only 38% say that their organization is effective at managing them.

Leaders will need to acknowledge they will have more types of contributors—human and digital, full time, part time and contingent—that must seamlessly work together. What is needed is a total workforce strategy where HR plays a central role in coordinating all the cross-functional disciplines that hire internal and external workers.

6. The Four Day Work Week is Desired by Both Front-line and Knowledge Workers

Many of the assumptions we have about how we work, when we work, the needs of our workers, the demographics of the workforce, and where we work have been changed forever. One of the major changes, as we move into 2024, is our assumptions about a five-day work week. All workers, including both frontline and knowledge workers, want flexibility in when they work. Research conducted among 1,301 workers found 41% of both front-line workers and knowledge workers want flexibility in when they work, and 56% of front-line workers and 69% of knowledge workers want the ability to opt for a 4-day work week with no pay reduction.

As I wrote in my Forbes column, the UK four-day work week pilot was conducted among 61 companies and found 56% intend to continue trying the four-day week citing benefits of increased productivity and decreased employee attrition. These UK companies adopted the 80-100-100 model of flexible working: a drop in hours to 80% of their standard work week, while retaining 100% pay and 100% productivity.

Experiments on a shortened work week are also occurring in the US. For example, several Chick-Fil-A stores are allowing front-line workers the opportunity to work 13 hour shifts for three consecutive days with full pay. The results so far have been increased retention while maintaining customer service efficiencies.

However, it’s important to remember the three- or four-day work week is not a one size fits all solution. Companies should adopt a “test and learn approach,” focusing on the type and magnitude of changes required to allow for a shortened work week, the level of employee and manager training needed, and the type of well-being support required for new ways of working.

7. Cognitive Skills Will Increase in Importance as Generative AI Gains Traction

The World Economic Forum estimates that 44% of a workers’ core skills are expected to change in the next five years. While there are endless lists of the most important skills for the future, World Economic Forum identifies five core skills that will increase in importance in the next five years. This are shown in Figure 1 as:

Cognitive skills are growing in importance, reflecting the increased demand for creative and analytical thinking in the age of AI. This combined with technological literacy, the third fastest growing skill along with the skills of resilience, flexibility, curiosity, and lifelong learning are evidence that leaders will continue to emphasize a culture of lifelong learning. As Generative AI gains traction, one skill I see that is foundational to all of them is the ability to be digitally curious, meaning seeking out and using new and emerging digital technologies to enhance one’s cognitive skills. I think about the past few years where some of the new technologies I have used include Mural, an online visual collaborative tool, StreamYard, a live streaming studio, and ChatGPT 4.0 and Pictory, to create a new video entitled, Flexible Work for All. This is the start of building my digital curiosity muscle, trying out these platforms and seeing what they might mean for enhancing my work.

8. Holistic Financial Well-being Is The Must Have Benefit for 2024

Financial well-being among workers is eroding. LendingClub reports 61% of American workers live paycheck to paycheck and lack a core set of financial literacy skills, and over half of workers earning $100,000 are living paycheck to paycheck.

Unifi, a leader in aviation services with more than 23,000 employees, became aware of this two years ago and created a new offering for frontline workers to access their earned wages on-demand. Since then, this has grown beyond early access to wages to a holistic financial well-being offering with almost 20% frontline workforce enrolled and taking advantage of free services including anonymous financial coaching and customizable saving plans. Dr. Archana Arcot, Chief People Officer at Unifi, believes that, “the major driver of this program is to relieve an employee’s financial stress and make financial wellness part of their everyday life.”

MetLife reports nearly half of workers surveyed cited financial concerns as the cause of poorer mental health. To address this, Unifi adopted a Goal Based Savings program which resulted in the company moving to the top 1% with a total amount saved of $10,000+ YTD, as reported by Payactiv. By offering holistic financial well-being programs, companies like Unifi can not only enhance their employee experience but build financial wellness into their employer value proposition and be better able to attract talent in a tight labor market.

9. The Sexy C-Suite Job For 2024 Is Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer

While we have seen a myriad of new C-suite job roles in the past decade—from Chief Medical Officer to Chief Ethics Officer—the Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer is coming at a time when organizations are looking for guidance with how to create guidelines and policies for safe and ethical use of generative AI in the workplace. LinkedIn reports 44% globally and 57% in the U.S. say their organizations don’t have policy guidelines or training for how to use these new tools at work.

Organizations are starting to appoint a new C-suite player to lead this effort. Research from Foundry, an IDG company, finds 11% of mid-size to large organizations already have an individual with the role of Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer and another 21% of organizations are actively seeking such a person for this role. This role is growing in importance as business leaders develop an AI strategy, create governance practices, and engage cross functional leaders in safe, ethical, and responsible use of generative AI.

A new Wavestone survey of Data and AI leaders found 61.7% report the responsibility for Generative AI is currently part of the Chief Data Officer (CDO) remit. But a growing number of organizations are creating a new role, the Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer (CAIO) to oversee AI developments for their organization. “This will be very much a focus during 2024,” says Randy Bean, Innovation Fellow at Wavestone.

10. An Organization’s Sustainability Record Will Attract and Retain Talent

As the talent marketplace continues to be competitive, climate change and sustainability has become one of the defining challenges for current and future generations. A growing number of publicly traded companies, such as Alphabet, Apple, Cisco, and PayPal, have created sustainability annual reports with Alphabet committing its entire $5.57B Sustainability Bond to support environmentally and socially responsible projects such as clean energy, clean transportation, and circular economy design.

A company’s sustainability record is proving to make a difference in talent acquisition and retention. Research by IBM Institute for Business Value, found 70% of workers and those in the job market, are drawn to environmentally sustainable employers. And almost half of these workers said they would take a lower salary to work for environmentally and socially responsible organizations. Gartner predicts employers will respond by promoting climate change protections, such as offering employees shelter during natural disasters, as part of employee benefit offerings.

In addition, a growing number of universities are building ambitious goals to integrate sustainability into their curriculum, campus operations, and endowment. The University of Toronto, placing first out of 1,400 universities in environmental and social impact, is making headway to de-carbonize its campus by 2050, developing new energy efficient student centers, and committing to climate responsible construction.

The Global Business School Network, a network of 150 global business schools in 50 countries, has several new initiatives for universities to share sustainability “next practices.” While companies and universities are each addressing sustainability, I see the need for greater collaboration among them, as both employees and students weigh the environmental impact of their employer and university. Sustainability is both a business and educational issue requiring joint corporate and university solutions.

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The 25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

The time has come. Our final genre list of 2023 has arrived. Concluding the year, after trips into the worlds of punk, K-pop, rock, indie folk, country and pop, we are looking at what the rap universe had to offer us. I’ll be the first to admit that this was not a terribly strong year for the genre, as the titanic, critically acclaimed releases—Maps, Sundial and VOIR DIRE—stood head-and-shoulders above the more mainstream offerings the industry tossed our way. But what a strong showing it was for the under-the-radar gems, especially from MIKE, Kipp Stone, McKinley Dixon and TEMPS. And with a record as bombastic and unforgettable as Sexyy Red’s Hood Hottest Princess, it’s easy to see rap’s highs more than its lows. So, let’s take a look at the top performers. Without further ado, here are our picks for the 25 best hip-hop albums of 2023, ranked alphabetically. —Matt Mitchell, Music Editor


Armand Hammer: We Buy Diabetic Test Strips

For the past decade, billy woods and E L U C I D, the two rappers who regularly join forces Wonder Twins-style under the name Armand Hammer, have remained comfortably ahead of the curve among their hip-hop contemporaries—finding common cause with fellow forward-thinking producers as they blow apart they idea of what rapping needs to sound like. On album #6, the bitterly and humorously titled We Buy Diabetic Test Strips, they continue to delight in blank verse, surprising internal rhyme schemes and forked tongue imagery describing a world on the precipice of disaster. The secret to their sauce: a sense of humor. “The night is dark and full of terrors,” woods intones on “Total Recall,” “Might fuck around and say ‘Suge Knight’ three times in a mirror.” Everyone involved from guest rappers Moor Mother and JPEGMAFIA to producers El-P, Sebb Bush and Child Actor had to raise their individual game to reach Armand Hammer’s level. No mean feat but damn if they didn’t reach the mountaintop only to find woods and E L U C I D already halfway down the slope on the other side. —Robert Ham

billy woods & Kenny Segal: Maps

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There aren’t many artists who’ve had a 2023 like billy woods has. The New York rapper popped up on tracks by Aesop Rock and Noname, released another perfect album with his buddy E L U C I D as Armand Hammer (see #46) and, a few months earlier, fucked around and dropped a second full-length collaboration with producer Kenny Segal. Listening to Maps, it becomes evident that the two men have learned how to play to each other’s strengths. Segal knows that woods can make hay with any beat no matter how twisted or spiky, and woods knows to let those beats breathe and evolve before stomping through them. In interviews, woods has called the album a “hero’s journey.” In that case, it’s akin to Martin Scorsese’s After Hours or Dante’s Inferno—a long day’s journey into the inner circles of hell, meeting gentrifiers, dodging wildfires and daring to down a glass of New York tap water upon his return. —Robert Ham

Cisco Swank: More Better

Cisco Swank’s 2022 collab album with Chicago producer Luke Titus, Some Things Take Time, was my pick for the best rap album of last year, but I didn’t expect Swank to return so quickly with a debut record of his own. But More Better arrived in May and it was an incredible amalgam of jazz, gospel, R&B and hip-hop. The Brooklyn-based multi-hyphenate welcomes a bevy of players on the LP, including Yoshi T., Malaya, Morgan Guerin, Laura Elliott, Ambrose Akinmusire and, of course, Titus. The product is 13 chapters of ear candy; reflective, vulnerable and instrumentally beautiful compositions. Swank has a swift knack for leaving his mark on every listener, as he considers where he’s been and where he and his community are going, truths most evident on songs like “No Funny,” “All The Same” and “Changes.” If there is one MC to look out for in 2024 and beyond, it’s Cisco Swank—and, honestly, the race isn’t even close. —Matt Mitchell

Danny Brown: Quaranta

Quaranta, Danny Brown’s first solo album in four years, is the culmination of years of struggle with addiction, sobriety and mental health—and a shining reflection of his dedication to meeting his demons where they’re at. Over the course of the LP’s 11 songs, Brown sounds as if he’s in a zen state: He’s accepting of his past, mindful of his present and at peace with whatever his future may bring. “This rap shit done saved my life and fucked it up at the same time,” he laments on the album’s titular opening track, a song driven by smooth electric guitar licks and candid lyricism that sees Brown recounting his life’s journey, setting the scene for a number of emotionally vulnerable confessionals that dominate the project. “This that Black Lives Matter, still sniff cocaine / Paid for a therapist, but I still ain’t change,” he raps on The Alchemist-produced rock-heavy track “Tantor,” a frank allusion to the depths of his own personal complexity. But, as cliché tells us, sometimes truth is the very thing that sets you free. Brown sounds determined to clean the skeletons out of his closet on the synth-driven “Down Wit It” and is able to give his past selves a nod and a smile on transcendental standout track “Bass Jam.” “Probably never win a Grammy or chart on the charts / Should I still keep going or call it a day?” Brown raps on the meditative “Hanami,” a term borrowed from the traditional Japanese custom of appreciating the ephemeral beauty of cherry blossoms. For now, he seems content to stop and smell the roses. It’s high time we give him his flowers. —Elizabeth Braaten

Earl Sweatshirt & The Alchemist: VOIR DIRE

The Alchemist has had one hell of a 2023, as has Earl Sweatshirt. The fact that the two musicians made a record together—and a damn great one, at that—is a rare kind of magic. VOIR DIRE is one of the best rap albums of the year, guided by standout tracks like “The Caliphate,” “Vin Skully” and “Sentry.” Vince Staples and MIKE make guest appearances here, and they each help emphasize just why these 11 songs are some of the best of Earl’s career. The arrangements are muted, beats push onwards with faint synthesizers and slightly off-pace tempo. The truest mark of charm is in Earl and his flow, as he drums up a firestorm of mic drops. Look no further than “The Caliphate,” one of the best songs of the year, which finds Earl and Staples trading licks. “When the cheese attract the rats, police attachin’ facts. They ain’t PC, they just trustees, I had to laugh at that,” Vince spits; “Please observe the gone and dead, tell ‘em save a spot for them. The kid lost his collar then, death be scraped up off all the chips and left a trail of frowning faces and shakin’ powdered wigs,” Earl responds one verse later. It’s not often we get to watch two titans of the genre converge like this, and VOIR DIRE proves that Earl Sweatshirt can take the Alchemist’s best instrumentation and spin it into solid gold. —Matt Mitchell

El Michels Affair & Black Thought: Glorious Game

One of the most underrated rap releases of the year, El Michels Affair and Black Thought’s collab album, Glorious Game, sees two titans of their respective lanes come together to spin soul into diamonds. The Roots MC and bandleader Leon Michels are money in the studio, as songs like the title track, “Grateful” and “That Girl” are old-school jazz-rap musings for the ages. As always, Thought’s flow is that of a fearless wordsmith, and the Affair’s instrumentation is emphasized by disgusting, funkified basslines and snare-centric percussion. Throw in velvet-draped contributions from KIRBY, Son Little and Brainstory, and you’ve got one of the sexiest, most confident projects of the year. When two powerhouses converge like this, you shut up and listen. Glorious Game is a massive, all-encompassing mirage of timeless vibes and relentless chemistry between all-time greats. —Matt Mitchell

Ice Spice: Like…? EP

Right now, Ice Spice is one of the biggest rap stars on Earth. And yet, she doesn’t even have a full-length project under her belt—unless you want to count the deluxe-edition of her debut EP Like..? as such. But, the project arrived at the dawn of January and quickly established a truth we’ve come to embrace wholeheartedly: Ice Spice is the real, captivating deal. She’s Bronx drill royalty for a reason, and songs like her Nicki Minaj collab “Princess Diana,” the Lil Tjay duet “Gangsta Boo” and “Actin A Smoochie” are clever, hooky benchmarks that confirm Spice is destined to remain larger-than-life like her contemporaries Cardi B, Nicki and even Megan Thee Stallion. Like..? got her on Saturday Night Live and a bushel of Grammy nominations. I can only imagine where Ice Spice’s fame will go once her first proper LP hits. —Matt Mitchell

Jaboukie: All Who Can’t Hear Must Feel

All Who Can’t Hear Must Feel is a burgeoning ecosystem of various pushes and pulls, a manifestation of reclamation and a braggadocious testimony of a life still being lived in a world aiming to erase you from multiple angles. The complexity merges with wordplay and many metaphors to chew on, but the soul of the record shines through Jaboukie’s storytelling—a pen sharpened by survival on-stage and fashioned into a new, limitless weapon of sonic extrapolation. In barely half-a-decade, he has accomplished more than most multi-hyphenates his age—so his foray into a music career might just seem like another rung he was destined to grab onto. And you’d be right, but this isn’t some actor thinking he can make a banger album on a whim. No, All Who Can’t Hear Must Feel is quite good, pushing the sky even further upwards—cementing Jaboukie as one of our most brilliant voices and redefining what it means to never let anyone know what your next move is. —Matt Mitchell [Read our full feature]

Jim Legxacy: homeless n**** pop music

It’s hard to quantify just how substantial Jim Legxacy’s third album really is. homeless n**** pop music demands to not fit into any box. Instead, it’s an experimental triumph from the London rapper/producer. A mixtape that builds on the otherworldly momentum of 2021’s Citadel, HNPM makes headway through boundary-pushing instrumentation and sampling. Take “mileys riddim,” for example, which pulls soundbites from Iroking.com (a Nigerian streaming service) and Miley Cyrus’ Hannah Montana single “Ordinary Girl.” No one else is turning in a record so dexterous, so limitlessly positioned in the lanes of Midwest emo, Afrobeats, pop and rap. Cornerstone track “block hug” fuses teardrop acoustic guitar with glitchy trap beats and drill components. While it’s nearly impossible to keep up with Legxacy’s genre-hopping, the core attitude of HNPM is drenched in that of rap’s greatest sensibilities. It’s the kind of project that solidifies its maker as a modern hero; Jim Legxacy has heeded the call. —Matt Mitchell

jonatan leandoer96: Sugar World

The latest LP from Yung Lean’s crooner side project jonatan leandoer96 isn’t necessarily the rap album you might have expected. In fact, it’s not really a rap album at all, save for “Blue Light,” which flirts with lounge singer/songwriter more than it does trap music. But, even at his most soulful, Lean is unable to hold off from throwing out some bars. Sugar World is the alt-rock, piano man and synth-pop record that challenges pre-conceptions of what a rapper can do when he steps out of his comfort zone. Ditching his canonical sad rap for art-pop with scratch flows and King Krule-style instrumentation was not on my bingo card, but Sugar World finds the Swedish novelty MC embodying his own singing voice more so than his spitting. To me, this is a rap record because the lyrics follow the cadence of bars, and Lean’s delivery still sounds familiar even when it’s draped across the most left-field arrangements of his career thus far. Sugar World is emotional, gentle and ambitious; the kind of turn every artist should try to make at least once. —Matt Mitchell

JPEGMAFIA & Danny Brown: SCARING THE HOES

A collaboration between hip-hop heavyweights, SCARING THE HOES is an arc of brilliance from JPEGMAFIA and Danny Brown, two of the most important MCs of the last 10 years. This album is a collision at full-speed, boasting some of the very best rap songs of 2023 and of the 2020s altogether. “Lean Beef Patty” arrives with mangled beats, while “Steppa Pig” employs the chaos of unorthodox synthesizers. So few convergences have ever sported such a unique and honed-in chemistry, yet Peggy and Danny are in a completely different orbit from everyone else but greatly in-step with each other. “Orange Juice Jones” and “Fentanyl Tester” showcase their individual talents and coupled malleability, while “Garbage Pale Kids” might go down as the best rap track of the year, as Danny and Peggy go absolutely manic with their flows. “You can’t be broke and over 30, getting your ass beat where you sleep at,” Peggy spits. “Come on, bro.” If you want to know what it looks like when two titans join together and refuse to steal each other’s thunder, look no further than SCARING THE HOES. —Matt Mitchell

KAYTRAMINÉ: KAYTRAMINÉ

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

2023 offered some great collab albums, but none have flown under the radar quite like Kaytranada and Aminé’s self-titled debut as Kaytraminé. Kaytraminé is one of those team-ups that is done with pure, joyous energy. Kaytranada and Aminé don’t go into this project with the intent on unveiling some grand, profound masterpiece. No, this record is pure party masterclass, executed by two of the most skilled MCs in the industry. Aminé, especially, has been on a great wave of momentum, as his last two solo LPs—TWOPOINTFIVE and Limbo—solidified his assent as one of the most optimistic, swaggering rappers working. Kaytranada’s last solo LP, BUBBA, was one of 2019’s most-underrated releases. These two guys rapping together is a perfect match, especially on tracks like “letstalkaboutit,” “4EVA” and “Sossaup.” Whether or not Kaytranada and Aminé are going to keep up with Kaytraminé, I can’t predict one way or the other. But, I do hope they continue making records together. Gold-plated, 11-track projects like Kaytraminé aren’t every day occurrences. —Matt Mitchell

Ken Carson: A Great Chaos

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

Atlanta rapper and member of Playboi Carti’s Opium imprint, Ken Carson sets himself apart on his new album, A Great Chaos. Take a track like “Jennifer’s Body,” which revels in glitchy production and auto-tuned vocals, all after a Green Day, “Good Riddance”-inspired “Fuck” at the jump. A Great Chaos lives up to its name through mosh-pit relics and digitized, crunchy instrumentation. From track one to track 18, Carson sounds like not just a man on a mission, but a man on fire. His flows are ferocious and meticulous; he boasts with vocal inflections soaked in ambitious and dried through intentionality. His rapping ability isn’t even that great; the influence he takes from peers like Young Thug and Carti don’t always translate into his own stardom. On songs like “Pots” and “Succubus,” Carson makes his presence known through attitude and confidence—a talent lost on so many MCs who can’t make up for their lacking flows. A Great Chaos is the mark of a man employing industrial beats into his hedonistic thesis statement, as he creates a record that stands on its own as a dense, powerful token of bold rap for the modern zeitgeist. —Matt Mitchell

Killer Mike: Michael

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

Throughout Michael’s 14 songs, Killer Mike looks back at his youth in Atlanta. Although there are plenty of fond reminiscences here, there are a lot of painful memories as well: promising lives undermined by addiction on “Something for Junkies,” time wasted on the hollow promise of the thug life on “Yes” (among other tracks) and, most personal of all, the loss of his mother, Denise, who died in 2017. Mike honors her directly on “Motherless,” an unsparing tribute where he describes how much he misses her without steering away from the twistier turns in their relationship over the years. Denise is also the unseen presence at the heart of many of these songs, as Mike reflects on what he learned from her—or didn’t. The way she encouraged him to live strong and achieve permeates throughout Michael, but as any parent knows, children absorb unintended lessons, too. On “Slummer,” it’s the unprotected sex as a teenager—who was the child of teenagers—that resulted in a terminated pregnancy that still tugs at his conscience. Killer Mike doesn’t shy away from the trauma of the streets, either. Though he was active in the drug trade in his younger days, he has long refused to glamorize that hustle, presenting it instead as a last resort in a society that has a long, evil history of marking out people of color for prison before they even lose their baby teeth. If the drug trade is a symptom of structural inequities, Killer Mike accepts responsibility for the choices he made to perpetuate the system, describing his hunger for status symbols on “Down by Law,” seeking atonement on “High + Holy” and celebrating having beaten the odds on “N Rich,” which also offers a reason for making Michael: “I know you love me running the jewels but these my n**** flows.” Killer Mike feels these songs deeply and it shows. —Eric R. Danton [Read our full feature]

Kipp Stone: 66689 Blvd Prequel

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

The latest effort from Cleveland rapper Kipp Stone—his first new release since his EP Faygo Baby in 2021—is a stunning display of arresting and mountainous hip-hop. 66689 Blvd Prequel is nothing short of a stroke of brilliance that I pray doesn’t float under the radar this week. Tracks like “18 the Hard Way” and “Lakeshore” and “The Sun is Medicine” showcase Stone’s careful construction and magic touch, as he perfects a strong balance between deep reflection and stoic, hypnotic finesse. He’s transcended the promise that his previous projects laid down, as 66689 Blvd Prequel is his first step through the door of icon status. Cornerstone track “Petrichor” is mountainous, the type of track that showcases Stone’s careful construction and magic touch. It, like much of the album, is jazz-rap with a mellow bent, and the genius is in the language, as Stone balances humility and humor in his verses. You can hear every part of his understanding of the world charging up at once, all with a piano-based melody unraveling beneath him. It’s slight yet profound. To know this good of work is coming out just a quick drive north from my apartment, it’s a gift I don’t—nor should you—take lightly. Kipp Stone is the past, present and future all at once. —Matt Mitchell

Larry June & The Alchemist: The Great Escape

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

Larry June dropped two records this year, and either of them could slot in here. I’m going with The Great Escape, his collab album with Producer of the Year the Alchemist. On this LP, the San Francisco rapper is at his most charismatic; his flows ooze like finesse on tap. June’s textbook monotone delivery sounds like butter when paired with the Alchemist’s sample-heavy arrangements. A song like “Porsches in Spanish” showcases this dichotomy with flying colors, while a tune like “Summer Reign” finds the duo calling upon Ty Dolla $ign for a guest verse and an added dimension of energy. From top to bottom, track one to track 15, The Great Escape is one of the best-sounding albums of the year. It’s sun-soaked, earnest, and challenging yet accessible. The songs sometimes venture into trippy domains, but they always return to a level-headed place where June is able to usher listeners through without grounded flows, hypnotic phrasing and standalone timelessness. If there was any doubt about whether or not Larry June is one of the culture’s great MCs, The Great Escape is a direct example of why there should never be a single doubt ever again. —Matt Mitchell

McKinley Dixon: Beloved! Paradise! Jazz!?

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

Beloved! Paradise! Jazz!? is about an entire ecosystem crafting its own optimism in the wake of surviving together. The progression is natural, earned and celebratory. But to achieve optimism, you have to first grieve through the cynicism and fatalities that come before it. Five years after the death of his homie Tyler, McKinley Dixon is still learning how to cope with that absence in his heart. On the track “Tyler Forever.” he raps: “Propelled forward by vengeance, penchant for taking yo’ pendants / Accountability process is loaded in them extensions / We done fixed on ascending, my boys might break through the roof / Y’all become killers all of a sudden when you find dusty loops.” Dixon’s songs are not figments of the past so much as they are considerations of the present and the future, depictions of how each soul around him continues to get by in the places they came from. He considers how he will continue to hold them and make their voices loud and true and generous under the sun’s, the cops’ and the system’s calamitous weight. It is not the work of a king, but the stenography of someone—born on street corners that bent inwards into gentleness at the first crack of summer sun—who has found enough language to chronicle survival. And who is the architect of a kingdom if not the tongue that dared to name the crown? —Matt Mitchell [Read our full feature]

Mick Jenkins: The Patience

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

The one summer record that, to me, floated too low beneath the radar, Mick Jenkins’ The Patience is a stunner from the top down. The Chicago rapper’s approach to his craft is one built through trust and confidence. His focus is on self-awareness; the result is some of the most empathetic world-building in the genre altogether. Continuing the momentum of previous projects The Anxious and The Frustration, Jenkins is keenly clued into his own siren-song. The Patience is the sample-forward, romantic rap record that few modern MCs could make. Songs like “Michelin Star,” “Smoke Break-Dance” and “007” are ear candy chapters populated with some of Jenkins’ best storytelling yet. To boot, he’s called upon Freddie Gibbs, Benny the Butcher, JID and Vic Mensa to fill out the LP, and it makes for one of the most multi-dimensional rap albums of 2023—one that is coated in jazz influence and lives up to its own title through enactments of patience and unbothered finesse. It’s the quickest 28-minute record you’ll hear this year, but every moment is one of gratitude and excitement. —Matt Mitchell

MIKE: Burning Desire

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

My dark-horse pick for the best rap album of 2023, MIKE’s Burning Desire is, in no short terms, a career-defining mark of brilliance. The New Yorker is on another level throughout, emphasizing underground attitudes with timeless sampling and crystalline verses. A song like “Snake Charm” has been on constant rotation for me since it came out in October, and its mystical beats drench my ears in sentimentality from the jump. With a crew of guests like Larry June, Liv.e, Earl Sweatshirt and fashionspitta, MIKE put together a who’s-who of gold-medal co-collaborators. It’s a harmonious affair, too, as every added part fits perfectly. “plz don’t cut my wings” is orchestral brilliance paired with MIKE and Earl trading monotone verses that are tranquil and morose. Burning Desire is adventurous and quick, despite its 24-song, 51-minute runtime. MIKE’s approach to vignettes evokes a mixtape ethos with the grandiosity of a big-budget studio album. —Matt Mitchell

Mykki Blanco: Postcards From Italia EP

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

A combination of Eurodance, classic rock and soul-inspired rap, Mykki Blanco’s latest RP Postcards From Italia is a colorful riot of playful heaters. Explorations on Blackness, femininity and queerness live in the bones and joys of these six songs—and it’s some of the best stuff of Blanco’s career thus far. “Tequila Casino Royale” is relentlessly groovy, and Blanco’s flows are of the gold standard. Elsewhere, on tracks like “Johnny” and “Just a Fable,” they make good on wondrous conduction and sorrow submerged beneath the glow of thousand dancefloors. With the attitude of old school hip-hop running like an electric current throughout, Blanco is able to harness their own eclecticism in favor of retro-yet-timeless triumphs. This EP is one full of never-ending delights. “I believe in love, and I believe in going hard,” Blanco sings on the closing track “Holidays in the Sun.” That much, I agree, is true. —Matt Mitchell

Noname: Sundial

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

Noname’s third album—and first in five years—arrived as an immediate, unforgettable triumph. The Chicago MC delivers momentous flows atop silk-smooth instrumentals. Noname’s voice is dynamic, revolutionary. Songs like “toxic” boast romance-centric musings, as she spits “He like toxicity, my recipe good / Get that pussy to drip, wear that drip in the hood / Good riddance and good dollars makin’ him feel better / Fuck better, want better.” Likewise, on “afro futurism,” Noname admits “This is a dog-eat-dog world, she got family to hunt / It’s that time of the month / Blunt bitches and booze, I could smoke on a good mood / You could squabble in the comments, bitch, you are a comet.” She pulls no punches, rapping about Obama being the first Black president but then turning around and bombing innocent lives. Noname amplifies what’s around her and examines what’s in front of her. Sundial is packed with melodies and hooks that are pensive and intimate. Features from billy woods, $ilkMoney, Common and Ayoni turn the album into a mirage of quality. And Noname’s lyricism is literary, like a spoken-word poem transcribed above old-school beats. —Matt Mitchell

Open Mike Eagle: another triumph of ghetto engineering

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

Consistently one of the best lyricists in the game, Open Mike Eagle continued to ride the wave of his own output in 2023 with his latest LP, another triumph of ghetto engineering—a companion to the Chicago MC’s 2022 album, Component System With the Auto Reverse. another triumph is just as good, if not better, than its predecessor, making good on Eagle’s continued sense of profound penmanship. Nine albums in, and it’s clear that he is not slowing down—and thank goodness, because another triumph is like a living, breathing archive of hip-hop history. Eagle pulls from all eras while keeping his storytelling canonically current. With clever jabs at R. Kelly and Rolling Loud, a stirring homage to Eazy-E and Wu-Tang Clan and 2 Chainz spaced throughout, you can hear the profundity unfurl with every syllable. Songs like “we should have made otherground a thing” and “mad enough to aim a pyramid at you,” finds Eagle weaving in and out of rapping and singing, over back-beats and guitar solos and industrial, no-melody pacing. another triumph makes note of Ewoks, Peacock, Manwich and the Grog Shop in Cleveland, Ohio, direct examples of where he’s been and who he is. Eagle is the Frank O’Hara of modern rap, pulling names of those close to him and places he’s been and delivering them to us as if we’ve known them and visited them just as long as he has. It’s a moving, enchanting gift to watch unfold. —Matt Mitchell

Sexyy Red: Hood Hottest Princess

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

St. Louis rapper Sexyy Red kicked off the summer with one of the most exciting mixtapes in latest memory. Hood Hottest Princess is dirty, chaotic and freaky at every turn, a true landmark of empowered songwriting that is as theatrical as it is gravitational. Sexyy Red moans and boasts her way through 11 of the most unpredictable, loud, vibed-out rap tracks all year. She works with Juicy J and ATL Jacob on “Strictly for the Strippers,” calls upon Nicki Minaj and Tay Keith on “Pound Town 2.” Sukihana shows up on “Born By the River,” but Red is at her very best when it’s just her and a microphone. “SkeeYee” and “Hellcats SRTs” will put you on your ass, proceed with caution. Hood Hottest Princess is not a record for the faint of heart, as it’ll get in your face and rearrange your guts with a vocabulary that’ll send you into a different orbit. Hood Hottest Princess is one of the funniest, outward and hypnotizing rap records in a minute, and Sexyy Red makes debauchery look universal. —Matt Mitchell

TEMPS: Party Gator Purgatory

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

James Acaster is one of the world’s greatest comedians, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the industry’s very best—and often surpassing them. His delivery is gut-busting; his ability to create some of the cleverest punchlines is one-in-a-million. But perhaps that is where what you know about Acaster ends. I, myself, was shocked to learn that the English humorist was not only a musician, but that he was putting out a record this year. In his younger days, Acaster played in bands that presented themselves as everything from Limp Bizkit kinfolk to Beach Boys wannabes. PARTY GATOR PURGATORY, which Acaster is releasing under the stage name Temps, arrives to us this week as an experimental, genre-bending, 10-track odyssey dedicated to the legacy and heroics of a party gator toy he won at a fair when he was seven years old. A project born from the ashes of a now-canned I’m Still Here-style mockumentary, Acaster dons a gator suit to keep the aesthetics moving; he even became gravely ill while filming music videos for the sake of upholding the bit and his high-brow art of long-winded wit. Across PARTY GATOR PURGATORY, Acaster plays drums while his guiding lights sing and perform alongside his percussion arrangements. Calling on everyone from NNAMDÏ to Open Mike Eagle to Shamir to Joana Gomilla to Deerhoof’s John Dieterich, Acaster has formed a superteam of inquisitive wordsmiths and cosmic shredders. He’s become the coolest DJ in the world, and no song on the album arrives the same—which elevates the mythology around the project altogether. —Matt Mitchell [Read our full feature]

Veeze: Ganger

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

Detroit rapper Veeze’s sophomore LP, Ganger, is one of the most moving rap albums of the year, punctuated by “Safe 2,” a sweet, dreamy ballad that shows just how intimate the MC can go when the delicious beats of tracks like “No Sir Ski” and “Tony Hawk” turn sublime. Ganger is a precious album that oscillates between pop, folk, soul and trap, and Veeze is our confident steward—whispering flows so lightly his vocals grow gravelly with unbotheredness. With guest appearances from Lil Yachty, Babyface Ray, Lucki and Lil Uzi Vert, not even the most braggadocious and uptempo tracks ever grow too chaotic. With that, Ganger is patient and methodical; a grand statement from an under-the-radar artist who grows stronger with every project yet never wavers from his steadfast brilliance. If Ganger is any immediate sign of what’s to come from Veeze, his punchlines and vulnerability will always be essential in this generation of rap. —Matt Mitchell

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Sustainability, Collaboration, and Cisco: A Channel Leader's Perspective

NORTHAMPTON, MA / ACCESSWIRE / November 28, 2023 / Cisco Systems Inc.

By Stacy Betts

As a Cisco channel leader, I recognize the importance of understanding our partners' sustainability endeavors in the Americas, as collaborative efforts and mutual support are imperative in addressing the significant sustainability challenges we confront. In this regard, I had the privilege of conducting interviews with several Cisco partners to discuss their challenges, uncover opportunities, and explore how Cisco can offer support.

Throughout these discussions, a common theme emerged: the need to bring our partners together for collaborative engagement, knowledge sharing, and in-depth conversations on building sustainable business models and offerings. The aim is to ensure not only the success of our partners but also the achievement of our mutual customers' sustainability goals.

Prioritizing sustainability is also a business imperative

A key revelation from these conversations is the recognition that prioritizing sustainability is not just an ethical choice; it's also a vital business imperative. While there may be situations where the choices between speed and convenience conflict with what is morally right, aligning our efforts with the objective of creating an inclusive and environmentally responsible future is not only ethically sound but also central to Cisco's overarching mission.

To help us share insights for the better good, the Americas partner sustainability community now convenes on a quarterly basis with a dedicated leadership team committed to helping customers realize their sustainability objectives. These gatherings provide valuable insights from Cisco leaders on the broader sustainability strategy. They also serve as a platform for introducing the latest Cisco programs and tools centered on sustainability, hosting industry and ecosystem partners to share their go-to-market strategies and offerings, discussing sustainability funding, and encouraging partners to share their own experiences and lessons learned.

Inclusive engagements

Sustainability is a concept that calls for inclusivity. It acknowledges that no single individual or group can bring about the needed changes on their own. What we require is a concerted effort that actively engages individuals empowered by organizations to create a culture of sustainability.

At Cisco, we strongly encourage everyone to engage with their local communities in ways that hold personal significance. This can take various forms, such as participating in beach cleanups, contributing to habitat restoration, supporting wildfire prevention, or engaging in organic waste and edible food recovery initiatives, among others. These efforts must address both the current sustainability challenges our planet faces today and inspire and educate future generations to carry this work forward.

Partnering for purpose

In addition, leadership plays a crucial role in driving these sustainability efforts. Leaders must lead by example, inspire others to join the cause, and ensure that everyone participates. It is a collective endeavor, and leaders must be at the forefront of the solution, making tangible commitments, both in financial terms and in the way their businesses operate, to become more sustainable entities.

At Cisco, our objective is to facilitate collaboration, create scalable solutions, and enable the sharing of best practices with partners globally. The "Partnering for Purpose" initiative aligns perfectly with Cisco's vision of an inclusive future. I'm thrilled to announce that in fiscal year 2024, Cisco will introduce sustainability offerings across our services portfolio in four key areas: Sustainable Data Centers, Smart Buildings and Workspaces, Internet of the Future, and Industry Solutions and Ecosystems.

Reducing our carbon footprint necessitates a shift in mindset, challenging us to think differently about how we design technologies, support our employees, and help our customers address challenges. For instance, through Cisco Refresh, we remanufacture and certify used network routers, switches, phones, and collaboration products, extending the value of our customers' budgets while reducing the environmental impact associated with old technology. This is a win-win solution for all parties involved.

A Commitment to Sustainability

My aspiration is for all of us to lead happy, healthy lives and enjoy our planet in a way that ensures future generations can do the same. As a leader, I encourage others to integrate sustainable practices into every facet of their lives and endeavors. Building a culture of sustainability requires the commitment of all individuals to make choices today that will protect us from bearing the consequences of poor decisions tomorrow. Whether it's protecting our oceans, nurturing emerging leaders, or running our businesses in a manner that safeguards the future, sustainability is a shared endeavor that benefits us all.

To learn more about what commitments Cisco has made to ensure a better tomorrow, read our 2022 Cisco Purpose Report.

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