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Jesper Andersen’s thoughts on Video in the Cloud

Jesper Andersen, SVP and GM of Cisco’s Service Provider Video Technology Group, sits down at CES 2012 in Las Vegas to offer his insight on the top video trends of the last year, along with the areas of focus for service providers in 2012, including the cloud. He highlights Cisco’s Videoscape news at the show, and how the new Videoscape cloud and client technologies can help service providers with their cloud strategies and deliver on the vision for ‘Any Screen TV’ video experiences.  Check out the video and join the discussion:  Cisco at CES 2012: Catching up with SVP/GM Jesper Andersen

Marthin De Beer & Video @ CES

Marthin De Beer, SVP of Cisco’s Video and Collaboration Group takes time at CES to share his thoughts on the service provider video market. He highlights Cisco’s video experience demos at the show, and discusses how we are helping customers prepare for the effects of consumer cloud traffic on the networks, with strategies to bridge legacy infrastructure to future IP-centric architectures, including the emergence of gateways.  Check out the video and let us know what your thoughts are on the impact of video on the network and the consumer experience:  Cisco at CES 2012: Chatting with Marthin De Beer About Service Provider Video Industry

Cisco IPS Sensor Default Signature Configuration Modifications

The threat landscape is an ever evolving environment that must be addressed with constant iteration. Since the Cisco Intrusion Prevention System signature configuration has grown over the past few years, the Cisco Security Research and Operations IPS Signature Development Team performed an exhaustive review of the default IPS signature settings currently shipping. As a result of that analysis, the team will be releasing changes to the default signature set via signature updates in a two-phase process over the course of several months.

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In Between the Numbers: New Year’s Resolutions

OK, retail technologists. It’s the new year. Time for resolutions.

Grab the pencil (so you can revise, not erase) and the notepad, plug in the earbuds, and settle into your thinking chair. And take the first step in getting rid of those old bad habits.

Resolve to address those big, ugly, long-standing structural weaknesses that weigh you down like a ball and chain. Weaknesses like the non-integrated, multiple databases residing within the legacy applications. Like the oft taken-for-granted time-to-capability performance (caused by a legacy store architecture) that measures all-store roll-outs in years and gets a constant eyeroll and deep sigh from the SVP of Ops.

Resolve to look that ancient, deeply-customized application that you prop each year with more people and money squarely in the eye.

Resolve to lose weight. Heavy, power-sucking, PO-abusing CPU weight. Virtualize the data centers and start the process of removing CPUs (and all the break-fix maintenance costs) from the store. Thin is in. So is operational simplicity.

Resolve to demand value from your vendors – which, as we all know, is different from the lowest price. Demand that they help you solve specific business problems. Demand that they bring their best strategists and thinkers to the table.

Resolve to ignore all the one-off shiny technologies du jour. Easier said than done, especially with NRF around the corner, the marketing SVP sputtering that “everyone else is doing it,” and the CEO remarking that his nephew had one at Christmas. (Mobility! Smartphone apps! Tablets! Interactive kiosks! Ooooh!)

Resolve to embrace BYOD, and push it forward. Your corporate leaders of tomorrow won’t necessarily thank you. It’s just that they’ll be willing to work for you instead of the competition.

Resolve to toss out of the room any consultant or vendor sales rep who talks about “customer experience” without detailed considerations of your segment, your price point, your brand promise, and the overall customer journey by persona – all the way through service and loyalty. Resolve to ask them how many times they’ve visited your stores.

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Cisco Video at Retail’s BIG Show 2012

NRF, the world’s biggest retail show, is almost here! The show is being held in New York and runs from January 15th-18th.  Please visit us at booth 851 to see our technology in action and speak directly with Cisco subject matter experts to discuss how Cisco’s video solutions today can capture the customer behavior tomorrow, giving you powerful ways to generate revenue, create a consistent user experience across all channels, and maximize operational efficiency. Read More »

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