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Cisco Live UK 2012 Industrial Sector: Get a head start solving business needs at the Industrial Solutions Booth

Cisco Live UK (January 30th-Feb 2nd in London)  is right around the corner.  A good number of our attendees hail from the industrial verticals such as Transportation, Oil & Gas, Water/Waste Water Treatment, Automotive, and Food & Beverage and Consumer Packaged Goods.

These industrial companies are wrestling with business challenges such as reducing costs, speeding time to market and improving production uptime. How does Cisco play in the industrial space you ask? Read More »

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Protecting Your Business With a Service Contract

You may need more than a warranty to realize the full return on your technology investment

These are challenging economic times for small businesses. You need the latest technology in order to grow your business. But you also need peace of mind knowing that you’ll get the most value from that technology investment.

You probably believe that a warranty will provide that protection should something go wrong with one of your network devices, such as a switch or router. Not necessarily.

A warranty is not equal to technical support. Most warranties only guarantee against a defective product and provide limited support.

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Connecting the Games

In a recent blog post, I highlighted the vital role Cisco’s infrastructure will play in connecting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Our technologies – including thousands of switches, routers and endpoints – are parts of a complex infrastructure that will be bringing people together before, during and after London 2012.

You could view London 2012 as collaboration on a global scale – so vast in fact, that it’s only possible through teamwork. At the heart of delivering the Games, we are working closely with partners to carry all the data, voice and video. We will be connecting venues to officials – crucial to both the Games schedule and the four billion internet and TV viewers worldwide.

Collaboration Delivers

As a digital marketer, I’m seeing businesses, individuals and communities taking steps to realize the potential of collaboration technologies. What’s really great about collaboration is it makes things happen – with greater efficiency, less bureaucracy and more inclusivity.

For example, Cisco’s Webex solution has led to remarkable changes in the way we do business. Not least, considerable savings in business travel from holding meetings online.

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City of the Future

Have you ever heard the phrase “the person that thinks the world revolves around them?” If that person lived in the City of the Future, that statement might not be far from the truth.

A smarter energy grid could cut energy costs in half. More personal retail experiences could use location-based technology. More efficient health care could be available.

For example, innovation will change public transportation – and the resident’s experience. Thanks to next-generation internet routing technology enabling “internet everywhere” and near field communication (NFC) technology, public transportation will become more personal. Smart devices will be able to load your personal profile onto the bus and make specifications for physical objects like seat height or populating a public screen with your personal workspace for productivity on the go. Transit systems in the City of the Future could also serve as a depot for mail delivery, food pick up or even dropping off dry-cleaning.

Improvements will be made by embedding technology into city development. “The City of the Future” will revolve around the needs of its inhabitants, effectively building a living and breathing human network.

How close are we to living in a city of the future?

In the city of Songdo, South Korea, citizens are nearer to this concept than most.   See how Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities solutions are helping make the City of the Future a reality today:

Companion Screens Transforming the TV Experience

By Jason Kohn, Contributing Columnist

Pop quiz: How many screens does it take to watch television programming? For a growing number of people, the answer is two — a TV, plus a media tablet or mobile smartphone. That may seem counterintuitive, but for many of us (present company included) a mobile “companion” device has become an essential part of the living room TV experience.

According to a Nielsen survey of 12,000 connected device owners, 70 percent of tablet owners and 68 percent of smartphone owners use their devices while watching TV. Tablet owners in particular seem unable to put down the iPad while flipping channels, with respondents saying that nearly a third of the time they spend using their device is in front of the TV.

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