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Retail Lessons from Las Vegas Vacation Part 1 of 3 – Use of Video

Over the Christmas holidays I spent 5 days in Las Vegas visiting friends and ring in the new year in the city that never sleeps.  Over the years Las Vegas continues to transform itself to keep itself relevant from the original sin city and gambling capital to the modern convention/vacation destination.

I spent new year’s eve with 320,000 visitors which is an impressive number by any standards, plus  I managed to do some shopping and visiting a few attractions between visiting friends.

I thought I’d share my observations on how Las Vegas continues to delight visitors in a series of blogs and what retailers can learn from it.

Today’s I’d like to focus on the use of video technology for customers in Las Vegas

One of my stops is at the new Cosmopolitan casino and hotel and their use of video walls in the registration lobby

One of the first impression when you walk in is that it doesn’t look like a video screen but backlit wall panels.  Only when the images start moving do you realize it is a video wall.  As you can see from the video Read More »

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Pruning Your Community Garden: an Approach to Community Lifecycle Management (Part 2)

Part 1 of this blog series established that community administrators and owners need a way to assess and manage their respective community gardens and prune away communities that are no longer useful; see  This blog describes the primary tool that will be leveraged by community administrators and owners within Cisco’s Integrated Workforce Experience (IWE) to view and tend to their respective community gardens.  The tool is called the Community Lifecycle Management Portlet (LCMP).  The LCMP represents one of several components that have been developed – in a partnership between Cisco IT and the Collaboration Business Technologies organization – as an extension of Cisco’s Enterprise Collaboration Platform (Quad) to maintain the overall health of our community ecosystem.
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A Cisco Story: The Social Media Marketing Center of Excellence

At Cisco, we often speak at different venues about how we set up and operationalized social media. We always receive so many questions on this topic that we decided to share our process and lessons learned with the larger social community in a more organized and methodical way. We have partnered with Frost and Sullivan to create a guidebook on “Operationalizing a B-to-B Social Media Center of Excellence”. This case study talks about how

  • our Social Media Marketing Hub emerged
  • we defined the charter, roles and responsibilities of this hub and
  • we engage with the various parts of the organization, also known as spokes    

Following the guidance of the Frost and Sullivan research team, we broke down the process of creating our social media center of excellence step by step. Check out a page from the case study here: Read More »

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LISP – Finding the Optimized Path for your Workload

Update: LISP solves the problem from client to server, IE Ingress Path Optimization.  FHRP solves the problem from server to client, IE Egress Path Optimization.  You can check out Egress Path Optimization here.

We recently published a Data Center Interconnect – DCI-  related document on and I wanted to get it in front of you.  Locator/Identifier Separator Protoc0l – LISP – provides the path optimization technology to forward transactions via the most direct path, ultimately meaning better application performance. The link for the LISP Virtual Machine Mobility paper is below.

As a side note, LISP can be used many other ways and here’s a pointer to one of  our LISP pages.

For our purposes in DCI, we use LISP for path optimization and we can see here why the  need arises. The box on the left shows an existing transaction that looks pretty direct.  The middle box shows the workload is now in a new data center but the transaction is suboptimal, it still goes through the firsts data center.  The box on the right shows the desired path, the direct path from user to workload withouth going through the first data center.  It’s pretty easy to see the need here for path optimization and the desire to have the direct path to the new data center location as shown on the far right box.

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7 Tips for Staying Connected When Working Remotely

Use these techniques for securely accessing company data—while staying productive

Few small businesses are fully contained in one office. Chances are good that some of your employees—maybe even you—travel for business or work from a remote location. These days, no one can afford to be completely cut off from email, client databases, and other business-critical information shared on the local network. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to stay securely connected to colleagues, clients, and prospects —just follow these seven tips.

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