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Treating Patients Anywhere, Anytime with Telemedicine

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By Jason Kohn, Contributing Columnist

Modern medicine has brought some amazing technological advances. But at the end of the day, the most powerful medical tool remains the old-fashioned one: expert clinicians with the knowledge to evaluate, monitor and care for patients.

The problem: how do you get medical expertise to all of the places it’s needed? One growing answer: Telemedicine.

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Gartner Report Highlights Benefits of Server Virtualization

January 7, 2013 at 6:02 am PST

Every IT manager is tasked with gaining efficiencies across the data center and IT infrastructure while providing the business agility to react to changing demands, ultimately moving the data center from a cost center to a competitive weapon. IT organizations are looking for virtualization technologies to increase utilization levels, improve staff efficiency while reducing space, power, and cooling needs.

While virtualization technology has improved IT efficiency and made server consolidation possible, it has also created many challenges. Traditional virtualized infrastructures can be complex, difficult, and time consuming to scale. Network ownership may be split between network and server administrators. Security may take a back seat to application mobility. And the massive number of virtual machines these environments spawn can tax server, network, and storage administrator resources. Read More »

Cisco NRF 2013 – Preview of Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences Demonstration

This is our fifth preview of what Cisco will be showcasing at the 102nd National Retail Federation Convention and Expo on January 14 and 15, 2013 in New York City.

We’ll be demonstrating Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences, a solution that enables you to use the power of Wi-Fi and location analytics to transform your business by keeping up with today’s ever-connected mobile consumer. Come learn how you can leverage Wi-Fi to more effectively engage your customers, provide the right content at the right time, and increase revenue.

Please watch this video about the Connected Mobile Experiences demonstration and then mark your calendar to join us at Cisco Booth #252 at NRF 2013. I look forward to seeing you there!

ACE Network: Testing Desktop Virtualization for Mobile Employees

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or VDI is getting a lot of attention these days. It allows companies to replace high-cost laptops with a lower-cost, secure device. It also allows employees to access a secure, cloud-based desktop from any device across the Internet.

Desktop virtualization has been popular among the Cisco salespeople who are ACE users because they can access the same centrally stored applications and content wherever they have an Internet connection and whether they are using a laptop or tablet. The faster startup time for the tablet client compared to booting-up a laptop may be one reason for this popularity, because it helps salespeople get information quickly, especially when they are talking with a customer.

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Happy New Year to the Manufacturing Industry from Cisco, 2013

January 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm PST

The numbers coming out month after month show that we seem to be tracking a slow but steady recovery. As I’ve said before, I’m cautiously optimistic about the manufacturing sector – especially in the USA.

On Thursday (3rd January, 2013), ADP1 said construction added 39,000 positions in December, second only to trade and transportation utilities, which grew 53,000. Medium- and larger-sized businesses led the way with 102,000 and 87,000 new jobs respectively

Overall, Employers added 1.84 million jobs in 20112, the most in five years. In the first 11 months of 2012, employers added 1.67 million. Job gains would have to top 170,000 in December to push 2012 ahead of the previous year. Some economists do expect gains at that level or higher.

Robot_factory_smallEven in Asia things are looking up. In the New Year we learned about China’s services growth3, as China’s official purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the non-manufacturing sector rose to 56.1 in December from 55.6 in November, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). Other PMIs on the manufacturing sector suggest China’s growth is starting to pick up based on late 2012 data. Not the heady double-digit growth of earlier years, but increases none-the-less. Construction was also up, though all of this growth is partly owing to government investment. The Friday (4th January 2013) HSBC PMI report shows slower growth as it mainly focuses on the private sector. The HSBC report4 showed a softening from 52.1 to 51.7. As you know above 50 is still good. India’s looking good too re PMI for last month! Read More »

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