Wednesday was another beautiful day in the neighborhood, the Moscone neighborhood. I started my day with a 6:30 a.m. conference call with some nice people in Amsterdam to talk about one of the topics John Chambers put front-and-center in his keynote address: business outcomes.
Hosted by Cisco’s Mala Anand, the Wednesday morning keynote focused on Internet of Everything and included Intel’s Doug Davis, NetApps’ George Kurian, and EMC’s Bill Schmarzo. For me, Schmarzo’s points on business models and big data were particularly interesting. His premise was essentially that at the core, the Internet of Everything and big data are about business transformation. A great quote: “Organizations don’t need a big data strategy, they need a strategy that incorporates big data.” Yes, yes, and yes.
Paras and Associates: Using Video to Remove Language Barriers
Melinda Paras was one of the customer speakers at the collaboration press announcements earlier this week. Paras is CEO of Paras and Associates (PAA), which designed and now manages the first operational video/voice over IP call center--the Health Care Interpreter Network (HCIN)--a cooperative of California public hospitals sharing interpreter services. PAA offers technology systems that enable immediate access to language interpreting via video and telephone.
“Clinicians trust that they can reach language interpreters instantly—whether they are across the street, or across the country,” says Paras. “High quality video enables a degree of nuance and rapport that you simply can’t achieve with just a telephone.”
For the 24-hour DevNet Hackathon in Moscone West, the Cisco Developer Network team threw down the challenge for participant teams to create compelling location-based apps with elements including Jabber Guest SDKs and the Jabber SDK for Web. The winning team developed an automated personal shopper – and shared a $5000 bounty and other prizes for their efforts. One of those great developer minds happens to be Sam Womack, a member of the Cisco Champions program.
Oh Yeah, And Then There Was This
This year’s Customer Appreciation Party was held at the home of the amazing San Francisco Giants. Lenny Kravitz opened the show and newly minted Billboard award winners Imagine Dragons. I got to hang out with the cool kids — the Cisco Champions — up in the sponsor suites, which gave me a great view of the stage and the sea of this year’s hats.
And in case you’re wondering: I avoided being dive-bombed by birds, but I did meet a unicorn and racked up more than five miles.
Just tuning in? Read my daily notes from the rest of the week:
New Collaboration products, John Chambers keynote, Darth Vader
Collaboration keynote, Cloud Collaboration, TacOps, Cisco Champions
Executive Interview with Collaboration VP Peder Ulander, online opportunities
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