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NHL Fans: The Smartest Fans on the Planet

Despite some bizarre hockey fan habits, hats on ice, rats on ice, and octopi on ice, the NHL considers their fan base the smartest and most tech savvy in the world. BizWiseTV ventured out into the fan fest during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft to find out! Watch what hockey fans had to say about following their favorite sport.

Bizarre Hockey Fan Traditions:

Rats on Ice: Florida Panther’s fans started throwing plastic rats on the ice in 1996. During that year, Panthers’ winger, Scott Mellanby, jabbed and killed a rat running through the dressing room with his stick. He scored two goals that game and the tradition began.

Hats on Ice: Hockey fans everywhere celebrate a player scoring three goals in a game, which is called a hat trick, by throwing their hats onto the ice. A “natural hat trick” is when a player scores three goals in a row -- with no goals by the other team in between. By tradition, the hats are donated to charity.

Octopus On Ice: For nearly 50 years, hockey fans in Detroit have been throwing octopi on to the ice after a big win by the Red Wings. In 1996, the largest octopus thrown in Joe Louis Arena was 50 lbs. and rode the hood of the Zamboni in between periods.

Watch NHL, COO, John Collins share how technology enhances the fan experience.

What’s your favorite experience as a hockey fan?

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New Research Highlights Diverse Benefits of Telepresence

You’ve probably heard how telepresence is helping businesses reduce the cost of travel by millions of dollars.  It’s one of the most commonly discussed and proven benefits of the technology because it’s quantifiable.  But if you ask anyone who uses the technology regularly, rarely do they talk about the cost savings. Rather, you’ll hear stories about how video collaboration helped a team come to a decision faster, or how the technology enhanced the trust between a supplier and vendor.

While cost savings is a typical driving factor for telepresence investments, it’s the many other benefits that manifest as a result of usage that prove to hold the most value. In an effort to show the variety of benefits that video collaboration technologies like telepresence deliver, such as improving work-life balance, increasing productivity and reducing confusion, Cisco commissioned a global study to uncover end user perceptions of telepresence and video conferencing in the work place. The research, announced today, polled an internationally representative sample of workers from 12 key markets and found dramatic differences between how users and nonusers of the technology perceive the various benefits.

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Experience What Collaboration is Doing for Cisco

This week Cisco on Cisco launched a new interactive environment that brings you inside Cisco to see firsthand the tangible business value of collaboration, unified communications, and video in a real-world enterprise.

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Murali Sitaram: How is Social Software Relevant for Business?

At the recent Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston, we announced limited availability for Cisco Quad, an immersive platform for enterprise collaboration that integrates voice, video and social networking into one space. The next generation of worker is looking for new and innovative ways to collaborate and Quad offers that collaboration tool kit.

Cisco Vice President and General Manager Murali Sitaram spoke with Fox Business News anchor Brian Sullivan this morning and he asked him about how Cisco is working with corporate America to help them increase their productivity and enable new ways to work and share information other than through solely email.

See the full video on Fox Business Site here.

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Transforming the Events Experience Through Collaboration

Today Cisco is introducing a new way for customers to experience, host, and participate in events through Collaboration for Events. Setting its sights on revitalizing and transforming the event business , Cisco Collaboration for Events provides customizable options for using technologies like web conferencing, telepresence and online video sharing platforms to dramatically expand an event’s reach beyond the physical venue. With these network-based technologies, organizers can conduct highly interactive physical and virtual events, more effectively measure return on investment, expedite the planning process, and attract the best speakers.

Why are we introducing Collaboration for Events now? With the pressures of globalization, increased competition, growing complexity, and the continually accelerating information explosion, the need for employees, customers, and partners to come together, exchange knowledge, gain fresh perspectives, network, and nurture relationships has never been greater.  However, despite the opportunity for collaboration within meetings and events -- and the resulting benefits -- many organizations question whether traditional events deliver business impact commensurate with their costs.  These activities represent a significant investment, with annual spending exceeding $200 billion for large meetings and events and business leaders are looking for greater impact for the investment dollars.

Collaboration for Events offers tremendous opportunities to improve the business impact of meetings and events while helping to significantly reduce costs. For example, in this video, PJ Boatwright, vice president of Events at Fortune said that through the Cisco Collaboration for Events experience, they are extending the duration of the BRAINSTORM Green conference from three days to a full year. Additionally, Cisco’s own experiences have proven that these types of events can expand the audience, deliver a more tailored and compelling event experience, maintain or improve communications effectiveness, reduce environmental impact, boost productivity, and save millions of dollars. 

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