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Poll: How many mobile devices do you typically bring to the office? You could win an iPad or AppleTV

Last week I polled, What’s the one place at work where you’d like better wireless connectivity? and was honestly a little surprised by the number one answer. The second-place place where people wanted better wireless coverage was conference rooms, which makes sense. At some of the smaller companies I’ve worked at conference rooms were usually on the perimeter of the building and the coverage was poor.  Even within Cisco just a few years ago, a common refrain in meetings was complaints about the spotty coverage. We knew what rooms had better connectivity, and which rooms were to be avoided. So this answer wasn’t much of a surprise.

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Cisco Catalyst 6500 Momentum [INFOGRAPHIC]

News always gets attention, right? What happens afterward? Does anyone remember the stories? Or, to look at it another way, who buys what we’re selling?

With a presidential election at hand in the U.S., expect the candidates to continue to claim that their opponent has changed his story. If you bought what he was selling before, you’re being asked to buy something different now.

Thankfully, the networking business isn’t an election. And our story for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches in campus core and distribution isn’t changing…

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Have Your Doctors Gone Digital?

When you go in for your annual exam, does your doctor enter notes on a laptop, send your prescriptions direct to the pharmacy, and make your lab results available online for your? Or does your doctor still pull out that bulging manila folder full of patient history notes, write prescriptions on paper using unintelligible handwriting, and wait days to get results for X-Rays or MRIs? There are incentives for going digital, but how many doctors do you know who have taken the plunge?

A recent national survey of healthcare workers found that adoption and meaningful use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) is significantly below expected. For the uninitiated, “meaningful use” is a term indicating doctors have an electronic health record system with the capability to take specific actions with the system. Examples of these actions include sending and tracking pharmacy prescriptions, getting drug interaction warnings, and sending clinical visit summaries to other clinics.

In hard numbers, the survey found that in 2011 only 11% of physicians were both intending to apply and had an EHR system with the capabilities needed for the meaningful use designation. This is surprising as there are financial incentives to get to meaningful use. A recent case study shows that getting the right infrastructure in place can dramatically aid physicians in this goal and get them the designation in a matter of months.

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Keeping Business Business and Personal Personal

Work/life balance. Every company talks about. Some even back up the talk. With dual persona, service providers are at least making it easier to keep one work/life intersection better balanced—your smartphone.

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Poll: What’s the one place at work where you’d like better wireless connectivity?

Last week, the Dimension Data Network Barometer Report 2012 came out and it had some very interesting things to say about the state of wired and wireless networks.  DiData conducts Technology Lifecycle Management (TLM) surveys each year on about 300 companies with the goal of benchmarking how networks are evolving and to find areas of potential vulnerability. One thing that popped out was the jump in 802.11n adoption. For the 2011 report they found only 12% of all access points were 802.11n capable.  This year’s report was more hopeful as they found that one third of all access points were now 802.11n capable.

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