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Cisco Acquires Cognio, a Spectrum Intelligence Company

Post by John Noh, Senior PR ManagerAnyone who has frantically twisted a radio dial in the vain hopes of maintaining a weak AM signal that’s being overpowered by another signal is already familiar with the problems of radio frequency (RF) interference. While it may be a mere annoyance on your radio, RF interference can cause significant issues related to WiFi, or wireless networking, technologies, which uses a different RF spectrum than AM/FM radio to send and receive data. There are millions of common electronics devices that can interfere with your WiFi experience including those with Bluetooth and Zigbee connectivity, microwave ovens, cordless phones, wireless video cameras, outdoor microwave links, wireless game controllers, motion detectors and, yes, even fluorescent lights. Without the proper solutions, WiFi users may run into a number of serious problems including degradation in wireless performance, creation of security vulnerabilities and wireless network instability. Cognio Cisco.jpgThat’s the problem Cisco is tackling with the acquisition of Cognio, which offers Spectrum Intelligence technology for wireless networks. Read More »

The Next Wave of the Business Internet: The Human Network@Work

Post by Alan S. Cohen, Vice President, Enterprise SolutionsReading my colleague Joe Burton’s blog a few days on UC”Analysis Paralysis” got me to thinking a little more deeply about how the next wave of the Internet was started by Web 2.0 and Social Networking (the Human Network), but may be completed by how businesses are taking advantage of the changing dynamics of Collaboration and Unified Communications (the Human Network @ Work). If the first wave of the Web Internet was largely defined by commerce and customer support (“œfind it, buy it, help it”), the second wave is more about rich collaboration (“œfind me, work with me”). The entrance of rich media and video into the equation shows how fast people-to-machine transactions are moving to people-to-people-to-contextual/real-time information types of interactions. People are in the center, not computers. And every device, fixed and mobile, is in play.Despite the prognostications you might hear about the unified communications marketplace, it is crystal clear that the user, and all the choices that users make, owns this emerging environment. Unified communications and collaboration is the new platform for businesses and winners in this market must take to heart the words of Winston Churchill:”I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.” Monolithic approaches and platforms are destined for the dustbin of Internet history. Read More »

Happy Birthday, USAToday!

September 14, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

Everybody’s favorite “on the road” paper. The one that you get at your hotel door. The one that you get when you are in a town whose hometown paper’s lead story is about a unusually large squash. The one you grab at an airport when you want to know “what is going on.” The one with the neat graphics on the front page. The one with the “our views”/”opposing views.” usatoday.jpgTomorrow, USAToday is 25 years old! Their editor, Ken Paulsen, offers some comments on how it started and what it means. There are, of course, great graphics that tell the 25 year story as well. And, founder Al Neuharth offers his perspective as well.So, Happy Birthday, USAToday! We honor you for your service.

Poem for the Day

September 11, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

I thought a poem would be appropriate for today. The Seven Ages of Manby William ShakespeareAll the world’s a stage,And all the men and women merely players,They have their exits and entrances,And one man in his time plays many parts,His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.Then, the whining schoolboy with his satchelAnd shining morning face, creeping like snailUnwillingly to school. And then the lover,Sighing like furnace, with a woeful balladMade to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,Jealous in honour, sudden, and quick in quarrel,Seeking the bubble reputationEven in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justiceIn fair round belly, with good capon lin’d,With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut,Full of wise saws, and modern instances,And so he plays his part. The sixth age shiftsInto the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side,His youthful hose well sav’d, a world too wide,For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,Turning again towards childish treble, pipesAnd whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,That ends this strange eventful history,Is second childishness and mere oblivion,Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

Analysis Paralysis on UC Strategy?

September 11, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

Post by Joe Burton, Chief Technology Officer, Unified CommunicationsDon’t take your comparative advantage for granted. Ours is a rapid-paced, dynamic business environment . Whether it’s a small company focused on serving a market niche or a large global corporation, every business has to compete for customers and stay one step ahead of its competitors to maintain a sustainable edge.In this ever-changing global economy, can any business wait around to get outpaced by competitors while they experiment with PC or email-client-based-architecture for unified communications? Can they afford to exclude future prospective customers, employees, or partners who do not use email as their preferred communications medium? Can they afford the 18-24 month wait for a software-client-based call control architecture that will be marginally mature and deployable? Can they really depend on PC”experts”, who are learning on-the-job to implement a business class unified communications solution that meets their communication requirements? Read More »