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Room Service: TelePresence Style


marriottLet me tell you a story about a friend of mine, we’ll call him Tom.  What if I told you that Tom got in his car this morning, and drove into Manhattan.   From there, he headed over to Frankfurt, Germany, to interview a project manager, then quickly jumped over to Bangalore to review the current status of his new product build.   Both meetings were time sensitive, and took place face-to-face.   Best part was, Tom was back home in time to have dinner with the family.   Is Tom the head of a fortune 100 company travelling by private jet?  Not quite.  He is the owner of a small software company, and he travels by TelePresence, hosted by Marriott. 

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Mobile Barcodes for Virtual Connections

I meet so many people via virtual means and probably won’t meet many of them in real life. One of the consistent requests we have for each other is the exchange of contact information. This becomes a very manual process. I have been looking at ways to enable quick connections with virtual contacts and have been revisiting mobile ‘barcode’ technology to support this effort.

Mobile barcode technology is not new in any way, shape or form. When I was thinking about ways to enable quicker exchange of contact details and other information with my virtual network contacts mobile devices came to mind as a possible solution. What I found is for ‘barcode’ technology there are a several different flavors to choose from and from my testing some work better than others as relates to supporting vCard, URL, media, and other types of information exchanges. I will go into details and provide examples further in the post.

So let’s dive into those barcode technologies and see some working examples.

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Cisco-related iPhone apps

If you haven’t searched for “Cisco” in the iPhone App Store lately, you will probably be surprised and delighted to see a lot of new Cisco-related apps!

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A nice example of communicating a design language for web sites

Our friends at the BBC have put together a wonderful overview of their visual design language and its evolution.

This recent BBC blog entry not only shows the current design standards, but also revisits the history of (or, more correctly, :-).

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Live from Cisco Networkers Bahrain!

For the first time ever, Cisco Networkers is taking place in the Middle East, at a very special location.   The event will be held at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), home to the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, from 28 – 31 March, 2010 under the patronage of His Royal Highness, Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, The Crown Prince.     

Join us live inside Cisco Live & Networkers Virtual for the featured keynote on Monday 29 March, where you can hear Executive Vice President, Cisco Services & Chief Globalization Officer, Wim Elfrink, talk about how technology is helping drive unparalleled innovation and economic growth in the Middle East. 


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