The title for this blog post is more than just the title of a blog post. It’s a question my Cisco colleagues and I have been pondering for quite some time. And, it’s the title assigned to a panel on which I recently participated, debating skeptics who asked some good (and probing) questions. The panel was part of the American Planning Association’s 2012 National Planning Conference, which attracted thousands of attendees. As the world’s largest planning event, the conference brings together urban planners and city leaders from around the world. Read More »
Tags: 21st century cities, Cisco, city development, city transformation, eco-city, ecosystems, green business, grids, IBSG, Smart Cities, smart grids, sustainable development, urban connectivity, urban innovation, urban planning, urban sustainability
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Introducing Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud -- Starter Edition. Or as I like to call it, My First Cloud.
I’ve written in the past of cloud being journey to a new operational model and thus makes demand on the technology, process and organizational model. It changes the relationship between the provider and the consumer of a service.
This operational model is one with resource pools available on demand, metered, pay as you use. The reality for many enterprises is this is aspirational and not a realistic first step.
Today, he resource pools are funded by department, there’s no automation or self-service to meet the on-demand self-service aspect of cloud.
And there’s lots of fears beyond security; like the fear of rampant waste and capacity outages.
There’s also the issue of complexity and where will the skills to do service design and automation will come from? Global 2000 companies can easily afford big ticket consulting engagements, but smaller ones can’t.
The channel is key to serve the rest of the market but where are the channel partners for cloud?
So complexity and lack of expertise, in our view, were seriously hindering the adoption of cloud operations.
Our response is the first in a series of products to bring cloud operations capabilities to different market segments. For example, the needs of a mid-size organization are very different than the needs of global enterprise and different again from a service provider.
Even in service provider, there are huge differences in operations and scale between traditional managed hosting provider, an outsourcer, a webscale company and a national telco or network provider.
So the way to simplify delivery for midsize business, enterprise departments or smaller managed hosting provider is to embed an operational model, pre-packaged automation and a set of competent channel partners that can quickly and inexpensively turn on your first cloud at a reasonable price.
This is what Intelligent Automation Starter Edition represents: a simple, inexpensive way to get to a customer’s first cloud.
Customer’s can use it to learn how to operate the first basic offering; also, it’s upgradeable to Cisco’s Intelligent Automation -- Standard Edition when the customer needs additional, more sophisticated service offering
I recommend start with a video demo. Information page is here.
Jason wrote about it, so head there as well
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Tags: Cisco, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, cloud, Cloud Management, data center, intelligent automation, orchestration, unified management
John Lewis, a leading U.K. retailer, is now piloting two Cisco StyleMe Virtual Fashion Mirrors at its flagship London department store on Oxford Street, providing customers with a virtual way to try on clothes. The mirrors were developed by the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), with partners C In-store, AITech, and The Team.
The 6- by 3-foot mirrors incorporate built-in cameras that capture shoppers’ body dimensions and positioning. Using artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and gesture-recognition technology, the mirrors then superimpose clothing items over customers’ on-screen images.
In effect, the mirrors become virtual changing rooms where customers can create complete outfits from more than 500 women’s-wear garments and accessories selected from johnlewis.com. This makes the shopping experience easier and more enjoyable by letting customers see how they look in new outfits without getting undressed.
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Tags: artificial intelligence, Cisco, clothes, clothing, gesture recognition, IBSG, John Lewis, shoppers, shopping, StyleMe, virtual, Virtual Fashion Mirror, virtual reality
We collectively watch over 3 billion hours of video a month on YouTube alone. And it’s not just crazy kitty antics or babbling babies: among my video-related tasks this week, I learned how to change a faucet, caught up on some interesting TED talks, and reviewed the latest product meeting for an upcoming release.
Each of these required searching for videos, which for most of us means hunting and pecking. At best, we sort video by tags that someone has manually selected, and then drag the video scroll bar back and forth until we find the information we need. Can you say, “time consuming”?
Another thing that some regard as time consuming, yet a civic duty, is listening to political debates. Over the past nine months, the GOP candidates met head to head in over 20 debates to discuss a wide range of topics. But for viewers who weren’t able to tune in for each 90-minute debate … imagine being able to instantly find every clip of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney talking about “immigration,” or to automatically parse each debate and identify who spoke about the “Supreme Court,” the “constitution,” or the “auto industry.”
With Cisco Pulse, Cisco’s video analytics solution, we used voice recognition to analyze each of the last four Republican debates. From January 19th through February 22nd, these debates featured the Republican candidates at the time: Romney, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Representative Ron Paul. (For a fascinating drill-down of what was said vs. what was reported, check out this blog from ActionNugget, a marketing insights firm.)
This is more than just speech-to-text technology. Using a Cisco voice recognition engine, Pulse is able to sort each video by top keywords and speakers. That means you can jump instantly to the specific segment of video you need, or browse entire libraries of video by content or speaker, instead of just manually entered tags. You can instantly see the top keywords for each video … who said what in context. The infographic below provides a snapshot of the findings from Cisco Pulse – a summary of topics from each debate and who said what.
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Tags: 2012 election, analytics, business video, Cisco, cisco pulse, debates, enterprise video, Republican, video, video analytics, video search
Ah, the fieldtrip! Brings back memories, doesn’t it? Well, actually, the memory I always recall is not entirely a happy one. Sure the zoo was fun, but what I remember most was the bus breaking down, the monkey hitting my friend in the eye with a butterscotch candy and a dark-haired boy promptly throwing up when we walked into the hippo area. It was still fun, though, to get out of school for the day and explore what we were learning hands on. An opportunity for real-life engagement in the learning process. Unfortunately, with budget struggles, time constraints and often just a school’s rural location, fieldtrips are few and far between for many schools.
More and more schools, however, as I’ve written before, are finding ways to take virtual fieldtrips (or VFTs) allowing students to participate in the same live, interactive experience without bus rides, transportation costs and loss of instructional time. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, edchat, edtech, field trips, video conferencing, videoconference, virtual field trips