This post was written by Michael Veysey, director of Veterans Programs at Cisco
Since September 11, 2001, men and women in the U.S. armed forces have fought in our nation’s longest wars. This all-volunteer force has endured sacrifices that most of us will never know or experience—all to protect our peace and freedom. So, hiring a qualified veteran into our ranks is our chance to say “thank you“ to our nation’s heroes.
Hiring veterans is not only a good thing to do, it also makes good business sense. Their knowledge, training, and experience, often under extreme conditions, demonstrate that they can thrive in a competitive and dynamic business environment.
More than 1,100 gaming establishments worldwide come to Global Cash Access (GCA) for ideas and innovation. GCA is a global leader in providing tightly integrated solutions to the gaming industry by optimizing cash access processes. These services allow gamblers to access cash through ATM withdrawals, credit card and debit card transactions, check verification, and money transfers. When 60%-70% of the money on a casino floor comes from these devices, a reliable network infrastructure is imperative. In 2011, GCA processed more than 90 million transactions and dispensed more than $19 billion in cash. In this industry, minutes of down time translate to hundreds of thousands of dollars in missed transactions.
With over 8000 patron touch points around the world, GCA needed a data center infrastructure that could support their current needs but scale to be the foundation for future growth. GCA engaged Nexus IS, a Cisco Gold Certified partner with Master specializations in Security and Unified communications, to help them design a data center architecture flexible enough to add new devices and enable new services for GCA to provide to their customers.
Watch as Scott Betts, CEO of GCA, and Jim King, Vice President of IT at GCA, discuss how Nexus was able to provide a strong foundation of one unified IP-based infrastructure to help GCA meet the uptime and reliability necessary to their business.
Frantisek Jakab is the Program Manager of Cisco Networking Academy in Slovakia
Russia’s concerted efforts to grow indigenous talent received significant boost recently. Cisco, the global leader in networking, and Sistema JSFC, Russia’s largest public investment company, have announced collaboration to enhance the quality of ICT education in Russia.
Why is it important? Russia wants to foster innovation locally via projects like Skolkovo that aim to create an ecosystem for innovation. To run that ecosystem, Russia will need local talent: world class technologists and entrepreneurs. The “Lift to the Future” project, launched by Sistema late last year, intends to be a vehicle to groom such talent from schools and universities by offering tutoring on Russia’s first youth tutorage network.
Cisco and Sistema JSFC Signed MoU to Enhance Cooperation and Help Modernize ICT Education in Russia Photo: Elena Shmeleva (Sistema) and Paul Betsis (Cisco)
At ‘Social Lifts for Talented Youth -- Best Russian Experience’, a pioneering conference held by Sistema in cooperation with Moscow State Lomonosov University and Vedomosti daily newspaper, Cisco and Sistema have signed an MoU. According to it, Cisco will donate network equipment and provide access to its education programs. In addition, the company will carry out skills-upgrade courses for teachers of the educational establishments involved in the project. From its own side, Sistema will help Cisco to expand the Cisco Networking Academy™ program in Russia. Moreover, both companies intend to collaborate in launching student competitions, forums and summer schools to support talented Russian youth.
Elena Shmeleva, vice president of Sistema Charity Foundation, gave Cisco credit for being the first company to support the “Lift to the Future” project, stressing that “Education content provided by Cisco, as well as its unique training methodology will become a basis for training skilled ICT professionals and supporting Russian IT education within this project.”
Not surprisingly, product licensing is always a “hot” topic. Four years ago, Cisco introduced Cisco Unified Workspace Licensing which bundles client and server software, licensing, service and software subscription all in a simple, cost-effective package. It has been widely adopted with over 10 million licensed users to date. Building on this success, Cisco invests and dedicates significant resources in analyzing feedback from our customers, analysts and partners to determine how we continue to enhance Cisco’s Unified Communications licensing portfolio.
The number one feedback we’ve heard loud and clear is to make licensing simpler. Save me time and money, Cisco. As a result, for the Cisco Unified Communications (UC) Release 9.0, we focused on simplicity while still providing a level of flexibility to fit different types of user profiles and business needs.
The Cisco UC Release 9.0 licensing model aligns with the way people work and the tools they need to collaborate. With the elimination of device licensing units (DLU), customers can purchase licenses that address the needs of four common user types: desk-less, desk-bound, hybrid, and mobile workers.
In addition, you may have recently heard about our Jabber for Everyone offer, which makes instant messaging and presence available to all users. Read More »
America’s healthcare system has been laid low with a scourge of acute symptoms. Spiraling costs, an epidemic of chronic diseases, and a spike in the senior demographic are all driving a mounting crisis. Throw in a gridlocked U.S. Congress and an unresolved regulatory climate, and a “miracle” cure seems a remote dream.
Lately, however, a healing light has been shining from a surprising source: service providers.