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NBA Gets a Slam Dunk with Cisco TelePresence

Telepresence is travelling outside of the boardroom and onto the basketball court—not only changing how the NBA conducts business, but also how its fans consume sports information.

Similar to the transformation happening in the workplace, the rise of mobile devices and online access is changing how we experience and interact with sporting events. Attuned to these changes, the NBA is committed to collaboration technologies--like Cisco TelePresence and WebEx--to enable new forms of effectiveness and innovation, while positively transforming the fan experience. And they are making an impact; NBA TV had its highest viewership ever during the 2011-12 season, and NBA.com and its team sites already have more than 140 million video streams this season.

How’d they do it? By providing fans with the best experience possible and creating compelling content. Each week, NBA TV communicates with sports analysts, journalists, experts, and players via telepresence, allowing them to bring fans the latest news and updates from around the league. These video interviews are then loaded to NBA.com for fans to view on demand. Read More »

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Social Innovation Summit: Where Business Innovation Meets Social Transformation

December 3, 2012 at 5:15 am PST

The Social Innovation Summit takes place this week on December 4 and 5 in Mountain View, California. This annual gathering brings together corporate, investment, government, and nonprofit leaders to explore the strategies and business innovations that are generating social transformation.

At Cisco, we apply the same technology, expertise, and partnerships we use to help our customers to also help transform lives, communities, and the planet. Through the collective power of human and technology networks, we believe we can multiply our impact on some of the world’s most pressing problems — while strengthening our business.

This “shared value” approach is reflected in the Social Innovation Summit, where other corporations, nonprofits, investors, and government agencies will describe how business innovations and creativity are enabling social transformation.

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Cisco Announces IT Process Automation for SAP HANA

Cisco Introduces IT Process Automation for SAP HANA

Cisco and SAP are again flexing their partnership muscles with another joint endeavor. This week Cisco announced the general availability of Cisco IT Process Automation for SAP HANA. This software automates key aspects of SAP HANA management, enabling customers to transition to SAP HANA smoothly and manage it more efficiently once adopted.

SAP IT Process Automation

Cisco ITPA for SAP HANA saves SAP administrators time and makes it easier for them to manage the solution because of its unique and powerful capabilities. Gone are the days of reactive monitoring solutions. Cisco ITPA for SAP HANA combines a knowledge base of SAP HANA best practice operations with automated corrective actions, which enable it to fix problems before they can impede the business. No other product on the market does this.

Cisco ITPA for SAP HANA is essential for any company deploying SAP HANA because it:

· Helps companies implement SAP HANA best practices right from the start
· Performs system and infrastructure health checks for increased availability and better user experience
· Performs automated corrective actions, with IT checkpoints and full audit tracking
· Enables full management visibility across SAP HANA operations
· Automates routine operations tasks for SAP HANA
· Enhances low-touch plug-and-play SAP HANA operations

When implemented along with other Cisco ITPA automation packs, Cisco ITPA for SAP HANA makes it possible for companies to introduce SAP HANA while lowering administration costs, freeing time to focus on expediting new services for the enterprise.
Customers can purchase this product through Cisco or SAP.

For more information visit, www.sap.com/it-process-automation or contact automatesap@cisco.com.

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Mobile Business Users Embrace Wi-Fi

Once the exclusive domain of senior executives, mobile devices are now indispensable to most employees for conducting both their business and personal lives. The insatiable demand for smartphones, tablets, and other connected devices is generating staggering amounts of mobile data. In parallel, the use of Wi-Fi for Internet access is exploding as more mobile devices are Wi-Fi enabled, the number of public hotspots expands, and user acceptance grows. Once shunned by corporate IT departments, Wi-Fi increasingly has made its way into most businesses.

Business users are the most valuable customer segment for mobile operators. Changes in mobile behavior and usage, particularly with regard to Wi-Fi, could have a significant impact on service providers’ (SPs) bottom line. However, there is little research on how mobile business users are actually using Wi-Fi, how they want to employ it in the future, and, more specifically, what is driving them to connect their devices to the Internet using Wi-Fi.

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Cisco and the Association of Retail Technology Standards (ARTS)

Fellow Technologists,

Why are standards so important in Information Technology?  Standards enable interoperability between complex systems.  Many enterprises look to products that use these standards for easy integration between their existing and new systems, as well as lowering design, development, and production costs.  Further, standards allow innovation, enabling new solutions that solve business problems.

Cisco has been a member of the Association of Retail Technology Standards (ARTS) since 2006 and has contributed to many white papers and standards over the years, including Cloud, SOA, Mobile, and Social Blueprints.  Many of the standards created by ARTS focus on the messaging syntax used between systems that enable products from a diverse set of vendors to interoperate and communicate with one another—complexity made simple.

ARTS is the IT standards division of the National Retail Federation (NRF), and is comprised of over 200 international vendors and retailers dedicated to reducing the costs of technology through standards. Since 1993, ARTS has been delivering application standards exclusively to the retail industry. ARTS has four disciplines: the Standard Relational Data Model, Unified POS, XML, and Standard RFPs. The National Retail Federation (NRF) will be having its next Big Show in January at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.  ARTS is targeting to release several new publications at this show and Cisco will be there sharing our latest solutions developed with our technology partners. Read More »

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