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Inner-city Schools Concert Inspires, Engages Kids

The bright hot autumn sun burned down into Compton, California – right onto the shoulders of a busy nine year-old boy. The boy was respectful, working on hurrying up his chores for his mother so he could play ball with friends.  The boy eyed the last pile of leaves and thought “last one, then I’m done”. He heaved the rake over the pile and pulled back – and stiffened in shock as the rake revealed two automatic hand guns, still warm, hidden in the leaves.

To this day Fred Martin does not like leaves.  Buried under high piles of leaves are where the Compton gangs he grew up with hid their guns – at the safe house of “the Church family” – Fred’s family. The police never searched there; his father was a minister. Soon enough at ten years age Fred, a music prodigy, found himself playing organ in church on Sunday mornings – he later figured the music carried him away from the leaves.

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Two Partners Offer Advice on How to Drive Sales with the Cius and AppHQ

“Use it. Know it. Sell it.” That’s what Ken Snyder, emerging technology solutions manager at partner CDW, has to say about the Cisco Cius, the ultra-portable enterprise tablet that’s changing the way that businesses work.

With its integrated Wi-Fi, 4G data, 720p HD video, and interoperability with Cisco TelePresence systems, not to mention its inclusion of one-click access to WebEx meetings and AppHQ, the new application ecosystem built specifically for Cius, the Cius can be a powerful tool that can help customers collaborate and work from remote locations, both seamlessly and securely.

The Cius enables multiple opportunities for partners to drive sales, offer professional services and expand their customer base, according to Richard McLeod, Cisco’s senior director of collaboration sales in the Worldwide Partner Organization. He says there are opportunities for partners to upgrade their customers’ networks, particularly since it cuts across Cisco’s technology architectures: Collaboration, Data Center and Virtualization, and Borderless Networks.

And that’s definitely what I heard when I chatted with Ken, as well as with Steve Reese, director of solutions marketing for partner Nexus IS, Inc., about their experiences using the Cius and selling it to customers. Ken and Steve also offered advice to partners looking to include in the Cius in their portfolio.

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UC Management Anti-Hero

June 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm PST

Laura PowersWelcome to the Shownotes for TechWiseTV 92 -- Unified Communications Management Made Simple.  If you have not seen the show yet -- you can do so by going to http://www.techwisetv.com (please subscribe to our YouTube channel by the way) or, if you are the more ‘reclined’ type like me…keep reading, you will find the show embedded below the fold.

Before I go on -- there are some workshops to check out -- these are the awesome one-on-one interactive opportunities most often hosted by our chief geek Jimmy Ray: Check out ciscoworkshops.com for the latest.

This show has us going into Network Management again which is always of more interest than we initially projected -- and, like we do with all our shows, we made an attempt at a theme…something we felt would resonate with our technically inclined audience.  This is where our ‘anti-hero’ direction came from.  Now why would anyone diss on hero’s?

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Cisco Cius: Customers Share their Perspective on Why They Need an Enterprise Tablet

From security features to the new AppHQ, I could talk for hours about why the Cisco Cius is the only tablet in the market truly built for businesses (in fact, I did this morning). Earlier this year, we heard from Nottingham University Hospitals about how the Cisco Cius and Nervecentre Software helped them cut costs and improve patient safety.

Today, I’d like to showcase some additional Cisco Cius customers, sharing how they use the Cius in day-to-day business practices to streamline customer interactions, accelerate sales and enhance collaboration.

Palomar Pomerado Health

Healthcare leaders are always looking for ways to improve patient care and speed time to treatment. When a physician receives a call about a patient, their first step is to review the patient’s medical record. Palomar Pomerado Health built the MIAA (Medical Information, Anytime, Anywhere) app on the Cisco Cius so its physicians can easily look up medical records and access the patient care team directly from the tablet wherever they are (be it at home, at the hospital or on-the-go).

Physicians can also click-to-video with a nurse, other doctors or even the patient streamlining the need for everyone to be in the same location. In an industry like healthcare, security is an absolute must. With the Cius, Palomar Pomerado Health is able to cut through the complexities of accessing patient data stored in multiple locations and provide secure and quick access to other healthcare specialists. The business-class security embedded in the Cius ensures confidence that patient data is safe and sound – and allows Palomar to leave all worries at the door.

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Flexible Work Schedules Require a “Flexible” Office

Today’s “office” is vastly different from what it was even 10 years ago.

Workers are no longer bound by their stationary desktops and LAN lines, but “offices” are literally set up anywhere with laptops, “smart” devices (tablets and smart phones) and Internet connections. Just as offices are easily set up anywhere, at any time, so should business collaboration solutions be as easily accessible.

Today, Orange Business Services launched their new Unified Communications “as a service” (UCaaS) model, or “Business Together as a Service.” This new portfolio of tools, which is based on Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS), includes telephony, unified messaging, IM with presence and conferencing. One of the key benefits of this new cloud-based model is that it gives employees access to UC applications on the fly whether they’re looking to do a brainstorm from a coffeehouse or a last minute conference call while waiting for their flight.

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