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We don’t just explore new markets. . . we win them.

Jack Welch famously said, “When you’re number four or five in a market, when number one sneezes, you get pneumonia. When you’re number one, you control your destiny.

Well we’re the big boy in the toddler room, and we’re passing around the germs.  The market is the digital signage market — small and young, yes, but with enormous potential.  As in more than $1.1 billion last year and growing at a 13.3% CAGR.

Frost and Sullivan recently published their highly-anticipated annual “Global Digital Signage Systems Market“, and it pegs Cisco at number one in the market with 14.2% of the market.   And this excludes displays used for corporate communication applications.  Here are a few more delectable tidbits:

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Don’t call our enterprise video customers innovative.

The WSJ reported on Wednesday that the word “innovation” is suffering from irrelevance due to overuse.  So I’m not going to call these customers “innovative”; instead, let’s call them cutting-edge, visionary, pioneering, creative, inspired.

On June 4, 2012, in Washington, D.C., Computerworld will recognize the achievements of the men, women, organizations and institutions around the world whose visionary applications of information technology promote positive social, economic and educational change as part of the Computerworld Honors Program.

We are extremely proud that two of our enterprise video customers are being recognized as Laureates at this year’s Gala:

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New Videocast Series: Can Your Enterprise Video Do This?

Enterprise video is truly becoming pervasive.  According to Gartner, 82 percent of business executives record business videos on a daily basis, and by 2016 large companies will stream more than 16 hours of video per worker each month.  

That’s a lot of video. But let’s face it – all enterprise video is not created equal.  So how do you increase the relevance of video instead of just adding it to the list of data people need to navigate through every day?

Join Cisco for a free videocast series that explores these issues and more.

This 3-part videocast series begins May 24 with a discussion of the latest video analytics technology.

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Cisco Pulse gets a pulse on the 2012 GOP debates: the power of voice recognition for video search

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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March Madness: physical security and virtualization are HOT!

Physical security has March Madness. And you might get it too, if you manage Cisco UCS and run video surveillance applications. Or if you attended ISC West this week in Vegas, where virtualization was all the buzz.

Our hot news is the virtualization of video surveillance on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). This has potentially profound implications on two big operational costs: data center management and safety and security operations.

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