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NHL’s press conference marks first time professional sports commissioner has utilized Cisco TelePresence to host multi-city gathering

On Tuesday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman used Cisco TelePresence technology to speak with reporters in NYC, San Jose and Toronto while in Palm Beach, Fla., during the NHL Board of Governors meeting.

This marked the first time that a professional sports commissioner has utilized Cisco TelePresence technology to host a multi-city press conference.

He opened the session by announcing the league had renewed and expanded a multiyear partnership with Cisco, which will feature our technology solutions in key video-dependent areas such as hockey operations, business operations, marquee events and direct-to-consumer applications.

Commissioner Bettman also announced that Flip video cameras will feature logos from all 30 NHL teams.

The NHL Flip video cameras are available to order here.

Videos from the event are featured below. Video blogs from Cisco’s Diane Dudeck, senior director of worldwide media and sports marketing, and David Lehanski, NHL Group Vice President, are also included. Read More »

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GE Innovation – Thinking Outside of the Box (or Should that be ‘Square’?)

December 2, 2010 at 10:06 am PST

As I’m focusing more on Collaboration and Innovation and less on Supply Chain these days, I thought I’d share a story of ‘Ideation with you for my opening blog.  That’s because it’s usually one of the first steps in the product development lifecycle, and makes chronological sense when discussing innovation. In later blogs I’ll share some of the subsequent steps – you know: Selection, Prototyping, Validation, Development and finally, Launch. Different companies use different terms and different processes, but all good products start out with a good idea.

Let me take you back in time for a moment. When I was eight years old I noticed that the local UK comic magazine that I bought on a weekly basis was running competitions for readers to submit puzzles for other readers to solve. I was attracted to the Secret Service game that was one of the prize options, but what was my idea? How was I going to win if I didn’t have a good idea? Well, I decided that I’d submit a match puzzle -- you know we actually had lots of matches in the 60’s! This puzzle isn’t hard (please remember I was eight years old) and looked something like the picture above. The question was “How do you make a square by adding just one more match and not moving the others?”

Anyway, fairly obvious that you make a square by placing a forth match adjoining the other three to make a square with the bases as in the next picture (click ‘read more’ when finished with this page to see how). Well, I had the pride of seeing my puzzle published and, more importantly for me, I actually won the Secret Service game! But that’s not the point… Read More »

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Welcome to the Manufacturing Industry Blog

Did you know that the Manufacturing Industry is one of Cisco’s biggest sectors served, greater than 10% of overall revenues? You probably know that Cisco has historically served the Enterprise IT and Network buying centers of most manufacturing companies around the globe, but did you know that Cisco has the same business magnitude as Rockwell Automation, Emerson Process Management and Honeywell Process Systems within the manufacturing industry?

That’s because over the past decade we’ve pushed the relevance of Cisco well beyond the concerns of the networking engineer and are now leading the dialogue, solutions and innovations for manufacturers’ lines of business—crossing the entire value chain and ecosystems that compose a manufacturing enterprise. With a complement of collaboration, virtualization and video service architectures that we provide over the network, Cisco has proven to be a trusted partner for manufacturers, transforming their businesses and creating long-term competitive advantage through new models for customer growth, product and business innovation, agility and operational excellence.

Welcome to Cisco’s online presence for the Manufacturing industry,
one of Cisco’s largest vertical business segments.

So what can you expect from this blog? Who are the people contributing, and what are their backgrounds? What are Cisco’s views and opinions about the manufacturing Industry? Why would you be interested?                                                            Read More »

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Making TelePresence Even Better: Announcing the First Commercially Available Interexchange Cisco TelePresence Service

Metcalfe’s law, an iconic principle in networking, states that the value of a network is proportional by the square number of endpoints it has. In essence, the more people on the network, the more valuable it is. In part, that’s what made the PSTN so valuable…everybody used to have a fixed phone…and it’s what makes the mobile network so valuable now since every one over 14 definitely has one with many households sporting multiple ones…and it’s the driving force behind the momentum of Cisco TelePresence.

Today AT&T and BT announced the first commercially available interexchange Cisco TelePresence service . With Inter-Provider Cisco TelePresence, it’s possible to connect disparate enterprise networks over different SP networks for real-time Cisco TelePresence meetings in a highly secure, consistent, and transparent manner.

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$50 Visa Gift Card Question of the Week: How Would You Personalize Your ūmi Video Message?

Everyone has their own way of customizing their answering machine. Remember the episode of Seinfeld where George Costanza revealed his personalized answering machine to the world?

With Cisco ūmi, you can be even more creative than ever before and customize your own video message. You can have fun recording personalized outgoing messages and share them on Facebook, YouTube or via email. You can also assign your friends and family custom ringtones. Plus, if you’re on the “go,” video messages can be checked from your laptop!

If someone doesn’t pick up using Cisco ūmi, leave them a message…a video message!

Congratulations to Cisco ūmi 50 for 50 WINNER from last week- Jacqueline Griffin! We will be contacting you via email to give you your gift card!

Here’s the $50 Visa Gift card question of the week. Please comment with your name, email and in 50 words or less. Sweepstakes for this period starts from today until next Sunday, December 5 2010 at 11:59PM PST. We will announce the winner next Monday, at 9:00AM PST with the next opportunity to win a $50 Visa Gift Card. For official rules, please click here.

Tell us in 50-words or less, what would your personalized ūmi video message say?

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