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Big Business from Big Data

“Dad, how many mobile phones were sold last year in the whole world?”

“Is this a trick question? Well, there are about 7 billion human beings on earth. Assuming every…”

“No, no—give me a number.”

“Well, I am not 100 percent sure. How many do you think were sold?”

“1.75 billion.”

“How do you know?”

“Dad—it’s on the Internet!”

My 10-year-old daughter left the room, triumphantly. I looked after her—admittedly feeling a little bit jealous. I wanted to be 10 years old again, too. I’d like to grow up with access to any information, available at any time, at the touch of a button. And this is only the beginning. Soon, tailored information will be provided to us proactively, before we even know what to ask for.

It’s easy to forget how incredibly rapid technological development has been. The true uptake of the Internet happened only about 15 years ago. Think about what would happen if your family had to spend an entire week without being connected to the Internet and the constant global interactions to which we have grown accustomed. The next ”big thing” is always around the corner, waiting to disrupt everything we take for granted today.

So what will be the next big thing in technology? This is a topic of endless debate on the Internet, at dinners with friends, and in the trade press, with the discussion often descending deep into the weeds of architectures, capabilities, protocols, and standards. However, for a business executive, the only thing that really matters is the business impact. The only relevant business question is ultimately, “How can I improve my business performance enabled by technology?”

Big Business from Big Data - FINAL

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Cisco TelePresence Is Dead. Long Live Cisco TelePresence!

A high five to Zeus Kerravala for hitting the nail on the head in his response to a recent Forbes article predicting the demise of telepresence as we know it. Here’s the key quote:

“The real question to be asked here is whether there is enough innovation left in telepresence to allow Polycom and Cisco to stay ahead of the commodity curve, and I think the answer to that is yes.”

Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as a dancing elephant.  Why, just a mere five or so years ago, telepresence was just a twinkle in John Chamber’s eye.  Allow me to meander down memory lane. . .

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Is Anyone Out There Using Video Analytics?

What is video analytics?  Why do I need it?  Is anyone actually using it? Join us for a videocast on May 24th for answers to these questions and more.  Learn how Moffitt Cancer Center has implemented an enterprise  video content solution including video analytics to increase the usage and relevance of video throughout the organization. Didier Moretti, Vice President & General Manager, Emerging Technologies Group, Cisco will explain how to analyze the content of video and enable users to search, navigate, share and recommend content.  Register now.

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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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Video Analytics: The key to unlocking the value of video

Video is a big part of our daily lives, and it is fast emerging as a significant presence in the workplace as well. A recent study by Cisco’s IBSG team shows that two out of three business executives already watch employee-created videos at least once a week. They comment on the video, recommend it or forward it on to other colleagues. But even as video makes it easier to do business, it generates more information for us to process and sort.  How can we make it simpler for people to hone in on the information within videos that they need?

Video Analytics is the answer. Watch the video below to find out why.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve67ezli_zA

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