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Cisco Completes Acquisition of NDS

I’m thrilled to announce that we have completed our acquisition of NDS.  As we said when we announced our intent to acquire NDS back on March 15, the Cisco strategy has always been driven by customer need and on capturing market transitions. This acquisition is a textbook example — the addition of NDS’s leading software solutions, combined with its systems integration expertise, will accelerate the delivery of Cisco Videoscape.

NDS is a leader in video software solutions and content security for Pay TV markets with a broad portfolio of products and service integration capabilities.  Cisco is a leader in networked video with its architectural approach, breadth of portfolio, network expertise, ability to scale for millions of users, and investments in innovation. Together, Cisco and NDS have Read More »

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Summary: John Lewis Changes the Face of Shop Operations by Using Video

When John Lewis (JL), a leading U.K. retailer, faced challenges with running its new, geographically distributed at home shops, Cisco IBSG knew that the problems could be solved through the innovative use of video technology.

Working with John Lewis CIO Paul Coby, Cisco IBSG and JL picked two critical concepts to pilot for the core retail use cases:

  1.  High-definition, real-time video conferencing based in each store for communicating among the at home shops, and between the shops and head office
  2. A video portal for sharing and viewing videos on demand (via each shop’s PCs)

The pilot’s results proved the value and the business case for video in shops, including estimated annual savings of 28,000 man-hours across the eight shops, and estimated annual travel savings of 20 percent to date.

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John Lewis Changes the Face of Shop Operations by Using Video

When John Lewis, a leading U.K. retailer, faced challenges with running its new, geographically distributed at home shops, Cisco IBSG knew that the problems could be solved through the innovative use of video technology. Within the retail industry, video collaboration has historically been regarded as a head-office capability, with the notion that video and mobile technology at the shop level were both too expensive to implement and too complex to use. This was an opportunity to prove otherwise and create a retail industry first.

 Maggie Porteous, head of at home for John Lewis, was challenged with helping the new teams get to know the new shop format and with bringing them together to share learnings and improve operations. And while she wanted the dispersed shop teams to be able to work together, frequent travel was time-consuming, costly, and, most important, meant time away from serving customers. 

 Working with John Lewis CIO Paul Coby, we chose two critical concepts to pilot for the core retail use cases:

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Reinventing the TV Experience

As the eyes of the world focus on London for the next two weeks, we expect to see a significant amount of media coverage around the role social media and online viewing are playing in shifting TV viewing habits.  Cisco is helping reinvent that TV experience with our Videoscape platform, which provides the technology to create a personalized and interactive multiscreen experience. We’re also a partner of NBC in a pretty cool demonstration around the future of TV at the Olympics.

This week, Cisco’s David Hsieh and Yoav Schreiber hosted a webcast to discuss how shifting consumer media consumption habits are having an impact on the business models of everyone in the business. They also delve into how Videoscape is allowing content owners, aggregators and service providers to compete in the emerging multi-screen market.

Check out the webcast here.

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Video Conferencing is Free and Seamless in WebEx Meetings

In WebEx Meetings, we have a feature that allows you to video conference that easily mimics the ebb and flow of natural conversation. We call it Active Speaker.

Get your free WebEx Meetings account today.

Active Speaker pushes the video image of the person speaking to lead position so you can actually follow the conversation via webcam. This means the person talking is the one you see featured.

This works especially well in theatre mode. In the screen shot below, you can see Wolfe Blizter’s video image is featured above the others because he’s the one talking (this was during a CNN election event earlier in the year). In this case he has four other guests (you can get up to six*) shown in the view. As you talk, the featured adapts and changes to show who is talking (watch this video to learn more).

This is a fun, lively way to host an online discussion – with everyone engaged using their web cams. Now you can let the conversation take the lead – brainstorm, negotiate, laugh.

Once you get your account, be sure to turn on your camera.

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