Consider me a weekend warrior of the DIY home-improvement world. My projects are likely laughable (in scope and outcome) in the eyes of the professionals, but if that’s the case, they’re not invited to my next barbeque. So there.
Granted, I sometimes experience delusions of grandeur as I envision transforming my fixer-upper into a quaint Sunset magazine-worthy before/after feature. Norm Abram will never worry about me usurping his reputation, but I like fixing things when they break and looking at something I’ve improved and knowing I did it.
I can swing a hammer and even use a tile saw, but most projects involve a lot of learning and asking questions along the way. Sometimes that’s a bit of a process – finding the answers I need or the people who have them. Read More »
Cisco has often touted our vision of delivering any video to any device, any where. Today, we are continuing that vision by extending enhanced collaboration capabilities to any digital sign or video endpoint. Cisco is introducing new products as part of Cisco Interactive Services, to transform any digital sign into a highly interactive display by delivering targeted, customized rich media content such as video, collaboration applications and Web pages and Web applications.
With these new innovations, you can now walk up to a touchscreen digital sign, browse through a variety of content to find the information you need that is most relevant to you, and access a remote expert to talk live if you have questions or need additional help. Today’s announcement is part of a larger evolution in the digital signage market, as digital signs move from just static displays to more dynamic video endpoints that become a medium for two-way communication. Customers across the world, in verticals such as retail and transportation, are now able to leverage these capabilities to create a more personal experience for their users and provide easy access to more information.
Interested in learning more? Head on over to our Video blog to see a video by the Director of Marketing for Cisco’s Enterprise Video Solutions, Erica Schroeder, and find out more details about today’s announcement and new digital signage customers.
Since my blog Where Will You Be April 26, 2012? Girls and Women in ICT, posted on January 24 2012, Cisco has been preparing for a very active April 26 2012 Girls in ICT day. I must assert that many Cisco offices already engage in Girls Day activities throughout the year and that Cisco takes this issue very seriously.
Examples in the past include Job Shadow day hosted by Cisco for example in France:
We are just days away from the world’s largest international trade show dedicated to digital signage, interactive technology, and Out-of-Home networks. The Digital Signage Expo (DSE) show is being held in Las Vegas from March 6th – 9th and with the rapid evolution of the digital signage market, I am very excited to attend this year’s show.
Come visit Cisco in booth 1011 and see first-hand the latest innovations from Cisco and its ecosystem partners. From video walls, to live streaming on a digital sign, to engaging interactivity see how Cisco Digital Signage Solutions bring new and innovative experiences to life. While you are at the booth, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win an iPhone 4S! Read More »
Public Sector customers continue to debate the trade-offs of prioritizing lowest price switching, point product solutions, over designing and deploying Cisco network architecture solutions which provide a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
On February 23, 2012, Deloitte Consulting presented the findings of an in-depth research study that examines the operational, financial, and risk factors associated with the use of single-vendor and multivendor approaches in different types of complex networks which may be viewed here along with the report itself.
They key findings are summarized in the following 7 items:
Within the context of total IT spending, the use of single-vendor or multivendor architectures does not present material cost differences on a long-term basis. Initial cost savings realized in multivendor network implementations are mitigated by the incremental operating costs over the life of the equipment.
Enterprise networks are considered critical production systems, key to business operations. Networks must be managed with an appropriate operational risk perspective.
Customers prefer a single vendor to be responsible for all network components and services. The operational risk associated with network support, not the cost, is the primary factor when influencing the decisions to use single or multivendor architectures.
Staffing costs are not significantly impactedby the use of multiple vendors; it is more influenced by the mix of functions supported and the types of network services provided.
Using products from different vendors can bring down initial costs for certain products, but adds higher operating risk in service, support, and operational integration.
The use of multiple networking vendors introduces additional operational riskbased on the need for customers to assume increased risks for integration, interoperability and support.
When using multiple vendors’ products, customers frequently do not recognize the interdependencies of functionality, long-term costs, and impact on operational risks
And be sure to watch Director of Public Sector Systems Engineering, Dave West on youtube present his version of why low-cost, ” Good Enough” Switching is not Good Enough for Public Sector Customers looking for a reliable, secure, highly available, well supported and investment protected network.