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Medianet at Cisco Live London

Last week, Cisco hosted another fantastic Cisco Live Europe in London. Over 6000 people were in attendance during the event this time around and this was very visible in the crowds in the world of solutions as well as the class rooms.

Also very visible, was the growing impact of video not only in the lives of the people attending but also the networks that they are building and caring for. I talked to a very passionate video conferencing administrator that proudly described how video conferencing technology has been saving lives on offshore oil platforms by connecting nurses with medical specialists. The network quality and transmission is critical in these cases and the case for video (for a variety of applications) is driving a re-evaluation of how the network could be designed and optimized. The next day I talked with a network operator that was struggling to deliver on a mandate from management to provide video conferencing and town hall type meetings to an already stretched thin network.

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Tips on Maintaining a Productive Telework Environment

Do you work from home or on the road often? Do you love “work from home Fridays” where you can drink your coffee in your sweats while responding to emails? So do we. Working remotely saves hours of time on the road that can be better spent getting the kids ready for school or taking that early morning conference call and then immediately hopping on your laptop to work. We also know that teleworking can be great for a more flexible lifestyle but it can also present some challenges if managers do not set expectations of what is expected and if teleworkers don’t create productive work habits.  

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Video in the Cloud

The projected growth of Internet video is significant. Today, Internet video accounts for more than 50 percent of consumer Internet traffic. The explosion of video traffic across many devices, and the need to access content from anywhere at any time is driving the need for cloud-based networks and the popular applications and content they support.

Cloud-based networks can offer consumers greater mobility, wider accessibility and the robust performance needed for high quality video experiences. With an Internet connection, cloud computing makes it possible to experience video on many different devices, from virtually anywhere, anytime.

The strength and power of cloud computing makes the video transition to cloud-enabled networks a better option for not only Service Providers but consumers as well. Consumers can expect increased performance, higher capacity, better access and a seamless experience when their services are based in the cloud.

Cloud’s limitless accessibility for end users coupled with the advantages of cloud data centers for network operators and enterprises offer the technology and solutions to transform and accelerate Internet video delivery and consumption in the near future.

Are you ready for video in a global cloud?

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Awards Abound for WTAMU and CIO James Webb

West Texas A&M University was recently named in the U.S. News and World Report Top 20 for both Technology and Student Services, while WTAMU CIO James Webb was recently named to ComputerWorld’s 2012 Premier 100 IT Leaders list. This program will honor the top 100 IT and business leaders that have shown exceptional leadership and innovation in IT strategy and planning at a conference to be held in Phoenix, AZ in March 2012.

WTAMU has deployed multiple Cisco Enterprise Video technologies, including digital signage, physical security and media experience engine.

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Interactive Video Transforming Teaching and Learning

Cisco recently hosted two customer roundtable discussions on the topic of “interactive video and how is being used in teaching and learning” for K-12 and higher education. There has been much interest in the benefits of using video in teaching and learning,  and as schools, colleges and universities are adopting it more broadly to expand curriculum options,  we are seeing a positive impact on student outcomes. K12 moderator, Alan November, discusses how the  “flipped classroom” model is improving student test scores and the role of video technology as a key enabler.

It’s well worth your time to listen to these very interesting discussions and best practices sharing with our panelists:

  • K-12 Schools: Dr. Susan Holliday, Education Technology Director, Capistrano Unified School District, and Matt Grose, Deer River Public Schools, hosted by Alan November, November Learning
  • Higher Education: Link Alexander, Vice Chancellor Technology Services, Lone Star College System, and James Web, CIO, West Texas A& M University, hosted by John Halpin, Center for Digital Education
  • Cisco Director of Engineering, Chris Barwick, discusses Cisco Lecture Vision and  state-of-the-art technologies available from Cisco to capture, transform and share class lectures

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