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Modcomp and Cisco Join Forces for Final Presidential Debate

October 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm PST

This week South Florida’s Lynn University was taken over by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) for the final debate of presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Moderated by chief Washington correspondent for CBS News and Face the Nation moderator, Bob Schieffer, this debate was critical for the final polling outcome. Just on the Sunday prior to the event a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showed the race tied.

Cisco is proud to say that it took part in the behind the scenes. Lynn University partnered with longtime Cisco partner Modcomp to provide a secure environment for all data center and voice communications during the debate. Modcomp and Cisco beat out seven other firms vying for the opportunity. Lynn worked with Cisco and Modcomp to design solutions for the short term that could also serve the university in the long term so that the school is not simply buying technology for a single-time use.

Our Director of Government Strategies & Healthcare, Cassie Roach, recently discussed Cisco’s participation in the debate and how Cisco is enabling Lynn to bring the debate directly to voters. Cisco has extensive experience in providing products and services for events requiring reliability, flexibility, and scalability in their networks, including the London Olympics and each of the last three Democratic and Republication National Conventions.

Lynn, Modcomp and Cisco used technology and tools to scale live access and broaden the reach of the debate; this is the infrastructure Cisco provides. Specifically, the solution architecture included real-time intrusion detection and prevention, Network Access Control, self-provisioning guest portals, network monitoring and segmentation, and policy and bandwidth management and enforcement. The result:  A successful debate that allowed Lynn to meet the CPD’s stringent requirements and bring real-time communications and an unmatched user experience to voters.

Just how many resources went into this debate? The Miami Herald reported that more than 70 miles of cable was laid across the campus to broadcast the debate and pre and post shows. Additionally, nearly 3,500 media were credentialed to cover the debate.

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In Between the Numbers: Some Truths About “Showrooming”

May 7, 2012 at 9:06 am PST

 There’s a lot of buzz in industry circles these days about the impact of “showrooming” on brick-and-mortar brands. Witness the excellent overview by Ann Zimmerman in the April 11 US edition of the Wall Street Journal, “Can Retailers Halt ‘Showrooming?’”

 Ms. Zimmerman notes the anti-showrooming efforts of such retailers as Target and Walmart, and the challenge of meeting-and-beating pure play pricing and assortment breadth.

 And, she also gets to the core of the issue: It’s not about competition between stores and pure play websites. It’s about competition between the websites of brick-and-mortar brands, and the websites of the pure plays.

 We live in the era of Google, an era of web-based search, an era where just about any detail of just about anything can be found on the Internet. Studies of recent shopper behavior show a steady climb in the number of US shoppers who begin their purchase journey with online research. Nearly two-thirds of US adults do so regularly.

 The Internet is the front door to all retail brands these days – not just the pure plays. It’s where shoppers are initially won or lost – and where store traffic is increasingly generated.

 This means two things to brick-and-mortar brands:

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Telepresence A Must for the Virtual Worker

November 7, 2011 at 6:34 am PST

I already passed along some tips for making conference calls more productive and pleasant using telepresence… so I thought I’d share with you an example of the successful video conference call in action.

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Sarah Max reported on CUNA Mutual Group, a financial services provider with an 80-person sales force spread throughout the country—and in large part working remotely. CUNA relies on video technology for regular meetings, including their annual cocktail reception. Employees enjoy drinks and refreshments they provide for themselves at home, but through video still interact and get to know each other personally. No uncomfortable heels or last-minute shoe shines required in order to impress! Read More »

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