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LeBron James Needs Cisco TelePresence

The helicopters are flying over Bath, Ohio and everyone is waiting for the big decision.  Yesterday LeBron James became the most celebrated free agent of our time, starting a multimillion dollar bidding war.  What will LeBron do?  Where will he go?  Will he stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers?  All I could think about last night was how he could really benefit from Cisco TelePresence.  I’d be happy to offer up our Richfield office TelePresence room so that he can have discussions with other teams and coaches.  

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New Integrated In-Building Cellular and Wi-Fi Solution Meets Demand for Borderless Mobility

The demand among organizations is growing for indoor Wi-Fi and cellular coverage that supports enterprise connectivity with no degradation of wireless services and offers a low total cost of ownership.

To meet this demand, Cisco and MobileAccess have announced a new Integrated In-Building Cellular and Wi-Fi Solution.  This innovative solution delivers a pervasive and reliable borderless mobility experience for both cellular and Wi-Fi networks by using an organization’s existing LAN infrastructure. 

This integrated solution cost-effectively distributes cellular RF signals inside buildings by using an organization’s existing Category 5/6 Ethernet cabling. This flexible approach lets organizations add cellular coverage and expand their Cisco Unified Wireless Network at a significantly lower installation cost and in less than half the deployment time of other in-building cellular solutions.

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Cius is…believing!

Five months ago when the Apple iPad launched, I asked a simple question.  Will the iPad make its way into the enterprise? My hypothesis was that the consumerization of IT would create the appropriate conditions where a consumer tablet could find use cases in the enterprise. Early signs are encouraging, particularly with collaboration applications such as Cisco WebEx available on that device.

Today Cisco announced Cius (“see us”, get it?), a business tablet meant to deliver on the promise of Cisco’s Collaboration, Virtualization and Borderless Networks architectures. If somehow you managed to land on this blog without first visiting I would encourage you to take a look at the cool launch video

As a mobility marketer this has gotten my attention for three reasons:

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Transforming the Schools of Tomorrow with High Performance Wireless

The transformation to a mobile learning environment is underway for today’s K-12 schools. In a generation, we’ve moved from pencil and paper, to the computer lab with static PCs, to a borderless mobility experience where students learn while using wireless-enabled devices, applications, and tools.

Using several Cisco case studies as a guide, I’ll address three major benefits of mobility and high performance 802.11n wireless for today’s K-12 schools.

1. Improvements in Learning. By far the most important benefit of wireless connectivity for schools is the enhancement of learning. Access to the Internet, web-based applications, and new multimedia learning environments from anywhere on campus puts the world at students’ fingertips, enabling innovative learning and better collaboration with fellow students and teachers.

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Do the Math and Save

In my prior life as a management consultant I was often asked to help my clients create business cases for investment in technology.  In most of these situations I had to deal with two groups of people: a) those that believed the investment in new technology would bring significant operational improvements/efficiencies, and b) those that questioned if and how those efficiencies would be achieved. 

As a marketer for Cisco’s wireless infrastructure my customers tend to fall in the first category, but time and time again they ask me “I get it, but how do I convince my CFO/Controller?”

In response to this need we asked Forrester to build an ROI calculator that would enable you, our customers, evaluate the return on investment a Cisco Unified Wireless Network provides. Forrester interviewed key Cisco customers to collect information about the savings and improvements an investment in wireless networking provided them, and compiled everything into a user friendly excel spreadsheet.  

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