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A Clear Case for Mobile Collaboration in Healthcare

In early April, I attended the HIMSS show in Chicago where I showcased our enhanced mobile collaboration applications. One of our solutions featured the Cisco Unified Personal Communicator application on newly Cisco certified Mobile Clinical Assistants (tablet PC’s designed for the healthcare environment) and the ability to share high bandwidth images over the Cisco 802.11n network. I also demonstrated the integration of location information made available by the Cisco WLAN on the Cisco 7925 Wireless IP phone. This information allows nurses to quickly locate medical equipment, patients and members of the healthcare team. Our demo’s generated a lot of interest and I was overwhelmed by the positive response from customers who agreed that these solutions would make a difference in the productivity of caregivers who are the backbone of the healthcare system. Read More »

Popcorn and the New Collaboration Effect

Every couple of quarters the Cisco mobility marketing team gets together to reflect on what went well and to plan for the rest of the year. This year, we met at a colleague’s home and brought in those who were not in California over WebEx. To provide an audio connection to WebEx, we turned to a Cisco Unified Wireless IP Phone 7925G connected back to the corporate office using Cisco Virtual Office. The 7925G worked remarkably well as a conference speaker phone, delivering crystal clear audio. But when a team member from Ohio was delivering her presentation, inexplicably, we noticed intermittent issues with the audio quality. Read More »

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Wi-Fi or Cellular: Is there one true medium for mobility?

With 3G cellular service becoming more pervasive both in the United States and across the globe, organizations often ask the question: Do I need Wi-Fi as part of my mobility strategy? The right answer is to use both Wi-Fi and cellular networks as valuable tools for mobilizing your workforce. Wi-Fi is useful when your organization needs more dedicated mobile bandwidth and wants to support high bandwidth enterprise tools like video. We’re all aware of the role that video has taken on the Internet: According to the comScore Video Metrix, 78.5% of US Internet users had viewed Internet video and over 14.3 billion videos were viewed by US users over the Internet in December 2008 alone. Within the enterprise, the consumption of video is expected to more than double by 2010, according to IDC. Video is clearly here to stay as a dominant media type on today’s networks and Wi-Fi is the medium to mobilize it within the enterprise. Read More »

PCI Compliant, More Secure and For Less Money?

Yes you can!Credit markets are still frozen, consumers are postponing non-staple purchase decisions, and the G20 are trying to figure out ways to stimulate the slumping global economy. You would think that between re-inventing merchandising strategy, creating enticing promotions to bring consumers back to stores, while in the meantime reducing operating expenses, would keep most retailers and businesses that process, transmit or store credit card information busy enough. However, now more than ever, you want to be in a position to attract customers into your stores and let them use whatever little credit they may have left without fear that their personal information will be compromised. More importantly, the credit card companies will see to that, by making sure you comply with PCI DSS 1.2.In this latest version of the standard, published in October 2008, requirement 11 specifies that companies must either perform quarterly scans of their networks or deploy intrusion detection and intrusion prevention system (IDS/IPS). When given an option most everyone will make a decision based entirely on cost -- and who would blame them? A simplified thought process along those lines would be something like: Read More »