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Clean Diesel: Marketing Nonsense or Viable Alternative?

When confronted with marketing of any kind, I find myself becoming increasingly skeptical. The incentive for misrepresenting the truth (i.e. lying) is massive, and repercussions seemingly nonexistent. This is particularly true in scenarios where a product or service has a very pervasive reputation and the provider of that product or service begins ...

Managing the Customer Shift to Online Channels

Customers are taking control of their relationships with companies, and that is having a profound impact on the Customer Experience. Customers want immediate, thorough, and successful omni-channel customer care. They use Web self-service, mobile apps, and social media before contacting customer service. When customers do reach out to companies, the...

NEC launch's UNIVERGE SV9000 Series

NEC released its newest UC solution, the UNIVERGE SV9000 series which is an update of its existing portfolio of SV8000 series. Similar to the SV8000 series, the SV9000 series comes in 3 variants, starting with SV9100 that is focused on SMB segment, the SV9300 that is focused on mid-market and finally SV9500 that is targeted at large and very large...

Connecting Customers to Connected Devices/Internet of Things

Each day more products and services are becoming connected to each other, to customers, and to employees. Appliances, equipment, furnaces, dimmers, thermostats, machinery, medical devices, earbuds, watches, and vehicles, to name just a few, transmit and receive important information and instructions in real-time over the Internet. Frost & Sullivan ...

Cisco Seeks to Compete More Squarely with Microsoft and Google

At Collaboration Summit this week, Cisco made a host of announcements sending a clear message – it is looking to simplify collaboration by changing how it innovates and brings its next generation products to market. Cisco is focused on removing the traditional barriers to meetings by eliminating the silos between audio, video and web conferencing t...

Problems with the Sharing Economy - Is peer-to-peer (P2P) fundamentally broken?

Uber, Airbnb, and a host of other companies have capitalized on a new business model, enabled by our increasingly connected world. Called peer-to-peer (P2P), the sharing economy, or collaborative consumption, this model allows people to sell their own goods and services through an exchange to other individuals, while the hosting company keeps a per...

Getting Engaged and Experienced in Vegas

WOW. What happens in Vegas: I’m writing about it, and analyzing it. Ok, before anyone goes scrambling for legal counsel and/or relationship counsel-ing, what I’m analyzing is Sitecore Symposium 2014 in Las Vegas: a slickly-produced conference with, I’m guessing, judging by the chock-full keynote hall, +/- 2,000 attendees. The event featured multi...

Lockheed, give me something I can believe - There’s just no evidence of any fusion breakthrough

                I’m a nuclear energy nerd. This has been established. So when Lockheed Martin announced a breakthrough in the design of a fusion reactor small enough to fit on the back of an 18-wheeler, I was the most excited person in my office. And amongst my friends. Pretty sure I was obnoxious about it.                 The people who develop a...

Beating Ebola and Cancer with rats and bats - Evolution is the ultimate bio lab

In the wake of the deadliest outbreak of Ebola in recorded human history, scientists and doctors are scrambling to bring effective quarantine measures into place. After the current wave of this pretty terrifying disease is quelled (assuming it is), our focus will shift from containment and mitigation to a long-term cure. There are several species w...

Cisco Connect 2014, Singapore – Through the eyes of an Analyst

Event Overview On Friday, 10th Oct 2014, Cisco Connect 2014 was held at the Sheraton Towers in Singapore. The event showcased solutions and product offerings of both Cisco and its partners including EMC2, Dimension Data, Citrix, Vmware, NEC, Netapp, and Logicalis. It was a great opportunity for various industry participants and the analyst communi...

Plantronics: Supercharging the Customer Service Center

I had the pleasure of attending Plantronics’ Customer Launch event; ‘Supercharging the Customer Service Center’, the week of October 1st in Scottsdale. It was great to see the reactions on customer’s faces as they were introduced not only to a new family of great headsets, but some pretty revolutionary software advancements that solve some knotty c...

Cisco Connect 2014 and the way ahead: An analyst opinion

Cisco Connect 2014 and the way ahead An analyst opinion   Event overview The recently conducted Cisco Connect 2014 (October 2nd 2014 in Kuala Lumpur) was a customer-focused event with many Cisco partners as well as Cisco itself showcasing their capabilities. This event was more focused on proposing the business value of the solutions than just ...

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