This next segment of our statistics series will make you think (again!) about the ever-increasing volume of traffic moving over your network. With the bandwidth and storage demands of business video and unified communications tools, this topic is more timely than ever.
With the consumerization of IT in the workforce today, businesses are spending more and more time chasing down support for virtually unlimited types of devices. From iPads, to PCs, Macs to Android devices, every day seems to introduce a new device that employees want to use.
By decoupling applications from operating systems, we can deliver information securely to virtually any device today – and devices that have yet to be introduced – without significant effort. With virtual collaboration, applications can run on devices such as iPads, Cius tablets, zero client backpacks, PCs, and Macs transparently. Applications such as WebEx Connect can run in a virtual environment, yet still control physical phone devices on the user desktop.
Nexus experts understand the data center, borderless network, and collaboration elements involved in delivering applications to any device safely and securely. This demo we recently gave at Cisco Live shows you the first phases of virtual collaboration, and where the technology is headed:
Today Cisco sent an inaugural partner newsletter on their Digital Media Suite. The first story in the lineup directed our attention to this press release where Cisco announced that Frost & Sullivan has named them the new worldwide market-share leader in digital signage software in the firm’s forthcoming report, “World Digital Signage Systems Market.”
The release goes on to say that today, more than 3,000 customers in 85 countries have deployed Cisco Digital Signs technology in such industries as retail, financial services, healthcare, education, hospitality, and sports and entertainment.
- More than 50 percent of the top 20 global banks
- Four of the top five global retailers
- More than 300 higher education institutions
- More than 150 K-12 school districts
- More than 20 sporting stadiums worldwide
It’s no wonder so many organizations use digital signage technology. A comprehensive offering of social video, digital signs and IPTV systems can help transform how an organization learns, grows, communicates and collaborates. Scalable, centralized management and publishing tools now deliver high-quality video content to networked digital signage displays.
Digital media solutions enable you to:
- Deliver high-definition sales and marketing information, event broadcasts and training
- Provide directional information and customer service notices
- Update staff and customers with important announcements in real time
The beauty of digital signage systems when they are deployed on a network is the ease and centralization of management. No one has to remember to turn on or off an individual unit, pop in a new DVD or change the content on a specific day, or locate and update content locally. Gone are the days of duplicating DVDs and sending them around to various departments or locations to be displayed on individual signs.
Now from one central location, management can control and broadcast up-to-the-minute messages throughout an organization. Hospitals, hotels, universities and government agencies all use digital signage for directional messaging. Schools and universities use the technology to broadcast messaging and announcements about upcoming events. Retailers use them to broadcast advertising and marketing messages in a consistent and controlled way. Businesses use digital signage for corporate announcements and trainings. And any organization could immediately switch their standard messaging from the central management console to broadcasting instructions or evacuation plans in case of a disaster or emergency.
The advantages of network-managed digital signage are obvious, and the number of business uses is endless. Give some thought to how digital signage could make your organization more efficient.