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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Certification portfolio updates and expansions help learners prepare for in-demand job roles and enable organizations to stay ahead of talent gaps

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Internet of Everything (IoE) continues to bring together people, processes, data and things at an unparalleled rate. As IT organizations adapt to address new opportunities, success increasingly depends on whether IT and networking professionals gain the knowledge and skills essential to fulfill evolving industry job roles. Today, Cisco announced a major revision of the CCNP® Routing and Switching certification; introduced specialist certifications pertaining to network programmability, the Internet of Things (IoT) and business transformation; and revealed other enterprise solutions training in collaboration. These offerings help enterprise professionals overcome challenges surrounding technology transitions and the demands for producing stronger business outcomes.

Dramatic technology transitions, business pressures for higher productivity, and the rising globalization and consumerization of IT are reshaping the nature of network and IT infrastructure job roles and associated skills. Technology innovations in automation, analytics and software-defined networking will result in systems that are easier to deploy, operate and evolve. Reskilling and comprehensive staff education across technical and business disciplines are also needed to manage risks and deliver innovative solutions for business transformation. Finally, continuous and extensive collaboration, within IT groups and among IT and Line of Business employees, are required to create superior IT-driven business outcomes.

Today’s launch underscores Cisco’s commitment to delivering high-impact certification and training programs for IT and OT networking professionals and learners. New offerings help workers gain capabilities essential for performing critical activities now, while also building the expertise needed to successfully perform future IT, OT and networking roles.

CCNP Routing and Switching Certification:

    As enterprises evolve to accommodate market and technology transitions, the role of the traditional network engineer will also transform. The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Routing and Switching certification update is designed to keep pace with evolving job roles. The updates will provide learners with more current and forward looking educational topics, such as IPv6 addressing workforce mobility and the proliferation of Internet-connected devices while supporting network scale and accommodating the continued growth of IoE.

Network Programmability Specialists:

    Open networks have become an integral part of IT conversations globally. As this technology evolves, the opening up of the network and the network’s virtualization will help organizations focus more on automation, creating new job roles while making routine networking tasks easier.

    Business Application Engineer, Network Application Developer, Network Programmability Design Specialist and Network Programmability Engineer job roles are emerging in the marketplace. To help enterprises benefit further from automation and keep pace with the changes involved in network design and operation, Cisco is introducing four Network Programmability Specialist certifications. These job-role oriented accreditations support technical staff in more closely integrating networking with business applications.

Cisco Industrial Networking Specialist:

    The convergence of Information and Operational Technologies is expanding IP Networking and Ethernet connectivity on the industrial plant floor. This creates demand for skilled professionals who understand three-way interactions among IT, networking and traditional control systems. Control system engineers and plant technicians will need to be reskilled on networking in order to do their jobs without stoppages or downtime.

    In order to help scale IoT, it is currently estimated that 220,000 IT/OT engineers are needed every year. The Cisco Industrial Networking Specialist Certification is the first step that Cisco and its partners are taking to address the skills gap challenge in the IoT arena.

Cisco Enterprise IT Business Specialist:

    Most technology initiatives are driven by an underlying business goal. Organizations are transforming business models and creating new digital strategies to maintain a competitive advantage, drive growth, gain flexibility and manage risk. CIOs and their HR staff seek technology professionals who understand business priorities, can maximize the financial benefits from IT investments and have the ability to communicate in terms familiar to business decision-makers. Certified Enterprise IT Business Specialists are able to distinguish themselves among peers, as effective role models who drive IT-enabled business transformation.
    The Cisco Enterprise IT Business Specialist certification provides technical candidates with a holistic set of skills. Related training helps mid-level IT professionals make stronger contributions to business-focused activities and decisions. Candidates gain knowledge and techniques enabling them to better understand how to define, design, implement and support IT projects, either within central IT or a Line of Business unit. The certification validates that candidates can understand business needs, appreciate the financial costs and benefits of an IT solution, identify actions to gain broader adoption of IT capabilities, plus influence and communicate effectively with business leaders.

Cisco Unified Contact Center Enterprise Training:

    In order to deliver the most efficient and effective IT-driven business outcomes, collaboration within the IT organization and between IT and business employees will be required. The Cisco Unified Contact Center Enterprise (UCCE) v10.0 Training helps learners to design, configure and deploy a leading and effective customer collaboration solution with integrated cloud and mobility features and APIs.

Supporting Quotes:

    Zeus Kerravala, founder and principal analyst, ZK Research: “Cisco’s approach to technology innovation in the areas of automation, analytics and software-defined networking, or network programmability, results in systems that will be easier for organizations to deploy, operate, use and evolve. Following this innovation with comprehensive staff education, across both technical and business disciplines, will ensure IT organizations are getting the most from every IT staff member, as well as the technical systems and business processes they direct.”

    Gary Pearsons, vice president and general manager, Customer Support and Maintenance Business, Rockwell Automation: “Manufacturers looking to establish a connected industrial enterprise require the ability to integrate information across IT and control systems. Cisco’s announcement aligns with the need for collaboration between both the IT and operations organizations, driving the most effective and efficient enterprise-wide business outcomes. The Industrial Networking Specialist certification further expands the portfolio of products, solutions and services our customers can experience today through our collaboration with Cisco.”

    Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager, Learning@Cisco: “Over the past several years, our customers have seen constant pressure to use IT as a strategic lever to produce new outcomes for their businesses. They are looking for outcomes of increased productivity, faster growth and innovation as they globalize, and to mobilize their operations while better serving the digital consumer. This is leading to a rapid evolution in the way technology is implemented by organizations. In addition, the IoE continues to network people, processes, data and things, widening an already present skills gap. What we are seeing today is a new model of IT, one that is simple, smart and secure. As networks continue to accelerate along with IT metrics on all fronts, innovation, education and collaboration will be instrumental in preparing the workforce of tomorrow. The certification and training updates, along with the new specialist certifications being announced today, are designed to enable IT personnel to both add value to their skillsets and drive business value for their employers, helping eliminate the skills gap while preparing today’s workforce for tomorrow’s job roles.”

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Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. For ongoing news, please go to http://thenetwork.cisco.com.

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

DULUTH, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, today announced that Michael Bayer is joining the company as senior vice president and president, Retail Solutions Division. Bayer will report to NCR Chairman and CEO Bill Nuti.

“As we continue our reinvention, I am confident that Michael’s leadership will enhance customer engagement and innovation, drive software-related revenue growth, and capture the significant opportunities across our Retail Solutions Division,” said Nuti. “Our Retail business is very different today than it was just a few years ago. We are well positioned with high-value, omni-channel solutions and services that retailers need now and in the future.”

Bayer comes to NCR with vast experience in communications technology, most recently serving as president of Global Growth Markets for Avaya. Prior to this, he was Avaya’s EMEA president, where he led the region’s sales and operations. Bayer has also held leadership positions at companies such as Motorola, Symbol Technologies and Cisco.

“NCR’s commitment to innovation and its world-class portfolio of solutions for retailers of all types, sizes and geographies is unique in today’s marketplace,” said Bayer. “I look forward to leading the talented NCR Retail team, and helping our retail clients increase loyalty with their customers and earn a greater share of wallet by providing highly personalized, omni-channel shopping experiences.”

NCR has developed a powerful ecosystem of digital services, innovative apps, and cloud-based solutions that take shopper engagement to the next level, empowering retailers to personalize customer interactions in real-time. NCR’s Retail Solutions Division emphasizes three segments: Food, Drug and Mass Merchant; Petroleum and Convenience Retail; and Department and Specialty Retail. This is complemented by a complete line of warehouse and back office optimization software. NCR is the leader in self-checkout shipments with a total of 71 percent share according to strategic research and consulting firm RBR, and the second largest provider of point-of-sale solutions in the world.

About NCR Corporation

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 485 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with approximately 29,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. The company encourages investors to visit its web site which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Web sites: www.ncr.com ; www.ncrsilver.com

Twitter: @NCRCorporation

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Almo’s project management and design expertise combined with NanoLumens' flexible displays and six-year warranty solidified deal; initial installs complete with more underway.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA — Almo Professional A/V and NanoLumens®, Inc. have teamed up to outfit five Western Canadian Lottery Corporation Casinos throughout Canada with custom displays. Through the power of Almo’s E4 AV Tour, a traveling networking, training and expo event, the duo became an integral part of the casino project team* charged with the design, install and support of the custom digital signage displays, which are placed above a row of slot machines in each casino. Named “Smoke Signals,” the year-long sign project is now complete and the displays are operational. Additional installs are expected at more Western Canadian Lottery casinos over the next year.

Each identical sign (three retrofit and two brand new) features a teepee-shaped configuration that is 12.5-feet tall by 14.5 feet around. The display presents video and ticker content designed to engage patrons and increase message retention with the goal of repeat sales. The success of the install stemmed from the powerhouse combination of Almo’s project management, design and technical expertise, with NanoLumens’ custom capabilities, flexible 6mm LED displays and industry’s first zero-fail six-year guarantee.
The casino properties with the new display are all located in Saskatchewan, Canada. They include Northern Lights Casino in Prince Albert; Bear Claw Casino in Carlyle; Dakota Dunes Casino in Saskatoon; Painted Hand Casino in Yorkton; and Gold Eagle Casino in North Battleford.

“The idea for this design came out of our E4 event, where we had the opportunity to collaborate with Allied Environmental Signage, the US integrator that brought us into the project,” said Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “The strong relationship between Almo —led by our NanoLumens expert and BDM Apryl G. Lamberti — and NanoLumens made it possible to manage all of its moving parts. Weekly project calls took place to discuss engineering details ranging from the curvature requirements of the displays to customizing the shipping crates. The end result is a well thought out, creative display design that is effective and eye catching.”

According to NanoLumens Channel Manager Jackie Lavoie, “This project is a testament to our long-standing relationship with Almo ProAV.  A project of this magnitude, dealing with this many industry partners, takes a great deal of collaboration from everyone involved.  This is exactly what happened and the result speaks for itself.  We are very pleased, and extremely proud, to be part of such a successful series of installations.”

“We were excited to see the first phase of the Smoke Signals sign project come to completion after many months of planning,” said Billy MacLennan, COO for Bet Rite. “Being a high profile project for Bet Rite, it was important to us to provide our customers in Saskatchewan a superior final product that is not only visually attractive but also incorporates the latest technology available. Working with great partners like Almo, NanoLumens, KGM and Allied Signs really helped make this happen."

About Almo’s E4 AV Tour  
                                                                                                                                 
Now in its fifth year, the E4 tour continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of AV resellers, integrators and consultants. Credited as the industry’s most specialized one-day dealer event, E4 has traveled to countless cities around the country to serve the product, technical and business training needs of thousands of resellers and installers while creating the ideal forum for professional networking. The full tour continues in the fall with stops in Boston on October 3 and Washington, D.C. on October 17.

About Almo Professional A/V

Almo Professional A/V provides the industry’s most advanced product distribution, training and education, and technical support options available for the Pro AV community. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, seven distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 888-420-2566 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

About NanoLumens

NanoLumens (www.NanoLumens.com) turns display dreams into reality. With a unique and patented ability to create displays that are flat, curved or round, NanoLumens LED displays can bring any space to life. With installations with Fortune 500 customers on five continents, the Norcross, GA based company can meet customer needs wherever they might be. NanoLumens displays are space efficient, extraordinarily environmentally friendly, and offer a low cost of ownership. All NanoLumens displays are designed and assembled in America.

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

July 2014….ONELAN will be at Integrate Australia, Stand C40, at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, Australia from the 26th – 28th August 2014. ONELAN will be showcasing its new 4K UHD-200 media player in addition to its latest generation solid state HD media players. Data Integration and Touch capabilities will also be demonstrated.

Integrate is Australia's largest trade event for the AV and Systems Integration industry.

Comprising an exhibition and conference, Integrate is a platform to demonstrate, engage and gain expert knowledge around global solution trends, new technologies, and learn about best practice from the industry's leading associations.

Over 500 local and international brands will be exhibiting in the following product categories: Audio Systems and Entertainment, Digital Signage, Smart Building, Unified Communication, Video Display and AV Systems Integration.

ONELAN develops network appliances for standalone and end-to-end Digital Signage network solutions. The Net-Top-Box is a mul¬timedia, multi-zoned solution capable of Touch Interactivity. With a browser based user inter¬face, the system is fully multi-lingual and capable of dis¬playing both stored media and live media e.g RSS feeds, web pages and broadcast TV or locally streamed video. Further members of the product family cater for Enterprise network management and integration with external data sources.

ONELAN’s NTBs are now installed in a wide variety of organisations across the world in markets including retail, schools, hospitals as well as corporates such as TalkTalk, the Financial Times and Virgin.

ONELAN Ltd is based in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce the new VS−62H dual-output fully-automated, 6x2, HDMI matrix switcher. The VS-62H is a 4K router with a total data rate capability of 8.91Gbps (2.97Gbps per channel) supporting Ultra HD (4K) signals.  

The VS-62H features a small desktop form-factor with embedded webpage control that allows full configuration of the system, in addition to the traditional Kramer P3000 protocol and front panel controls. The system features three levels of automation per-output (Last Connection, Priority and Manual Override). These simple modes allow for a controller-free operation which makes the VS-62H an ideal switcher for environments such as meeting-rooms, classrooms and entertainment venues.  The video detection for automation is based on actual video clock signal recognition.

The two independent outputs are geared towards dual-screen or video-conferencing applications with resolutions of up to Ultra HD (4K). As part of the automation support, there is also a display standby feature that automatically turns off an output to which no input is routed. In compliance with the Kramer digital standards, the system fully re-clocks and equalizes the signals, enabling advanced EDID configuration and HDCP support control.

About Kramer Electronics

Founded in 1981, with its world headquarters in Israel, Kramer Electronics Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of high-quality analog and digital audio, video and computer signal management products for the ProAV, Presentation, Production, Broadcast, Home Theater, Houses of Worship, Digital Signage and Security markets.
 
Kramer’s product line includes audio, video and computer signal processing equipment including: distribution amplifiers (DAs), switchers, matrix switchers, scalers, presentation scaler/switchers, digital and analog decoders and encoders, fiber and twisted pair range extenders, table mounted cable management products, cables, cable accessories and more.
 
Kramer also offers broadcast quality routers, distribution amplifiers, multi-viewers and controllers through its Sierra Video product line, digital signage products and high-end rental and staging scaler/switchers.

Aside for its headquarters in Israel, Kramer has corporate sales and distribution offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, India, China, Thailand, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia. For more information please visit us at: www.kramerus.com.

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Convenience chain enhances the customer experience by offering a mobile app for paying at the pump

DULUTH, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NCR Corporation, the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, announced today that Rhodes 101 Stops Convenience Stores have deployed NCR’s ConvenienceGo (C-Go) mobile shopping app to make fueling easier. Rhodes 101 Stops operates 30 convenience stores across Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois and is a subsidiary of PAJCO, Inc.

C-Go is NCR’s mobile shopping app which allows customers to initiate a fuel transaction, select the amount of gas they want and then pay with their smartphones. The mobile app supports Rhodes 101 Stops’ brand image and colors. C-Go eliminates the need for customers to carry another loyalty card since the C-Go app updates and stores each shopper’s loyalty information and shares that information with the fuel pump automatically. Rhodes 101 Stops customers will receive special ‘rollback’ pricing at the pump and the option of an emailed or printed receipt when they use the application.

“With this launch of the mobile NCR solution, we are continuing our commitment to always provide the most innovative and exceptional customer experience,” says Keith Boeller, president of PAJCO, Inc. “Beyond the added convenience, we think our customers will be thrilled to see the price rollback at the pump and the platform allows us to create innovative marketing tactics going forward.”

In addition to the price rollback feature, customers can also use the app to see current specials, find store locations and track their purchase history.

“Convenience stores operate in arguably the most competitive retail environment,” says Eric Stecker, vice president and general manager, Petroleum and Convenience, NCR Retail. “By introducing the C-Go mobile payment app and features, Rhodes 101 Stops is not only offering a convenient way to pay for gas, but they also create a tighter bond with shoppers, leading to greater loyalty.”

The Rhodes 101 Stops C-Go installation is a collaborative effort between NCR Retail and Retail Data Systems, a NCR Premier Point-of-Sale dealer. For more information about the benefits of NCR’s C-Go technology, click here.

About NCR Corporation

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 485 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with approximately 29,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. The company encourages investors to visit its web site which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Web site: www.ncr.com, www.ncrsilver.com

Twitter: @NCRCorporation, @NCRRetail

Facebook: NCR Corp., NCR Retail

LinkedIn: NCR Corporation, NCR Retail

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

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