A couple weeks ago in the Cradlepoint blog, Lindsay mentioned the increasing IT spend by CMOs. One way we’re seeing this play out is in an increased emphasis on creating the “integrated shopping experience.” Companies like Macy’s, the Gap, and Banana Republic are at the forefront of this trend to shrink the difference between in-store and online shopping.
I recently attended a conference for CIOs of leading national retailers, and if attendees agreed on one thing, it was the increasing use of cloud-based applications. Whether it be for point-of-sale, inventory, back office, or customer-facing applications, retail operations are turning away from the use of local applications hosted on local servers.
It's pretty cool when you have a chance to help the men and women who protect our communities everyday. Recently, Cradlepoint had the opportunity to do just that by participating in a pilot project with the Boise Police Department, providing 4G wireless hotspots in their patrol cars. The benefit to officers is that they can remain in their assigned patrol area, accessing central databases and filing reports directly from their vehicles without having to return to the station. This keeps officers out in their neighborhoods, serving citizens, instead of being buried with paperwork. Helping to solve connectivity challenges like this is why we at Cradlepoint do what we do.
One of the key metrics of network performance is uptime—the percentage of time a company’s system is connected to a network or the Internet. Typically, when people look for the causes of the loss of connectivity, they usually think in terms of service interruptions: a physical line being cut or lightening striking a utility pole.
Cisco Live events were created to showcase the best and most innovative solutions in the networking world.
It's not just about the content of Cisco's presentations – the medium is the message. They have to provide a flawless networking experience. (Starbucks convention with bad coffee? Hewlett-Packard presentation with faded printouts?)
If there's one thing Saint Lawrence Gridiron owner and chef Brian Garrett knows how to do, it's how to cook up innovative, gourmet food from the back of a truck. Brian specializes in crafting a menu that changes frequently and follows very few rules with one exception: the food must pair well with bourbon and beer. You can find the big, orange Saint Lawrence Gridiron truck plying the streets of Boise, ID, dishing out delicious food to long lines of hungry patrons. This means they need to be ready to serve their customers and accept credit card payments no matter where they park the truck. To accomplish this, Brian uses a Cradlepoint 3G/4G wireless networking solution with a mobile USB modem to create a 4G hotspot that powers his connectivity needs. Now he can bring his truck to any event and not have to worry about turning customers away who didn't think to bring cash
This is the third and final part in a series about how the cloud impacts business:
Part 1: What is the Cloud? Part 2: Benefits of the Cloud for Businesses Part 3: The Cloud and Cradlepoint
We have a tradition of winning "bake-offs" against other routers: companies will pit the Cradlepoint COR against competitors' routers and expose them to extreme temperatures. The Cradlepoint devices always win. Our products have also consistently fared well in high temperature locations including Las Vegas and Phoenix for companies like YESCO.
While most focus in the tech sector these days centers in and around the cloud, people still need the networking solutions to get there. That's where Cradlepoint has found its niche. With our leadership position in the field of 3G/4G wireless technology, we've been able to provide businesses the solutions they're looking for to achieve their connectivity goals. This has fueled a tremendous amount of growth to meet the demands of an ever-evolving communication ecosystem, and Cradlepoint is rising to the challenge.
Cradlepoint in Action Photo Contest
The Cradlepoint in Action Photo Contest was held March 1–April 12, 2013. We invited our customers to tell their stories of how they use Cradlepoint products, with the winners determined by votes on Facebook. We are in the midst of publishing some of their stories.