Viewpoint Construction Software Integration with Business Information Group (BIG)


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for tracking your team, projects and costs. We were so fractured and so
antiquated even our payroll system prior to Vista that was supposed to be
specialized in construction couldn’t handle construction payroll. We got Viewpoint
to kind of get us all talking and collaborating. So we use it for a project
management, we use it for job cost, accounting, HR, payroll, equipment
management, inventory, pretty much most of the modules we have, we’re using it. Viewpoint is the construction industry’s leading suite of management
software uniting accounting management, project management and collaboration
between teams. Viewpoint gives you tremendous value in terms of efficiency,
accuracy and speed. As it turned out, BIG was literally right down the road and
when I was talking with Viewpoint I said hey this would be really important
for us to have local support, it just fit like a glove at that point and then
as we got into implementation, just the product that they gave us to support
Vista was just phenomenal. I’m so happy that that’s the direction we went. At
Business Information Group we spent the last 25 years supporting the construction
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Cisco CME with Lync & Unified Messaging


This video will demonstrate how we are using
Cisco’s Unified Communications Manager Express version to connect to our Microsoft Lync clients
via single number reach. Our extension 4254 has Single Number Reach programmed into it.
We just scroll down here to My Phone Apps. And Single Number Reach number 4. Basically
we have anything starting with the number 8 will get routed to our Microsoft Lync Server
through VoIP dial peers. So what I will show you here is we’ll call from this phone 4252
and we’re just going to call it’s neighbour 4254. And we see it’s ringing on the Cisco
phone. And then Single Number reach will kick in and there’s it’s calling on our Lync Client.
In this case it’s not going to answer. “Please leave a message for test staff ACHS” “After
the tone please record your message. When you have finished recording hang up or press
the pound key for more options.” So you can see that it’s still flashing on the left hand
side here. The call is still tied to this phone and it is also tied into our Microsoft
Exchange Unified Messaging service which you just heard and so basically I can just end
call from over here. Calls ended. That voicemail’s going to take a while to get processed. It
should pop up here on our computer. In a few minutes. It’s taking longer than I thought. Hopefully it
works. If the Lync client wasn’t signed in, we have it backed up so that it will connect
into the Cisco voicemail. There we go. Just popped in 23 seconds. And there you get a little
preview. If I just slide you guys a little closer. Here we go. Get my fingers out of
the way. Alright, so I’ll just backup here a bit to give me a free hand to click on the
little preview button. You might not be able to hear it. The speakers are over in the corner
but you get the gist of it.

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Enhance Microsoft Surface Hub With Polycom EagleEye Director II


in this video I’m going to show you how
to improve the video quality that you get for your Microsoft Surface Hub so
stay tuned hey thanks for watching I’m Neil Fluester
Senior Product Manager here at Polycom and on this channel we do news
interviews tech reviews as well as how to’s so today I’m going to show you on
the Microsoft Surface hub how we can attach the Polycom EagleEye Director 2
to enhance the video capabilities of the Surface Hub Surface Hub obviously great
solution for ideation a whiteboarding it does have cameras and microphones to be
able to be used as video conferencing but the cameras are more used for
up-close-and-personal when you’re annotating on the board so i’ve got the
director – we’ve hooked up the USB cable to the Surface Hub and we’re running the
latest build of software on the director which is 1.1 supporting the surface hub
so what I do is I click join on the video here on a surface hub and I’ve got
Jonathan sitting over the other side of the room and he’s got a Skype for
business client running on the trio in this case but obviously this is a
standard Skype for business or office 365 call that we could be making so I’m
just going to bring the camera over so you can see the output from the trio but
as I stand here in front of the director and talk the director will always keep
me in frame so as I move slightly across to the right we’re going a couple of
seconds as I continue to talk the director cameras are constantly
looking for me in the room and they’re going to frame me in I move back over
this side and as again I’m talking you can see that the director is going to
pick me up and frame me in the room so obviously a better solution if you’re
deploying the surface hub more as a video conferencing and collaboration
device rather than a smart board and whiteboarding device so Jonathan you’ve
got another picture there like a picture in picture there on your screen you’ll –
tell us about that yeah no it’s just enhancing that experience so that you’re
not only getting the active speaker that they can was tracking but it’s also
giving you some context in terms of the room view so I don’t know if you’ve
noticed actually the cameras picked up on me cuz I’m in the same room so I’m
speaking to two cameras at the moment and it’s just picking up me and
presented me to the system so it’s giving you probably six to
seven meters away from the actual camera so it’s got a full range up to 10 meters
in this particular environment so it’s a it’s designed for a larger meeting space
so we’re enhancing the collaboration and ideation capabilities of the of the
surface hub and giving you some video additional video capability as well
so hopefully you found that useful and as you can see taking the surface hub
from its standard build enhancing it with the Eagle Eye director 2 really
does provide an amazing collaboration and video conferencing experience when
you’re using surface hub in a larger meeting type
space as a video conferencing tool for more information hook up on www.polycom.com you’ll see more information on the director the software is available to
update the Eagle Eye director 2 and thanks for watching we’d love to get
your comments love to get your feedback so give us a thumbs up hit that
subscribe button if you’re new here and say any questions or comments put them
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Teams On Air Ep. 60 Inside an executive boardroom w/ Skype Room Systems


>>Good morning everyone. Welcome to another episode
of Teams On Air. Today, we’re going
to be talking about Skype Room Systems
and the Surface Hub in executive boardrooms, as well as many
other meeting types. But before we get started, I want to make sure that
you do a couple of things. To the left of the screen, you’ll see that we have
the Microsoft Pulse going. Make sure you fill it out, because we’d love to
learn more about you, like where are you from
and what are you doing. And also, this episode
is recorded live, so if you have any questions, make sure that you submit
your questions below, and we have people
in the background answering questions that
you have, real time. Now, if you’re
watching us on demand, we do post our
episodes on YouTube, so make sure that you watch, subscribe to the channel and
if you like what you watch, make sure you give
us a thumbs up. All right. So today I have a special
guest, Angela Donahue. Hey, Angela,
welcome to the show.>>Hi, Delanda. Hi, everyone. I’m so excited to be
here on the show today.>>Thanks for joining us. So, tell the audience
what you do at Microsoft.>>Actually, we’re
on the same team.>>Yes. She is.>>I am a Product Marketing
Manager on Skype for Business, and I primarily focus on
meeting room solutions, which is primarily
here that we’re going to talk about today,
Skype Room Systems. So we’re really
excited to kind of give you some more
information on that, and then also how it’s used in different types of settings.>>Now, as part of
the research for this show, as we were thinking about what’s happening with room systems, I found out that 72 percent of workers will
be remote by 2020.>>Yes. That’s
crazy. So, I think we’ve all experienced
colleagues and employees, that are either working mobile or from different countries. And, so, we also took
a look at those trends, and also looked at meeting room specific trends and data points. It turns out 97 percent
of meeting rooms only have a TV in
a display and a phone. And so that means most
of the meeting rooms actually don’t have
video enablement. So that means, when you’re
working with those employees that are remote or
colleagues that are mobile, that you actually don’t see
them and they don’t see you, and so they’re not
as much part of the meeting experience
as they would, if they were live in the room. And, so, we wanted
to do something that solved that situation.>>I think it really makes
a difference when you have someone who is not physically in the room
turn on the video, so that you can see can
see how engaged they are, you can see are they
laughing at your jokes.>>Exactly. Very important.>>Or if they’re
tuned out which, you know, either happens.>>Absolutely. And it also helps productivity, just that everyone’s
more engage that way.>>So we’re going
to go over a couple of designs of rooms, but let’s start with
the room that we’re in today, which is an executive boardroom. Tell us how Skype Room Systems supports an executive boardroom.>>When I talked to
the team that was actually planning the refresh
of this room, they had the same pain points
that we just mentioned. They have executives that are not located here at
headquarters at Microsoft, and they’re from
all over the world, and they’re all from
different locations. And, so, they wanted
those executives to also feel like they were first
class citizens in the room, being able to be seen and heard, and also that they could see
the people in the room too, and be heard for
those people in the room. And also, they wanted
to make sure you see content that was being shown, so making sure everything
is super quality. So the Skype Room Systems is really going to
help that effort. They’ve launched
that into this room, and it’s been great,
a great experience. We’ve gotten great feedback. We’ll show you
a little bit more of that later on in the show. But it shows content
that’s displayed remotely to the attendees
without any extra clicks, or also joining the meeting
directly with one touch, no dialings,
no extra hassle of that.>>It’s really nice to
just walk into a room and just press the button and everything just
magically turned on, as opposed to, I think there’s like
this statistics out there that it takes 10 minutes for
a meeting to get started.>>I think at least.>>With all the AV, do you have the right cord
and connection.>>Exactly.>>And with Skype Room Systems
I love the one touch. All right, well tell us about
some of the considerations for the executive boardroom from an equipment perspective, like what types of equipment goes into an
executive boardroom, and you know, what were we thinking about when
we design this room?>>One thing I was
surprised about was that, generally in executive rooms
they actually always have AV technicians on
hand during the meetings, so you might not think
it’s as important to have something
that super simple, but that was one of
their top priorities, was to have something
that worked, that was really, really
easy, really, really simple. Even though there’s
AV technicians on hand, if something went
wrong they just wanted someone to be able to
handle it very quickly, and so it’s important to have
something that was simple, ease of use that
was top of mind. So that’s great. When we also look at what
else is in the room, just having that
high quality video, high quality audio,
super important, again, to bring those remote
attendees into the room.>>Well, videos are really
critical component of a room. So tell me some of
the specifications that our audience members should look at when
designing them.>>Definitely. When
choosing a camera, you should be able to look at the pan and the field
of view of the camera. So make sure you have
the field of view depending on the size of
the room that you have. This one of course is
a pretty large room, so you’re going to want
a wide range of field of view. And then, also,
make sure that you have it in the right placement. We know that sometimes, you don’t want to
get the angles wrong, if you put it above
the TV and the TV is too high and you’re getting
the tops of people’s heads, or you’re putting
it in a weird angle where you getting backs
of people’s heads. So those are important
considerations.>>All right. Cool. All right, so that’s some really
good advice on videos. Now let’s talk
about, specifically, how the Skype Room System works. What are some of the features
of the Skype Room System?>>I’m excited to show you
a lot of this stuff today. What we’ve talked about of
course is a one touch join, so that is literally one touch. You get to look at all the meetings that
you’ve already scheduled, they show up on the screen, and then you touch
that meeting and then you instantly bring in all the promote attendees and you bring up
the people in the room. So, if those remote attendees
are video enabled, you’ll see them on one screen. And then if you have content
that you’ve attached, you’ll see that content
on the other screen, if you have dual
monitors in the room. If you have only one monitor, you will be able to choose a different layouts
to show people, or content, or both. You can also, like I said, when you attach a PowerPoint, you don’t even have
to bring your laptop, you can bring the PowerPoint
in the room and control it right from
the Logitech SmartDock. So, those are a couple
different ways you could use it. You can also end the meeting, you can do an ad hoc
meeting and just dial directly from the SmartDock, and you can use it just
as a phone as well.>>Yes, it’s really
cool. You know, some of the aspects that I
enjoy when I’m in a meeting, and sometimes we’re
presenting content, we actually want to see
the person speaking at the same time
the content is presented.>>Definitely.>>You know, the layout options
really helps enhance the actual collaboration that’s going physically in the room.>>Definitely.>>Well, that’s a quick overview
of Skype Room Systems. Now we’re going to switch to talking about the Surface Hub. All right. Now, we have
a second guest, Nydia Cavazos. Nydia, thanks for joining us.>>Thank you Delanda
for inviting me. This is my first team since
our session. I’m excited.>>We’re super
excited to have you. Tell us what you do
here at Microsoft.>>I’m a Surface
Product Manager, and my main role is
to ensure that Surface meets the needs for
teamwork and collaboration.>>Now, how does
the Surface Hub fit into Microsoft Surface
devices portfolio?>>We designed
Surface Hub to be the first all in one
collaboration device. It has some varying
conferencing capabilities and it also has Office
365 apps such as, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
plus a Microsoft Whiteboard. It’s everything you need to
host a successful conference.>>Now you talked
a little bit about the features of the Surface Hub. Go a little bit
deeper in some of the the benefits and the value
of having a Surface Hub.>>Well, let’s think
about the things that happen in a boardroom
like this, for example. You always have ideas
flowing so you want to have the capability to easily
collaborate on those ideas, using your Office 365 apps. And sometimes, you’ll
want to start from scratch and that’s
when you start using the Microsoft Whiteboard. Those are some of
the features that we can leverage on the Surface Hub.>>Now, you talk
about Office 365, what are some of
the benefits of being a Office 365
subscriber do you get, while using the Surface Hub?>>Once you sign
in to Surface Hub, you’ll instantly get access to your most
recently used files, so you can always
open them right from the welcome screen and
start collaborating on them, and everyone that’s remote, that’s inviting to participate
on that document can, of course, keep collaborating.>>Yes, does it have
access to Microsoft teams?>>Yes. Actually, we
can leverage most of Microsoft’s teams features in the Surface Hub using
the Edge browser. Again, using
your single sign on, you can go to
teams/microsoft.com and then get access
to all your content.>>Perfect. Now, we talked about Skype Room Systems and now we’re talking
about Surface Hub. What are some of
the considerations when we’re designing a room for either/or?>>Well, first of all, listings that add
both Skype Room Systems and Surface Hub are
complimentary devices, right? Depending on
the purpose of a room, if it’s a whole room or a room mainly used for
video conference purposes, we can think of
what solution is the best. For a hotel room for example, where people often collaborating side by side and
iterate on ideas, Surface Hub could
be the one piece of technology that
you need because it brings you Skype tools, you can have the
Whiteboard, and you can have Office 365 content. In other scenarios, where
we have a small room where you are going to
fit three or four people, and you mainly want to be
on the phone and looking at the people that are
participating remotely, Skype Room Systems can also
be a great fit for that room.>>This room is
a great example of how we use both Skype Room Systems
and Surface Hub together. Now, let’s bring Angela
back in the room so we can talk more
about both of them.>>Yes.>>All right ladies. Now you’re both here and
I’d love to talk about some best practices
when designing a room. Can you share a little bit about the considerations you
should think about?>>Some of the things
we have to consider is, first of all,
think holistically. We used to think about the IT
or the technology piece of the room in isolation from
the rest of the components. But now, we have to think about how everything plays a role. In a room where we’re
going to have Surface Hub or Skype Room Systems as
a main piece of technology, we have to think of, “Hey, how can we allow
users to easily move from their seats and start collaborating side by
side on Surface Hub.” Most of the times having an open kind of CV
will help do that. Also, if we’re
thinking of having a table to support
the needs of some attendees, let’s think about, “Hey
can we have high tables? Can we have high chairs.” Anything that fosters easily getting out of your space and start collaborating side by side to make the best use
of the devices.>>I think the size
of the room is very important when you’re
looking at different Huttle, or open spaces, or
medium sized rooms, all the way up to
the large rooms. It’s important to have
the right video and audio that works with the size of the room and the number of people
that you’re going to have. Definitely, we would encourage you to take a look
at our Skype for Business certified
peripherals that work with Skype Room Systems so, you get the exact devices that you need that are
best for that room.>>Yes. I think
the key thing is here, we’re right now in
a executive board room. It’s not open to the public. When you’re thinking
about spaces that are more open to the rest
of your employees, and that are public, you think about the purpose, you think about the design, and then you think about
your budget, right? Because you might have
different constraints or flexibility depending on how large or small
your budget is.>>One tip that we
would also offer is to actually mark up meeting
space before you deploy it. That would help you
save some money. So, if you can, mark up the whole thing and
actually run a full meeting. Actually create a Skype
for business meeting, have people join in and call in from different
parts of the world, if you can, and run the meeting. See what the video and
audio quality are like so that you can see if you
have the placement correct before
full scale deployment.>>Yes, that’s a great tip. All right. Now, let’s
talk about the momentum. What are some of the success the momentum that
we’ve been seeing with both the Surface Hub and
Skype Room Systems? I know you both launched
and made some announcements last year on
some recent innovations and what have you
seen since then?>>Yes, we’ve been excited. At the launch techs markup for Skype Room Systems
launched last year, we’ve seen great momentum
and positive feedback from many Fortune 500 companies
actually trying and deploying this
across their companies. One local government agency
actually here, called King County IT, has been using it and has
really great feedback. I encourage you to check out this video here where it shows a quick case study of that. Another one of
the biggest customers of Skype Room Systems is
us, here at Microsoft. You may have seen it
in conference rooms, along with Surface Hub
and depending on the room. We’ve deployed thousands
across Puget Sound as well. It also become
a new design standard for meeting rooms going forward. That’s how much of, we are proud of it
and we are encouraging our employees to adopt
these systems as well.>>That’s really great.
What about other partners? Are there other partners that offer the Skype Room Systems?>>Definitely. We have
announced several partners. One, in particular, is Creston that just
started shipping. This someone is
now also available. Creston has additional
capabilities through Creston Fusion, which is a service that they have that provides
further insight and data into your rooms. You can kind of get more
feedback and how many people are using the room and when
it’s occupied and unoccupied. It also provides remote access for your IT admin,
which this is great. And I think people are
really excited about this. So that it can be managed
remotely without having to send an IT admin if something goes wrong to
the individual rooms.>>This allows them to more
quickly respond, right? You know from
a remote place rather than taking the time
to travel to the room, which they could be anywhere.>>Exactly. One more quick thing, if your rooms are already
outfitted by Creston, you can actually
control the blinds and the lighting directly
from there SRS too, they have a little bit
of differentiation there.>>Yes. Now, we are introducing
some new partners to Skype Room System portfolio. Talk about those partners.>>Yeah. So, we’re excited to share that Polycom
also just started shipping in December and we’re going to add them
to our portfolio. They’re actually available
now check them out. Back at Ignite we also
announced Lenovo and HP, which will both be
coming very soon. So, you’ll hear more about this at Enterprise
Connect in March.>>We’re excited to
get our full ecosystem going of partners that all have great aspects to
their Skype Room Systems.>>Yes, I’m excited
to hear about that. All right. Now, let’s
talk about roadmap. We get tons of questions, now that we’ve announced Skype for Business and
Microsoft teams coming together. How will this impact Skype Room Systems
and the Surface Hub?>>Yes, great question. I think we’ve gotten
some questions about that, both Nydia and I have, and we want to ensure everyone that teams will be
supported on both platforms. Right now, we’re
looking at Q2 of this year but we’re
excited that teams are working hard to enable
those teams capabilities, but they will
absolutely be part of Skype Room Systems enablement
and Surface Hub.>>Please keep in mind
that besides us today, you can still access teams via your Edge browser
on the Surface Hub.>>Great. All right. Well, when we announced that
we were doing this episode, and we wrote
a short blog about it, we’ve got a couple questions. So, I’d like to share those questions with you guys
and answer them today. The first is, how and where do you buy
Skype Room Systems?>>There’s actually
a couple of ways you can buy Skype Room Systems. One, you can get
the full package and everything created and
the image done for you through your distributor or
reseller in your local area. The other way is, if you
already have surface pros, because it’s surface pro-based from Creston and from Logitech, you can buy the docks and
the enclosure separately. If you already have
surface pros from your company, you can get those docks
separately and then you can put them together from your IT admin
perspective yourself. It does take a little
bit more work so we do have some articles for your resources on how to image the device and get
the Skype software on there. But you have those two options
available to you.>>Okay, great. And
then the last question related to Skype Room Systems
is how much does it cost?>>Yes. This is always
a great question. These are systems are starting as low as $2,000 to $3,000. It really depends on,
again, on those peripherals. So, based on the size
of the rooms, what kind of extra video or
audio devices that you need. But really scalable
ability for you. It’s really affordable
so you can use a lot of your existing displays and
then just get those add ons, if you need the video and audio.>>Yes if you’re
looking to standardize smaller types of rooms, it’s really cost
effective or you can get more high end peripheral devices to suit an appropriate room, like an executive boardroom. Yes. All right. Nydia, the last question
that I have for you is, what’s the best place
to put a Surface Hub? Many people ask like, should I put this
in an open space or only reserve it for
an executive board room?>>Yes. Surface Hub is flexible
to fit different spaces, depending on how your culture
of the company is in, your rooms are fitted right. Ee can put it in hotel rooms
or open areas where people naturally come together
to start discussing ideas, and they need a canvas
to start working this out and eventually, they’ll need to call
someone in so they can have the Surface Hub
providing all of the services. Then we have Surface Hub
in conferencing rooms. This can be the traditional
conferencing rooms or some of the most modern ones with different furniture
and configuration. Of course, Surface call fits all the needs for
a conferencing device. Lastly, we have seen
customers using Surface Hub to interact with
their own customers, where in locations where their own people and
their own customers come and interact with their employees via
the Surface Hub.>>Cool. All right. Ladies, thanks for
joining us today. Unfortunately, we’re
out of time but don’t forget we’re still
answering questions below. If you have a question,
submit it and we’ll definitely
answer the question. We’ll also post a blog
where we round up all the questions and make that public so everyone
can see what’s going on. With that we’ll definitely
join you in two weeks. Bye.>>Thank you.

Cities As Engines Of Economic Growth (World Bank Institute)



when cities and metropolitan areas take leadership and they innovate more after the world's population cities narrator certainly important to how national economies succeed cities around the world are facing social economic political and environmental changes at times these changes are so radical that unless policymakers know how to deal with them the consequences can be severe the World Bank Institute provides platforms to educate and train policymakers world leaders and private sector practitioners so that they are able to deal with these very changes today the World Bank Institute launches a new initiative where city leaders from around the world and private-sector practitioners come together in Washington DC to learn from each other how to make their cities engines of economic growth we obviously meet at a critical moment for our cities in our world a moment when the challenges our cities face are only matched by the opportunities that they offer for the first time in history more than half the world's population will reside in cities majority of the wealth is created in cities that now account for 70% of global GDP the first way in which we want to help address these challenges is by connecting city practitioners to one another cities trained on energy cities drowning in solid waste I used to work on Cairo so incredible asthma rates amongst children under five yes please the deputy mayor lack of micro-financing credit facilities to the people but bottom the pyramid they are skilled and the real eye of brings more small businesses Senegal is a country of the car used to live this resource reserve how do you truly create a city which is smart which is responsive to the new generation and we want to come out with sustainable and innovative solutions for practitioners we really got to start thinking about these economic models not in terms of the trade-offs you know within the immediate future and bringing in business etc we have to look at what is the sustainable issue in terms of maintaining that economy in trying to clean up the city and trying to make people not throw their garbage into the river and through garbage everywhere we introduced a candy which we call the clean and green candy and we give this candy to every child in the public schools during flag ceremony and we raise the candy up and said okay what did the mayor says is okay little little put it in your pocket okay again little letter put it in your pocket so the litter is your responsibility this is what we call about the carbon financing or the stimulus packages that are devoted to green color economies to green color jobs that kind of financing especially with institutions like the World Bank the Asian Development Bank or the UN can really start to stimulate cities to divert their traditional economic growth models into a more ecologically sound one the nature of the problems are so complex that no one agency can deal with it we're going to begin with ralina vulcan Donnie from Cisco and what we realized is their individual silos of energy public sector services real estate and transportation but they're not talking to each other and we believe fundamentally the network as a platform almost like the fourth essential utility and city building is what's going to get cities to the next level what we're learning though is when you figure out a good space in these public/private partnerships is the poor get pushed out they're the first ones to go carbon finance everyone sits around develops these cool methodologies for the poorest people and then before you know it big companies have it in the poor get scooped away and so we're really thinking hard about how can we come up with new creative ideas where the poor can still keep that seat at the table we had a very successful Slama predation program with the municipal corporation where the community they save our bank the main Housing Trust and the Municipal Corporation have partnered to reach basic services at the doorstep level to the poor about you know twelve thousand families have already been reached the slum networking project slum networking project is nothing but networking the city infrastructure to slumps city infrastructure would include water sanitation solid waste management street lighting streets that kind of infrastructure under a partnership approach this project gave us the first international award by un-habitat which really shows how much the poor are capable of handling their own life and their own work environment if we give them an opportunity large-scale investment in infrastructure I think this is the the main feature throughout China's development honest ever since 1949 mass transit systems have significantly improved and have created development along the lines you can take San Diego for that you can take Portland for that you can take Salt Lake City or Denver for that even Houston I mean that was such a public outcry of putting a public transit system into Houston and now these trains are so full and so jammed that they now build five lines more the other aspect to think about when you think about infrastructure is what I think of climate resilience with the common impacts of climate change is going to be more severe it's going to be more frequent how do you make your infrastructure resilient please the national governments are pinched the city governments are pinched private capital is hesitant we haven't really talked a lot about this and I'm a bit surprised actually that it hasn't come up in a big way that one of the city leaders says we're really broke mass transit creates tremendous value value growth in the real estate there ways that this whole system can become self financing I agree with the comment down here that you know we've been doing work on value recapture around some of our new transit lines and it's no question that these things more than pay for themselves and increase property values you've already been capturing the water through rainwater harvesting or we've been already limiting the pollution levels that decreases our costs automatically using those things to generate investment and to create value rather than this idea that somehow there's going to be more capital around this isn't something that you do once and then say well we've got this ready we're a smart city and so forth that in fact every city has to continually reinvent itself it's at the top of the pyramid it's at the bottom of the pyramid so the question is really how do we unleash the tremendous creativity and leadership that exists in cities all the ITC companies information communication technologies Nokia and Ericsson are really using this area to test new technologies but rather than saying we're guessing here they've actually made deal with the housing people who live in that community and those are people are a voluntary test ready to install these things and this is a new form of citizen participation they're not being asked their opinion they are co-inventors saying smart cities again we always say unless until the citizens get up right into the in their city cities cannot become smart because people will come from outside they'll stay as outside and go back successful metropolitan areas do need an identity they do need a culture they need an energy they need a distinctiveness they need a personality it is the inclusiveness the feeling of goodwill the feeling of rejoicing the feeling of pride much beyond the indicators we talked about this sense inside us that a city is an expression of our creative soul we heard today that cities are places where problems and solutions meet and we're also a demographic and economic transformation is taking place and if we don't seize the moment now than we would really have lost the development agenda you

8 industries, 128 companies and only 10 made our list!



hello investors we're going back to our roots we looked at 128 companies from 8 different industries and only 10 made our list come on let's go swim in with the sharks and find out who they are please don't forget to Like and subscribe to this channel hit that bell so you don't miss a single episode and tell your friends about it so they can join in the discussion is where we are diving right in with the electric utility central us first company up is M GE Energy ticker mg e e their yield is 2.0 percent and that's on $69 and seven cents a share this is valid the 14th of June 2019 you can see that mg energy is not qualified for cash flow or earnings per share but they are a div 0 17 years of increasing dividends per share no flat years in here and that's actually 18 years because we've added another year to the look here's what that looks like on the long term trend now okay they're a div 0 but really does this trend line get anybody terribly excited I don't think so here's what that looks like only year-to-year change alright also in the electric utilities central is WEC Energy Group ticker WEC their yield is a more respectable 3.0 percent that's filled with gold because that is greater than the 2.6 percent benchmark that I use that's on a valid price of $81 and 29 cents they are not qualified for cash flow or earnings per share but they are also a div 0 17 in this case 18 years of increasing dividends per share here's what that looks like on the long-term trend now that's a little bit better slope to the dividend line and here's their year-to-year change we're going to change industries now going to the telecom services telecom services includes companies like AT&T Intelsat Iridium Sprint t-mobile US Cellular and Verizon but look only two companies made the list this first one Shenandoah telecom ticker sh e n is only yielding 0.8 percent but that's probably not why you buy a telecom company that's on a valid price of $39.95 they are qualified as a cash flow zero so they've had seventeen in this case eighteen years of increasing cash flow per share but they are not qualified for earnings per share or dividends per share here's what their long-term trend looks like and here is what they're your your changes look like alright now also in this industry is telephone data systems TDS their yield is a little bit better 2.2 percent that's on twenty nine dollars and 56 cents a share and they are qualified as a div zero but they are not qualified by cash flow or earnings per share here's what their long-term trend looks like I mean that cash flow and earnings are bouncing all around but their relative you know overall they're just flat and their earnings per share is well pretty much flat excuse me their dividends per share is also pretty much flat here's what the year to your changes look like now telecom equipment alright cisco cisco that's a name everybody probably recognizes CSCO is the ticker they are 2.6 percent and that's on a valid price of fifty three dollars and 23 cents now Cisco's doing a little better than some of the other folks we've looked at here they are qualified as a cash flow one so they've had 17 in this case 18 years of increasing cash flow with the exception of this one- year here as they went from Oh a 209 they are also an e-1 so 17 years of increasing earnings per share with the exception again of this one time frame Oh 809 and I think we all know what was going on during that time frame so probably not a big surprise now they did not pay dividends for a long time but once they started paying dividends you can see that those dividends have increased every year now here's what this looks like on the long-term trend now that really isn't that bad nice upward trends and once they started paying dividends they've had a nice upward trend on their dividends Cisco is also doing really well in this current world situation they have Wickard their supply chains so that they're not dependent on Chinese supply and they should do good against not only the tariff issues but also concerns that some people have with the Chinese companies in this telecom world here's their year-to-year change right now also in the telecom equipment world is Qualcomm QC om their yield is three point six percent and they are a div zero 17 this case 18 years of increasing dividends per share no flat years here's their long-term trend where they had a nice slope here then they got into some trouble and now they're picking it back up again we'll see how that plays out their dividends remember they're a div zero and you can see a nice steady pretty smooth progression along the dividend per share and here is their year-to-year change all right changing industries now we're in the pharmacy services all right now there were only five companies in pharmacy services CVS health diplomat pharmacy pet med Rite Aid and Walgreens boots Alliance Walgreens the only one that made the list WBA their yield is 3.4 percent and that's on $51.50 they are qualified as a div zero here's what that looks like on the long term trend all in all not too bad there's some nice upward flow if you want some exposure to the pharmacy industry this might be the place to go here's their year-to-year changes changing industries yet again we're in the auto parts world now Eaton Corporation eet and their yield is 3.7 percent and that's on $77.77 a lot of sevens there now they are a div one so they had 17 years of increasing dividends with the exception of this one flat year from Oh 8 oh nine we all know what was going on back during that time frame and pretty good that they were able to keep it flat instead of a negative here's what that looks like on the year-to-year trend excuse me on the long-term trend and here was their year-to-year changes now also in the auto parts world you've probably a little more familiar with these folks genuine parts GPC I know I am their yield is three point zero percent on 100 dollars and eighty-eight cents they are a div zero so they did not even have a flat year back here where eaten it did here is their long-term trend and here's the year year now we had nobody from the toiletries and cosmetics industries which was folks like Avon Helena Troy Estee Lauder they didn't even not a single one of those companies made the list so that takes us right into cable TV and cable TV you're talking about folks like cable one Comcast that you see here Dish Network Ecostar but Comcast is the only one that made the last CMC si their yield is two point zero percent on forty one dollars and forty cents but they are not qualified at dividends per share they are qualified as a cash flow one you can see they had a flat year here I mean excuse me a negative year here from oh five two oh six and they are an easy row so or 17 years of increasing earnings per share here's their long term trend line again you're not buying into these guys for income necessarily but for other reasons in your portfolio here's their year-to-year change alright so let's see how they all stack up here you've got ten companies that made the list remember this was out of a total of 128 companies in 8 different industries now of these you've got some relatively good yields going on here and with the highest being eaten at 3.7 but that is you don't want to give one compared to genuine which is lower at 3.0 which is still respectable but they've managed to keep their dividends going up every year alright I would love to hear what you think about all these companies ask me about the companies that didn't make the list from the industries that you thought maybe should have been on there and we can explore why they didn't make the list and I'd like to know do you own any of these companies if so why did you buy into them you all have a great week

Cisco Industrial Ethernet Switches for Industrial Networks



the use of IP based devices is becoming commonplace in today's industrial world and often in remote harsh environments but as manufacturing transportation systems and utilities add more and more of these devices getting power to each one can be a complex and costly challenge to begin a qualified electrician is needed to help plan and install additional wiring to support each device and with more wiring comes the need for additional protection through more circuit breakers and transient or surge filters then what happens after all of this is put into place and you need to move some of the devices or add even more that's expensive and inflexible you need a better solution Cisco industrial Ethernet switches are the answer designed specifically for industrial applications the rugged Cisco ie 2000 and 3000 series switches leverage industry-leading Enterprise Ethernet switching solutions to extend Ethernet and proven standards-based technology to industrial networks and now these switches also feature power over ethernet in both fixed and modular solutions providing extended power options for p OE capable end devices modular cisco IE 3000 layer 3 switches can support up to 4 p OE or p OE + ports per module or up to 8 p OE ports per system while also providing a number of additional non pol ii ports for further network connectivity options and new cisco IE 2000 layer 2 switches now include 4 p OE or boe plus ports in a fixed form factor in addition to its non VOE ports these switches eliminate the need for extra wiring and outlets while providing up to fifteen point four watt boe or twenty five point five watt boe plus per port now you can not only easily add new devices such as closed-circuit surveillance cameras door entry badge readers IP phones and wireless access points throughout each location but also move them as needed without an overhaul of your electrical layout Cisco industrial Ethernet switches can consolidate your industrial networks and securely converge them with your corporate network to create a single secure network infrastructure this results in one network to manage higher availability improve quality of service and new collaboration opportunities using video and voice technologies and now power over ethernet support also helps reduce total cost of ownership and complexity to find out more about cisco IE 2000 and IE 3000 series switches visit us on the web you