Many things need to be taken into consideration when choosing a collaboration endpoint technology: what’s the experience you want to create, how you plan to use it, what environment must it accommodate? The analogy I like to use is “it’s like shopping for a car.” There are many considerations to be made when buying a car: It must meet your lifestyle, your transportation needs, the number of passengers and type of cargo you intend to carry.
A single person is more likely to choose a different type of car than people with families. Active people may choose an SUV to carry all their sporting equipment, or for the adventures they take on rugged terrain. This thought process also comes into play when choosing a collaboration solution. The ultimate goal is to have the right communications tool for the right task.
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Protect your small business from liability, security risk, and noncompliance by creating a few simple rules for employees and their smartphones
Take a poll of your employees. How many of them carry a smartphone in their pockets? How many are using them—or want to use them—to read and send work emails, text with colleagues, and even access cloud-based business applications? Because so many people now use these remarkable handheld computers to get so much done, small companies are being forced to figure out how they fit into their networks. And that means developing a usage policy for wireless handheld devices that your employees use for work.
The very first element your policy should cover is whether or not you allow employees to connect to your business network with their personal devices, like smartphones and tablets. If you want to let them check their work email, use your cloud-based apps, and use your other productivity tools on their devices, then you’ll need to figure out the detailed specifics of what data and applications will be allowed on those devices—and how they can be used when connected and not connected to your network.
A wireless device usage policy is similar to an acceptable use policy (AUP) for your network. This post can help you write an AUP for your small business.
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Meet Liang: Role Model for Greater China Social Ambassadors
Based in the Greater China Systems Engineering team, Liang is a social media pioneer who has naturally established himself as a leader of social media for other Greater China social ambassadors through his exemplary social activities on Sina Weibo (China’s most widely used micro-blogging site akin to a hybrid of Twitter and Facebook) and Cisco China’s Online Community.
In particular, he is revered for his constant active two-way engagements on social platforms. After becoming a member of the Cisco China Online Community, he joined 27 topic groups within the online platform. From then on, Liang has not only published work around 16 different topics, but he has also eagerly contributed to the community with rich content about the company’s cutting-edge technology.
How Liang Optimally Uses Social Media
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Tags: ambassador, cisco ambassador award, cisco SME, greater china, greater china social ambassador program, meet our SMEs, subject matter expert, systems engineering team, weibo
The right router can make all the difference between a smooth user experience and frustrating, choppy video
Small companies have found many compelling reasons to use video solutions and telepresence systems in their day-to-day operations: as a marketing tool, as a point of contact for customer service, and as a way to train employees. Internally, telepresence and its use of video technology is gaining traction among small businesses that want to conduct face-to-face meetings without the expense of travel. As advantageous as video can be, before you can successfully stream video broadcasts, you need to make sure the underlying network can handle the extra traffic.
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Tags: networking, small_business, TelePresence, video
We are on the cusp of a whole new wave of digital entertainment experiences that will make video content much easier to find, navigate, interact with and enjoy, on any device and network. Today, Cisco took another important step towards realizing that vision by announcing its intention to acquire NDS Group Ltd. a leading provider of video software and content security solutions that enables users to intuitively view, search and navigate across digital content anytime, anywhere and on any device.
Video is transforming every aspect of our lives. Telemedicine services in New Mexico are helping patients in underserved communities to secure video consultations with expert doctors many miles away. In India, classrooms in tiny rural villages are now being taught by remote teachers using Webex video. We’re even seeing technology that lets us use video to try on dozens of outfits without ever stepping into a fitting room. For thousands of business professionals around the world, attending a meeting with colleagues, customers and partners in some far flung corner of the world via TelePresence is a routine part of their day.
It’s impossible to argue with the transformational power of video, but perhaps the most noticeable changes are happening right in our own homes, and on our mobile devices.
Television has been truly transformed in the past decade, from a one-way inflexible viewing experience, to a highly dynamic one, which can be time-shifted and enjoyed on an increasing array of digital video devices. But this is only the beginning of an exciting journey.
While clearly a substantial acquisition and major landmark in Cisco’s history in its own right, today’s acquisition is the latest in a series of milestones for Cisco’s Videoscape strategy. Videoscape is Cisco’s vision and platform for the creation of new visual, mobile and social video entertainment experiences through the convergence of digital TV, online content, and social media and video communications applications.
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Tags: acquisition, future of television, NDS, video, videoscape