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Long Distance Learning Transformed by Cisco Video Technology

Working at Cisco, one thing that never ceases to amaze me is the variety of ways in which the company’s technologies are used. As a mom, I’m very interested in ways children learn and in particular how technology enables learning. The story below is about the incredibly creative ways Earvin “Magic” Johnson is using Cisco technology to help children learn.

In addition to being a Hall of Fame basketball star, Mr. Johnson is a businessman and advocate for both urban growth and economic revitalization through his work with The Magic Johnson Foundation.  The Foundation is working with Cisco, using Cisco WebEx Meeting Center, to help extend distance learning, hold remote seminars and raise funds for Johnson’s 18 Community Empowerment Centers located in urban areas throughout the country.

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Galway, March 3, 2010 – What would I do without voice over Wi-Fi?

By Laurent Philonenko, vice president and general manager, Cisco Unified Communications Business Unit

So here I am traveling in beautiful Ireland – yes, where Cisco develops the most innovative unified communications products on the planet – and enjoying high quality voice over Wi-Fi.

This is a new functionality making its way into smartphones. Cisco released support for it on Nokia E70 series last fall, and it will be available soon on the Apple’s iPhone. Many of us can’t wait for this to be available on RIM’s BlackBerry, not to mention Android or Windows Mobile.

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Maximizing Unified Communications Investments through Enterprise Social Software

by Murali Sitaram, vice president and general manager, Cisco Enterprise Collaboration Platform

“Next generation workspace”, “desktop of the future”, the employee workbench”. These are the kinds of tems that we’re hearing customers, partners, and analysts talk about, and they all point to the rapid emergence of Enterprise Social Software as the next big collaboration market transition. For most organizations, when it comes to the adoption of ESS, the question isn’t if or when, but rather how. How will ESS integrate with their business processes? How will they get their people to change their behaviors and adopt a new way of getting work done? Above all, how will enterprise social software add value to (not replace) the collaborative tools and technologies in which they’ve already invested?

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Cisco Unified Communications Licensing Just Got Easier

One thing that I hear from customers all the time is that products on their own are not enough. What they mean is that they expect the products and solutions they acquire to provide great features, be very robust, and solve business problems.  But they want their suppliers to go beyond those requirements and ensure that it’s easy to do business with their chosen supplier.  One way to do that is through simple, effective licensing.

Customers looking at unified communications solutions want a licensing model that is flexible, simple to use, and easy to understand. They don’t want to spend their valuable time having to constantly track and manage licenses. Suppliers need to make it easy for customers to acquire and add applications as their business needs dictate.

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WSJ: Virtual Meetings Help Businesses Cut Travel Budgets Up to 40 Percent

“The era of extensive, expensive corporate travel may be over,” pronounced Thursday’s Wall Street Journal. The article, headlined “More Lucrative Business Travelers Now Teleconference, Fly Coach,” says U.S. companies reduced their travel budgets last year between 30 percent and 40 percent and will probably increase those budgets “by only half that amount in 2010.”

In lieu of frequent flying, the Journal reports that “a growing number of companies are investing in technology for ‘virtual’ meetings held over the Internet.”

Case in point: The Food Group, a food marketing agency.

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