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Cutting Costs with Collaboration

In a tough economic climate cost savings are a priority, but at the same time it’s important that organisations remain competitive and assess how they can use technology to help them escape saturated markets and embrace new opportunities ahead of their competitors.
A crucial prerequisite to achieving cost savings and increasing productivity is to decrease barriers to collaboration that exist in your organisation. Where an enterprise is too thinly spread, or too compartmentalised into distinct business units, its ability to hone in on an opportunity and run with it becomes compromised. Laborious, rigid and sequential internal processes, and protracted supply chain management, increase cost and delay projects -- hampering speed to market with new products or services and limits the ability to add value or compete on price.

By Tim Stone, Sales Business Development Manager

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The Future of Email

As we continue to integrate Cisco’s acquisition of PostPath into the Cisco SaaS-based Collaboration portfolio , below are some salient characteristics of how email will evolve and change: Universal. Email will be delivered from the cloud (or from mixed cloud-and-customer-premise infrastructures) and accessible everywhere, at any point in time. Users can access email securely through any PC, browser or mobile device, with a rich, intuitive, multi-function user experience available in every platform; although there will be a diversity of client types on every platform, browser-based clients will grow ever more important. Limitless. The dream of a bottomless inbox will become reality. Email systems of tomorrow will be massively scalable, and be able to accommodate any amount of storage. This near-infinite capacity will come hand in hand with high performance and 100% reliability, backed by real local and geographically-remote redundancy, and by customer-based data and system isolation to guard system-wide contagion failures. Automatic Data-mining and Data-organization. Whereas email today often drowns you in information, future email systems will improve productivity by organizing your data for you. It will do personal data mining, extracting useful information and making semantic connections based on subject or content. It will have context-based relevance, automatically bringing you the information you need for your current activity. It will also be extraordinarily searchable -- not just at the individual level but also, depending on configuration, within teams and groups. By Duncan Greatwood, Senior Director of Engineering, Collaboration Software Group Read More »

Flick of the Wrist at Cisco with our Director of User-Centered Design

I was over in Building 31 the other day and was about to meet with Cordell Ratzlaff, Director of Cisco’s User-Centered Design Team in the Voice Technology Group when I saw him take his iPhone and flick his wrist at his computer. I started wondering what could he be doing? So with my ready-to-shoot Flip Mino HD video camera already in hand I walked into Ratzlaff’s office to record this interesting feature. While walking across campus, Cordell was finishing up on a WebEx meeting on his iPhone but when he got to his office he wanted the benefits of the large size of his desktop screen so with the flick of his wrist he transferred the WebEx meeting to his desktop.

View the video and let me know what you think or if you have any other cool features you’d like to share.

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The Changing Face of Customer Collaboration

Cisco recently co-sponsored a survey which asked over 1800 consumers from six countries (USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, and Australia) a set of questions focused on their perceptions of Speech Recognition and Self-Service as used for customer care. Although this is the third annual edition of the survey, this year marks the first time consumers were asked about the different channels they use to contact a business or organization for customer service.I was struck by the result that 44 per cent of the consumers surveyed said that they use online methods first (e.g., the web, e-mail, user forums, click-to-chat, etc.) to obtain customer service, whereas only 20 per cent said that they would choose the phone first. Even more striking, 52 per cent of respondents in the 16 to 34 age bracket (the new generation of consumers) indicated preference for using online methods first.By Murali SitaramVice President and General Manager, Cisco Customer Contact Center Business Unit Read More »

Just Telecommute

How would the BART strike affect you? If you haven’t heard, people who work in the San Francisco Bay Area will possibly be dealing with nightmarish commutes come Monday morning. One of the largest pieces of our public transit system, BART, is set to go on strike, shutting down much of the rail access to San Francisco and surrounding areas. Read More »