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Collaboration, Web 2.0: Past as Prologue

Post by Alan S. Cohen, Vice President, Enterprise & Mid-Market Solutions “Whereof what’s past is prologue; what to come, In yours and my discharge.” – Shakespeare, The TempestIn preparing for our Collaboration launch today, I reflected upon Cisco’s evolution in this market, from our first VoIP gateways in the 90s, our leadership of IP Telephony gained at the beginning of the decade, and our leadership in Unified Communications over the past few years. At each juncture, we succeeded by anticipating the market transition underway while building upon our prior market leadership. Today marks another transition, the fusion of the UC and Collaboration markets, accelerated by the twin business drivers of globalisation and virtualization.About 6 months ago at VoiceCon, we initiated our vision of Collaboration that brings together UC, Web 2.0 applications and Video, delivered either on the Enterprise Network or through the cloud, such as the Webex Mediatone network. Our vision reaches beyond intra-company to cross-company collaboration, enabled by the rich horizontal services of network such as security, policy, mobility and identity, making the collaboration tools and applications transparent to the end user despite the delivery model. And it would be characterized by compelling two-way video communications that transcend time, distance, and cultural issues. Nobel Laureate Al Gore and Cisco CEO John Chambers Host Virtual Discussion on Climate Change and Technology InnovationClick here to view my conversation last March with Fritz Nelson of CMP discussing this market transition.

The Collaboration Effect: The Second Wave of the Internet

Post by Alan S. Cohen, Vice President, Enterprise & Mid-Market Solutions“œA human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space.” — Albert Einstein, 1954Last week we experienced one of the most tumultuous rides in the world financial markets in quite some time. The interconnectedness of the world equity markets -already roiling from the year-plus credit crunch -demonstrates, viscerally, how deeply ingrained the first wave of the Internet, the wave that connected every computer to every other computer, is in the software of economics and finance. Information, much of it unfiltered but transmitted at awesome speed, created tremendous gyrations that caused companies long considered rock-solid institutions to teeter, and, in some cases, to fall. All of this occurred on a wave of Ethernet and fiber strung together from every financial capital to the next, worldwide. Countless investors swept the emotional gamut as hundreds of billions of dollars of equity were wiped out and then regained in days, even hours.The uplifting (though certainly not final) conclusion to last week’s financial turmoil was a human network effect: the collaboration between various elected and appointed government agencies alongside private industry to hammer out a rapid but powerful solution to the credit crisis. It took people with skills, knowledge and the desire to work together. The proposal Secretary Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke presented is a manifestation of what we believe will be the second wave of the Internet: collaboration.Collaboration posits such a powerful business concept because it puts people and context back into decision-making. While the first wave of the Internet allowed connectivity and trading algorithms to move trillions of dollars daily on a global basis, it fell short on solutions where insight and awareness were required. Today we see collaboration as a transcendent strategy for business, crossing boundaries of location, time, language, and corporate or government structures. Powerful, multi-modal, cross-company collaboration solutions that unleash innovation and productivity are the heart of what we call the”collaboration effect.” It is a profoundly simple concept: put people back into the center of communications and decision-making, even if they are not members of the same work-team or company, or don’t even work on the same continent.As business becomes increasingly digital, work is more of an activity than a physical place; thus the physical workplace must become a virtual”workspace.” Successful workspaces must not only support replication of business processes and communications, but actually allow them to morph or go away. Read More »

Cisco Collaboration Portfolio Introduction To The Channels

Richard McLeod, senior director, go-to-market group, worldwide channels at Cisco, discusses the significance of the Cisco collaboration portfolio to the channels.

How the “Human Network Effect” Helps Cisco Employees Live, Work and Play

Cisco employee Lisa Napier talks about the”Human Network Effect” that Cisco Virtual Office and collaboration technologies such as WebEx have had on the ways she lives, works and plays. Lisa explains how she is now able to spend more time with her family and help her community while balancing the complexities of working on a global team.

PostPath Acquisition and the Cisco Collaboration Platform

Post by Doug Dennerline, SVP, Collaboration Software GroupCommunications, globalisation and automation have flattened the world and transformed the competitive landscape. The traditional competitive advantages of size and scale have been replaced by speed and flexibility. In this new world, effective, adaptive collaboration is critical to achieving sustainable competitive advantage. Today’s acquisition of PostPath is part of our commitment to create a comprehensive cloud-based collaboration platform. By offering an on-demand version of the PostPath solution, we can provide flexible, cost-effective email and calendaring integrated with our collaboration portfolio of Cisco Unified Communications, WebEx and Business Video. PostPath’s Linux-based email, calendaring and collaboration solution is highly secure and scalable, and incorporates an innovative Web 2.0 architecture to meet the requirements of enterprise customers and small businesses. It’s interoperable with many different email solutions, offers an AJAX web client and is compatible with a broad range of mobile devices.We’re excited to welcome the PostPath team to Cisco and look forward to working together. For more information, I encourage you to listen to this podcast from Cisco’s Alex Hadden-Boyd,