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13 Reasons to Check Out Collaboration at Cisco Live

Cisco Live in San Diego is fast approaching. Here in the world of Cisco Collaboration, we’re getting ready to share all our latest and greatest products and content with you. Meanwhile, we’re making sure we have our official boothwear, slideware, and convention-center footwear ready to go.

I challenged my teammates to help me tell you why should be sure to see all the Cisco Collaboration activities we have to offer at this year’s event. (Yes you, looking at a screen of some sort right now and reading these words.) After a purely unofficial, nonscientific process filtered by my somewhat skewed sense of humor, here are 13 compelling reasons to check out all that Cisco Collaboration has to offer from June 7th to 11th in San Diego.

  1. Choose from 75+ technical breakout sessions, 30 hands-on technical labs, and more than 25 engineers available for 1:1 sessions.
  2. Ride in a Cisco Spark bus or pedicab to get there and snap selfies ’til you drop
  3. Cloud, on premises, hybrid, oh my: Hear experts unravel mysteries and answer your questions in Meet the Engineer sessions.
  4. More than 200,000 companies using Cisco Collaboration can’t be wrong.
  5. “Walk this way, talk this way.” Follow AeroSmith’s instructions and come see us live in action.
  6. Spark, Spark, Spark, baked beans, and Spark
  7. The Customer Connection Program gets you access to NDA content (and nifty giveaways).
  8. Don’t just see it, do it.  Find out how and meet the experts.
  9. Get coding. Hear the latest from our DevNet team and learn why we are buying Tropo.
  10. Join the conversation, don’t just observe.
  11. Bored with your humdrum work life? Try new Cisco Collaboration.
  12. Spark is the new black.
  13. The Cisco Hat.

Check out the Cisco Collaboration events as you build your schedule make sure you catch the latest great information.

Special thanks to Alexis Doherty, Barnaby Meadows, Jillian Zimmerman, Ross Daniels, Fran Blackburn, Chris Wiborg, Angela Murphy, Kirk McNeil, Jeff Marusak, Lauren Colson, Marcus Gallo, Patty Medberry.

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The Days of the Mad Men Office Are Over: Create a Digital Workspace

We’re accelerating the speed at which we generate, test, and bring ideas to market. New digital work styles with social platforms, mobility, cloud, and video conferencing allow us to move faster.

To stay competitive and agile, companies are knocking down boardroom walls — physically and virtually. They’re turning toward a digital workspace where employees can collaborate across the table or around the globe. No matter the size of your organization, you have many options as you build a digital workplace strategy.

Business Value of a Smart Workspace

Stakes are high both in local and globally competitive markets. To keep pace with demand, you need to meet your performance and production objectives. As you think about budget allocation for real estate, consider workplace transformation as a good place to start. It’s about choosing the right infrastructure and securing your digital space. And mobility is always a key factor.

Employees want flexible options and to pick which devices they use. They want to choose where they work, which means they want to participate in online meetings with video and have access to cloud-based mobile apps. Read More »

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The Collaboration Zone (or Communication Manager Grows Up)

Imagine if you will, a company hosting its first-ever global sales meeting – online. Virtually connecting 140 salespeople in 12 countries and as many time zones. It could have been a nightmare, but the meeting went off without a hitch. How?

Well, let’s start with Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Unified CM). Yes, the Cisco IP telephony system has grown up. It’s now the very core of Cisco’s collaboration infrastructure, helping you bring people together—anytime, anywhere, on any device–with a single architecture for all your voice, video, and data.

Back to the meeting. The salespeople connected from offices, conference rooms, on work laptops, at home on tablets, and some even used smartphones between sales calls in the field. Everyone could hear and see each other each other clearly, as if they were all together in one place.

How would you like to extend this experience to your partners or customers? Imagine how much more personal and effective your meetings can be when you connect instantly.

With the Cisco collaboration infrastructure, everybody gets the same high-quality experience on any device. Instant access fosters collaboration with partners, customers, and remote experts. It’s all just as easy as making a phone call on Unified Communications Manager. Read More »

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Key Components of the Cisco Collaboration Core Infrastructure

So, you’ve decided to introduce a collaboration solution to your organization. You’ve thought about the benefits you want it deliver: flexibility, expandability, and interoperability. And you want the user experience to be easy enough for everyone to use — not just the engineers or executives.

Great. You are on the right path. But what next? Now it’s time to become familiar with the components that make it all work.

Cisco has created a collaboration core infrastructure that provides the intelligence behind the experience. It powers the industry’s leading collaboration portfolio, which includes flexible cloud services and endpoints to fit any need or budget.

The Cisco Collaboration core infrastructure has four key components:

  • Call control and session management
  • Conferencing
  • Collaboration gateways
  • Unified management

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Making Teamwork Simpler

I thought I’d spend a few moments to share a little about what we’re working on in the Cloud Collaboration Technology Group at Cisco. Simplifying collaboration has been top of mind. But it’s been evident that we needed to think about it differently this time.

There is a new type of worker that has emerged that requires collaboration at any place and at any time. They stay constantly in touch with their colleagues and rapidly create and share new ideas, concepts and documents. They fuel shorter project cycles and juggle more projects at one time.  They are not bound by hierarchies that say who they can and should work with: they simply find the right people the need to work with to get their jobs done, and get to it.  They are agile, work in small teams and they are moving fast.  Does this sound familiar to you?

So when we think about what’s next, we believe there is a tremendous opportunity to create a new class of collaboration tool that is specifically targeted to these types of workers, and here’s what we think is needed: Read More »

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