Every day I hear from customers who want to make collaboration more pervasive across their organizations. How do they take advantage of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)? Does it make sense to move some solutions to the cloud? What about video?
Those are all good questions, but as my colleague Rowan Trollope, SVP and GM of Cisco Collaboration Technology Group, said today, this is just the beginning. Cisco commissioned a global survey of 3,320 IT leaders from nine countries (U.S., Canada, U.K., Sweden, Germany, India, Russia, New Zealand and Australia) to find out what’s really top of mind for them. The survey, conducted by Redshift Research, revealed some interesting observations, not only about what matters to IT leaders, but about the differences between Cisco’s and Microsoft’s approach to collaboration. Here are some of the top findings: Read More »
Tags: Bring your Own Device (BYOD), Bring Your Own Windows Device (BYOWD), cloud collaboration, collaboration, Redshift Research, research, video
Like many others in the Northeast US, I was personally affected by the impact of Hurricane Sandy this past November. Aside from the lessons it taught me about disaster preparedness, it also highlighted some very salient ways that social collaboration can be used and why social is truly becoming the next wave of collaboration. And while my story is one of a personal nature, these principles apply to the enterprise. They re-inforce the ideas that social collaboration has real benefits.
Let me start with the numbers to paint the picture:
- Days without cell phone coverage: 4
- Days without electricity: 14
- Days without cable / internet: 17
For those 2+ weeks in November, I was operating in survival mode and my greatest source of interaction and information was through social collaboration tools -- primarily Facebook and Twitter -- when I was able to find a location with Internet access. With my examples below, I hope to show how social collaboration was used to help in a number of ways during that difficult time and also attempt to draw the parallels to an enterprise setting.
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Tags: collaboration, social media, WebEx Social
When I was in London recently for Cisco Live, I got a lot of questions about how organizations can drive the most value out of collaboration. As expectations for seamless collaboration between devices and applications increase, I can practically see light bulbs appear over many customers’ heads as we talk about how collaboration technologies can transform a business and drive tremendous value.
Many of the conversations I have with customers surround how to best integrate collaboration technologies into business process and other applications to drive the highest value. Many customers are uncertain about how to move forward with taking a business and technology architecture approach to accelerate and simplify business processes.
There are a couple of ways to think about this. The first deals with integrating your collaborative processes into your business process, what we call Collaboration Enabled Business Transformation (CEBT). The second deals with integrating your collaborative capabilities and apps so they work together. This is particularly important since most companies have multi-vendor environments for voice and video, hardware and software, and desktop and network. It is an understatement to say that interoperability is critical with collaboration tools so users have a seamless experience when using them to communicate, do business, and maximize results.
Cisco SVP, Chris Dedicoat, presented CEBT at a keynote held during the Cisco Live London activities and appeared to drive a positive response. The CEBT approach to integrating your collaboration capabilities into your business applications processes such as salesforce.com or SAP, can Read More »
Tags: business process, business transformation, Cisco Jabber, collaboration, Collaboration Enabled Business Transformation (CEBT)
Good news: Customers are becoming people in 2013. It’s prediction season. The blog world is ripe with posts of premonitions and predictions for every horizontal, vertical, and diagonal cross-section of business, science, and life in general.
The year’s predictions for customer service have a strong focus on people and experience. Look back just two years and you’ll see a greater emphasis on the process and operational pieces of the puzzle. Then, customers were essentially the sum of their activities and accounts. Today, they’re people and need to be treated as such, especially with the power that social media affords them to share opinions, feedback, and feelings about their interactions as your customer. (Feelings? Not those! Can I even mention those in a corporate post?!)
Some common phrases pop up in this year’s predictions: experience, multichannel, social media, differentiation, personalization, collaboration.
Contact centers are moving beyond transactions to relationships. Service is becoming a competitive differentiator. Creating more interactive and collaborative customer relationships is making a difference. Customer satisfaction is about more than making sure the customer gets the product and that the product works. It’s about creating loyalty so that customer comes back and becomes your advocate.
How can collaboration technology help along the way? The following use cases provide several options and benefits: Read More »
Tags: Call Center, collaboration, collaboration use cases, contact center, Customer Care, customer collaboration, customer service, remote expert, social media
Today, I am pleased to post a guest blog from Cisco partner, Jabra, authored by Chris Briglin, Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Jabra.
One of my favorite quotes in the technology business is: ”The next big thing is whatever makes the last big thing usable.” To me this really speaks to the importance of a great user experience in driving the widespread adoption and deployment of technology solutions. While there are lots of business problems out there and many technology-based solutions created to address those needs, solutions that address business needs through a superior user experience are typically the ones that thrive.
As noted in Cisco’s announcement last week, Jabra partnered with Cisco to co-develop audio devices that enhance the collaboration experience on Cisco Jabber for virtual environments. By combining Jabra’s expertise in audio engineering, product design and software integration with Cisco’s leadership in unified communications, we created two audio devices Read More »
Tags: Cisco Jabber, Cisco Virtualization Experience Engine (VXME), collaboration, desktop virtualization, Jabra, speaker, unified communications, wireless handset