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On-Boarding: How to Shorten Ramp-up Times for Employees

Research shows that when managers get involved the process of bringing a new employee up-to-speed, the new hire learns what they need to know much faster.  That means you get a team member who can deliver results that much sooner.

But how is it done? Find out in this terrific webinar from the Ken Blanchard team.

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In many organizations, on-boarding is little more than making sure new people feel comfortable in the department. That only gets you so far. Master Certified Coach Madeleine Homan-Blanchard will share three strategies managers Read More »

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Digital Signage: Cisco’s Perspective on the Industry and What’s Next

Earlier this year, Cisco was named the market leader in digital signage by  Frost and Sullivan. With our broad customer base and large IT & AV partner ecosystem, this places Cisco in a unique position to have insight into emerging digital signage trends and customer needs. Digital signage is more than just a targeted advertising device; it becoming one of many video applications considered in enterprise video strategies and it’s an interactive communications tool to speed information across a large campus and increase collaboration within an organization.

For example, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) deployed Cisco Digital Signs as part of an emergency preparedness initiative. With over 100 Cisco Digital Signs across multiple campuses and sites, NOVA was able to respond quickly during a campus shooting: they used a customized front-end web interface, accessible from campus safety officials’ mobile devices, to display emergency content to all the screens. In just a few clicks, all screens instantly switched to the emergency messaging.

In the video below, I highlight some of the established signage trends that we are seeing across multiple industries, as well as new use cases for digital signage that continue to add value to customer deployments.

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Online Meetings: Is there a best way to share content?

The answer is simple… yes. But you need to decide based on your video conferencing needs.

Maybe sharing isn’t the best name -- think of it more as showing -- meaning the person you are talking to can look at the exact same thing you are looking at on your computer.

It beats emailing a document because they can see you literally point to the item, or make the edit, or surf the website in real time. There are different ways you can share and it can make a difference.

Watch this short WebEx to determine your “best way.”

When you watch, you’ll learn when to share an application or your desktop, and when it’s better to upload a presentation or document to your WebEx session. Virtual meeting expert Janine Kurnoff goes behind the scenes and shows you how to present like a pro. You’ll learn how to easily leverage the best features in both methods and keep your viewers more engaged.

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Cisco Prepares for the London 2012 Olympic Games

There’s just one year to go until the London 2012 Olympic Games.  It’s been quite a year and we have had much to celebrate – not least that, at the heart of a world-class event, there’s a world-class network infrastructure helping to make it all happen.

Games test events are underway from a technical perspective and we’re pleased with the way our network is performing.  Our marketing activities have scaled to a fully-integrated activation plan and colleagues worldwide are really engaging with our internal programme – check out

Neil Crockett judges final STEMNet challenge

one example here.  I am especially proud of our investment in creating the British Innovation Gateway, announced in January.

But a recent highlight for me has been chairing the judging panel for the Cisco STEMNet challenge. UK schools were invited to design a website for Paralympian handcyclist, Rachel Morris. Rachel kindly agreed to help judge the entries, joined by Chris Thompson of Ravensbourne College, the Digital Media Centre of Excellence in East London.  We were overwhelmed by the quality of the submissions and by the enthusiasm and engagement the students showed in wanting to support Rachel’s endeavours, which made for quite a few emotional moments among us all.

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Cyber Safety: Are Online Meetings Secure?

This week, CNN Money is running a series of articles on Cybercrime and the Cybercrime Economy. They offer a series of interesting tips and strategies to protect your business. As I was reading the articles, it reminded me that we are often asked about the safety of WebEx meetings.

WebEx meetings operate with Cisco Security.

This is a very important part of the WebEx solution. With so many “free” web conferencing solutions available today, it’s easy to fall into a commodity mentality when choosing an online solution. But the reality is, free doesn’t always mean secure.

If you are using video conferencing, chances are you are doing business and sharing information that you would not want someone else to hear (unless that was your intention). This is also true for vendors, contractors and consultants who typically have a legal obligation Read More »

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