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Managing the Cultural Shift of Technology with Cisco Quad

Guest post from Hans Hwang, the Vice President of Collaboration within Cisco Advanced Services. He is responsible for driving services strategy for unified communications, emerging technologies, video, and social software.

Some of the greatest technology innovations, such as holographic displays and supersonic flights, have come and gone with barely a whimper. These innovations were unsuccessful not because they were lacking in brilliance, but because they failed to gain mass adoption.

On the other hand, communication and collaboration tools are great examples of technologies that have mass appeal and staying power.

Think about it. How many of us use some type of collaboration tool in our everyday lives? Whether it’s group texting with your friends to plan a surprise party, or video chatting with a relative to plan a visit — communication and collaboration tools have fundamentally changed the way people interact.

Collaboration technologies are unique in their potential to touch every aspect of a business.

We’re seeing a similar shift in the way companies are communicating and sharing information with employees, partners and customers. With advanced collaboration technologies, like videoconferencing and enterprise social software, companies are rethinking the way they have traditionally done business.  For instance, employees are no longer tied to their desk or required to sit in a conference room to do their jobs.

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Brian Dickinson Brings Tech to Mt Everest and Shares His Harrowing Story

Brian Dickinson is an engineer at Cisco.

For many of us, we consider him a friend. When he decided he was going to climb Mt Everest as part of his personal mission to climb the Seven Summits, we collectively gasped. The danger involved was daunting and while we knew he was a tough ex-Navy guy, he’s also a husband and father and good friend!

Brian wanted to document his progress and allowed us to talk with him over a series of three WebEx events. When things started, we all had no idea the challenges he would face during his actual climb. We started out talking to him at sea-level from his home in Snoqualmie, WA. He shared his motivation, hopes and dreams about the climb.

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Cisco at Enterprise 2.0: Announcing a New Hosted Deployment of Cisco Quad

Using Facebook and LinkedIn at work may be taboo, but more and more organizations are encouraging their workers to chat, post and comment via enterprise social software, or ESS. Last year at Enterprise 2.0 in Boston, we made a big splash by introducing our Cisco Quad social collaboration platform.

This morning, the big news at the show was that together with our partners, Cisco extended Quad’s reach with a new hosted deployment model.  This new offering will be delivered initially in the United States and Canada through ACS (a Xerox company), in Europe through Logicalis UK, and in Australia through Alphawest (a wholly owned subsidiary of Optus). Join me below for a short video that walks you through some of our news.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGilJvaxHNE

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Cisco Announcements at InfoComm: Transforming Video Communications

Guest post by Didier Moretti, VP/GM of Cisco’s Media Experience and Analytics Business.

We are approaching a new frontier for video.  Video communications technologies like Cisco TelePresence eliminate distance, making it easier for individual and teams to meet and collaborate regardless of physical location.

But how do we extend our reach, to hundreds or even thousands of people, across many different time zones and countries, in offices or on the go and on a variety of mobile devices?

My team within Cisco has been working on addressing these needs and developing a complete solution to capture, transform, and share video content, whether live or on demand.  This week at InfoComm in Orlando, Florida, Cisco announced the newest release of the Media Experience Engine (MXE) 5600, fulfilling the next part of our capture-transform-share vision.  The MXE 5600 delivers a breadth of services aimed at addressing specific customer needs, by bringing together telepresence, video conferencing, and unified communications endpoints into WebEx, and by enabling recording and sharing of live and studio mode meetings when combined with the Cisco TelePresence Content Server.

Our solution transforms any TelePresence or video conferencing endpoint into a content creation device – and enables users to time shift and engage when they are ready, from any device, anywhere. This combination enables people to engage and leverage talent at scale, and work together in new ways that were difficult to imagine before.

Here’s how it works:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bXxkdxT0as

This is just the tip of the iceberg:

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Behind the Scenes with Alice Waters: WebEx On-Demand Delivers Delicious Insights

In early 2009, Michelle Obama started working to get us re-focused on healthy eating. She brought back the White House garden with the goal of bringing homegrown food into the White House. This kind of garden was a dream of California chef Alice Waters.

Alice a leader in the movement to use locally grown organic foods.

She had discussed her idea for a White House garden with Mrs.Obama and she organized a Washington dinner before President Barack Obama’s inauguration that served foods bought from local producers at an area farmer’s market. Mrs. Obama and Ms. Waters made the headlines again yesterday.

We had a chance to meet with Alice Waters in her kitchen where we held a live WebEx with her in Berkeley! It was a terrific discussion and she even shared a quick recipe with us.

Click here to watch the WebEx.

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