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Why Cisco for Desktop Virtualization?

Ahead of Cisco’s upcoming Desktop Virtualization announcement, we are conducting a series of interviews with members of our desktop virtualization product teams so get their insights into desktop virtualization from industry, customer and Cisco perspectives.  In this blog, we interview Jeff Platon, Senior Director of Strategy and Operations for the desktop virtualization engineering product teams at Cisco.  Jeff describes Cisco’s desktop virtualization solution, Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), and explains what prompted Cisco to build it.

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Don’t Kill Employee Motivation: Blanchard Team Presents Delivering Feedback that Gets Results

Providing good feedback does not occur naturally or by default. To provide effective feedback, leaders must learn, develop, and cultivate fundamental skills. Organizations that do not address these fundamental skills risk creating an environment where people fail to observe, reflect and self-correct their behavior.

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In 1998, Fast Company wrote an article on employee feedback and over ten years ago managers faced the same problems:

Too many leaders still treat feedback as a once-a-year event, rather than an ongoing discipline. “Doing annual appraisals is like dieting only on your birthday and wondering why you’re not losing weight,” cracks Saunier. Too many leaders confuse feedback with paperwork. “Filling out a form is inspection, not feedback,” says Kelly Allan, senior associate of Kelly Allan Associates Ltd., a consulting firm based in Columbus, Ohio whose clients have included Boeing, Paramount Pictures, and IBM. “History has taught us that relying on inspections is costly, improves nothing for very long, and makes the organization less competitive.”

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Emerging Trends in Desktop Virtualization

In my role as Cisco’s Director of Product Management for Desktop Virtualization, I am in constant communication with industry analysts and customers. In the video below, I share insights I’ve learned from these conversations and answer two questions:

1) What are key trends are we seeing in the industry around desktop virtualization and why is this important to collaboration?

2) Where are we in the journey to providing a rich collaborative experience in an enterprise-class virtualized desktop environment to customers today?

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Are You an Agile Worker? How to Successfully Work Remotely

It’s your dream.

On occasion, you would love to get up a little later, not rush to shower and get dressed, have a decent breakfast and avoid jumping in the car and dealing with traffic. You know you’d be more productive working at home, pounding away without interruptions. You are wearing your comfy day-jammies because you don’t have to dress to impress.

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The answer is becoming an “agile worker”.

“An Agile Worker operates from any convenient location. They may use a desk in the office or a casual drop-in space designed for short micro-working spells. They are often found working in a public space with WiFi access or whilst travelling using mobile GPRS or 3G connected devices. Some are road warriors staying in hotels, moving from meeting to meeting and working throughout the day as and when they can gain access to networks. Agile Workers also work from home usually on an occasional (say one or two days in 10) basis.” – Steve Gillies, BT Viewpoint

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Cisco Fuels Collaboration Innovation with Jabber for Mac

Earlier this year, we announced our vision for Cisco Jabber, a unified communications application bringing together presence, instant messaging, voice, video, voice messaging, desktop sharing, and conferencing securely into one experience on any device, anywhere, and delivered through a traditional on-premises deployment, or via the cloud.

Cisco Jabber client

Jabber provides a simple way for business workers to easily and securely find the right people, to see if and on what device they are available, and to collaborate using their preferred method or device.

Last week, we took another big step in that vision, with the release of Cisco Jabber for Mac.  This release delivers powerful new capabilities and a compelling user experience, providing what we feel is the richest UC experience for Mac users in the enterprise to date. Jabber for Mac continues our commitment to bring unified communications to “any device, anywhere.”

In addition to desktop environments, we have already delivered UC capabilities across Android, Blackberry, Nokia and Apple smartphone and tablet devices and will continue to roll out additional capabilities across these platforms.  Beyond voice, voicemail and instant messaging, we have also included compelling applications for web conferencing (WebEx) and enterprise social software (Cisco Quad).  In fact, WebEx became one of the most downloaded business applications on the iOS with over one million downloads from the iTunes App Store, and Cisco Mobile for iPhone won best of show at MacWorld when we introduced it in 2009.

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