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Video: My Perspective and a Look Into the Future

Guest post by Bessie Wang, a summer intern with Cisco’s Corporate Communications team.

Had a hard time passing level 4-14 in angry birds? I admit I cheated and looked at the online tutorial on YouTube after much frustration. Virtual video tutorials now range from game cheats to 8 minute abs work outs to various makeup lessons. Video is changing the way we play games, interact, learn and even exercise and is constantly enriching our learning and communication experience.

Although nothing will replace the energy of being at a U2 concert live or the feeling of an embrace from a loved one after an exhausting work day, video can revolutionize and enrich people’s experience as the world becomes more mobile and international. Cisco is bridging that gap by allowing customers to get as close as they can to the real experience no matter where they are. Cisco’s broad video portfolio, from Movi desktop cameras to digital signs and immersive TelePresence rooms, delivers the highest quality of video at any time or place. Let’s take a tour of  how video can transform different industries in the coming years …

Education

Every student learns differently. Video can enhance how knowledge is shared in the classroom, whether it is delivering a more visual lecture or providing greater access to instructors. As students are early technology adopters, educational institutions have an opportunity to harness this to enhance, student connection, interactions and enrich the student’s experience.

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Citrix putting the “Personal” back into the Corporate PC

Today, Citrix announces XenDesktop 5.5 with the addition of “Personal vDisk” from their recent acquisition of RingCube. To give credit, this story on RingCube broke earlier from folks like:

Having been a former member of the executive team at RingCube prior to re-joining Cisco’s desktop virtualization group, I’m pleased to see Citrix get aggressive about tackling this problem.  And the overarching problem has been that corporate PCs have evolved to become more cumbersome, less productive and less “personal” to work on in recent years.

Now you might ask – is it really important that “Personal Computers (PCs)” remain “Personal”? Well, actually it turns out even in a corporate setting, it makes a huge difference.  IT departments can dictate to some degree what employees can and can not use for business but each day we see an explosion of more usage on more personalized devices.  As knowledge professionals, these devices often operate as an extension of who we are, what we say, and what we do.

How did we get here?

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Use WebEx to Raise Money for Your Cause: Social Giving [Infographic]

Source: Social Giving Infographic

Frank Barry at NETWITSTHINKTANK has published a compelling infographic that visually describes the power of social media to enhance charitable giving.

He describes this as the power of “friends asking friends.” A call out in the graphic notes, “Participants who use online fundraising tools raise six times more money than those who don’t.”

See the social giving infographic.

I know this has worked with me – I feel good when I click on a friend’s Facebook post about a walk they are doing or a cause they support. For just $5 or $10, I can support them and their cause and it’s a win-win-win.

According to the article,

Overall, those who use social media tools at all increased their fundraising by 40% compared to peers. However, fewer than half of fundraisers tap into their social networks or use social media tools when fundraising.

Those are persuasive numbers. The infographic shows a host of tools folks are using to raise money and it includes hosting events and other online tools. That’s where WebEx can help. It is just another tool to add to your arsenal for social fundraising. Read More »

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Online Meetings Just Got Better: WebEx Offers New Lower Price Package

If you aren’t using online meetings, you are working too hard.

Taking it online gives you the freedom to do more, work effectively and maybe even get a bit of your life back. With the added convenience of mobile access, recording and Outlook scheduling, using WebEx to host your meetings online is smart.

Unlimited WebEx meetings with up to 8 people just $19/month. Learn more.

While executives are clear they need a powerful communication’s arsenal (see report here) smaller businesses and individuals aren’tyet reaping the rewards. WebEx wants to make video conferencing accessible to everyone in any sized company – from the 90% of employees who work offsite cited in the report, to freelancers, home businesses, start-ups and more. Read More »

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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.

Register now.

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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