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Essential Recession Recovery Tips for your Business from Ken Blanchard: Free WebEx Event

On April 20, Ken Blanchard, founder of the Ken Blanchard Companies will host a free WebEx called, “Healing the Wounded Organization,” aimed at helping companies recover from the last few years of cut-backs, realignments and more.

Reserve your spot today.

If your organization is like most, you’ve been through a lot the last two years. Layoffs mean friends were let go, teams reshaped, and everyone is doing more with less. Your organization has weathered the storm, but not without its share of cuts and bruises—especially to the human side of the organization.

A successful business is about more than operations.

During this WebEx, best-selling business author Ken Blanchard shares three key strategies Read More »

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Transforming Business Processes with Business Tablets like the Cisco Cius

When I meet with customers, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is what makes a tablet suitable for enterprise use. It’s a great question. I then share my thoughts – and they in turn provide theirs.

The timing’s right to consider this – at least when considering projections, such as from Deloitte, which are forecasting that 50% of computing devices in 2011 will NOT be PC’s – but will be tablets or smartphones. The landscape’s changing indeed.

So, for those of you considering a tablet solution to redefine how your employees go about their work, here are some key areas I’ll share that your colleagues are thinking about. That you may want to consider as you sort through the landscape of tablet options available to you to change your business processes:

  • How important is it that your tablet solution is fully integrated into your communications capabilities, such as voice and/or video interoperability, secure social messaging or offering full desktop computing?
  • Is corporate governance and compliance in your enterprise a factor? For example, are detailed call records, secure call recording with redundant backup systems key record keeping capabilities for your business, due to regulatory requirements?

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Blending Art and Technology to Reach Dance Students around the World

We’re excited to share that earlier this week Cisco was honored at the National Dance Institute’s 34th annual gala at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City. National Dance Institute (NDI), a non-profit organization founded by world-renowned dancer Jacques d’Amboise, provides students access to classes and performances in the arts free of charge.

NDI Celebration Team dancers perform at NDI's 34th annual Gala

What a fantastic event!  Founder d’Amboise spoke about his experience using Cisco TelePresence to globalize dance.  Cisco was recognized for its part in hosting the first dance rehearsal via Cisco TelePresence for dancers to share virtual performances between New York and Shanghai in June 2010.

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Getting to Mt. Everest: Landing and Giving in Katmandu

On May 4, we are planning to talk with Brian Dickinson, our friend and Cisco engineer, from Mt Everest’s Base Camp at 17,500’. You can register for that free WebEx event here. In the meantime, we are following his journey there and back. Late last week, he arrived in Katmandu. All photos are courtesy of Brian Dickinson.

On March 24th, we met Brian Dickinson via WebEx before he left for his Mt Everest climb. In that session, we learned about Brian, his Navy background, his passion for extreme sports Read More »

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JW Marriott Marquis Deploys Virtual Concierge

I can’t wait to stay at the new JW Marriott Marquis next time I visit Miami, Florida. The hotel sets a new standard for technology in the hospitality industry using multiple Cisco Collaboration Solution architectures across unified communications, video, and data center. The hotel is breaking new ground with a unique, “virtual agent” in its Cisco TelePresence-based, Virtual Concierge—the world’s first such application. Hotel guests will find other video applications throughout the facility from the moment they enter the lobby to their individual guest rooms to the basketball arena with the world’s largest all-Cisco video wall. In the video below, Howard Lock, director, Internet Business Solutions Group, discusses one way that JW Marriott Marquis is using TelePresence technology to provide the ultimate guest experience and demonstrates the new Virtual Concierge in action. Click here to learn more about pervasive video at the JW Marriott Marquis.