Laura Spencer writes an interesting blog today, 10 of the Most Surprising Things about Freelancing. I think at some point, everyone has the fantasy of breaking free of the corporate hamster wheel and going out on their own. Especially if you have a skill set that can be easily transferred to different situations.
Freelancing is 100% risk. You are responsible for selling your skills and building a client base. You almost never turn down work because you never know when the next assignment will come along. It’s risky and it’s true what Laura says, you really don’t get “personal days” unless you do some careful planning.
But what if you aren’t ready to jump into freelancing 100% of the time?
There are ways you can put your foot in the water and see if you have Read More »
Tags: business advice, Cisco WebEx, Freelance, learning, telecommute, tips, WebEX, webinar
As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog “Customer Collaboration Takes the UK by Storm”, a big part of my week in the UK was spent meeting with key channel partners. One of those partners, Touchbase, made it clear that they see the same changes that we’re seeing in the market. Formerly Avaya’s largest partner in the UK, Touchbase began seeing changes in the market a few years ago—so much so that they transitioned their business entirely from Avaya to Cisco.
Mike Danson, Managing Director of Touchbase UK, shared some thoughts with me in a short video here: http://communities.cisco.com/videos/8619.
Beyond the video, Mike shared with me the investments that Touchbase is making in being able to demonstrate Cisco Customer Collaboration to customers at its new Executive Briefing Center and also shared a quote from one of their clients, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, a 2200-person law firm with more than 300 contact center agents on Cisco Unified Contact Center Enterprise. The firm’s Group Operations Director, Gary Jackson, said, “Our communication infrastructure lies at the heart of our business. It’s therefore crucial that we have the support of companies like Touchbase who can offer their expertise and knowledge to help ensure we can continue to grow.”
I also love to hear about customers and partners that are seeing success with Cisco solutions. That’s certainly the case with Touchbase, and I look forward to seeing more of that success as we continue to focus on the UK market.
Tags: collaboration, customer collaboration
I spent last week in the UK meeting with a host of customers, partners, consultants, analysts, and reporters. After a busy and intense week of long days (and a few evenings), I can say that I have never seen a market so ready for Customer Collaboration and for how Cisco is approaching this market.
Over the next several days, I’ll be sharing some specifics in additional blogs, but I thought I’d kick things off with a summary blog. Beginning with my first day of meetings, I was struck again by the enthusiasm of the Cisco sales teams for Customer Collaboration, reinforcing what I blogged about recently in “Cisco Customer Collaboration driving aggressively to #1.” The reporters I met with keyed in on important aspects of Customer Collaboration, including social media and cloud-based contact centers; they were also particularly interested in customer stories. I will be sharing more on my press interactions as articles are published in the coming days and weeks.
Speaking of customers, James Hughes, the global communications manager for our customer Investec, was very interested in Read More »
Tags: collaboration, customer collaboration
Today, we’re featuring a guest post from Eric Schoch, senior director for hosted collaboration in Cisco’s Collaboration organization. Eric is responsible for hosted and “as a service” solutions, strategic pricing and licensing, and business development.
There is simply no denying the increasing importance of being connected. Generation Y in particular, who grew up with mobile devices affixed almost permanently to their hands, views connectivity as one of life’s fundamental resources.
The newest addition to the workforce considers their mobile devices as an essential workplace tool to managing their workload and connecting with their colleagues on the go. While sitting in a meeting or having lunch in the break room, you can almost visualize the text bubbles hovering over crowds of this generation of workers as fingers hammer away at phones and tablets, eyes glued to the shiny screens in their hands. BYOD
But this trend goes far beyond lunch hours and happy hours. As proven by Chapter Two of the 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report, the next-generation workforce is demanding flexibility in their choice of devices in both the workplace and remote-work options, illustrating the importance of the Internet in workforce culture. Social media freedom, device flexibility, and work mobility, in the case of 30% of the study’s respondents, are more important when accepting a job than a higher salary.
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Tags: byod, Cisco, Cisco Connected World Technology Report, cloud, collaboration, collaboration summit, college, facebook, hosted collaboration, HR, millennials, mobility, newspapers, routing, security, survey, switching, tablet, twitter, unified communications, wireless, workforce, workspace
When I told my daughter that her gramma was going to be with her other (younger) grandchild this year for Halloween, I did not expect her reaction. She’s 12 and has had gramma with her every year since birth and I figured she knew she would eventually have to share.
But that was not my kid’s idea. She was downright pissed!
“She needs to see me in my costume! It’s tradition!” she told me. Oops. Apparently we have a tradition that I just took for granted all these years.
But then I suggested we have a little fun and get to share the holiday with her cousin as well. We could do a WebEx, show my mom my daughter’s costume and see our little three year old firefighter in his outfit. “I guess that’ll work,” she conceded. And off we went. We did a test drive on Sunday.
We fired up the WebEx, turned on the webcams and the kids had a ball. Everyone get to see each other, there was lots of conversation and excitement and gramma Read More »
Tags: family, free trial, Halloween, holiday, Holidays, Recording, WebEX