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In Collaboration, What’s the Next Great Debate?

It seems like every five years a major shift takes place and is debated at the collaboration industry’s premier conference:  VoiceCon. Now called Enterprise Connect, this year’s conference got underway yesterday in Orlando, FL.

In 2001, the great debate was around the convergence of voice and data, as industry leaders took sides over whether the IP-PBX ready was ready for prime time.

In 2006, the buzz was around the topic of Unified Communications, where a single platform emerged to deliver voice, messaging, and basic video.

This year, I predict a great debate over the question, “What does collaboration look like in what Ray Ozzie termed ‘the post-PC world?’”

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Cisco Wins Four Apex Awards at Digital Signage Expo 2011

Last week, Cisco Digital Media Systems (DMS) wrapped up another year at the world’s largest international trade show and conference dedicated to digital signage – the Digital Signage Expo 2011, held in Las Vegas. This year’s event came at an exciting time, just as Cisco was able to announce its 3000-customer milestone in digital signage and our market leadership in this bourgeoning industry after just four short years since joining the market in 2007.

For more insight from the show floor at DSE 2011, check out this video with DMS general manager Janice Litvinoff, outlining key highlights from the event and the unique digital signage applications on display this year at the Cisco booth.

In addition, we were thrilled to receive four Apex Awards, handed out by the Digital Signage Federation. Bringing in the gold award was …

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Cisco redefines what you can do on an Android device

Google’s Android operating system is one of the hottest names in mobility right now. According to a Feb 9 Gartner report, “In the [worldwide] smartphone operating system (OS) market, Android grew 888.8 percent in 2010 and moved to the No. 2 position.” No other mobile OS grew anywhere near as fast as Android.

So it makes perfect sense that Cisco should be a part of the growing Android ecosystem. We are pleased to announce Cisco WebEx Meetings for Android and Cisco Mobile for Android.

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Helping Enterprises Create and Manage Video

Today, Cisco announced a series of new video offerings designed to make it easier for enterprises to create and consume video. Listen below as Cisco’s Director of Marketing for Enterprise Video, Erica Schroeder, outlines these new announcements and what it means for our customers.

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Listening to Our Customers

At Cisco, there are two factors that drive strategic decision making --  technology transitions that promise to re-shape industries, and feedback from our customers.

Those factors lead us into new markets, to make acquisitions, and to invest in creating new technologies. The positive disruption represented by the cloud computing transition was what led us to introduce a Cisco hosted email product in November 2009. Customers told us they were interested in divesting responsibility for managing email on-premise in much the same way as they outsourced conferencing to Cisco via our SaaS WebEx Conferencing service.

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