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Where is the Cloud Collaboration Market Heading?

The hosted services market has seen tremendous growth over the past year. In particular, Cisco’s own Hosted Collaboration Solution has received the greatest validation from service providers, including key deployments with Verizon earlier this year and Orange Business Services recently announcing their Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) in June. Businesses are now realizing the value of providing a rich suite of collaboration applications that are accessible anywhere, on any device.

The next question remains, once these solutions are developed and initially adopted, what’s the next innovation in the market that will keep current customers, while attracting potential ones?

There’s no denying that mobile devices are a part of everyday business life. With many users accessing business applications and resources via their personal smartphones, tablets and laptops, it’s only natural for the next iteration of cloud collaboration to stretch into the mobile realm.

In a recent study conducted by Cisco’s independent research arm, The Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), it was revealed from those surveyed that business users will be key adopters of mobile cloud services.

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Is this you? Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Managers from Mindflash [Infographic]

Source: Mindflash (click on image to visit their site)

Are you one of these managers? The folks at Mindflash have put together dysfunction at-a-glance that is essential reading if you manage people.

See the entire graphic here.

You don’t have to be a bad manager! We have some of the best and brightest – including Ken Blanchard – who have created some terrific WebEx sessions for us on the essentials of good management. These are available to watch at any time, simply click and Read More »

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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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