On Monday night, Cisco once again joined forces with the Make a Difference Foundation (MAD) as a major sponsor of the MAD Ball 2013, an event organised by the foundation to raise funds to help disadvantaged children and young people in Australia. The fundraising efforts for the MAD Foundation are concentrated on this one epic event that is held on the eve of the Melbourne Cup every year.
The race that stops a nation is the perfect backdrop for the elegant affair which is held at the Plaza Ballroom, Regent Theatre in Melbourne. This year was an exceptionally opulent affair with a Great Gatsby theme for the event. Cisco and MAD are ideal partners as we share a core aim, to challenge each and every one of us to make a difference. Our corporate social responsibility strategies and programs focus on providing our staff, partners and customers with opportunities to give back to the communities in which we do business.
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Last week an independent study on trans-Tasman teleworking practices that we had commissioned from the University of Melbourne’s Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society and Auckland University of Technology’s (AUT) New Zealand Work Research Institute. The research was the first of its kind with over 1,800 employees and 100 managers surveyed across Australia and New Zealand to delve in to the attitudes of teleworking in the two countries.
To launch the report we hosted media in three Cisco offices across the region (Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland) with researchers joining the event via TelePresence in each location. The key researchers presenting the findings were Professor Tim Bentley, AUT University, Dr Laurie McLeod, Dr Rachelle Bosua, University of Melbourne and Dr Marianne Gloet, University of Melbourne
The report uncovered some very interesting findings and resulted in the coining of a new term – the “Hybrid Teleworker”. A Hybrid Teleworker is someone who teleworks between one and three days a week and the study has found that this group is the most productive worker.
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Last week at the sixth annual Cisco Collaboration Summit, partners from Asia-Pacific, Japan and Greater China (APJC) had the opportunity to network with Cisco executives, other collaboration partners, consultants, and analysts and explore how trends such as mobility and cloud are changing the collaboration landscape.
As Cisco APJC is a partner-led organization, building and enabling our collaboration partners is business critical. Last week, we were privileged to recognize the exemplary collaboration partners who demonstrated best-in-class business practices and serve as a model to the industry. Congratulations to the following APJC partners:
- Dimension Data APAC (Asia Pacific) was recognized in the Customer Lifecycle Leader award category for its business excellence in sales methodologies across the customer life-cycle.
- Gen-i (New Zealand) was recognized in the Cloud Trailblazer award category for its business excellence in cloud business models.
- Mitsubishi Electric System and Service (Japan) was recognized in the Video Visionary award category for its business excellence across the spectrum of pervasive video.
- Servion Global Solutions Limited (India) was recognized in the Customer Collaboration Leader award category for its business excellence across contact center, remote expert, and other customer collaboration technologies.
- Telstra (Australia) was recognized in the Mid-Market Mover award category for its business excellence in software applications and SaaS.
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Cisco, in conjunction with Telstra, is pleased to announce that it has worked with the Catholic Education Office to roll out TelePresence in the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst. All secondary and central schools in the region will be equipped with the technology.
The roll-out represents a great opportunity for students in the Catholic schools system of Bathurst to enjoy face-to-face interaction with students at different schools, with external tutors and other experts from the region, based in other parts of Australia and even other parts of the world. The facilities will be readying students for life outside school by fostering a culture of teamwork and collaboration.
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Karen McFadzen, VP of Technical Services for Cisco Asia Pacific, Japan & Greater China, has been recognised as a finalist in The Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence Awards for her dedication to achieving greater workforce diversity at Cisco, driving innovation within the company and making a difference to the wider community.
As The AFR reported it received over 500 applications, Cisco is exceptionally proud to commend Karen for being recognised as one of the 100 finalists.
Karen was recognised in the Global category for her influence and participation in a number of global initiatives and as a passionate advocate on topics including leadership, the development of next generation talent and Inclusion & Diversity. For example, since 2006, Karen has been an active board member of the Cisco Foundation, which supports Cisco’s efforts to team with NPO/NGO organisations around the world to develop public investment programs in education and health. This role has enabled Karen to engender a greater global perspective at Cisco’s Foundation Board level.
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