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Visual Networking Can Help You Achieve Your Work-Life Balance

- August 15, 2008 - 4 Comments

A work-life balance is something desired in any occupation. The increased use of visual networking in business and our personal lives has made a work-life balance achievable. I recently spoke with Ken Wirt, Vice President of Consumer Marketing at Cisco and Sean Collins, President and Chief Forecaster of on the topic. Check out their opinions in the videos below. The discussion of how to achieve a work-life balance has become more popular as gas prices rise and our commutes get longer. BusinessWeek now has a blog specifically dedicated to the conversation called Work-Life Balance. Yesterday, Michelle Conlin of BusinessWeek posted a video along with her article, ” Work-Life Balance: How to Get a Life and Do Your Job.” It offers suggestions and further discussion as to how to achieve a true work-life balance. More information on visual networking below: The Dawn of Visual Networking – PC Magazine Visual Networking…Everybody’s Doing ItFollow up on Visual Networking: Facts&ProjectionsYou can check out the Cisco consumer website here.

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  1. Thanks for video! Your councils have helped me, I began to work less,and to do it is more!

  2. How do you think visual networking will be impacted by bandwidth caps ? All ISPs are capping the bandwidth ~ a few GB.

  3. Erica — thanks for your comment! Virtual worlds certainly add something to the basic text experience — social interactivity, visual stimulation, kinesthetic sense, etc. But our conception of visual networking (streaming video plus social networking) is a little different: we believe that video is key because it contributes a full communication of all the non-verbal cues that are missing in text (and in virtual worlds) -- things like facial expressions, body language and gestures. And while virtual worlds include social interactivity, we see visual networking as consisting of social networking which adds rating, ranking, filtering, and discovery to the basics of interactivity. So in summary, at Cisco while we certainly believe in virtual worlds (and have a been a big supporter of Second Life), we see visual networking as a more complete form of communication that is changing the way we work, live and play. -- Ken Wirt, VP Consumer Marketing, Cisco

  4. Interesting article. My question to Cisco: when you think of visual networking, are you including the Immersive Internet (e.g., virtual worlds and campuses, immersive workspaces, immersive learning simulations, etc.)? The way I look at things, video and telepresence are not either/or with virtual worlds, avatars, etc. -- even holograms. They will blend together over time. Would love to see more thoughts from you on this.Erica Driver, Principal, ThinkBalm