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InformationWeek Video: Alan Cohen on Unified Communications

April 21, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

Fritz Nelson of InformationWeek recently posted an interview with our own Alan Cohen, VP of Enterprise & Mid-Market Solutions. They chatted about WebEx, unified communications, presence and more. See the video below or Fritz’ entire post here.

How to Become a Famous Blogger

April 18, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

There are a lot of “how-to” books, manuals, tapes, speakers, etc. A lot of them have a lot of pages or take a while to listen to or watch. Some require you to spend a weekend listening to speakers…heck, you might even mix in a trust-fall or beat a drum or two along the way. This “how to” cartoon from “We blog cartoons“, however, is straight to the point. And, a good way to start your weekend…famous blogger.gifThis, of course, made me remember this Wall Street Journal graphic on high-ranking blogging executives from two years ago.Have a great weekend.

Make Something, Even a Mistake: Advice from Comedian John Cleese

Actor, author and comedian John Cleese shares his thoughts on risk taking, management style and technology use at the recent annual Partner Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii. Few comedians have left a lasting impression quite like British actor John Cleese. From Monty Python to Fawlty Towers to James Bond films and the Pink Panther, too, Cleese has acted, written and produced his way into entertainment history. His career spans four decades and keeps going still. Along the way, he’s developed a keen interest in business and management style. Recently he paid a visit to Cisco partners where he spoke in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the 2008 annual Partner Summit. There, he told his audience to be bold and make mistakes. In a wide ranging talk, he discussed philosophy, business acumen and leadership style. In this interview with Cisco’s Mandy Knotts, Cleese shares his insights on these topics and more.Post by Mandy Knotts

A Japanese Perspective on the Cisco Worldwide Partner Summit

Mandy Knotts, of Cisco PR, speaks with Hidetaka Tak Kai, President and General Manager of Datacraft Japan. Hidetaka Tak Kai talks about the unified communications opportunity in Japan and the widely talked about IT talent issue.Post by Mandy Knotts

Video’s Campus Communications Fabric: Best Supporting Actor?

“If you build a fast engine- [y]ou first of all need a script that’s written in the express lane, and if it’s not, there’s nothing you can do in the editing room to make it move faster. You need room for character, you need room for relationships, for personal conflict, you need room for comedy, but that all has to happen on a moving sidewalk.”

-Steven Spielberg on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullWherever you turn in our industry these days, people are talking about the speed of business and globalization, about mash-ups and ecosystems. And whenever people talk about business communications to support this evolution, they are discussing the role and importance of video. As we showed at the VoiceCon EcoPanel with Al Gore, John Chambers and Sue Bostrom in three different cities, the compelling experience high quality video communications offers not only changes how people interact, it changes business processes themselves, allowing for integration across companies, across cultures, and across continents real time or in the moment. If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the Net Present Value (NPV) of video? Read More »