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Cisco CEO Challenge: “Use Collaborative Technologies to Cut Back Travel”

June 16, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

In a video message to employees today (internal use only), Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers challenged all Cisco employees to “cancel one trip this quarter and use Web 2.0 collaboration technologies to conduct your business in lieu of traveling.” Chambers made the video from his laptop computer…and, yes, as most of us mere mortals do, one never quite knows where to look when using a webcam. : )As I see it, his challenge has many goals. It is a way to demonstrate the power of our collaborative technologies (be it TelePresence, WebEx or MeetingPlace). After all, if we don’t demonstrate our technology to customers and potential customers, how are they going to see the power of the network and our technologies. Sure, it’s also a way to save some dough — we are, after all, a frugal company, which our shareholders and investors love. And, sure, it’s also a way to take some strain off of the environment. Read More »

Cisco and Education: Hand in Hand

June 15, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

We do a lot in education across the company and most recently dedicated a lot of money and human resources to helping transform education and schools in Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita -- our 21S program…or 21 Century Schools Progam. We are coming up in our second year of the investment and I thought

Interactions: Real vs. Virtual

June 13, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

Cisco TelePresence. Cisco WebEx. Cisco MeetingPlace. Unified Communications. Cisco is strong and long in the collaboration space. This IS the way the new workplace is being managed, designed and implemented. However, as John Chambers said in his commentary in Forbes magazine: technology cannot replace a handshake.From a technology company, saying this might be sacrilege, and while Telepresence technology makes you feel like you are in the room with the other person and is the next best thing to being there, there is something about sitting across the table at lunch and talking that is tough to replace. Read More »

Video of Cisco New Media Summit Now Online

June 6, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

Yesterday, you had back to back to back meetings so you were unable to attend Cisco and BPCC’s New Media Summit either in person or via webcast. In the on-demand world in which we live, I’m here to tell you that you can now re-live the Summit…on your schedule…where you want…when you want. The video is now online.Watch Cisco Media Solutions Group’s GM Dan Scheinman talk about the Social Media Explosion. Watch Tom Foremski talk about “Foremski’s Law.” Watch and learn about Second Life from representatives from BMW, Intel and Cisco. Learn about the ROI of Social Media, Best Practices in Internal Communications and more. Read More »

LIVE, FREE WEBCAST TODAY: Cisco and BPCC New Media Summit

June 5, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

Paul McCartney and John Lennon once wrote the great line “the best things in life are free.” And, with that in truism in mind, I invite you to tune in today to Cisco’s and BPCC’s (Best Practices in Corporate Communications) New Media Summit. You’ll hear from Cisco SVP and Media Solutions Group General Manager, Dan Scheinman, on the social media explosion. You’ll hear best practices in new media, including Second Life, from companies such as Coca-Cola, SAP, Sun, Intuit, BP, IBM and Intel. You’ll hear from leading bloggers such as SiliconValleyWatcher’s Tom Foremski, Eric Savitz of Barron’s and Dan Gillmor of Center for Citizen Media. I wish I could tell you that Fake Steve Jobs will be a panelist, but, alas, he’s a tough “get.” Perhaps he’ll tune in via webcast and e-mail me some of his vast knowledge during the conference. If he does, I’ll share it with you. Savitz blog entry on Scheinman keynote.Jeremy Pepper’s POP PR blog entry on traditional and new media panel…with pictures!!The free conference starts at 9AM and goes until 3PM (PT). Please check out the schedule and join for all or part. Read More »