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Focusing on Virtual Technology

I am always keen to learn about new virtual technologies and there are several great conferences coming up focusing on just that. Below is an overview on a few of them that I culled from the conference web sites.

Virtual Edge Summit 2010 (http://virtualedgesummit.com/) – February 2010

Virtual Edge Summit 2010 is the only event that focuses exclusively on providing education, training and solutions for planning and producing virtual events, meetings and communities.  Over 2 days, dozens of experts will share their expertise with you, and be available for one-on-ones. The Virtual Edge Summit is Produced by the Virtual Edge Institute

The VirtualEdge.org website and Virtual Edge Summit event provide an easy and informative ‘Due Diligence & Best Practices’ destination for all stakeholders interested in virtual events, meetings and marketing.  

Virtual World Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) conference (http://www.vwbpe.org/) –  March 2010

The VWBPE Conference provides opportunities for virtual world communities to showcase projects, courses, events and research that lead to best practices in education. The end result of collaborating, sharing, and co-construction of knowledge during the conference is the creation of innovative and immersive environments in which virtual world residents can learn, work, and play.

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Telepresence Comes Knocking

 

homeTP     If you are reading this, there is a good chance you have used a Cisco Telepresence system to make sales calls or review details with clients. The effect that Telepresence has had on the corporate world has been undeniable.  The unprecedented success of Cisco Telepresence is now expanding outside of the corporate office and into a living room near you.  

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Training, Certification and Events, updated

We recently updated our entryway into Training and Events. The short description of the changes is that we focused on the following areas:

    • Navigation: Expose (four) different kinds of “wayfinding” on the home page: Role, Business Topics, Strategies, Industries. Make the important links to Training and to Events more obvious
    • Visual Design: Lay out the page to be more readable. Give the home page a more modern aesthetic.
    • Simplification: Escalate important content but avoid overwhelming the page with links. Simplify the text so you can scan to the right thing more quickly.
    • Organization by key audiences

    Here’s the comparison.

     

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    Web components, CSS and the quick change artist

    One of the biggest challenges a web team can face is a project that requires a complete visual change of their large web property. It’s a tough challenge, because there are usually multiple platforms underneath, all using different templating and rendering systems. And, the expectation is always that the change happen across thousands or millions of pages in an instant, since nobody wants a site where pages in different sections look radically different.

    One of tech’s big sites this week underwent such a change, which was executed very efficiently.  In the online technology world (I’m talking web sites, mobile and such), the Java technology web site is one we consult regularly, since it hosts tons of technical information about the Java programing language and platform. Members of our technical team are on the site several times a day, and, even though I am a design director now at Cisco, I periodically check it as well since I used to run that Java site back in the early days of Java.

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    An improved routers page

    A little while back we updated the design on our Routers category page pretty substantially. You probably remember the old page, which wasn’t as organized as you might have liked.  So, we implemented a new design that makes it easier to compare models, easier to scan for the right product, and we’ve organized information within tabs.  As one customer said during some recent testing of the new page:

    “I really like the format of this, being able to expand and hide products. I think it is perfect actually. They have also touched on pertinent information for the products.” 

     

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