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Covering the Walls

June 22, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

In our Web design group, we spend most of our waking hours looking at things online. This is a matter of necessity, of course, since everything we do ends up online, and also because we collaborate with teams worldwide electronically, frequently via Cisco WebEx Meetings. But sometimes I like to see a panorama of everything we’re working on, and there’s no better way than to cover the walls with work in progress. So, this is what my office looks like:image Read More »

Conveying Sophisticated Concepts Online

June 16, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

One of the things we walk about frequently on the Web team is how to explain sometimes complex or nuanced concepts in a simple way on Cisco.com. Often, we turn to Flash and other rich media to accomplish this. One of the best examples I have seen lately is the Flash and video experience we have just posted on the Eos section of Cisco.com. The Cisco Eos software platform was developed specifically to aid media and entertainment companies in developing and maintaining large portfolios of content-rich, community-driven web experiences. As you can imagine, there are many audiences for the product, ranging from Chief Digital Officers, to Web Administrators, to Brand Managers, to Content and Site Developers. Being able to illustrate the Eos platform to those different kinds of users was a challenge, and we chose a persona-based navigational approach:imageClick on one of the people above, and a stunning movie is launched explaining Eos platform functionality from the standpoint of that user. These are a really nice combination of storytelling and demonstration, and really worth a visit:imageP.S. You can embed the individual videos into your blog or Web site, if you’re so inclined.Enjoy!

Hidden Gem: Your Own TelePresence Video

June 10, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Here’s a hidden gem on Cisco.com: A “bake your own” Cisco TelePresence video starring you — or even better, a colleague you want to have fun with.Here is the video my colleague Maureen sent me, having purloined a picture of me from the company directory:(My wife and her friend said they didn’t stop laughing for two minutes when they got it in their email.)image(View the Video)How to Create Your OwnYou can set up your own video and share it with friends (or maybe give your boss a chuckle with a video starring her or him). There’s a button to create your own video on the link above, and you can also get to this from the current Cisco.com home page, by expanding the Collaboration feature item…imageAnd then clicking on the “Who’s the Expert Now -- Start Now” box…imageEnjoy!

The Virtual University and Sensor Networks

June 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Cisco Live is once again coming to Second Life, third year running! We will host activities for your participation live on June 30 and July 1, see below for the schedule.imageLooking for technical content? Then Cisco Live Virtual is the virtual destination of choice. In Cisco Live Virtual you can participate in all of the activities offered in Second Life* plus watch technical sessions and interact with Cisco and partner experts in the virtual World of Solutions. Register for Cisco Live Virtual and see for yourself all that this community has to offer. Read More »

All a Twitter Over Twitter in Cisco Live Virtual

June 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

So Twitter is everywhere! Obama @barackobama, Guy Kawasaki @guykawasaki, Darth Vader @darthvader and John Cleese @johncleese use it. I know any time I watch any news station a plug to get the latest breaking news via following @blank on Twitter is sure to be shown. Of course @cisco is no exception as we love tools that allow us to connect with our customers and each other anytime, anywhere.To this effect we worked fast and furious to make sure you all can contribute to the conversation on our Cisco Live 2009 activities. Now once you are logged into Cisco Live Virtual you will be able to tweet via the chat status mechanism available in the bottom right-hand corner (see picture for detail) of the Cisco Live Virtual interface or on the social networking link (that launches next week) in the left hand navigation. Read More »