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Web Bragging Rights

April 19, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Those Web analysts at SiteIQ, who do an extensive 2,400 point evaluation of IT Web sites, just rated Cisco.com #1 among 23 IT sites: imageCongrats to everyone who works so diligently on our online presence!Of course, we continue to work on and improve the site every day, and have some great new things ahead.You can read SiteIQ’s full article on their site.

View the Archived TechChat on How to Improve Your Green Practices with Cisco EnergyWise

April 14, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

This TechChat featured Sriram Balasubramanian, Technical Marketing Engineer, LAN Switching Business Unit (LSBU) and Rik Irons-Mclean, Systems Engineer, UK Public Sector “green” lead. During this TechChat our speakers will discuss how going green is good for your business and the environment and how Cisco is uniquely positioned with the only innovative technology in the networking industry that directly targets energy consumption by expanding the role of the network to measure, reduce, and report energy consumption of IT and non-IT devices, including IP-enabled building field controllers.View the archive of this discussion to understand how Cisco EnergyWise enables you to:• Optimize business operations and cut costs• Comply with government directives• Create competitive differentiation• Address the 98 percent of greenhouse gas emissions that are not directly under the control of IT• Affect companywide energy usage Read More »

Design Cheat Sheets: A Best Practice

April 10, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Being that we’re #17 on Interbrand’s “Best Global Brands” list, you can bet Cisco has all kinds of brand guidelines, page templates, wireframing kits, component documentation, and other tools to keep our presentation looking consistent and our online experiences well designed.But perhaps the most useful and effective tool we’ve created for our online designers and design agencies are some simple “cheat sheets” that serve as a quick visual reference for the style we’re creating with web pages, Flash, and other online experiences. Here’s an example:imageThese simple style sheets have been a big hit with everyone who’s used them; they can hold them up against their own work in progress, and instantly judge whether their creative work “looks like Cisco.” If you don’t have something like this in use at your company, I heartily recommend creating one that captures the essence of your organization’s brand identity and style, and making it widely available.

Virtual Events: Reality or Hype?

March 31, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

There has been a lot of buzz about virtual tradeshows and events lately. With a lot of folks speculating on whether they are ‘here to stay’ or ‘only result of the current economic state’. Check out these five reasons on why I am on the ‘here to stay’ side of this fence.

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1) Virtual events will only get more immersive as we move forward and better tools for collaboration and immersion will create different ways of training and interacting. Which means attendees will stay longer at your event and engage more with each other, sponsor participants and your virtual event staff. For example, Cisco is hosting our monthly Cisco Live in Second Life TechChat on Cisco EnergyWise on April 14 but this time there is an immersive twist. In addition to the discussion based event format we always have at our TechChats this time the speakers will also include a virtual conceptualization of a day in an office using green technologies. After the event you can interact with the demo yourself so if you do not have a Second Life account yet you should register now and download the client so you can interact directly.2) We are all responsible for this planet and we need to consider this when making event choices. This does not mean all physical events should be scrapped but when planning an event one should look at whether a virtual extension or virtual only option makes sense or is viable as there are many ways there are many ways these approaches can help green the globe. For example reduced or no hotel stay needed for virtual event extensions or virtual only events which means less water down the pipe…or reducing the carbon impression associated with shipping booth materials and staffers around the globe; just to name a couple. Read More »

Further adventures of Wall

March 24, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

I meant to mention that we launched another edition of The Realm, featuring my favorite character Wall and some nasty looking bots. Enjoy!imageimageEnjoy!