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Sharing best practices via pictures

In days of yore, if you visited any design shop, you’d see scores of printouts, sketches, and other design work tacked and taped on walls throughout. In fact, in our design teams at Cisco we still do a lot of this today to inspire each other and share ideas. And, Web design teams use this same technique to capture inspiration that they may have seen on other great Web sites. But what happens when you really want to share an idea, and folks are located around the globe rather than down the hall or in the cube next door? There’s a pretty easy electronic way to do the same thing, and we’ve been using it for a while to share screen shots of inspiring things on the Web. Read More »

Virtual Event Key Learnings – Part Two

A couple of post back I mentioned that the team was currently working post event debriefs and metric analysis for the Cisco Live and Networkers Virtual hybrid event that took place on 30 June and 1 July 2009. We just wrapped the debrief meetings and post event final reporting, yeah! A lot of great findings resulted from these efforts so…I though I would share:

  • The top five key learnings
  • High level reporting for all you data junkies
  • Current enhancements under way for Cisco Live and Networkers Virtual

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It Takes a Global Village to Collaborate on a Template

The other day I was blogging about how ready-made off-the-shelf templates can be just the ticket if you have a small business and need to update your web presence.

But what if you’re in a much bigger company, and you need to create templates that work specifically for your products and brand, and can scale to all of the countries where you have an online presence?

I realized something that will sound absolutely shocking:

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Templates, Templates, Templates

At Cisco, we run our web sites on templates. It’s the only sane way to keep on top of a web presence that encompasses literally millions of pages. Beyond sanity, templates also save time and money. For instance, we use the template below for some of our seminars and events around the world, and our tech team says it has saved them two days per event setup because everything is ready-made:image Read More »

Globalization of Virtual Events

imageWhen looking at a virtual event platform to serve more than one country or culture’s needs what should one consider? Language, imagery, interaction, time zone, content, and more oh my! 😉 Of course, I (and others I am sure) wish there was a simple formula but me thinks this is not so cut and dry based on the discussions I have been having with folks lately. Below are a few of the key factors currently being considered for globalizing the Cisco Live and Networkers Virtual platform. You will see many questions…without answers because there are no hard/fast rules to apply is what we are finding.


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