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Small Business and Web 3.0

My dad founded and ran a small business for many years, and I think he would have really liked the new section of Cisco.com that’s devoted to small and medium sized businesses. This area of the site shows many examples of real companies using unified communication and networking to connect employees and offices, enable employees to work from anywhere, make their businesses more productive, and serve customers better. Though there’s some technical detail for those who want it, the real emphasis is on showing how businesses and organizations are thriving using these new tools.Web analysts SiteIQ had some nice words last week about the new area, calling it “a Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 feast worth visiting.” “This new zone features plenty of interactive design and feature elements,” they write, “including deftly executed rollovers, interactive breadcrumb navigation, a simple interview that leads visitors to the right products, and a best-practice-class on-site tagging feature (My Cisco). However, the real power of this new zone does not lie in its moving parts or design character. It lies beneath the covers. To start, this zone is one of the first to harness the power of Web 3.0. Content is presented based on whether one is an anonymous visitor, a registered visitor/buyer-or a Cisco partner. In simple terms, this zone morphs part of its content based on who you are.”You can visit the new Small and Medium Business area on Cisco.com to see for yourself. And, below is a short video I put together for our internal teams at Cisco showing off some the design features of the new area. Enjoy!

Tag Clouds Revisited

Though the usability of tag clouds is subject to some debate, they’re certainly a captivating format for showing topics. And none more so than the Wordle site, which will take any blog, web page, or RSS feed and create a pretty graphical representation of common terms. Here are some snapshots from the Wordle map of this blog:imageimageimageEnjoy!

Cisco Live in Second Life: John Chambers QA on Collaboration

John Chambers, CEO, Cisco, is always the beloved keynote speaker at Cisco Live, formally Networkers. He really packs the house as he is dynamic and visionary so folks want to hear what he has to say, in person whenever possible. Now Chambers is going to pack the virtual house in Second Life. As mentioned in earlier blog posts he will be live in Second Life for a QA on collaboration after his Cisco Live keynote. We encourage you to join us in world at the Bandwidth Stage to ask questions and take part in this exciting event. Come early as spots will fill! And some folks said virtual worlds are dead…those of us working on Cisco’s virtual effort would beg to disagree. I know I personally do.Click play below to view the archive of the event

Cisco Live TechChat: Why Unified Communications & Collaboration Are the Next Trend for the Internet

Join us June 26, 2008, 10:30am SLT (10:30am PDT / 1:30pm EDT) at the Cisco Bandwidth Stage for this live event.Click play below to view the archive of the event.This TechChat features Tom Wesselman. Senior Manager in the CTO office working on our long-term strategy for unified communications and collaboration. During this TechChat Wesselman will discuss layered architectures, security, on-premises versus hosted collaboration services, and operational tools.Join this online discussion to understand:

  • Cisco’s vision for implementing next-generation collaboration
  • How to balance collaboration with security and compliance
  • How to provide flexibility and have supportable systems
  • Approximate duration: 60 minutes The events are streamed using in world audio. Please make sure you have the latest version of Quicktime and streaming audio enabled.

    Cisco Live TechChat: How to Transform the WAN Edge with Cisco ASR 1000 Series Routers

    Join us June 25, 2008, 10:30am SLT (10:30am PDT / 1:30pm EDT) at the Cisco Bandwidth Stage for this live event.Click play below to view the archive of the event.This TechChat features Michael Weir, technical marketing engineers with Cisco’s Midrange Routing Business Unit (MRBU). During this TechChat Weir will discuss the new Cisco ASR 1000 Series Routers and how they transform and extend the network edge with scalable services intelligence.Join this online discussion to hear:

  • How this new line of routers consolidates multiple functions and services into a single, compact, powerful router used by enterprises and service providers at the WAN edge
  • How for enterprises these routers enable secure, highly reliable, high-performance WAN edge solutions where information, communication, collaboration, and commerce converge
  • During this discussion you will learn about how the Cisco ASR 1000 Series Routers address concerns such as:

  • Embedded security services
  • High availability: software redundancy on nonredundant hardware
  • Resiliency: In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) capability, even for single-route processor configurations
  • Performance: Cisco QuantumFlow Processor
  • Carbon footprint: reduced power consumption, space, and sparing requirements
  • Approximate duration: 60 minutes The events are streamed using in world audio. Please make sure you have the latest version of Quicktime and streaming audio enabled.