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Happy Virtual 2008

“As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.” – Antoine de Saint-ExuperyHappy New Year! 2008 is going to be jam packed with virtual activities for Cisco. With so many exciting virtual events coming I can’t even name them all but here are few upcoming dates. Make sure you mark your calendar.CES Round Table, January 8th at 1pm PDTCome talk about CES and celebrate the Cisco Second Life virtual campus one year anniversary.Data Center Mixed Reality BannerCasts, January 23rd and January 31st at 8:30am PDTTwo exciting mixed reality events featuring Jayshree Ullal, SVP, Data Center, via live video.2038314496_caf1135c6b.jpg Second Life TechChat: Transforming Business Models with Cisco TelePresence, February 7th at 12:00pm PDTDuring this TechChat Randy Harrell, Director of Product Marketing, will discuss Cisco TelePresence, concentrating on business case studies and the enabling technology.As stated in numerous posts Cisco is participating in virtual environments because we want to engage with you in enabling the future. That being said, 2007 is all most over…it turned out to be a productive and exciting year for those of us pioneering in the virtual age ;-) I for one learned a lot in 2007 from my colleagues, our customers and fellow virtual frontier folk. Here are my top three virtual learning’s: Read More »

Virtual Workplace – a 2011-2012 Vision

For those of us that have been through the scars of previous technology and paradigm shifts, it’s always interesting to watch a new cycle evolve. It usually starts with a great bit of fanfare, vision, bold predictions and concerns of “that’s crazy…it’ll never work…why would anyone care about that…??” etc, etc. And then after a little while (usually 12 months), the hype slows down and there are lulls while people get down to the business of creating the actual technology and associated companies. During these lulls, doubt often creeps in and we find out who has actual vision and who is riding the coattails of hype. Read More »


“What has never been doubted, has never been proven.”- DiderotI think of this quotation often these days when reading the frequent broadsides against virtual worlds, the departures of major corporations from Second Life, and stories questioning the value derived by corporations such as Cisco and IBM in the virtual world.Although I cannot speak for other companies, it is easy enough to quantify the value that Cisco derives from our interactions with our customers and partners on our Virtual Campus in Second Life. (If any of our customers or partners wish to comment about the value, or lack of, they receive, I’ll be happy to contact them and create a follow-up post as a complement to this one.)To further quote the late quality guru Dr. W. Edwards Deming, and probably the antithesis of Denis Diderot, “In God we trust….all others bring data.” Here’s the data: Read More »

Does Santa Do WebEx?

Looking at this nifty online greeting from the WebEx team got me to thinking. Read More »

BusinessWeek on Cisco and Your User Experience

Here is an interesting article about Cisco’s continuing work to improve the experience of our products and profiling colleague Cordell Ratzlaff.