#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Vice President, Collaboration Marketing at Cisco, Peder Ulander. Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) moderates and Brad Haynes and Nicholas Marus are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts.
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Peder Ulander, @ulander, Vice President, Collaboration Marketing at Cisco
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Tags: #CiscoChampionRadio, Cisco collaboration, Peder Ulander
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s report on the health hazards of smoking. While we are encouraged by the significant progress we have made in reducing the percentage of smokers from 43% to 18% in the past 50 years, the cost impact of smoking continues to ride high. According to the surgeon general’s report, the annual cost attributed to smoking in the US is between $289 billion and $333 billion.
According to the Cancer facts and figures 2013, in spite of Smoking-related diseases being the world’s most preventable cause of death, tobacco accounts for the cause of 1 in 5 deaths. In addition, the quality of life is significantly impacted due to the increased risk of chronic diseases.
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Tags: Cisco collaboration, Cisco Extended Care, healthcare, Patient Engagement
2013 was the year I started working on SDN – specifically in the area of devising professional services for Cisco ONE and Application Centric Infrastructure, ACI. A few months ago, I used a compendium to summarize my Cisco Domain TenSM blogs. This was well received, so I thought it would be a good idea to wrap up the year with a summary of my 2013 journey into the SDN world, and in particular the adoption challenges I learned about along the way, some of which are illustrated in the diagram below.
SDN Adoption Challenges
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Tags: ACI, architectural approach, Cisco collaboration, Cisco Services, One Platform Kit, SDN, software defined network
The other week I attended the “Software Defined Networking 2013” conference in London. This is a UK-based event for the discussion of SDN, OpenFlow and Network Virtualisation Solutions from a strategic perspective. There were quite a few interesting perspective s I picked up at this conference. In particular, the conference for me reinforced the potential of SDN – but if you apply it to the wrong problem, you may not get the return you hope for!
Top of mind for me, then, coming out of this conference was a demo of “What SDN Can Do For You” from one of our competitors. At best, the phrase “using a sledge hammer to crack a nut” comes to mind.
The demo came from our friends in Palo Alto, who once (boldly but incorrectly!) predicted that “Cisco UCS would be dead a year after launch”. They gave a SDN-focused demo that, when I “peeled back the onion”, didn’t demonstrate a compelling SDN use case. Rather, it convinced me that if you have this particular problem as illustrated in their demo, you don’t need SDN: you need a new vendor!
Tags: ACI, application centric infrastructure, architectural approach, Cisco collaboration, Cisco Services, Cisco WebEx, jabber, Jabber Video, network virtualization, onePK, SDN, software defined network
This is my fourth blog in a multi-part series. In my first blog, I introduced insights from Cisco’s Collaboration Work Practice Study and how people value collaboration in the work environment. In my second blog, I discussed the importance of building trust-based relationships and networks to make collaboration work for you. In my third blog, I share how you can turn human interactions into business results. In today’s blog, I discuss patterns of collaborative behaviors and how to leverage them to better support collaborators.
Collaboration can happen at anytime. Some would describe it as chaotic. But interestingly enough, through all the collaborative interactions we observed, we saw patterns in the “chaos” – patterns that did not just exist in organizational silos, nor were they simply associated with a job role or personality type. Throughout the day, people play a variety of roles and experience different types and modes of collaboration. They go from online to offline, in a virtual meeting to meeting over coffee, have an ad-hoc chat in the break-room and attend a global Cisco TelePresence meeting.
If we pay close attention to the behavior patterns of collaboration we can learn how to better support collaborators and create a more seamless experience. This is where process, technology and the physical and virtual workplace can complement the human behaviors that occur during collaboration.
Accelerating Collaboration through Catalysts and Connectors
“Not everyone is comfortable with collaborating virtually. [A catalyst’s] outreach encourages participation and makes the experience rich and meaningful.” – Study Participant
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Tags: Cisco collaboration, Cisco Collaboration Work Practice Study, Cisco TelePresence, collaboration, culture, cwps, Organizational Network Analysis, technology