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How Telecommuting Simplifies My Workday

For many of us, the process of getting to and from work can create frustration that resonates all day long. Do the following daily obstacles sound familiar to you?

  • 6:15 a.m.: Wake up, feed dog, make coffee, shower, make up, style hair, dress for the office
  • 7:30 a.m.: Drive, sit in traffic, stop by Starbucks, wait in line
  • 9:30 a.m.: Arrive to office late but finally at my desk, answer e-mails
  • 10 a.m.: First conference call of the day via WebEx
  • 1 p.m.: Lunch time! Discover someone has stolen my RedBull from community refrigerator. Must escape building after someone microwaves left-over fish dinner and the odor crawls through the entire second floor
  • 2 p.m.: Back to work, can’t focus well with distracting noise of nearby printer
  • 3 p.m.: Territorial cubicle neighbor creates drama about missing sticky notes
  • 4 p.m.: Back pain and headache kick in, start looking at the clock and dreaming of Hawaii

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#CiscoChampion Radio S2|Ep 9. Collaboration: Cisco Unity Connection

CiscoChampion2015200PX#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’ll be talking about Collaboration and Cisco Unity Connection with Cisco Technical Marketing Engineers Chris Ward and Chris Barlow.

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Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE.
See a list of all #CiscoChampion Radio podcasts HERE.

Cisco SMEs
Chris Ward, Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer
Chris Barlow, Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer

Cisco Champion Guest Hosts
Michael Aossey, @aossey, Solutions Architect
Erick Berquist, @erickbe, Senior Engineer

Moderator
Kim Austin (@ciscokima)

Highlights
What is Cisco Unity Collaboration?
Unity Collaboration and Secure Messaging
Unity Connection and compatibility with existing solutions
Video greeting feature and media capabilities on Unity Connection
Benefits of Unity Connection over other solutions
Cisco native SRSV and Unity Connection

Resources
Cisco Unity Collaboration Overview
Data Sheets and Literature
White Paper: MWI Normilization with Centralized CUC

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 45. Project Squared

CiscoChampion2015200PX#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco VP and CTO of Collaboration,  Jonathan Rosenberg, about Project Squared. Kim Austin (@ciscokima) moderates and John Welsh, Joshua Warcop and Rick Vanover are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts.

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Cisco SME
Jonathan Rosenberg, Cisco VP and CTO, Collaboration (@jdrosen2)

Cisco Champions
John Welsh, (@samplefive), Unified Communications Engineer
Joshua Warcop, (@Warcop), Senior Consultant
Rick Vanover, (@RickVanover), Product Strategy Specialist and Community Manager Read More »

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 39. Video Infrastructure Updates

cisco_champions BADGE_200x200#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Collaboration Product Marketing Director Thomas McCafferty and Cisco Collaboration Solutions Product Marketing Manager Angela Murphy, about Video Infrastructure Updates. Kim Austin (@ciscokima) moderates and Chris Nickl and Brad Haynes are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts.

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Cisco SMEs
Thomas McCafferty, Cisco Collaboration Product Marketing Director
Angela Murphy, Cisco Collaboration Solutions Product Marketing Manager

Cisco Champions
Chris Nickl, @ck_nic, Cloud Infrastructure Architect
Brad Haynes, @GK_bradhaynes, Client Solutions Specialist Read More »

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The Evolution and Impact of Collaboration Technologies

As I sit here on an airplane en-route to San Jose with my MacBook Pro at hand, heading to an industry-leading networking event (albeit on my own time, yes – this is officially vacation), I’ve found myself reflecting on collaboration technologies and how I’ve seen them evolve in the short 15 years I’ve been working with them. After all, it has become one of those things that I spend the majority of my day doing these days, working as a partner engineer specializing in Collaboration.

One of my first experiences with collaboration technologies was back during my third IT job, sometime circa 2001, only a few short years after the Cisco acquisition of Selsius networks brought the Call Manager product to us, and I was working for a company supporting what we now call ‘telepresence’; back then we simply referred to it as  ‘video conferencing’. These immersive environments (calling them ‘life-size’, as we did back then, seems kind of silly now) were not all that different from what you see today; projectors, nice furniture, and an executive meeting room experience. Read More »

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