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Top-Tier Law Firm Minter-Ellison Selects Cisco Quad

Last week Cisco announced that Minter-Ellison, one of the largest full-service law firms in the Asia Pacific region, selected Quad as their collaborative workspace, supporting their ‘One Firm’ vision. This is part of a broader rollout of Cisco technology by Minter-Ellison to improve collaboration and knowledge sharing between their 290 partners and 1,000 legal staff based in Australia, Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

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THE NETWORK Week in Review and Look Ahead: June 20-24

Happy Friday! In case you didn’t hear we launched a new corporate news site! “The Network: Cisco’s Technology News Site” is our effort to tell stories and share information on the topics that are the most important to Cisco, namely: Video, Collaboration, Core Networks, Data Center, Cisco Culture and social media!

We will create, share and curate content on these topics as a part of our overall Cisco voice.  We have also commissioned world-class reporters who have worked at Fortune, Forbes, BusinessWeek, Wall Street Journal, AP and more to create content on our core technology news topics.  The purpose of these stories isn’t to showcase Cisco, but to create compelling content in the topical areas that we care about.

Check out this introductory video on “The Network” to learn more about the new site!

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News@Cisco Week in Review and Look Ahead: May 16-20

Another week…another News@Cisco recap!

The top stories of the week included a feature on  the growth in mobile commerce, an interactive infographic on greener data centers and a contributed article in Network World by John Chambers on the value of the network.

1.) Data Centers Don’t Need to Be Energy Hogs

Reducing the amount of energy that data centers consume is a top priority for many corporations because the cost savings and environmental benefits are significant. Integrating technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing and Cisco Unified Fabric into data centers can dramatically lower energy consumption. Take a look at the amount of energy each technology can save.

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Cisco Quad in Action

In November 2010, Cisco introduced its own software-based enterprise collaboration platform: Cisco Quad. Underlying this platform at Cisco is the development of a transformed way of working that Cisco calls the Integrated Workforce Experience, or IWE. IWE powered by Cisco Quad extends the power of collaboration to employees by combining a foundation of video and unified communications with personalization and relevancy features, applications, and services on the network and integrating them with business and content management systems.

Integral to the IWE environment are collaborative communities created around job and organizational functions, roles, and topics of interest. Members of a community collaborate to achieve their goals, organize and access informational assets and transactional tools, and promote their interests.

Early adopters of IWE span multiple organizations across Cisco including Cisco’s Central Development Organization, Customer Value Chain Organization, and Finance teams to name a few. All these organizations who span multiple geographies and time zones, are already benefiting from an IWE environment that enhances their virtual collaboration and improves productivity; provide quick, convenient access to technical experts and knowledge sharing companywide; and inspires new ways of conducting the product development process.

The following case studies describe the business benefits that internal Cisco functions are reaping from their early implementations of IWE.

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Collaboration is Hot … Very Hot (Collaboration solution now deployed across Cisco!)

I am thrilled to blog today about the deployment of Cisco’s own unique collaboration solution across our enterprise to 110,000 employees and contractors worldwide!

This is the culmination of a multi-year project which started as a business process and IT initiative, and evolved as a business unit endeavor after our CEO John Chambers said: “product-ize it.”  So, I’m grateful to my colleagues in the business unit – namely Murali Sitaram, vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Collaboration Platform – for taking ownership of the product and improving upon it. Congratulations, too, to my team in Communication and Collaboration IT, and to the Collaboration Business Technologies team whose vision, innovation, long hours, perseverance and creativity made it happen.

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