Being effective in your job doesn’t always mean that you need to be there. In fact, many would argue that their productivity increases drastically when they are given the flexibility to work wherever they want as long as they can stay connected. If that means staying off of a plane for a business trip, even better because it also saves the company money.
Enter video conferencing, the tool that enables users to be part of the discussion without being there. But what does “there” really mean in today’s world? With mobile technologies, including video, transforming how and where we work, the concept of “there” is really anywhere you want it to be. “There” can be a traditional office that is now equipped with video technologies that enable collaboration with others across the world without having to travel in order to conduct business. It can also be working remotely and still being part of your business community with mobile video and other applications that allow users to work at home, at a coffee shop or anywhere they like.
The move to stay connected at anytime from anywhere has been engaged by many organizations including the U.S. Federal Government. To help agency’s ensure productivity while cutting travel costs the House of Representatives introduced a bill that would allow absent Congress members to vote via video conferencing. The bill allows members to cast votes remotely over video and be treated as if they were present in person at meetings.
Government members are also extending this sentiment beyond the walls of Congress as Representative Michael Fitzpatrick also introduced a new bill — H.R. 2643, the Stay In Place, Cut the Waste Act of 2013 — to review agencies’ efforts to reduce travel spending and develop a plan to cut travel expenses by 50 percent through the use of video conferencing technologies.
Is it really going to make a difference? Read More »
Tags: Cisco, collaboration, jabber, mobile, TelePresence, telework, USPTO, video conferencing, work from home
Cisco celebrated OpenStack’s 3rd birthday recently by releasing the Cisco OpenStack Installer for Grizzly. This blog post has more details.
The OpenStack foundation organizes a four-day OpenStack Summit every six months for contributors, enterprise users, service providers, application developers and ecosystem members. It facilitates the community to gather, discuss and present on several different streams ranging from keynote presentations and general sessions to workshops and developer sessions for planning the next OpenStack release. The next OpenStack Summit will be held in Hong Kong from November 5th to the 8th 2013 at the Asia World-Expo. The number of attendees for the Summit is expected to be around 5000 people. More information on the Summit and how you can register to attend is available here.
Speaking proposals are submitted by the community from anyone with an idea or topic they would like to present. The proposals are voted on by the community to secure a slot in session track. Submissions for the OpenStack summit general sessions closed on July 31st 2013 and are now available for vote.
As compared to the Portland summit that had 250 proposal submissions [you can view session videos from OpenStack Portland Summit here, the Hong Kong summit has more than 600 submissions. There are a lot of great proposals but only the best and most popular will make it to the Summit. The approved sessions typically get recorded and are available for viewing online as well.
Cisco’s OpenStack team submitted several proposals that highlight our involvement and contributions to OpenStack. The table below lists the proposals along with a link to the abstract and speaker details.
Community voting is open now and if you are interested in any (or all) of the above proposals, please vote for them here. The voting is open until Sunday, August 25th 2013. Please note that you do need to be an OpenStack Community member in order to vote; If you are not currently a member, you can easily register for membership via the OpenStack website.
Stay tuned for more updates, as we get closer to the OpenStack summit.
Tags: Cisco, cloud, data center, Hong Kong, icehouse, networking, Neutron, open source, opendaylight, OpenStack, openstack installer, Puppet, SDN
I keep thinking about the phrase “power to the people” and thinking it’s definitely taken a whole new meaning when it comes to engaging employees in social media. During today’s Let’s Chat! #Ciscosmt Twitter chat with Cisco’s Petra Neiger (@Petra1400) and Salesforce.com’s Jennifer Burnham (@JennyDBurnham), we got a first-hand look at the ways employees can really make a difference for the overall company.
Let’s Chat! #Ciscosmt August Twitter Chat: Engaging Employees in Social Media Recap
Here are some key takeaways from the chat and below is a compiled transcript. I’m interested to hear your insights. Do you agree with these guests’ point of views? How does your organization engage with its employees? Are there other approaches perhaps not covered in today’s chat? Let’s keep the conversation going by sharing additional perspectives.
- Make sharing content through social media channels as easy as possible for employees.
- Create guidelines and policies and provide training to employees, creating a comfortable and safe environment to join the social conversation.
- Define different types of opportunities and content-sharing that suits employees’ communication preferences and style.
- Leverage executive sponsors to enable employees to participate in the social stream.
- Design incentives such as gaming badges, recognitions, and other opportunities to motivate employees to participate more in social media.
September Twitter Chat
And mark your calendars for next month’s Let’s Chat! #Ciscosmt Twitter chat, taking place on Thursday, September 26th from 9-10 a.m. PT. Stay tuned for more details by following the Cisco Digital and Social blog and the #Ciscosmt hashtag!
Let’s Chat! #Ciscosmt Series: Engaging Employees in Social Media Twitter Chat Transcript
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If you have any questions or are interested in other types of social media training, check out our complimentary Cisco Social Media Training Program and follow the #ciscosmt hashtag. To request customized one-on-one team training sessions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tags: B2B, B2C, Chats, Cisco, ciscosmt, education, events, Executives, information-sharing, learning, mentoring, social, social engagement, social learning, social media, social media strategies, social networking, training, tweetchats, twitter, ustream
This is the final post in the Cisco Partner Talent series, helping partners attract, develop, and retain the right people with the right skills at the right time. This month’s blog post goes into detail about the importance of Rewards and Recognition in our Cisco Fit4Talent Employee Lifecycle. To read all of my blogs, see my Cisco blogs bio.
Good job. Well done. Fantastic. We all recognize the power of positive reinforcement but what about recognition preferences? Studies show that how you recognize an employee for their work is as important as recognizing them at all.
Sounds strange, I know. But let me share some data from Maritz Research, a marketing research firm, to get you thinking about your own recognition program. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Cisco Fit4Talent, fit4talent, partner
Almost a year ago, I wrote my first blog post detailing what customers have been saying about their UCS experiences in our Case Studies, Solution Briefs, etc.
The findings have been updated with the latest studies. While the percentages haven’t changed much, the number of customers reporting similar results (like Cisco’s market share) has gone up dramatically.
These results are limited to where the customers specifically stated a savings or where the savings is easily derived from the numbers stated.
- 61% reduction of ongoing administrative/management costs based on 27 customers.
- 54% reduction in power & cooling based on 44 customers.
- 77% reduction in cabling with an average cost savings of 71% based on 21 & 6 customers respectively.
- 41% reduction in other operations costs based on 13 customers
- 84% reduction in provisioning times based on 71 customers.
To help explain how customers achieved these results, the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS): Changing the Economics of the Datacenter presentation walks you through UCS technology innovations and how they lead to TCO improvements. Along with this data, the presentation has been updated with current cost comparisons as well as third party deployment test reports.
Would you like to learn more about how Cisco UCS can help you? There are more than 270 datacenter case studies currently on Cisco.com. Additionally, there is a TCO/ROI tool that will allow you to compare your existing environment to a new UCS Solution. For a more in-depth TCO/ROI analysis, contact your Cisco partner.
Tags: B-Series, blade server, C-Series, cabling, capex, Cisco, HP, opex, ProLiant, rack server, ROI, server provisioning, tco, UCS