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Internet2: The Next Big Thing Awaits

In order to push the boundaries of research we must turn to innovative technology. And since much of research is being fueled by academic organizations, Cisco is making an investment in our partners and in higher education.

This month in Washington, D.C. the brightest minds in technology will gather for the second annual Internet2 Global Summit, a meeting that brings the scientific and academic communities together to explore the synergy between research and scholarship. The 2015 meeting will focus on collaborative innovations in information technology (IT), infrastructure and next generation applications.

So, what is Cisco’s role in Internet2?

Cisco and Internet2 are advancing the fields of research and education through cutting-edge technology. Together we realized the challenges facing higher education decision makers and conducted a survey with 1105 Media to identify the main challenges facing researchers, professors, staff and students around collaboration technologies. The survey revealed that a mixture of collaboration tools is important for research projects to be successful. We discovered that 88% of faculty and 86% of administrators see value in web conferencing and webinars while students favor mobile video collaboration (70%) and web conferencing (63%). The survey results are also represented in an infographic, which exposes the value of cloud technologies on campus.

Additionally, Cisco’s UCS Research Appliance is being leveraged by the Internet2 community to address the need to share large files between institutions faster and in a more collaborative manner.

Cisco will join the Internet2 community from April 26—30 at the Renaissance Hotel Downtown in Washington D.C. During this event, we will explore a number of conversations including “what’s next” for research institutions, and how global Internet governance can work with digital technology to meet growing demands in education.

We invite you to join Cisco and our partners in higher education at the following happenings:

  • Cisco Booth/Exhibit Area demonstrating Cisco Collaboration for Education (DX80, Spark, CMR), Science DMZ and the announcement/introduction of a new Cisco line rate research appliance that was developed in collaboration with I2, SanDisk and CompuCom (Booth #36)
  • Opening Keynote presented by Rich Seidner (Monday at 1:30 PM)
  • Community Showcase: Building a Private Cloud Based on Openstack – Presented by Dmitry Dukhan (Tuesday at 1:30 PM)
  • Research Enablement Panel – Rich Seidner to participate with Michael Harttree there to help (Tuesday at 4:30 PM)

Cisco is proud to be an active partner with Internet2 in the university research community and we look forward to continuing to provide valuable solutions that benefit research and education around the world.

To learn more about Internet2, you can visit the consortium’s website here: http://www.internet2.edu/. Also, don’t forget to follow the hashtag, #i2summit15 from on April 26—30 as key insights from featured keynotes, breakout sessions and showcases are shared live!

We will be back to report on the Internet2 Global Summit next week, so keep your eyes on this space!

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Collaboration Makes the Future Bright for Healthcare

Well, New Year’s Day is long past. As I continue to plod along with my New Year’s resolutions through this brutally cold winter, I do so with varying degrees of success. I still start my day with an apple-ginger juice and try to eat my veggies.   Along the way I bolster my dedication with the incremental successes that a healthy lifestyle delivers.  I feel lucky to have my health and I’m trying my best to protect it! 

Sometimes, I get bummed when I read the healthcare headlines: There’s a new “super bug”… there is a shortage of doctors… antibiotics are nearing the end stage of their effectiveness…. The headlines can be scary!

But I know that headlines are meant to elicit emotions and capture attention. I recently looked behind the headlines at stories about how companies in the healthcare industry are using Cisco collaboration technology.  I came away feeling optimistic.  There are some cool things happening!

Technology is making a huge difference in doctor-patient care.  

Park Nicollet Healthcare is a nonprofit integrated healthcare system located near Minneapolis. The company was looking for ways to improve collaboration between the more than 1000 physicians on staff. Park Nicolette made huge strides when it added Jabber to its existing Cisco Unified Communications Manager implementation Read More »

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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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Ringing in 2015, the WebEx Way

Happy New Year! As I return from the holidays and begin the year ahead, I’m energized and excited about all the amazing accomplishments we achieved with WebEx in 2014. Many recollections come to mind that I’d like to share with you. And I have exciting news for 2015 — already! More on this in just a minute…

WebEx is really at the core of everyone’s work life. With over 60 million users and more than 1 million meetings a day, we really impact how people work and live. It was just a little over a year ago that I started leading the Cloud Collaboration Applications team at Cisco. When I started, I challenged the WebEx product team with a new goal to dramatically improve our already great web conferencing tool. A key element of this goal was a focus on simplicity. Making WebEx simple in addition to enhancing functionality was the target. Bottom line: It is our mission to delight every WebEx user and make their work life more productive.

The New WebEx

My team took this challenge to heart and made significant product changes in this direction. In October 2014, we launched the New WebEx that comes with a new clean intuitive interface, improved web landing pages that make it easier to join online meetings, much faster meeting load times, better video layout, and wideband VoIP audio for better audio quality. Read More »

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One meeting, One experience, for Global Collaboration

Do you ever get to the end of your working day, and realize that you have no idea whether the sun has been shining, or it has been pouring with rain all day?  Sometimes, it is only when I’m in video meetings that someone else will actually notice for me that the sun is shining outside my window! Talking to colleagues in the U.K. while I was visiting San Francisco for Cisco Live brought this point home.  In the U.K., the persistent cloud cover had disappeared, giving way to one of the UK’s rare heatwaves. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, temperatures dropped, and we huddled in jackets and sweaters. It wasn’t meant to be this way!

Did you make it to Cisco Live?  If so, I hope that you had a chance to get to some of the great keynote sessions. My favourite was from Rowan Trollope, in which he demonstrated Cisco’s new video collaboration endpoints.

The new products are making video collaboration simpler and more cost-effective than ever. His demo included an illustration of Read More »

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