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 »
Tags: Cisco, cmr, collaboration, healthcare, telehealth
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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Tags: Cisco collaboration, Cisco Spark, cmr, collaboration, collaboration meeting room, jabber, remote worker, telecommute, WebEX
Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:
Off the Top
There was big news from the Collaboration Team this week and Richard McLeod gave Cisco Partners an update on the launch of Cisco Spark.
As Richard said, this is much more than the launch of a new app from the Collaboration Team. It’s about the modernization of business from traditional models to new, agile models.
Be sure to read Richard’s blog and join the conversation on Cisco Spark.
CRN Channel Madness
CRN is holding its own March tournament this year. Thirty-two channel chiefs enter, but only one will remain standing at the end. Cisco has two of its own in this year’s tournament. Check out the head-to-head matchups and give Bruce Klein and Edison Peres some support!
Only one channel chief can win the tournament, but one thing’s for sure, it’s going to be fun! Read More »
Tags: Bruce Klein, Cisco, collaboration, crn, edison peres, partner, richard mcleod, Spark, Weekly Rewind
For those following trends in the software industry, Continuous Delivery (CD) has been all the rage. What is it? Simply put – continuous delivery is the ability of a SaaS application to push new software into production multiple times per day. Typically, only the cloud software components are updated at this rate. Client code – either browser code or mobile applications – are updated at a pace between once a week and once a month.
As a software development team, continuous delivery is very exciting. But as the IT person that is the ultimate customer of SaaS applications, do you care about continuous delivery? The answer is -absolutely.
Rowan Trollope recently blogged about the importance of moving fast and innovating quickly. That is the essence of fast IT, and continuous delivery is the key to unlocking fast IT. This is because continuous delivery delivers three essential ingredients that make fast IT possible.
First, continuous delivery means better quality. A SaaS application with continuous delivery will be able to measure and improve upon the performance, reliability and speed of the application in the hands of your own users. Every day you will see it get a little bit better. With continuous delivery, quality isn’t just about defect counts. With continuous delivery, Read More »
Tags: Agile, Cisco, collaboration, continuous delivery, IT, SaaS
“Collaboration” usually means “people working together productively by sharing voice, video, and data”. Inside Cisco, the standard idea of Collaboration includes a lot of IT Technology, like:
- all voice-based Unified Communication (that is, all IP Telephony from hardware and software phones, and all Unity voicemail, and all Contact Centers)
- all Video conferencing (from Jabber or WebEx clients, video phones, desktop video, room TP, and immersive TP),
- all streaming video like Cisco TV (IP/TV) for large multicast events, and
- software clients like email, web sites and blog sites and document repository sites, Jabber IM, voice and video, and WebEx voice, video and data
But sometimes Collaboration means more. For example, Cisco IT likes to say that we “enable people to collaborate with any device, from anywhere, at any time” which really expands the scope of collaboration. Read More »
Tags: any device, byod, Cisco IT, cisco on cisco, coc-collaboration, collaboration, global, mobility, productivity