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Cloud: The Next Truly Transformative Innovation

From the IT Executive Symposium at Cisco Live 2012

We all dream of inventing the next breakthrough product, or creating the next company that no one can live without. The truth, however, is that innovation rarely occurs that way. Innovation isn’t just about invention—it’s about creating value. And it isn’t just important—it’s critical to a company’s growth and success.

Every few decades, something truly innovative occurs—a transformative development with global impact. The human species has pulled away from the rest of the animal kingdom predominantly because of our ability to communicate and collaborate. Every time we make a major improvement in the communication/collaboration arena, innovation accelerates at an exponential rate, and humankind moves forward dramatically. The printing press moved us from spoken transmission taking months, to printed materials that could reach the masses in weeks. The telephone gave us instant communication over any distance. The Internet moved us from paper to electronic processes. And today, we are on the cusp of the next truly transformative innovation: the cloud. Read More »

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Collaboration: Top of Mind at Cisco Live

Last week we wrapped up the US version of Cisco Live in San Diego, California. Of all the events Cisco hosts worldwide, Cisco Live is potentially the most anticipated among our customers, partners, and staff alike. It’s truly amazing to have 17,000 users all in one place and it gives me an exceptional opportunity to hear firsthand about your concerns, interests, and strategies.

I heard two themes from you last week.  From Read More »

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Cisco Collaboration and Unified Communications Customers: We’re Listening

Listening to customers is a top priority for Cisco. I spend a lot of time with customers and their valuable input has directly influenced the strategic direction of our core collaboration platform.

What I’ve learned is that customer needs vary based on the perspectives of three distinct groups within the enterprise: Read More »

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Cisco WebEx Telepresence: Cisco Extends WebEx Beyond Web Conferencing to Now Include Social and Telepresence

We all know that in-person communications matter. According to a recent study by The Economist Intelligence Unit, 75% of Global Business Leaders state it is critical for business success. Nothing compares to it when it comes to making a first impression, managing a crisis, brainstorming creative solutions to a problem, or kicking off a new project.

But in today’s global workplace, facilitating in-person meetings is more and more difficult with a workforce that’s increasingly shifted by time and location.  Even among video conferencing systems the only solution that provides a natural “in-person” meeting experience is telepresence . Telepresence creates the intimacy of an in-room meeting, keeps employee engagement high and increases effectiveness by bringing participants together virtually.

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The Modern Boardroom is Empty

In the not-too-distant past the boardroom was a place where executives met to plan the future of the company, analyze the competition, discuss satisfaction and retention, and generally come together to brainstorm how to accelerate success. On occasion guests were invited to the boardroom – for example,  top customers who required an executive briefing or an employee celebrating 25 years at a company.

Executives would spend hours, if not days, traveling to the boardroom to meet his or her peers face-to-face.  The boardroom would be filled with executives sitting down to hammer out the company’s top initiatives.

Today’s boardroom is empty.

Or at least not quite as full as it was a few years ago. Read More »

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