Share knowledge and expand your company’s reach with collaboration tools
This article is a follow-up to my last article, The Secrets to Attracting Business Online. Once again, small business expert Guy Kawasaki has tips for small business owner Ronald Banks, but this time the topic is collaboration tools.
Companies of all sizes increasingly are looking to technology-based business collaboration tools to communicate more efficiently and effectively with co-workers and clients.
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Tags: best practices, business advice, collaboration, small business, videoconferencing
It’s a well known fact in the IT industry that there is a spending push at the end of the calendar year as companies look to close out their budget. This year-end spending trend represents a great sales opportunity for both Cisco and our partners.
Helping our partners boost profits and provide value to our mutual customers are two core principles of our partner strategy. With that in mind, we recently launched a global sales initiative called “Year-end Sprint” (YES), which will allow us, together with our partners, to capture coveted year-end IT spending.
YES is a collection of several high-value, global architecture product and service offerings for customers that include additional incentives for partners. These offers span our four key architectures: Borderless Networks, Collaboration, Data Center, and Service Provider, including IP NGN and SP Cloud.
The countdown to the New Year has already begun, so I encourage you to quickly learn more about YES, by visiting the YES Sales Initiative page on Partner Central (CCO login required).
To give you a flavor for YES, let me take a moment to highlight three of our YES architecture offers.
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Tags: architecture, Borderless Networks, Cisco, collaboration, customer, data center, IT, partners, Service Provider
We launched our Connected Life Exchange blog yesterday that’s focused on sharing interesting stories. I’ve anticipated this day for three years. I’m eager to work on this project, along with a talented group of creative people.
I remember the very first time that I saw the original Cisco “Human Network” television commercial. Why? It marked the beginning of a journey that ultimately brought me here — as a member of the Cisco family.
On Monday, April 30, 2007. I was a self-employed, independent industry analyst and marketing consultant. I needed a topic to write about that day, for my own blog.
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Tags: collaboration, Connected Life, crowdsourcing, discovery, learning, storytelling
According to the recent Cisco Connected World Report, three out of five employees believe they don’t need to be in the office to be productive or efficient at their jobs. Yet 45 percent of IT departments are feeling challenged to provide the mobile, distributed access that workers want. This challenge crosses company sizes, countries and industries, but is especially notable in fields like construction that have traditionally required in-person engagement. Like many IT organizations that must partner with their facilities counterparts, Cisco IT works closely with Cisco Workplace Resources (WPR) and its construction vendors. In our new Texas Data Center 2 (DC2) project, we’re learning that productivity gains for our partners and vendors are gains for us too.
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Tags: BIM, collaboration, data center, IPD, texas
Over the next few years, there will be a big transformation in the workplace as large numbers of Gen X and Y individuals start entering the workforce. As these same individuals rely on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter for communication, employers are pressured into bringing similar tools into their enterprises but, in a secure manner. Back in June, we announced limited availability for Cisco Quad, our software-based enterprise collaboration platform, and the response has been overwhelming.
When applied against specific operating problems, enterprise social software is a mission critical application for those companies that want to grow, expand into new markets and increase productivity. It can transform the workplace and provide unmatched benefits to an organization:
- Easier access to resources and expertise, allowing the user to reach out to a large number of relevant participants and bring them into a virtual discussion around a specific problem or challenge. It also captures, and makes searchable, these informal conversations.
- Real-time communications through integration with voice, IM w/presence, conferencing, and video
- Saves time & resources and drives better utilization of existing systems through pre-integrations with common IT infrastructure platforms
- Delivers social networking without the risk by using built-in, rules-based policy management to any sensitive data, in any format, behind the firewall
- Simplifies content management with streamlined content sharing and search capabilities
- Meets the needs of the mobile worker with apps designed for mobile devices
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Tags: Cisco Quad, collaboration, Social Software