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Collaboration: with MACS from Cisco it’s as if you’re really there!

February 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm PST

We hear a lot about Collaboration and Innovation these days.  People try to define what each word means, and how they relate to each other. Probably the best source I’ve found so far is in a great blog by Carlos Domingez that addresses just that. Carlos is one of Cisco’s senior thought leaders, so check out his blog here: Collaboration: What Does it really mean? It’s a fascinating read, especially the references to  Evan Rosen and Mark Granovetter. It’s also a great segway to the Manufacturing Active Collaboration Space Solution that I talk about in the video below:

Peter Granger talks about Cisco’s Manufacturing Active Collaboration Solution and how it can help with innovation and product development. GE calls their version Virtual Collaboration Space.

As you can hear in my video, the truth of the matter is that Collaboration and Innovation go hand-in-hand simply because when people get together they feed off one another, adding to each others ideas and seeing opportunities from different angles. They solve each others issues and talk through problems using words,  images and video. When you click ‘read more’ you’ll hear more about GE’s use of MACS in a short video featuring senior GE and Cisco figures. I’ll also solve the riddle I set for you in an earlier blog about how to make a new square out of four matches! Read More »

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Open-standards TIP Gains Momentum Across the TelePresence Industry

We are excited by yesterday’s news that Polycom is adopting the TelePresence Interoperability Protocol (TIP), the only open, multi-screen Telepresence interoperability protocol that is currently available. In the video below, David Hsieh, Vice President of Marketing for Cisco TelePresence and the Emerging Technologies Group, discusses why this announcement is exciting for advancing interoperability throughout the industry and how it can benefit  customers.

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Cisco’s Cloud & Collaboration Strategy

We’ve all been hearing a great deal about cloud and cloud computing lately. You’ve likely heard Cisco talking about its cloud computing strategy quite a bit. Cisco is in many businesses that touch cloud.  One of the largest is collaboration. I sat down with Cisco’s Group Director for Hosted Collaboration Eric Schoch to get some answers.

Eric articulates the cloud computing and collaboration vision, strategy, portfolio and differentiation he’s been taking on the road as he meets with customers and partners. The short video below elaborates on Cisco’s collaboration business, our approach to the cloud and how Cisco is positioned in this very competitive marketplace with service providers such as Orange Business Services, Swisscom and Verizon Business Services

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Collaboration: What Does it really mean?

If you type the word “collaboration” into any of the search engines, you’ll get 82 million results.  I’m quite sure this won’t surprise you since we hear the word “collaboration” all the time.

I have the privilege of speaking to audiences up to 100 times a year. And can you guess the most popular topic they ask me to address?  You got it. Collaboration!

I’ve learned a lot about collaboration in researching for these keynotes, and in discussing it with top business leaders. This has led me to the following five observations:

1.    Definition – There is a lot of confusion on the very definition of collaboration. If you ask 20 people, you might get 20 answers.

2.    Value of collaboration – For the most part everyone agrees collaboration is a good thing to do but many haven’t defined what value it brings to their company, or why to do it at all.

3.    How to do it? –  “Effective collaboration” requires a major focus on culture, the deployment and use of technology,  the adoption of process / governance for positive results. Few companies focus on all three.

4.    Bad is worse than none –  Morten Hansen points out in his book Collaboration, that bad collaboration is a waste time and resources and produces no results.  Deciding not to collaborate is a better option than bad collaboration.

5.    Used interchangeably with “innovation” –  There is clearly some confusion with the relationship between collaboration and innovation.  By being innovative you aren’t necessarily being collaborative and vise versa.  There are interdependencies between the two but they are not the same thing.
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Cloud Is a Game Changer: One Partner’s Perspective

Cisco partners are popular interviewees—in another one of his FastChat series interviews, Joe Panettieri, MSP Mentor blogger and Editorial Director, chatted with Kevin Crowe, Managed IT Services Director with partner Long View Systems.

During their discussion, Joe and Kevin talked about a number of topics, including three big IT trends we’ll see this year, particularly the return on investment and savings SMBs can expect from joining a public cloud.

Watch Kevin’s interview below to hear all the details.

So what are the three trends they identified? Here’s the scoop:

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