For the last four or five years, I’ve watched as the Idaho Education Network (IEN) has implemented and reaped the benefits from their distance education program and use of video conferencing, or telepresence. To this day, they continue to improve on success, and during a session at ISTE 2013 last week, Brady Kraft and his team once again illustrated how they consistently stay on top of their game.
Brady Kraft, IEN’s Technical Director, presents at ISTE 2013
IEN is a statewide network that connects every school in the state, including higher education institutions, Internet2, private and public training providers, and first responder training organizations.
One of their mandated goals is to provide equal access to a quality education for all citizens and they’re utilizing technology to achieve that goal. As the 7th most rural state in the nation, half of the counties in Idaho have less than 10 people per square mile, and 75% of Idaho’s schools have < 600 students. These schools havenot been able to offer a full curriculumdue to many factors, including availability of qualified teachers and budgetary restraints. Read More »
What a great reception at InfoComm 2013! We had the opportunity to share with customers the innovations we are driving around conferencing to deliver better scale, quality and interoperability. They are excited about what we are doing to make conferencing more affordable, while at the same time maintaining the high quality experience that they expect from Cisco.
It was fantastic to see such a high level of interest in our new pervasive conferencing announcements. Here are a few highlights of what we demonstrated at the show:
Further increases in scale, enabling greater efficiencies and affordability – we now support up to 96 video systems in a single meeting and virtually unlimited participants through WebEx enabled TelePresence.
Simplified solution choice with a broader range of deployment options – now included is virtualized software, and the new compact Multiparty 310 and Multiparty 320 appliance platforms.
Entry level packages for new customers – customers can now deploy a compact appliance solution, and start from one screen license.
Increased interoperability – we now provide support for interworking with H.264 SVC clients. Read More »
The last thing people in the collaboration space want is yet another technology, which is why one of my top priorities is simplification.
Think about it. Do you want more stuff coming at you every day? I’m guessing the answer is no. What you want is for somebody to bring all the collaboration tools together, so that they work better. Simplification goes hand in hand with another of my priorities and that’s user experience. People don’t want to have to pore over manuals, they just want devices and services that are easy to use.
The good news is that Cisco is already a leader in user experience and will only get stronger.
Early on, companies looked to Collaboration technologies to capture extraordinary financial and productivity returns. This hasn’t changed. But more and more, companies are looking for strategic benefits as well, such as the ability to open up new markets, radically improve relationships with customers and transform entire industries.
There are seismic shifts taking place in our increasingly connected business world with the advent of mobile, video and cloud technologies. This opens up new opportunities to tap the full talent of people and move with greater speed and innovation.
In an interview at Cisco Live, I shared my thoughts on the rapid move to the cloud, the advantages of video embedded in business processes, and the role of collaboration in the Internet of Everything. Hear more in the video below.
This is the second post in a monthly series from Dimension Data and Cisco Channels looking at user adoption and integration of unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions. Findings stem from Dimension Data’s 2013 Global UC&C Survey, developed with ICT researcher Ovum and featuring responses from more than 2,700 participants in 18 countries across 20 vertical industries.
In last month’s post, we talked about how sales of unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) need to be less about flashy technology and more about the user experience – “one size” UC&C sales definitely do not fit all types of customers.
To Scott Cruikshank, director, converged communications, North America for Dimension Data, it goes even deeper than that.
“UCC is not a technology,” Scott says. “It is about improving communication and business process by leveraging technology tools. If we take a technology-first approach, we tend to look only at a particular silo of the UCC stack or limited applications for the technology.”