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Advantage Now! Event Focuses on Collaboration Solutions for Partners

Advantage Now!

If you serve small or medium business and aren’t planning to attend Partner Summit 2011, we’ll bring some of the content to your area with the Advantage Now! event on March 1, 2011.

The event will give you the information you need about new and enhanced Cisco collaboration solutions that will help you build a more profitable practice.

After all, the nature of how businesses communicate is changing. Your customers are interacting with their customers in new and different ways – to serve them better and to build stronger relationships.

And the pace of change isn’t slowing down.

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Workspace Video

Defining Your Approach to Workspace Video

A companion post to “Techwise #83 – Extending Video from Boardroom to Workspace

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Definitions are changing. Is your dictionary up-to-date?

Workspace. The definition of the workspace has changed because the workforce itself has changed.  Many employees are still sitting neatly in offices and cubicles, but they are also now global, remote and mobile.  They still come together in boardrooms and all-hands meetings, but they also come together in virtual environments, sometimes from their hand-held tablet in a hotel lobby.

Work. The definition of work itself has changed, and workers are spoiled on speed. Information flows more like fast food than a sit-down dinner.  Just to make it more challenging, travel budgets that use to enable face-to-face contact have been slashed and will never return to the “good old days.” This has created new communication gaps that need to be filled to stay competitive in this new Nascar race… and IT leaders are holding the keys.

Collaboration. Collaboration technology has a new definition too.  It used to mean sticking a document in a shared folder so multiple people could access it.  Now it refers to the complete set of tools that workers use to connect with each other and get the job done.  As Robb Boyd describes in his Keys to the Show segment, this includes using video in places outside the classic “videoconferencing room.” And just to make it tougher on IT, it’s a highly situational choice about which tool gets used and when. Read More »

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Cisco Survey Reveals Balance is Essential: Is work life balance really possible?

The Balance Question

For those of you who have checked out my presentation “Confessions of a Radical Collaborator”, you know that I love my job and I love my bike. Cycling for me is chance to get out of the office and move my body, feel the wind in my face, and really be a part of the outdoor experience. I feel strong riding up a hill and nothing but sheer exhilarating fun speeding down one! I’ve learned to trust my own momentum…physics really do work!

Riding a bike (like most things in life) is all about balance.

Remember when you first learned to ride a bike? We all do.

It's all about balance.

My father and mother owned a busy diner and just didn’t have time to teach me after school. They asked their cook and family friend, Sunny, to explain basic bike skills to me when the kitchen was slow. Sunny was patient and kind and when he took the training wheels off my pink, banana-seated, two-wheeler…I felt pretty confident.

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On the Borderless Experience, Collaboration and the Cloud

 

As I type this from my Virtual Office in Sydney, the Cisco Summit has finished Day 1 in Singapore.  And while I regret not being able to make the event this year, it did get me thinking again about the idea of the Borderless Experience.

The borderless concept of “anytime, anywhere from any device” enables me to become location agnostic.  Still, we cannot escape the fact that sometimes physical presence still matters.  As I often joke when setting up TelePresence calls between Australia, the U.S. and Europe, the one problem it cannot yet solve is time zones.

With this thought in mind, Collaboration over the network becomes less about replacing face to face communication, and more about extending the ways in which I can interact when physical presence is not possible. And so while I may not be presenting in Singapore today, through this medium and I can still communicate. Now these musings, are not limited to those attending my session, or even just those at the Summit. And feedback on these thoughts can come from… well… anytime and anywhere.

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Cisco Industrial Intelligence liberates the Factory

Introducing Cisco Industrial Intelligence.  Neither James Bond gone corporate nor Cisco gone espionage, Industrial Intelligence is the enabling of business enterprises and municipalities to more intelligently and responsively manage industrial operations globally, and it’s one of Cisco’s latest adjacencies as part of the Borderless Networks solutions portfolio.  Having IP-data and control flows converged with voice, video and virtualization creates a more intelligent platform for innovations that connect devices to measure, monitor, and manage resources for greater efficiencies, to connect people in less time and space, and to connect ideas that generate solutions to today’s industrial, operational and environmental challenges.

Chet Namboodri talks about how the Cisco Industrial Intelligence solution can help to improve operational efficiency, safety, agility, and use of assets.

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