Today, Cisco kicks off our 2010 Cisco Collaboration Summit with two new major announcements in collaboration. Lynn Lucas, Director of Collaboration for Cisco, introduces these new announcements and how Cisco is transforming collaboration.
Doug Eadline recently talked about how community is tremendously important to HPC. Two words: he's right. The HPC ecosystem is all about working together to advance the state of the art. No single group, university, or company could do it alone.
As Cisco's representative to the MPI Forum and the Open MPI software projects, I often work with teams of researchers and developers. Sometimes all the people are in one physical place and the process of sharing ideas and dividing work is easy. But it's much more common for me to participate in geographically scattered groups of people. And there's no doubt about it: collaboration across distances is just hard. You just can't beat having a bunch of engineers in the same room with a whiteboard when trying to figure out a complex topic. But we don't always get that opportunity.
So how do you take a disparate group of people and make them productive?
In my hometown of Philadelphia, if you venture past Center City (“downtown” for you out-of-towners) you’ll see row after row of very narrow, fairly identical homes connected by a common wall. These “row houses” are unique to the city of brotherly love. I never really knew how narrow they were until my mother told me the story of her first experience with…aviation.
As small children, my mother and her brothers attempted to build an airplane that they dreamed of flying through their city neighborhood. They spent many nights in the basement of their row house in South Philly nailing together the body, the wings and the propellers. Finally, after months of hard work, it was ready. The three of them carefully carried it up the stairs with great anticipation…and could not get it through the slender doorframe. They retreated back down the stairs. With great disappointment they took it apart and reassembled it in the alley outside and began their imaginary flight exercises.
My mother and uncles may not have gotten off the runway but they learned a valuable lesson (funny how all my mother’s stories had a lesson)—before undertaking a major project, it always pays to understand the big picture and plan accordingly.
Video is becoming the preferred method of communication for enterprises on a global scale. But what is the formula for making video as easy to use as making a phone call?
In the video below, Cordell Ratzlaff, director of Engineering for Cisco’s Voice Technology Group and head of the User Design Engineering team, discusses the important design concepts his team used to develop some of Cisco’s newest voice and video endpoints and encourage the use of video.