Last fall, I was standing in a hotel lobby in Boca Raton, Florida, where I was attending our annual Collaboration Summit. I noticed an energetic woman walking directly toward me. “It’s so great to see you!” she said when she reached me.
I quickly attempted to access the facial-recognition software in my own brain to identify her. Click, click, click…
I’m terrible with faces. Click, click, click…
I think I recognize people I don’t know, and I don’t recognize people I’ve met. Click, click, click…
She saved me further embarrassment and introduced herself. We’d recently worked on a big presentation together. Over instant messaging and e-mail. And on the phone. We’d never met in person, but she recognized me immediately. Why? Because I always use video in online meetings and conference calls.
Later that evening, I went to a reception with a group of customers. In the weeks prior, I’d had WebEx meetings with many of them to review agendas and answer questions. Several people approached me saying they’d recognized me from the call. One said she wasn’t sure she was at the right reception until she saw me there.
I don’t use video because I’m enamored with my own visage, but because I find it useful. And easy to do. At first it was a bit awkward – did I just scratch my nose? – but it quickly became routine. Sometimes I’m the only person on a call using video. Other people will often start their video after noticing that I’m using mine.
A Forrester study of how knowledge workers collaborate showed that 71% work from a personal desk within their organization four to five days per week. And even for collaborative tasks, employees tend to work from their desks to a much greater extent than at any other location, such as a conference room. Case in point: they make 88% of phone calls from a personal desk at work. Read More »
Have you ever loved something so much you had to write a letter making your feelings known? We understand. At Cisco, we all feel a strong love for video and this Valentine’s Day Cisco Collaboration finally tried to put into words just how strong that love is.
It’s a unique kind of love, but there are some familiar themes. Video makes our days better and our lives easier. We have relied on video to be there for us throughout the years and our passion for video has not diminished, it has only grown stronger. Video has made some amazing stories possible and saved us time, money, and countless hassles. Take a look at our love letter to video to see just how deep our love really goes.
Our feelings about video are undeniable year-round, but what better day to make a profession of love than Valentine’s day! Take a look at this “anonymously” written letter I found taped to my personal video unit this morning…
This Valentine’s Day, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate the exciting relationship we’ve shared over the years and make a toast to our future. Together, we bridge the gaps created by distance, time—even language barriers. Whether we’re in the boardroom or on the go, together we make the connections happen to nourish business and personal relationships. Whether I’m with you in an immersive collaboration room, or using you on the device in my pocket, I know that you are always there for me -- helping me connect with my customers, partners, and colleagues, making my life so much easier.
Video, you’ve made collaboration better. For more than 2.6 billion minutes monthly, video enriches the WebEx meeting experience on desktops as well as the more than 5.5 million tablets, smartphones and laptops that have downloaded the WebEx app. Meetings are now fully interactive experiences that offer real-time feedback and visual context to the more than 11 million registered WebEx hosts who meet with the more than 46 million coworkers, customers and clients on WebEx each month via the cloud. Read More »
Why should I move to the cloud for collaboration? This is the question I get asked most often, and it’s easy to understand why; there is a lot of noise in the market around Cloud and Collaboration. Adoption has been pretty rapid by both IT and business units–so it’s no wonder interest in Cloud Collaboration is so high.Looking across all the current research that I see, about half of respondents currently use -- or plan to use -- the cloud for collaboration services.So why Cloud?Well, often it helps solve a series of problems, provides a more integrated solution and better connects people.Often the biggest reason is that it provides what’s needed to run the business.
Perhaps instead of focusing on ‘cloud’ per se, you should focus on your business.What business challenges could the cloud help you solve? Customers I speak to are often looking to reduce complexity, control costs or make them more predictable, and become more agile.In our discussions Read More »
During my years at Cisco, I’ve been able witness IT become incredibly pervasive. While traditional IT has been thought of to just help run a business (and make things work!), today’s expectation of IT is also how it can help change and grow the business.
In my conversations with CEOs across the globe, one major theme keeps coming up: CEOs want IT leaders to figure out how technology can help their businesses transform and expand, as much as make it operate.
Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in a new Cloud Insights video series to discuss IT’s role in driving business outcomes with cloud and collaboration technology. It’s an interesting time as the pace of change is at an all-time high. Communication, collaboration and cloud are front and center, helping drive the transformation CEOs want.
Here are a couple of insights from the series that discuss how IT leaders can embed the role of technology within a business to accelerate more efficiency and promote differentiation among competitors. One thing is certain, the time for IT leaders to lean forward with their business partners and think about how the right technology can solve their problem is now.
What is collaboration and is there proof it’s actually working? Read more.