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Cisco and ODVA at 2013 Hannover Messe

The buzz this year at Hannover Messe Fair is around “The Integrated Industry”.  One of the key technologies that’s enabling this convergence is unmodified Ethernet being deployed to the factory and plant floor.  Cisco’s core strategy for the industrial market is to accelerate the adoption of open standards by partnering with organizations like ODVA.  Cisco is a founding member of the ODVA and has enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship for close to 10 years.

2013-04-09 00.59.35Adrienne Meyer, Manager of Member Services at ODVA and Guy Denis, Cisco Business Development Manager – Connected Industries Group reminisce about the history of the relationship and speak about the importance of evolving and developing open network standards and interoperability for the converged manufacturing IT and plant networks, including security, wireless, IP telephony,power over Ethernet and real-time Ethernet/IP.

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Bring Video to Everyone with New Affordable Conferencing Scale

At Enterprise Connect we made a number of announcements about Cisco’s pervasive conferencing strategy and new solutions that caused quite a buzz at the show and are really resonating with our customers. More and more I talk to business leaders who understand the value of pervasive video collaboration and their next questions are:

  • How do I extend HD video to everyone in the organization on any device, from their personal mobile or desktop system through to group telepresence systems?
  • How do we ensure each participant gets a high quality experience, matched to the capabilities of the device(s) they choose to use?
  • And how do I provide this flexibility and scale affordably?

Recently I spoke to my colleague, Richard Mullen, about how our new optimized conferencing infrastructure is supporting this explosion of video-enabled users. With flexible and intelligent resource pooling and orchestration enabling a tailored service model, we are delivering affordable personal HD multiparty conferencing at an equivalent of only Read More »

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WebEx and TelePresence – Better Together

At Enterprise Connect I was delighted to see the excitement generated by Cisco’s announcement that brings together our market leading Cisco WebEx and TelePresence  solutions.  Recently I discussed this initiative in more detail with a colleague, Richard Mullen, looking at how TelePresence and WebEx working together supports our vision of pervasive conferencing and enables users to meet with anyone, anywhere, on any device.

In particular, I highlight three key factors in a successful meeting Read More »

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Personal Interaction Drives Innovation and Collaboration

skoll_worldforumMany technologies allow us to collaborate “virtually” today: email, instant messaging, texting, video conferencing, and desktop sharing to name a few. But regardless of what technologies we use, our interactions still rely on a basic element: other people.

Recently Cisco undertook a study of human behavior and the barriers to effective collaboration. The study showed that even in the digital age, collaboration is grounded in human relationships.

Harbrinder Kang, Cisco Sr. Director of Corporate Affairs, wrote about this topic for the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.

Continue to Harbrinder’s complete post on Forbes.com >>

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Do you need to work from the office to maximise employee productivity?

Recently, there’s been a significant amount of media attention on different company policies around teleworking and flexible working practices. This has sparked a lively debate across the internet; opinions have been cast for and against this transformation in culture. So, will this action have any repercussions on employee motivation and productivity?

The availability of remote and flexible working options can potentially improve employee morale, and worker productivity. A recent poll conducted by Staples Advantage (March 2013) found that 93% of US employees believed that working away from the office was beneficial for staff and managers. The research also showed the 75% of business decision makers noticed that employees were happier when they were allowed to work remotely and 53% said they were more productive.  Read More »

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