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A New Paradigm for Desktop Collaboration

Market trends are impacting how we collaborate. A key trend is the need for pervasive video delivered to every desktop, so that all users can benefit from rich interactions. A second important trend is towards cloud services, the ability to deploy and access services and applications from the cloud.

These trends are truly driving a new paradigm in desktop collaboration, and Cisco is leading this industry evolution with our recent announcement of the Cisco Desktop Collaboration Experience DX650. This new Android-based desktop endpoint – our next-generation IP phone – delivers Cisco’s entire suite of collaboration capabilities through an intuitive touch screen. It combines two things we all know and love Read More »

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Cisco Collaboration Comes to the Rescue for INTEGRIS Health

More than 20 years ago when INTEGRIS Health chose to invest in collaboration technologies, little did they know they were making a decision that would one day save lives.

With more than 16 hospitals and 9,000 employees throughout Oklahoma, INTEGRIS is the state’s largest health care system. An early adopter of telemedicine, they implemented video technology in the early 1990s. But what started simply as an effective way to connect hospitals has grown into a life-saving program that has decreased stroke mortality rates and increased access to health specialists.

What’s INTEGRIS’ secret? A team of top medical professionals armed with Cisco’s leading edge collaboration technologies. Solutions like Cisco TelePresence and Cisco Jabber allow two-way, interactive collaboration between doctors and patients to support INTEGRIS’ telehealth programs that treat everything from mental health illness and speech impairments to stroke and Hepatitis C patients.

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Cisco Supports Connected Collaboration at Skoll World Forum

skoll_worldforumCisco is the official technology sponsor for the prestigious Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship (SWF) happening April 9 to 12 at the University of Oxford in England.

The goal of the Forum is to help advance entrepreneurial approaches to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. SWF is an annual event with 1000 of the world’s most influential social impact thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, and the people and organizations who fund them from 65 countries. It is co-produced by the Skoll Foundation and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School in Oxford.

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Learn About the Power of Integration at Hannover Messe 2013

This Monday is the beginning of Hannover Messe Faire noted by companies and organizations as the world’s premier industrial technology showcase.  This years Faire has a clear focus on core technologies and services that enable industrial production, innovation and efficiency.

As I mentioned in my previous blog,  Cisco will feature our industry leading technology and product solutions that empower “The Integrated Industry” in Hall 8, Stand D14.  In addition, there will be many Cisco Subject Matter Experts in attendance to discuss topics that are specific to your business and technology imperatives.


Integration and convergence is the core value proposition that Cisco brings to the market. The theme of our booth is “Cisco Is Making the ‘Integrated Industry’ Real Today.”  We will showcase how our customers are deploying:

  • Integrated and validated architectures supported by a broad portfolio that works seamlessly and securely
  • Integrated  industrial networks and information technology networks (OT/IT)
  • Integrating machines on the factory floor, datacenters in the core, and applications in the cloud
  • Integrating the entire manufacturing value chain from R&D, to supply chain, to operations and logistics

If you aren’t one of the 250,000+ attending Hannover Messe Faire from April 8th – 12th….. not to worry.  We will be providing live updates from the show floor. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, “Like” us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube and join our LinkedIn group

Cisco is uniquely positioned to help customers develop a robust, resilient, secure, future-ready and cost effective converged network infrastructure for their factory and business applications. Our displays will demonstrate our differentiation, and Cisco’s ability to integrate the functions and applications throughout the entire manufacturing value chain.

See you at the show!

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Re-engineer Your Processes with Social Collaboration

In my role as a Social Collaboration Architect, I see a lot of opinions about what it will take for social collaboration applications to take off within the enterprise. Analysts and sales people alike are constantly speculating on the business value — via increased revenue or decreased cost — that social applications will uncover and make adoption a simple sell. The expectation is that a more connected and conversational employee base will become more productive. It’s a start, but not the end of the value proposition.

Becoming more connected and conversational is only as good as the richness of the interaction. Are you solving a business need? Making a process more efficient? Adding value to a transaction? At the heart of these questions is how you factor your social collaboration solution into your business processes.

In the past, companies used business process re-engineering to cut out waste and make operations leaner. Today, companies Read More »

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