As we all just witnessed the presidential debates last Wednesday, the hot topic was Obamacare. I knew this act was aimed at decreasing the number of uninsured Americans and reducing the overall costs of healthcare. These high level goals sounded great until I bumped into an article this week that some popular casual dining establishments will no longer offer full time work schedules to employees starting in 2014 aimed to help address the cost implications health care reform will have on their business.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called Obamacare was signed into law back in March 2010 with multiple provisions to be enacted over a 10 year period. A provision starting January 2014 states that companies with over 50 employees will be required to provide health insurance to employees working over 30 hours a week. There is a punishment of $3,000 per each uncovered employee for companies who do not follow the law. Read More »
Tags: cloud, collaboration, data center, healthcare, Obama, obamacare, presidential debate, security, TelePresence
For this week’s final Public Sector BYOD Thursday post, I wanted to discuss a survey that illustrated what employees want and need when it comes to IT in the workplace:
- Control over the work experience—the ability to use technology to personal preference, in ways that improve productivity and enhance job satisfaction.
- Choice when it comes to devices and the ability to use preferred, personally owned devices to complete work-related tasks.
- Flexibility to perform personal activities at work and work activities on personal time.
- Mobility that enables anytime, anywhere connections to colleagues, customers and partners.
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Tags: architecture, byod, collaboration, connectivity, desktop virtualization, education, government, IT, mobile, mobile collaboration, mobile-ready, public sector, unified workspace, virtualization
It is well understood that collaboration is helping companies execute business strategies. It improves productivity, enhances teamwork, improves decision making, and compresses time to market — whether employees and team members are in the same building or halfway around the world. Now, video and mobility solutions are taking collaboration to the next level. The business benefits of enabling people to communicate more naturally — anywhere and at any time — are clear and being realized by many.
Furthermore, the desire to consume collaboration services from the cloud is increasing as many of our customers discover the multiple benefits of extending the reach of collaboration services across their businesses in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. Customers are optimizing resources and gaining even more business and IT agility. They are enhancing business continuity and reducing risk of technology obsolescence while maintaining full visibility and control. End users are increasingly demanding a consistent, rich user experience across the latest applications on their choice of devices.
Cloud collaboration is an integral part of Cisco’s Collaboration strategy, and Cisco’s focus is to provide customers with flexible choices on how they deploy collaboration so they can accelerate it across their business. Cisco offers different deployment models to meet various customer use cases, including: Read More »
Tags: Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution, cloud, cloud collaboration, collaboration, hosted collaboration, SaaS, software as a service
For organizations, the importance of tapping more deeply into their human capital – unlocking the potential each person brings to the table — has never been greater. In my previous blog post, I touched on how Cisco believes people working together can achieve extraordinary things. The challenge is how to best bring them together as participants in a global economy, who may not physically be in the same place at the same time. This requires organizations to:
- Empower their people to work their way — where, when and how they want — without limits.
- Engage their people by providing the right collaboration tools so they can stay more connected with their peers and other organizations, which in turn allows them to …
- Innovate as they foster better relationships and become more creative in developing new products, solutions and process that help their organizations
As the range of available collaboration technologies has continued to broaden, the focus for IT has begun to swing Read More »
Tags: collaboration, empower, engage, innovate, integrated collaboration portfolio, Intelligent Network, superior collaboration experience
EDUCAUSE is the largest Higher Ed IT event of the year, attracting about 5,000 key decision makers from the United States, Canada, and around the world.
Cisco will be exhibiting at booth 1114, where we will showcase our Connected Learning solutions for higher education. Visitors will learn how to use their campus network infrastructure to save money, improve efficiency, enhance safety and security, and prepare the next-generation workforce.
Join us for demonstrations and presentations by education technology experts, covering a range of topics, including:
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Tags: Borderless Networks, collaboration, data_center, education, educause, higher education, highered