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Collaboration Notes from Cisco Live: Monday Wrap-Up

The games have begun! It’s the official start to Cisco Live 2015 here in sunny San Diego. I started my morning with digital calisthenics to prepare my digits for the keyboarding ahead. And it was a good thing I did because there was plenty about which to tweet. If you’re looking for the collaboration perspective of goings on throughout the show, I’m here to provide it via Twitter (@ciscokima) and nightly wrap-ups of the day’s activities. Read on for: Opening Keynote with John Chambers, Captain of the New Guard, Collaboration in the World of Solutions, What’s Up for Tuesday?, and #MEOW.

Opening Keynote with John Chambers

Despite the fact that it outsized a football field — or a futbol pitch for that matter — the room was full long before Chambers ran on stage. Although it was his final keynote as CEO, he focused on the future and what organizations need to do to next. In ten years, it’s predicted that 40% of today’s enterprise companies will no longer exist. Chambers points to four reasons. Companies that fail:

  • Miss market transitions
  • Do the “right thing” for too long
  • Don’t reinvent themselves
  • Get too far from their customers

So what’s his advice? He provided plenty. Disrupt or be disrupted. Have the ability to make a change before the rest of the world knows it’s possible. Just because you won in the last information age doesn’t mean you’ll win in the digital age. (Honestly, it was a fiesta of tweetable and bloggable soundbites.) Read More »

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11 Reasons to Visit Collaboration in the CLUS World of Solutions

Last week, I gave you the top reasons to check out what Cisco Collaboration has to offer at Cisco Live this year. But wait, our team has more good guidance! I’m pleased to present 11 fantastic reasons to visit the Collaboration neighborhood in the World of Solutions.

  1. Experience: See, feel, touch, smell, and trial our products. Get fingerprints on the touchscreens and watch us clean them off.
  2. See the latest in the IP Phone 8800 Series: HD video good enough to watch your boss’s dog eat tiny cupcake crumbs.
  3. AeroSmith’s Steven Tyler may be referring to the Collaboration booth when he sings “I don’t want to miss a thing.”
  4. Visit the Infrastructure Hardware Petting Zoo!
  5. Fran might teach you how to arm wrestle.
  6. Our latest video endpoints and phones are sleeker and cooler than the new car you’ve been wanting.
  7. Free coffee.
  8. See the collaboration technology that powers the Wall of America on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
  9. Have the chance to meet “Sparky Jeff” LIVE and in person!
  10. Our booth staff is the most collaborative and our booth has the fewest pillars! (Yes, someone counted!)
  11. We’ll help you get Spark on your phone faster than you can say Chuck Robbins.

Understand the experience from the room, desk, mobile and customer perspective and meet more than 15 of our collaboration partners. Demos focus on Room Experience, Mobile Experience, Desk Experience, and Customer Experience. You can also visit the Endpoint Gallery, Tech Zone, and Collaboration Backstage.

On Tuesday, June 9, be sure to catch theater presentations to learn how customers are achieving measurable business outcomes in case studies.

  • 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Cisco Mobile Collaboration Solutions
  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Providing a Total Customer Experience
  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. How American Century Investments Improved Service without Increasing Contact Center Staff

See you in San Diego! Follow me in the Twittersphere for the latest during the week: @ciscokima

Special thanks to Alexis Doherty, Barnaby Meadows, Jillian Zimmerman, Ross Daniels, Fran Blackburn, Chris Wiborg, Angela Murphy, Kirk McNeil, Jeff Marusak, Lauren Colson, Marcus Gallo, Patty Medberry.

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Simplifying Management of Consolidated Networks

It started with voice: Get more from your corporate infrastructure investments by moving audio traffic onto the data network. It was a good idea that made good financial sense. It caught on. It became pervasive.

As it did, we looked for more ways to leverage that same network investment – extending it to include instant messaging, presence, and video. This evolution vastly increased the significance and value of these collaboration tools. But that sophistication came with management challenges.

When limited to IP telephony, the management tools could live within the solution itself. But extending the scope with more elements added complexity and new challenges: Not only were there additional pieces to roll out, monitor, and manage, but now you had to master management interfaces for each one.

Simplicity is one of the key tenets of an effective collaboration solution. Collaboration is about making connections. It’s about removing barriers that make it difficult or frustrating for people to connect. You want it to take fewer clicks to access the information and people you need to make decisions and interact effectively. The smoother the process, the quicker and better quality the results.

For users across an organization to adopt a collaboration solution, it has to be easy and intuitive. By the same thinking, if the deployment and management are too difficult, chances are the IT department won’t adopt the technology. The last thing IT needs is more complexity.

Cisco has made significant efforts to consolidate and simplify the management of collaboration networks. Read More »

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Another Milestone: Gartner Names Cisco a Leader in Telephony

We continue to evolve the ways we interact and communicate. Still, telephony remains a foundation element of business communications.  Even as we bring technologies into the collaboration mix, telephony is still a default option for many situations. It’s ubiquitous. It provides real-time, personal, human interaction that’s critical to communications with peers, customers, partners.

Given the importance of telephony, we’re always pleased when recognized for having powerful technology products. Continuing a history of recognition that goes back 12  years, Gartner named Cisco a leader in the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Corporate Telephony.  Gartner maps companies in the telephony space according to their “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision.” Cisco lands in the top-right of that grid.

Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Corporate Telephony

Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Corporate Telephony

Our unified communications and telephony products are the most prevalent of our collaboration portfolio. The core of our corporate telephony platform, Read More »

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Can You Hear Me Now? Celebrating 15 Years of IP Phone Innovation

For those of you who follow my blog, you might have noticed that much of what I write about is focused on video collaboration.  However, before the video boom started, there was a more dominant means of communication – one we all still use today in one form or another – and that is voice.

There has been quite a bit of change over the past 15 years – the world, and the workplace, has evolved considerably.  The explosion of mobile, cloud and collaboration technologies has truly changed the way we work, bridging geographical barriers and improving business processes. Despite all of the change; however, there has been one constant sitting on my desk since 1999, a Cisco IP phone.

This year marks the 15th Anniversary of Cisco’s first IP phone, the Cisco SP12+, aka the world’s first desktop IP phone. Over the years we’ve seen a number of upgrades and enhancements made to our IP phone portfolio – a few of our models have even achieved celebrity status! Whether it was Ari Gold using the 7985 to call his “Entourage,” or a parrot calling in a murder via a gold IP phone on CSI, Cisco IP phones have been connecting important conversations since they first hit the scene.

While there are far too many cutting edge phones and exciting milestones to count, here are a few of my favorites: Read More »

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