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Ho Ho Ho! We Caught Santa on Camera!

We’re so thrilled that Santa spared 2 minutes of his time today to give my dear friend and colleague, Nancy a short interview on how he’s using social media this holiday season. We connected with him at the North Pole using Cisco WebEx and Flip technologies. Check out our interview with him and pass it on to spread the holiday joy. Read More »

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The Social Soap Box: Why Mark Zuckerberg is Person of the Year

Mark Zuckerberg is Time magazine’s “Person of the Year.” As I read the article which talked about the growth of Facebook as being close to twice the size of the U.S. and Zuckerberg’s net worth estimated to be almost $7 billion, I started thinking about my own personal journey with the social entity. I recalled the days in 2006 when my brother who was in college at the time, kept harassing me to get on Facebook. He told me that it was a way to connect with all of my friends and that once I start, I wouldn’t be able to stop. Mind you, those were also the days of Friendster and MySpace. So as a professional who tries to maintain a healthy balance between my personal and professional life, I told him what I’m sure others who’ve been asked to join Facebook have said in the past, “I am a very private person and don’t have time to play with friends online.”

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Transforming Education through Collaboration

If you’re familiar with Cisco’s collaboration products, you’ve probably heard us discuss how they will change the nature of the workplace; from who we work with, to where and when we work, to how business processes are interleaved with the collaboration experience. But what about how they change the way we learn? Higher education represents an enormous opportunity for collaboration products to engage and educate the next generation of global leaders.

Last week, we demonstrated collaboration’s impact on education by announcing that Duke University is using Cisco Quad in their Fuqua School of Business, MBA – Cross Continent program. The reason? To ensure that students throughout the world can fully participate in the program at any Duke campus – not as passive listeners, but as active participants in the learning experience. Cisco Quad collaboration software enables global students to create virtual working groups, find fellow students with common interests, share content, files or videos and instantly start video or audio conferences and chat sessions.

Using Cisco Quad in education is quite appropriate because the product was named after a university campus quad. It’s a place for social networking, where students meet and hang out, share experiences and create, in some cases, lifelong connections. As you go from one class to another, you probably always traverse the quad – it’s a place for constant action and change. This image of the quad seemed like a nice moniker for the product. With Duke, it’s particularly appropriate because we’ve expanded the physical campus to a virtual place that encompasses much more real estate, creating a hub for sharing information and changing the way education happens today. Read More »

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How do I keep iPads off of my factory floor?

This question was posed by the Manufacturing IT Director for a major Pharma producer, as part of an annual customer advisory board hosted jointly by Cisco and Rockwell Automation. One answer:  Good luck! …And why would you want to?

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Chet Namboodri talks about how consumer products are entering production and maintenance workflows and how “Rockwell and Cisco are in the forefront of enabling those solutions” during a recent customer innovation council session.

The migration of technology and applications from Consumer to Business to Industrial has become a well worn path, and the use of Smart Phones, Tablets, Mobile Video and other Operator Interfaces powering work flows and industrial intelligence has become a mainstay for Manufacturers.  Read More »

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Talk2Cisco Recap: The Evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is not what it was a few years ago, and, as we learned in our latest episode of Talk2Cisco, it goes far beyond pure philanthropic efforts. Kathy Mulvany, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs at Cisco and Jennifer Biringer, Director at SustainAbility, a think tank and strategy consultancy based in San Francisco, CA bring their expertise and insights around the evolution of CSR in the latest broadcast.

Highlights from Talk2Cisco: The Evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility

01:34     Definition of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

02:59     Definition of Sustainability

04:02      Misconceptions of CSR

08:15     How Cisco reports CSR

23:43     Emerging trends in sustainability

28:11     Cisco CSR and the environment

Read more about Cisco’s CSR efforts.

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