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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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Give the People What They Want

Understand what your fans want, and help them help themselves.

A few weeks ago I blogged about how we gave admin rights of the Networking Academy fan page to the top fans. In the private FB group I set up for them to collaborate, one of them commented that our total active monthly fans was constant at 90k, even though we’d gone from 100k to 150k total fans in the past 10 weeks.

They started to collaborate on how to generate more relevant content. They decided to share mini networking lessons as well as daily quizzes. The ambassadors set up a wikispace to collaborate, and a WordPress blog to share full lessons with the fans.

The results have blown me away. Our monthly active fans have been amazing! (Facebook defines monthly active as viewing, liking, commenting or sharing your pages posts)

Out of a total 153k fans, that’s a 77% Monthly Active User base. Please share your stats if you have a similar or better ratio of activity.

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Unleash the Power of Social Media, Increase Your Influence

At Cisco Partner Velocity last week, the Channels blog caught up with David Nour–author of the book “Relationship Economics,” speaker, and Managing Partner of The Nour Group.

In his keynote at the event, Nour covered ways to “unleash the power of social media,” but not just by getting more followers, collecting more friends, and increasing page views on your blog. Turns out, social media success is all about building relationships and influence where ROI stands for “return on influence.”

Check out this interview with Nour to find out his favorite social media tools, ways to gain trust, and how to increase your influence.

What other tips did Nour offer during his keynote? Read on to find out… Read More »

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