Cisco Blogs


Cisco Blog > Mobility

Why Every Business Should Be a Fan of Teleworking

While employee work flexibility and increased job satisfaction are strong reasons to consider teleworking solutions, the latest report from the Telework Research Network shows that there are even more compelling reasons to support teleworking at your business.

Can you imagine a world where teleworking was the norm? In their U.S. report, the research organization identifies potential national savings of over $700 BILLION a year if those with compatible jobs and a desire to work from home did so just half the time. The Telework Research Network paints a pretty picture with these potential savings:

  • A typical business would save $11,000 per person per year
  • The telecommuters would save between $2,000 and $7,000 a year
  • The oil savings would equate to over 37% of our Persian Gulf imports
  • The greenhouse gas reduction would be the equivalent of taking the entire New York State workforce permanently off the road.

You don’t need to be a finance person to see that this is one bandwagon businesses need to jump onto!

Don’t know where to start? It’s easy, and Cisco’s here to help.

The Cisco OfficeExtend 600 solution helps businesses enable teleworkers by extending wireless and wired access to the corporate network to the workers home or remote office locations.  The OfficeExtend solution provides secure access to the corporate network to deliver the same comprehensive access to business services that workers would get in main business office. Additionally, a corporate wired or wireless Cisco IP phone can be added to improve collaboration for teleworkers.

In addition, the teleworker can also setup personal wireless or wired access for personal use in their home or remote office.  The data traffic from the personal access is segmented and does not have access to the corporate network. This give the worker the flexibility to have a single Access Point in the home for work related access as well as personal networking activities while knowing that their corporate data traffic is fully secured.

telework

For more information please check out Cisco OfficeExtend Solution and Cisco Teleworker Solutions

Tags: , , , , , , ,

IT Company Provides Personal Touch

In this final installment of our four-part customer testimonial, we take a look at Valley Sleep Center’s relationship with Invision Technology Solutions. The Cisco certified partner took the time to educate Valley Sleep Center employees about the latest technological innovations while also understanding their needs to build the right network. To further optimize the buying experience, the partner helped Valley Sleep Center utilize advantageous Cisco financing options. As a result, the company was able to upgrade affordably. We hope you enjoyed this customer case study. What can the right network do for your business?

Part One of the Valley Sleep Center

Part Two of the Valley Sleep Center

Part Three of the Valley Sleep Center

Watch Part Four>>

Read More »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Social Media Mindset fostered with the help of IDEO

October 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm PST

I’ve been with Cisco for about 11 years with a few breaks in between and I’ve always been in awe at how technology advances each time I return.  I think back to Eudora email and conference call bridge scheduling via Meeting Place.  Anyone else remember those days of simplicity?

My mindset has had to change and adapt each time I have returned.  With the help of the “The Mindset” book by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., I had at least prepared myself to have a “growth mindset” when coming back to work each time.  I have to admit I still battled the fixed mindset of “I may fail at this” from time to time.  Regardless, I chose to press on and adapt.

The biggest mindset shift for me in the past few years has been all things related to social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, etc.. We are now connecting with customers in real time and listening to their thoughts, concerns and feedback.  Much has changed from filtered feedback via press and analysts, to today where listening data is being viewed and responded to in real time.  These advances have all required me to incorporate a social media lens into the overall strategy and tactics of my job.

Read More »

Tags: , , ,