Three lessons from the next frontier of managing
Thomas Winter works from a village of 3,000 people outside Zurich, Switzerland. Not a single member of his 100-person team works in the country. He conducts weekly meetings and delivers performance reviews virtually using video conferencing. He’s accountable to business leaders in Cisco’s San Jose, Calif., headquarters and others in cities across the globe. Oh, did I mention his team is responsible for driving adoption of a new commerce platform for $40 billion in Cisco product revenue through 1,000 partner organizations and 20,000 Cisco sellers?
What’s interesting talking to him is how normal all this seems to him. Jack Welch recently said, “The Jack Welch of the future cannot be like me.” Talking to Thomas, I’m pretty sure I’m getting a glimpse of one of those “jobs of the future.” A new frontier of managing from anywhere using virtual technologies is emerging. So what does it take? If new opportunities present themselves but require – or allow – us to lead virtually, how ready are you?
Here are three take-aways from my conversation with the person I’m dubbing, the “world’s most virtual manager”: Read More »
Tags: Cisco, collaboration, TelePresence, the collaborative imperative, video conferencing, virtual employee
We are just under a week away from Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) and our teams are geared up and ready to go! If you are planning to be in Amsterdam for this event, stop by and visit us in Stand 12-B74.
Our presence at this year’s event is even bigger than last year. We will be showcasing some of our latest advances in video collaboration – products and features that provide a more intelligent approach for users and IT. We will demonstrate how to enhance productivity, offer flexible working environments, and engage with your customers in new and innovative ways. You will also be able to experience “day in the life” scenarios of a business executive, information worker, deskless worker and mobile worker. And partners Cyviz and iRobot will also be joining us.
Watch the brief overview video below to learn more and visit our event website for a detailed listing of solution demonstrations and the theater presentation schedule.
We will be hosting theater presentations Read More »
Tags: Cisco, collaboration, Integrated Systems Europe, intelligent video collaboration, ISE 2014, rAVe, TelePresence, video
Well Cisco has done it.
I have worked in IT since 1995 and never learned programming. Sure, I can do a little HTML, and years ago, I learned just enough Perl to configure MRTG, but I have never written a program. The good old CLI has kept me very busy and brought home the bacon.
With the announcements on NX-OS APIs, Application Centric infrastructure APIs, python scripting support, SDN, and open source projects OpenStack, OpenDaylight, and Puppet, I cannot hold back anymore.
Therefore, I have opened an account at codecademy.com. I will start with Python and Java. I see many late nights in my future.
I have thought about learning code, but I could never think of an app I wanted to write. Now Cisco is bringing together networking and programming. Cisco is not only making APIs available, Cisco is contributing code to the open source community. In fact, Cisco has created a Data Center repository, a Nexus 9000 community, and a general Cisco Systems repository on GitHub.
Cisco has recently overhauled the developer program and its content. The new DevNet website is filled with developer information on products such as AVC, Collaboration, UCS, CTI, Energywise, FlexPod, UCS Microsoft Manager, Jabber, onePK, XNC, Telepresence.
Cisco is bringing the networking and programing worlds together and this stubborn old networker is finally onboard.
Bill Carter is a Senior Network Engineer with more than 18 years of experience. He works for Sentinel Technologies and specializes in next-generation data center, campus and WAN network services.
Follow Bill on Twitter @billyc5022 and read his blog http://billyc5022.blogspot.com/
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Tags: #ciscochampion, ACI, APIs, AVC, Cisco Developer Network, collaboration, CTI, Energywise, FlexPod, jabber, java, Nexus 9000, onePKXNC, Open Daylight, OpenStack, Puppet, python, SDN, TelePresence, UCS
In my previous blog I talked about the transitions that are coming in the collaboration market. This drives the need for intelligent video collaboration – a consistent user experience across a portfolio of endpoints and platforms. Any-to-any connectivity is fundamental.
From a deployment perspective, there are two solutions in the market – on-prem and cloud services – balancing between flexibility and operational control.
An example of the successful reach of cloud solutions for collaboration is Cisco’s WebEx conferencing solution with more than 2.3 billion minutes of meetings per month. On the other side of the spectrum, operational continuity and security has driven major investments in on-premise solutions. For example, Cisco’s on-prem collaboration solutions are used by 95% of the Fortune 500s, and span every market sector.
Clearly, both on-prem and cloud are needed. The critical question is how do these worlds connect without any burden on the users. The breakthrough for providing flexibility is to connect these two worlds together. Read More »
Tags: cloud, collaboration, conferencing, deployment model, intelligent video collaboration, TelePresence, WebEX
Every year for the last seven years, Cisco and its Santa Connection program have brought video collaboration technologies to hospitals across North America for child patients to virtually connect with Santa Claus in the North Pole.
The children get the opportunity to ask Santa what they want for Christmas either by video chatting on iPads using Cisco Jabber or through Cisco TelePresence and mobile carts. For these children, it’s a chance to enjoy the holiday season during their hospital stay.
This year, Santa visited U.C. Davis Children’s Hospital virtually on December 12, and spoke with several of the kids – each with unique requests for what they wanted for Christmas.
But one boy named William, who’d been staying at U.C. Davis due to a recent injury, asked Santa for something really special. When it was his turn, he told Santa that all he wanted for Christmas was for his father to come home from Cairo, Egypt.
William’s father has been stationed overseas in the military, but little did William know that his father had been granted leave to come home to see him. So Cisco and U.C. Davis thought they could make their reunion extra special.
On December 19, during William’s dad’s flight back from Cairo, Cisco asked Santa to make a special visit to see William. Santa then brought an iPad to William’s bedside for a call with his dad. Santa told William his dad was currently at the embassy of Cairo – only the call “mysteriously” dropped.
Santa then told William instead to close his eyes and wish for his Dad to be there in person. And just seconds later, William’s dad came through the door!
Needless to say, William, his dad and the rest of the family were overjoyed to have everyone together again.
We were so pleased that Cisco, the U.C. Davis Children’s Hospital staff and Santa helped to make William’s wish come true just in time for Christmas!
Tags: Cisco, TelePresence, video