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Telepresence…It Isn’t Just for the Boardroom

The number of innovative ways video can be used these days is astounding. I advocated in my last post the benefits telepresence can deliver for remote workers, but it is extends much further— it is transforming how we communicate, collaborate, educate, provide healthcare, service customers, and more!  The days of low resolution video conferencing or video only in the executive boardroom are long gone.

A recent CIO slideshow did a great job at highlighting the innovative use cases for video conferencing and telepresence  – all the way from 3D holograms to Cisco’s own Jabber. The technologies CIO references show the vast ways these solutions  are transforming the way we work, communicate, and collaborate.

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The Australian government reaps benefits from telework and looks to expand services

At Cisco we believe that when governments keep pace with the latest technologies they improve efficiency and better serve their constituents.

Australia is known as a government at the forefront of technological innovation. Since 2009 the Australian government has rolled out 36 Cisco TelePresence units across Australia, in Commonwealth offices, Prime Minister and Cabinet offices, Parliament House and state government offices.

The Australian Government has participated in more than 1800 meetings via Cisco TelePresence and has saved more than $26 million in travel costs since deploying in 2009. This is double the amount of savings the country anticipated, according to a recent ZDNet article. So it’s no surprise that the country is looking to expand its telepresence usage.

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Interoperability is Freedom of Communications

Imagine a world where iPhones can only call other iPhones and Blackberries can only call other Blackberries, and where traditional land-line phones and mobile phones are separate islands of technology.  A world where you need a specific browser for specific web pages, and where you can only send emails to people using the same mail system.This would be a world without interoperability and industry standards.

How can we expect advancements in society (or humanity for that matter), if we can’t communicate with each other, or if technology can’t interoperate with each other?  To achieve this any to any vision we’ve been talking about, or to achieve that ultimate experience where technology just works together and it becomes transparent to what we do every day, we need standards based interoperability.

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Cisco House and its Partners Earn ‘Gold’ at Summer Olympics

Courtesy of Sean Ebsworth BarnesAs you can well imagine, Cisco is excited and proud to be the Official Network Infrastructure supporter to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. But you know what else we’re proud of? Cisco House, our 20,000-square-foot connected business showcase. It’s taking our customers to new heights—literally. And our technology partners are central to its success.

Throughout the games, customers are touring the “house,” which is perched above the entrance to Olympic Park. We’re engaging visitors with a multi-media, business transformation journey, where Cisco is uniquely relevant in a landscape where organizations, cities, and even entire countries are transforming to thrive in an increasingly connected world.

And the message is coming through loud and clear. It’s not just what Cisco makes. It’s what we make possible. And sharing this not-so-futuristic story wouldn’t be possible without the help of our incredible technology partners.

So hats off to Citrix, EMC, Intel, SAP, and Schneider Electric. They’re playing an invaluable role as we highlight a portfolio of customer- and public-facing technologies such as Videoscape, Stadium Vision, iServices, and my personal favorite, the Virtual Shopper experience. That’s worth its weight in ‘Gold.’ Read More »

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How the National Cancer Institute Helped a Researcher Keep His Mentoring Program Alive

As budget cuts take their toll on healthcare research funds, some organizations have developed resourceful strategies to keep critical projects alive.  When a research professor from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) no longer had the funds to travel the country and mentor young researchers, NCI’s lead computer specialist Todd Cox made sure the researcher could maintain his existing mentee relationships without getting on a plane. Cisco collaboration technologies enabled the professor to have face-to-face video meetings with his students during which he discussed the microorganisms they were observing on his microscope.

We were lucky to have Todd present at this year’s Cisco Federal Collaboration User Forum and to hear first hand how NCI leveraged Cisco’s video technology in a creative way to continue its cancer research. Check out the video below for an excerpt from his presentation. His full presentation can be found here:

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