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How much does telecommuting save, anyway? (Hint: LOTS)

Rely on the trusty Internet Business Services Group within the Cisco to come up with insightful research nuggets on how we all really work.  Their latest IBSG Horizons Study, “The Everywhere Employee“,  gives some fascinating detail on the dollars and sense underlying the idea of working “your way”.

Most interesting to me, of course, is the part about telecommuting.  Did you know that 44% of knowledge workers telecommute at least one day a week?  And that this one day a week alone saves companies $2,400 a year per employee?

So let’s do the math (my favorite part).  In a 10,000 person company, 4,400 employees work one day a week from somewhere else, which translates to a whopping $11 million a year.  Enough to pay for some nice executive bonuses!

This pairs nicely with the findings of a study Stanford University professors published in November 2011, “Does Working from Home Work?”.  They gave an emphatic “yes” and also ran the numbers specific to their use case (which examined full-time telecommuters), located in Appendix A4.

So how does this relate to video? In every way possible. Not only can you use a nice, sleek EX90 TelePresence unit on your home office desk, you can use Jabber video on your tablet. Or take your laptop into the neighborhood coffeeshop and join the video-based Webex meeting (just please remember to mute: coffee grinders are loud).

See you on video!

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Connecting Judicial Leaders at the International Peace Palace

This week I have the privilege to attend the fifth annuaInternational Association for Court Administration (IACA) conference in The Hague, Netherlands.

The IACA conference theme is The Challenge of Developing and Maintaining Strong and Just Courts in an Era of Uncertainty.

Three hundred and forty judicial leaders from 42 countries around the world are attending including Chief Justices from Afghanistan, Australia, Republic of Georgia, Iraq, Indonesia, and Nigeria, judges, court system officials and practitioners, justice ministry leaders, justice-sector academics, and representatives of international development and rule of law organizations.

During this conference, I am capturing highlights from the workshops with video interviews with selected keynote presenters and panelists.

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Cisco Remote Expert for Retail Banking at Cisco Live

This week thousands of IT professionals will be attending Cisco Live in San Diego so they can learn of innovations that can help them leverage the power of the intelligent network.

We are excited to showcase a variety of solutions that enable financial services firms generate revenue, reduce expense and mitigate risk. Specifically, we will be showing and discussing how Remote Expert for Retail Banking helps enable banks to maximize the efficiency and productivity of financial services advisors so they can capture customer business at first contact and deliver the personalized customer service the customer desires. Read More »

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Cisco Extends High Quality Telepresence to Mobile Users

Mobile users collaborating, working, and leveraging video communications is quickly becoming the norm for organizations worldwide.

Cisco delivers a seamless video collaboration experience with Cisco TelePresence Server, Cisco TelePresence Conductor and Cisco Video Communication Server (VCS).  New advancements to these offerings support users at their offices, as well as on the road, with features that complement Cisco’s entire collaboration infrastructure solution.

New capabilities on the Cisco TelePresence Server include optimized video screen layouts for high-quality telepresence viewing on single-screen devices such as tablets, and increased scalability to further enable reach anywhere, at any time.

Cisco has also made enhancements to the VCS Expressway by enabling “encrypt on behalf of” to now provide encryption of data regardless of the endpoint’s own encryption capabilities, eliminating the need for additional VPN security.

For more information on Cisco TelePresence solutions, visit us at InfoComm this week or www.cisco.com/go/telepresence.

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Life-like Video Becomes More Like Real-life Video

We’ve come a long way since the days of analog and, at Cisco, we’ve delighted in the journey to high definition (HD). It’s our goal, after all, to bring high-quality, true-to-life video to individuals and organizations around the world.

Video is transformative, but bad video quality is disruptive, so we are pleased to announce that Cisco is enabling the industry’s broadest application of 1080p60 video and 1080p30 content sharing – the highest video resolution available today. This is the result of Cisco’s latest telepresence endpoint software updates:  TC 6.0 for our codecs and group systems and TX 6.0 for our immersive product line.

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