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Don’t call our enterprise video customers innovative.

The WSJ reported on Wednesday that the word “innovation” is suffering from irrelevance due to overuse.  So I’m not going to call these customers “innovative”; instead, let’s call them cutting-edge, visionary, pioneering, creative, inspired.

On June 4, 2012, in Washington, D.C., Computerworld will recognize the achievements of the men, women, organizations and institutions around the world whose visionary applications of information technology promote positive social, economic and educational change as part of the Computerworld Honors Program.

We are extremely proud that two of our enterprise video customers are being recognized as Laureates at this year’s Gala:

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From Candy Smuggling to Collaboration Services: Sharing in the Modern World

This past Mother’s Day, I was remembering how my mother used to encourage sharing.  Like most parents, I limit my daughters’ intake of sugar. However, whenever my mother came into town, my efforts would go right out the window. She would arrive on our doorstep, with large amounts of candy smuggled in her luggage. Her goal: to spoil the girls.  Resistance was futile, but she showed them that giving can be as much fun as receiving and encouraged them to share their contraband.

In today’s connected world, sharing information has never been easier. Not too long ago we had to wait months to finish a roll of film, and then waited days to have it developed. Now, we can send videos and pictures almost instantaneously with our cameras and phones. Not only has this changed our personal lives, but has also allowed us to now work our way to collaborate and streamline business.  With services like WebEx or TelePresence, demonstrated in the new film Battleship, experts across the world can communicate and share data as if in the same room. Using this and other collaboration technology like Cisco’s Jabber, anyone can now use their choice of device to access information instantly.  Over the next few weeks, a series of Cisco videocasts will show how incorporating, capturing, transforming, and sharing videos for business can be done easily by anyone.

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Cisco TelePresence Is Dead. Long Live Cisco TelePresence!

A high five to Zeus Kerravala for hitting the nail on the head in his response to a recent Forbes article predicting the demise of telepresence as we know it. Here’s the key quote:

“The real question to be asked here is whether there is enough innovation left in telepresence to allow Polycom and Cisco to stay ahead of the commodity curve, and I think the answer to that is yes.”

Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as a dancing elephant.  Why, just a mere five or so years ago, telepresence was just a twinkle in John Chamber’s eye.  Allow me to meander down memory lane. . .

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The Other Side of the Equation in Higher Education

There has rightfully been much emphasis placed on student achievement to justify technology investments in higher education. California Baptist University is focusing in on students as a primary driver for their collaboration architecture, but something else interesting popped out for me in this recent case study – how it is affecting instructors.

Clearly there is a business case for extending the reach of a university that has limited “brick-and-mortar space to grow in.  According to Dr. David Poole, Vice President, Online and Professional Studies, “I can now offer face-to-face instruction in real time to Chinese students at the bachelors and masters level. My ROI is tremendous because I am not sending faculty over there to spend months and months over there.” I believe that while some US-based instructors may enjoy an occasional trip to China, an extended stay could be an obstacle from a personal perspective.

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Telehealth Gains Support from Down Under

Earlier this year the Australian federal government announced it would provide up to $20.6 million, to fund telehealth programs from Australian health organizations, over the next two years in what will be referred to as the National Broadband Network (NBN) Enabled Telehealth Pilots Program.

The overall goal of the program is to enable better access to high quality healthcare services, including easier access to doctors and specialists, reduced travel expenses and less crowding. It will initially focus on aged care, palliative care and cancer care, providing patients health services from the comfort of their own homes.

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