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Ever wondered what the key barrier is to telework?

January 31, 2012 at 11:01 am PST

Telework is increasingly becoming a topic of interest, especially with Obama signing of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 one year ago, almost to the week. So if everyone is talking about it, why isn’t adoption more widespread?  Especially when the benefits of telework are vast and well known – from happier, healthier employees, to overhead cost savings for companies to greener business practices and cutting carbon emissions by taking drivers off the road. For example, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Transportation (DOT), General Services Administration (GSA), and 7 other sources, if 33 million Americans worked from home, Gulf oil imports could be reduced by 24% to 48%, greenhouse gases by up to 67 million metric tons a year, and as much as 7.5 trillion gallons of gasoline each year, for a total of $110 million in savings a day. Even government agencies, that have mandatory telework requirements to meet as a result of the Telework Enhancement Act, haven’t embraced it to the extent expected. What is standing in the way? 

Next week, we will release our latest whitepaper “Video at the Core of Government Telework.” This white paper, intended for executives planning telework strategies, highlights new findings on telework barriers and how to overcome these to make the most of the essential role of telepresence, for engaging and managing a remote government workforce. You won’t want to miss it. We will be giving our Facebook fans a sneak preview, so stay tuned.

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Bringing Powerful TelePresence to Any Room or Space

January 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm PST

On the heels of the fifth anniversary of Cisco TelePresence, we recently released our latest telepresence solution, which speaks directly to Cisco’s goal to bring the “Power of In-Person” to everyone, everywhere. The Cisco TelePresence SX20 Quick Set is a follow-on product to the popular Quick Set C20.  With the SX20 Quick Set, we’ve taken flexibility and performance up a notch while preserving the affordable price points to ensure customers of all sizes can benefit from the power of telepresence.

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Cisco Live London, 2012: Attend virtually Jan 31 – Feb 1

January 20, 2012 at 10:00 am PST

Join us on January 31 and February 1 in Cisco Virtual for Cisco Live London, 2012. We have a full agenda planned, including a live keynote with Padmasree Warrior and technical sessions on popular topics like UCS System Architecture, SAN Core Edge Design, BGP PIC, and Cisco Telepresence. You can also play games and win prizes.

Registrants receive two full days of live virtual programming in conjunction with Cisco Live London, access to over 1600 sessions, a virtual World of Solutions, and the chance to network with professionals and Cisco experts from more than 195 countries. Or, visit Cisco Live Virtual post-event to download PDFs and view videos from sessions presented at Cisco Live London.

The virtual event features:

  • Live Keynote addresses by CTO and SVP of Engineering, Padmasree Warrior.
  • A Guest keynote with Cisco’s Chief Futurist, Dave Evans and Richard Noble from Bloodhound.
  • Technical sessions on data center, storage area networks, IP Multicast and enterprise video, security and other hot topics
  • A Partner Resource Center with the chance to download valuable materials
  • Answers to your toughest technical questions from virtual Ask-the-Expert Center sessions
  • Networking with your friends, colleagues and new acquaintances with profile tools and social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blogs
  • A Memory Match game where you can compete to win €100 Cisco Marketplace coupons

Be sure to follow Cisco Live Europe on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/CiscoLiveEurope

Date: January 31 and February 1, 2012
Register for free: http://www.ciscolivevirtualeu.com
Agenda and Calendar Reminder: http://bit.ly/xP7zjK

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Productivity: An Inconvenient Truth

I said in the first post of this series that I’ll start to share more about my productivity lessons-learned. But first, let’s get one thing out of the way — I believe that online collaboration tools really don’t matter. In contrast, how you apply them for purposeful engagement matters a lot, regarding the anticipated productivity gains.

Moreover, the most substantial gains in online productivity will likely come from fully understanding all the people, process and technology issues that define the environment you’re working within. So, situational context is important.

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Telehealth, Including Telesurgery, Expected to Rapidly Expand

January 17, 2012 at 7:29 am PST

We’ve seen some great examples of how telehealth services help reach patients living in rural areas that lack easy access to medical care. With telepresence technology, these patients can have face-to-face visits with their doctors as frequently as needed, without having to leave home or face long commutes to the hospital.

Knowing how much the people using these telehealth services rely on their high-quality, convenient patient care, it is great to read that market researchers expect the global telemedicine market to expand by 19 percent by 2014. According to a forecast by market analysts at Technavio, United States federal grants supporting telehealth contribute significantly to the forecasted industry growth. An increase in strategic partnerships in telemedicine also helps boost telehealth’s prominence.

As telemedicine continues to expand throughout the United States, Europe and developing nations also continue to offer more opportunities for remote care, according to the market report. It’s exciting to think of the international collaboration possibilities for telehealth as it spreads worldwide. Imagine a telepresence connection between an expert in France, a patient in rural New York, and the patient’s doctor in New York City. The top minds in different specialties could communicate effortlessly, sharing cutting-edge findings and offering the best care available.

We’re already seeing truly innovative international telepresence collaboration in telesurgery, a field the Technavio report predicted would continue to expand. In September, a Kenyan patient underwent the African nation’s first telesurgery procedure. Specialists in India guided the operation via telepresence.

Would you let robots perform your surgery if you knew the best hands in the field led the procedure in real-time through telepresence? It sounds impossible, but with telepresence widely available, it could be the wave of the future!

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