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Higher Ed Loves Video!

I recently got back from a successful east coast jaunt and wanted to share some thoughts on my first Educause experience while they’re still fresh.

After marketing video across many verticals, I have to say I was nothing short of impressed with the level of attendee engagement we received from the Educause 2011 crowd around video.

Video and higher ed are a natural pair in many ways — video is the cornerstone technology for lecture capture and also helps make distance learning aspirations a reality. Along these lines, our new Lecture Vision solution announcement and demo were very well received and it was great to hear how universities have already started down the path to pervasive video.

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The Network Week in Review and Look Ahead: October 24-28

Happy Halloween Weekend! Everyone figure out their costumes and have all their candy ready for the trick or treaters?! To get in the Halloween spirit, check out this awesome pumpkin a Cisco fan created for us last Halloween. Then, take a look at The Network’s top news stories of the week!

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Redefining Video: Highlights of Cisco’s Recent Enterprise Video News

Cisco continues to expand and enrich its enterprise video offerings.  This week, you’ve heard about the fifth year anniversary of Cisco TelePresence.  Last month, you heard about our end-to-end solutions for Enterprise Video Content.  In the video below, I  summarize some of the highlights of the Enterprise Video Content roundtable and how both of Cisco’s recent video announcements broaden our video portfolio and create more options for our customers.

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Collaboration: The Cure for a Rollercoaster Economy

Today, we’re featuring a guest post from Rick Hutley, a vice president in Cisco’s global strategic consulting arm, IBSG. Rick advises business leaders in every industry about how technology—and more often than not, Intelligent Network technology—can help businesses achieve their goals.

As we embark on yet another economic rollercoaster, the goal of dramatically reducing costs while simultaneously growing revenues and market share seems impossible to attain. Yet, this is what businesses must do to survive.

In my opinion, the answer to this dichotomy is “collaboration”—enabling your workforce to be more effective at significantly lower costs. Collaboration can deliver significant benefits. Cisco®, for example, realized $1.4 billion in collaboration benefits in FY2010, up from $1.1 billion in FY2009. This was achieved across 27 initiatives at an annual cost of only $128 million.

These findings are detailed in a report titled “Economics of Collaboration at Cisco” by the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), with analysis from its Research & Economics Practice. While every company is different, the following Cisco examples from this report offer a compelling business case for adopting similar initiatives where you work.

  • Business travel optimization to enable greater collaboration across regions while containing travel costs resulted in expense savings of $519 million per year and time savings of $140 million per year.
  • Telecommuting initiatives to increase productivity, tap global talent, and improve sustainability resulted in time savings of $320 million per year for Cisco and commute cost savings of $49 million per year for employees.
  • Connected Workplace, Cisco’s solution for optimizing knowledge worker productivity in the office, generated a 43 percent reduction in space per worker, real estate savings of $33 million per year, and energy savings of $2 million per year.
  • Next-generation Unified Communications resulted in salesforce time savings of $27 million per year and improved customer service.
  • Faster time-to-market capabilities with improved remote collaboration accelerated the introduction of Cisco’s ASR 9000, increasing margins by $90 million, reducing time to market from 4 to 3 years, and lowering R&D costs by $70 million.

To achieve these results, Cisco employed much of its own technology. Cisco TelePresence®, for example, powers a new way of working that allows us to be more productive through face-to-face, two-way video collaboration. Cisco WebEx® enables us to hold highly effective team meetings by sharing information whether we are using a desktop computer, laptop, or smartphone. Cisco Unified Communications links our phone, email, and other communications systems so we never have to miss a call or wait until a colleague gets back to his or her desk to respond to a critical email. And finally, Cisco QuadTM provides a single, integrated experience where individuals, teams, and communities connect, share, learn, and collaborate.

In today’s volatile economy, it’s clear we must learn how to collaborate better. Fortunately, technologies like those employed by Cisco can give your company an edge by improving competitiveness, innovation, and, most important, business results.

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Cisco TelePresence: Unlocking the Full Power of Video Collaboration

Today, we unveiled our plans for Cisco TelePresence and shared our vision for how we will make the “Power of In-Person” accessible to everyone. As my colleague Marthin De Beer recently told you, our destination is beyond the executive boardroom:  We’re taking our technology to every desktop and many everywhere in-between.

For five years now, Cisco TelePresence has been empowering people at leading organizations worldwide to work together in new ways to transform business, accelerate innovation, and do more with less. Our focus is on the human experience, and our technology is at the heart of this new way of working together. With Cisco TelePresence, every person, everywhere can be more effective through the most natural and lifelike communications experience available.

Why is it so important for us to take action now, to ensure tens of millions of people around the globe – employees at all levels and companies of all sizes – have access to Cisco TelePresence? Research [link to research] indicates that the number of network-connected devices will be more than 15 billion by 2015 – that’s twice the world’s current population. It’s our job to make it possible for anyone using Cisco WebEx, IP phones, Cius, or any third-party standards-based endpoint to join this community and experience the Power of In-Person firsthand through Cisco TelePresence.  Furthermore, as Cisco TelePresence becomes deeply integrated into the way people work, it is critical that our technology becomes even more integrated into existing network and daily collaboration tools.

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