Cisco TelePresence is designed to create a virtual reality, to make you feel like you’re face-to-face with people, no matter how far away you are in the world. That used to take a lot of complex, standardized, in-room design, color, lighting and deployment. We had to custom-build the rooms, put in special lighting and tables, and more. Each new room was an added expense. I have to admit, though, the end result was awesome. Working with people over immersive telepresence, I pretty much forget the technology after a few minutes, and I’m not really aware of anything but being in the same room with the people in front of me.
We have a little problem at Cisco: not enough TelePresence. This may sound strange since Cisco IT has installed over 1600 TelePresence endpoints already, which gives us about one TelePresence unit for every 50 employees. Utilization of these units is still greater than 60% worldwide (and some are in private offices or homes, which drives up utilization in the shared units). This means that it’s hard to find an available TelePresence room near you when you need it. Read More »
Despite having spent most of a weekend stood in mud, rain and thunderstorms at the Glastonbury festival, I’ve spent time since happily reflecting on some of the amazing collaboration between performers over the three days. Aside from the various bands, whose members (presumably) work closely together all the time to perfect their sound, there were some fairly unlikely partnerships on display too. Dolly Parton and Richie Sambora from Bon Jovi rocking to “Lay Your Hands on Me” for example. Or Ed Sheeran and Rudimental ripping it up in the middle of an electrical storm.
These combinations got me to thinking about how businesses with very different skill sets and competencies frequently come together to collaborate. For small to midsized businesses the ability to collaborate effectively with partners, suppliers and customers is often critical to success.
Many organizations collaborate specifically to accelerate growth and innovation. According to the Plante Moran 2013 Innovation Survey of 4,225 business leaders, 94% of respondents felt that Innovation was important to sustainability and growth. And three quarters felt that collaborating would increase their chances of success with innovation, with the majority open to sharing financial risk and reward.
“Collaboration was considered a possible jumpstarter for innovation among three out of four of the respondents to the innovation survey.” Plante Moran 2013 Innovation Survey
Do you ever get to the end of your working day, and realize that you have no idea whether the sun has been shining, or it has been pouring with rain all day? Sometimes, it is only when I’m in video meetings that someone else will actually notice for me that the sun is shining outside my window! Talking to colleagues in the U.K. while I was visiting San Francisco for Cisco Live brought this point home. In the U.K., the persistent cloud cover had disappeared, giving way to one of the UK’s rare heatwaves. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, temperatures dropped, and we huddled in jackets and sweaters. It wasn’t meant to be this way!
Did you make it to Cisco Live? If so, I hope that you had a chance to get to some of the great keynote sessions. My favourite was from Rowan Trollope, in which he demonstrated Cisco’s new video collaboration endpoints.
The new products are making video collaboration simpler and more cost-effective than ever. His demo included an illustration of Read More »
Cisco has a proven track record of supporting open standards, designed for maximum scalability and effectiveness. Our mission is to enable any to any collaboration – in a simple, intuitive and user friendly way. Unfortunately not all vendors are adapting to open standards. And customers that have already made significant investments in proprietary technologies are asking Cisco to help them bring these worlds together. To solve our customers’ challenges, Cisco has decided to expand our industry leading interoperability to include two way content sharing with Microsoft Lync 2013. This will be a software upgrade to existing solution. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to a release.