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Getting Value from Improving Internal Communications

In my previous post, I considered how better access to information can save time, reach many more people, and create a happier, more engaged workforce. All these benefits flow from improving your organization’s internal communications.

In-person meetings are effective, but with today’s increasing reliance on mobility, remote workers, and distributed teams, it can be prohibitively costly to bring teams together. Not just from travel costs, but lost productivity too.

We need more effective ways to collaborate.

  • 86% of employees and executives cite lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures according to Clear Company HRM.
  • 50% of business productivity is tied to effective collaboration, according to CEB.
  • Cisco generates $250 million (US) in travel savings per year using video

With globally dispersed teams, it’s not enough to rely on email and chats on video. Fast access to secure, collaborative video content across dispersed teams is paramount.

Video, audio, instant messaging, and clouds have come together to offer the right solution to enterprises. The ingredients for success are operational efficiency, employee effectiveness, and customer experiences. And all these need a focus on connecting people and technology.

You can realize substantial value if you do it right and eliminate the potential for miscommunication.

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So You Can Meet Over Video. Now What?

Traditionally, content from videoconferences was preserved only in the memories of the participants. Now, new tools to easily capture, transform, and share video extend the life of video and make it available to people anywhere, anytime, using any device. 

Join us for a videocast on June 5th 10:00 am Pacific, to explore how you can extend the reach and value of your  video content for organizational communications, business meetings, and live and on-demand events.  Register now.

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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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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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New Videocast Series: Can Your Enterprise Video Do This?

Enterprise video is truly becoming pervasive.  According to Gartner, 82 percent of business executives record business videos on a daily basis, and by 2016 large companies will stream more than 16 hours of video per worker each month.  

That’s a lot of video. But let’s face it – all enterprise video is not created equal.  So how do you increase the relevance of video instead of just adding it to the list of data people need to navigate through every day?

Join Cisco for a free videocast series that explores these issues and more.

This 3-part videocast series begins May 24 with a discussion of the latest video analytics technology.

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