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Welcome to the Cisco Video Blog

September 28, 2011 at 9:00 am PST

The Cisco Video Blog will explore the impact of video on people’s lives and all the ways it helps people to better communicate, collaborate, educate, and protect.  Video is transformative, and is for everyone, everywhere.  From large enterprise and small business to public sector agencies – people are using it in new ways to improve their organization and gain competitive advantage. Through this blog, we hope to inspire, educate and share what we know, in order to help you.

Let me introduce you to the editors of our blog.  I’m Julie McPherson and will be covering TelePresence and Parisa Bastani will be covering all other aspects of Enterprise Video – including medianet, the Digital Media Suite, Media Transformation, Physical Security and more.  We will share our experiences with you and help our team of thought leaders communicate about their specific areas of expertise.  We aim for this to be your go-to source for video and telepresence education and information.

Please post comments to let us know what topics interest you, to share your experiences and pass along information to your colleagues and friends.   That way we can all learn together.

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See Live Demonstrations of Cisco Prime Network Management at Interop New York

Are you attending Interop New York on October 5-6?  Come visit Cisco booth #121 to learn more about Cisco Prime innovative network management.  Stop by the booth to meet Mark Emmerson, Senior Manager Product Marketing, Cisco Network Management, and see live demonstrations of Cisco Prime innovative network management.

Watch this short video featuring Mark talking about the Cisco Prime products that will be showcased at the Cisco booth during Interop New York 2011. Learn more about Cisco Prime by registering for a Cisco Prime webinar or visiting www.cisco.com/go/prime.

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Manufacturing: Be there while staying here

One of the challenges all of today’s manufacturing companies face is global operations that require increased attention from a diverse and oftentimes shrinking or aging workforce. Manufacturers and machine builders are faced with challenges every day in terms of getting the right engineer or expert from her office to the plant floor half the globe away. If the plant is down or operating inefficiently there are huge cost impacts to the manufacturer, huge support cost to the machine builder, and just tremendous impact to the value chain.

At Cisco we have shaved hundreds of millions of expense dollars from our budget by using a variety of collaboration tools. These start with Unified Communications but they include tools like WebEx, TelePresence, Video and Active Collaboration Rooms. These all add on to the existing capabilities of Borderless Networks. Many of our manufacturing customers already use these tools and are successfully stripping cost from their Operations every day.

Imagine the power of walking into a conference room, pressing a button on the phone and instantly seeing your assembly operations in China and Germany, being able to share data with the operations people from both plants with your staff in Michigan. Finishing that meeting you can capture the action items via your interactive whiteboard, set up follow-up calls via WebEx (all without printing, by the way! A Green feature!). Then you can get a cup of coffee and head back to your office and handle the call from Brazil about the packaging machine that wraps half the skid, then shuts down – and you do that from your phone, finding the design engineer that is at a customer site in Australia. And you did this all without having to fly anywhere, and you had visual contact with everyone. Read More »

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Roadside Office: Anytime, Anywhere, Really…Anywhere

Do you ever have those mornings when you are certain someone has a hidden camera pointed directly at you to catch all of the blunders and bloopers you make as you diligently try to get from point  A to point B?  I had one such morning recently as I was making my way into the office.

The first call from my colleague came as I was pulling out of my driveway. A series of calls followed as the issue at hand bubbled up. With safety of utmost concern, I pulled over on a delightful tree lined street in our neighborhood to continue the calls. It soon became clear that I was going to be in my new roadside office for awhile.

This is where I get excited about the possibility of mobile technology.

Here I was in my mini-van with a sleeping infant, snug as bug in the back (listening to lullabies delivered by Pandora’s mobile app)…and I was tackling an issue, effectively, because I had all the tools I needed at my fingertips.

I watched and reviewed a video, sent real-time feedback to the editor and shared an updated plan with the team using Webex’s mobile app. No time lost, no interruption to the workflow.

I breathed a sigh of relief as I pulled away from my roadside office and continued on my way to daycare and then the office, knowing the issue that arose an hour before was now resolved.

You never know when or where you might  find yourself in your very own roadside office, and while it’s not the ideal place to conduct business, take comfort in knowing mobile technology will be sitting right there with you in the passenger’s seat…as you make those calls and close that deal.

Describe your roadside office. What technology makes it work for you?

My Roadside Office

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The Network Week in Review and Look Ahead: September 19-23

TGIF! Before you start enjoying your weekend, check out The Network’s top news stories of the week!

1.) 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report

Did you know that two out of five college students say the Internet is more important than dating, hanging out with friends, partying and listening to music? This is just one of the many findings from the Cisco Connected World Technology Report. Discover the rest of the findings here.

2.) Creating Videos that Resonate with Your Customers

Unfortunately, there’s no sure-fire formula for creating viral videos. But videos that offer useful information, not just entertainment, can spark the most interest among customers. What B2B videos have you found most useful?

3.) How the Evil Networks of Science Fiction Became Your Best Friend

Science fiction networks have traditionally menaced humanity. But when they fail, we realize our reliance on them and how they connect us both singly and together. What is your favorite “science fiction network”?

4.)  More Than Just a Vendor: How Cisco Differs from the Competition

For more than 25 years, Cisco has systematically invested in customer relationships and developed a reputation for doing whatever it takes to deliver on its commitments. Learn more about how Cisco sets itself apart from the competition.

Take a look at what The Network will be highlighting next week!

  • The Future of the Social Web: Social Graphs Vs. Interest Graphs: Social networks seemed poised to take over the Web. In reality, they still have a ways to go in delivering targeted services to customers. Check out this new feature on Monday!
  • Now Playing on the Intranet: Video for Internal Communications. Internal communications  professionals are always looking for ways to get time-strapped employees to pay attention to company news. Today, enterprise social media tools have turned internal communications into a two-way dialogue, allowing employees to participate in discussions, share ideas, and ask questions.

And, that’s a wrap! Have a great weekend everyone!

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