We’ve all heard about Gen Y, or “millennials,” and how this new generation is poised to take over the workforce and change the face of Silicon Valley. Next Tuesday, July 16th at 6:30 pm, I’ll be joining thought leaders from Twitter and Google on a panel at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, to discuss an issue of critical importance – how to attract tomorrow’s talent and prepare for the incoming Gen Y workforce.
Gen Y is expected to make up nearly 75% of the workforce by 2025. How will this change the way we work, and what kinds of opportunities and challenges does this pose for local Silicon Valley companies? During this panel, I’ll share my thoughts on the biggest shifts in culture, management style, and recruiting strategy needed to attract the best talent of this new generation.
As many of you know, using today’s enterprise tools can feel like taking a trip back in technological time. For businesses to succeed in the future they are going to have to adapt to the needs of Generation Y and that will often mean offering them more flexibility. According to the Cisco Connected World Technology Report, 66% of employees place higher value on workplace flexibility than on salary.
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Tags: byod, Cisco, cloud, collaboration, Gen-Y, Google, Millenials, mobility, twitter, video
Earlier this year, I was having a business dinner with an important client in London when I received an IM on my iPhone. The message was from a Cisco colleague, and it said, “I need you to approve a purchase order. Right now.”
So I stepped away from the table, launched an app on my iPhone, read the purchase order, and clicked “approve.” Then I returned to my seat and went back to our dinner without missing a beat. The whole process took maybe two minutes.
Just a few years ago, this transaction would have required a laptop tethered to the network in a hotel or office, and it would have completely disrupted the dinner. This pace of change, leveraging mobility solutions, across IT is unprecedented.
Why are so many businesses turning to mobile enterprise apps? According to Gartner, more than 25 percent of enterprises will have an app store by 2017. Mobile apps are making the promise of BYOD a reality. People love their apps and the highly personalized experience they deliver. By bringing their own devices to work, people can enjoy their work more, use the devices they choose, and do their jobs better and faster—from anywhere. According to Cisco’s latest study, the Financial Impact of BYOD, they can also be more innovative and productive. At Cisco we firmly believe that work is a thing you do, not a place you go. Read More »
Tags: byod, context-aware, data in motion, enterprise apps, location based services, mobility, security, video, wireless
In today’s business world IT professionals have to manage multiple collaboration applications in order to support an increasingly mobile workforce, flexible desktop solutions as well as collaboration and video rooms within their organizations. The collaboration environment is multi-endpoint and multi-vendor and reaches beyond enterprise boundaries -- both B2B and B2C.
Compounding this IT challenge is the maturity of the collaboration market. To date, companies have typically made significant investments and want to protect these investments as they move forward. In particular, companies want to protect the quality of experience as they move to integrate across department, company and consumer boundaries, and as they look to expand their deployments. This challenge grows more acute as the market rapidly evolves towards innovations such as H.265 and WebRTC.
Companies are looking for true interoperability with a seamless user experience that:
- Allows them to benefit from new innovations
- Interoperates with existing and future investments
- And, works across company boundaries and functions in a diverse environment
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Tags: Cisco, collaboration, h.265, infocomm 2013, interoperability, standards, TelePresence, video, Video Contest, WebRTC
For the last four or five years, I’ve watched as the Idaho Education Network (IEN) has implemented and reaped the benefits from their distance education program and use of video conferencing, or telepresence. To this day, they continue to improve on success, and during a session at ISTE 2013 last week, Brady Kraft and his team once again illustrated how they consistently stay on top of their game.
Brady Kraft, IEN’s Technical Director, presents at ISTE 2013
IEN is a statewide network that connects every school in the state, including higher education institutions, Internet2, private and public training providers, and first responder training organizations.
One of their mandated goals is to provide equal access to a quality education for all citizens and they’re utilizing technology to achieve that goal. As the 7th most rural state in the nation, half of the counties in Idaho have less than 10 people per square mile, and 75% of Idaho’s schools have < 600 students. These schools havenot been able to offer a full curriculumdue to many factors, including availability of qualified teachers and budgetary restraints. Read More »
Tags: collaboration, distance learning, edchat, edtech, innovation, ISTE, ISTE13, IVC, mlearning, TelePresence, video, video conferencing, videoconferencing
What a great reception at InfoComm 2013! We had the opportunity to share with customers the innovations we are driving around conferencing to deliver better scale, quality and interoperability. They are excited about what we are doing to make conferencing more affordable, while at the same time maintaining the high quality experience that they expect from Cisco.
It was fantastic to see such a high level of interest in our new pervasive conferencing announcements. Here are a few highlights of what we demonstrated at the show:
- Further increases in scale, enabling greater efficiencies and affordability – we now support up to 96 video systems in a single meeting and virtually unlimited participants through WebEx enabled TelePresence.
- Simplified solution choice with a broader range of deployment options – now included is virtualized software, and the new compact Multiparty 310 and Multiparty 320 appliance platforms.
- Entry level packages for new customers – customers can now deploy a compact appliance solution, and start from one screen license.
- Increased interoperability – we now provide support for interworking with H.264 SVC clients. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, collaboration, hardware, infocomm 2013, interoperability, TelePresence, video, WebEX