As a member of the Sales Engineer Organization, I spend lots of my time staying close to midsized customers observing how teams that do great work are leveraging applications to collaborate. The number of choices available can make choosing the right tools an interesting journey.
Is there one solution to meet all needs? Midmarket organizations face these questions. As I talked to several midsized companies this past year, I heard how improving team productivity is top of mind. Keeping employees connected across their various workplace resources and devices is increasingly important. Making customers happy with proactive service and quick response times is paramount to an organization’s success.
In the world of collaboration, consider the parallels between how online meetings and physical meetings take place. Don’t you find it to be more effective to have the right setting for the meetings you attend in person? A large group in a small space never works right.
For example, with physical meetings:
- Large groups require large spaces, structured seating, the ability to share media, and the ability for participants to interact with presenters.
- Fast moving small teams need rooms that are available on-demand and the ability to do real-time content tracking.
One-to-one interactions require privacy and rich-media sharing with the ability to call in additional participants as needed.
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Tags: Cisco, collaboration, jabber, midmarket, midsize, Spark, virtual, WebEX, workspace
What kind of a world will you live in three years from now? How about five? Will your personal robot pour you a drink after your self-driving car delivers you home? That’s where we’re headed, and it’s a pretty quick trip: self-driving cars are already on public roads and you’ll soon be able to buy that humanoid robot.
Cisco’s Collaboration team thinks a lot about the future—not just about how we’ll get around and get our drinks, but about how we’ll connect and collaborate. We’re passionate about the future of collaboration, about giving the world collaboration tools that are every bit as smart as those self-driving cars and whiskey-pouring robots.
Where we’re at: today’s challenges
Before we talk more about the future, let’s talk about where the industry is right now. Over the years, various vendors have given us audio conferencing, web conferencing, and video conferencing. Each of these technologies were introduced at different times, and have matured at different paces—with audio being the tried-and-true veteran, video conferencing the relative newcomer and web being the thing that came somewhere in-between.
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Tags: audio, Cisco, cloud, collaboration, conferencing, video, virtual, web, WebEX
As the famous saying goes, “Good things come to those who wait”. Delayed gratification – person’s ability to forgo a smaller reward now for a larger reward in the future – has been linked to better life outcomes as demonstrated by the often cited Stanford Marshmallow experiment and others. In most cases though, it requires a degree of self-control not easily achievable in today’s fast paced, ever-changing world with new mobile devices, protocols and technologies.
If you are one of the Cisco Wireless customers currently deploying Release 7.0 MD and waiting for the next Cisco Wireless Software Maintenance Deployment Release, the wait is over!
Release 22.214.171.124 has achieved Maintenance Deployment (MD) status.
Release 126.96.36.199 is the recommended MD release for all non-802.11ac deployments. For 802.11ac deployments, Release 188.8.131.52 (Release 7.6 Maintenance release 1) is the recommended release.
For additional details on Software Release Recommendations and Guidelines, see Guidelines for Cisco Wireless Software Release Migration
Below are top 10 reasons (in no particular order) to upgrade from the current 7.0 MD release to the latest 7.4MD Release.
10. FlexConnect (improved and rebranded H-REAP) with efficient AP upgrade across WAN, BYOD policies support, Flex ACLs and split tunneling. Read More »
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Cisco IT completely changed our voice and video infrastructure in the data center – and nobody noticed!
We changed the systems that Cisco IT uses to run ALL our voice and video supporting:
- 200,000 voice endpoints in 540 buildings around the world,
- 87,000 voicemail boxes
- 1600 TelePresence units
- 8.6 Million Webex meetings per year
- Our customer contact centers handling 22M calls / year
It was a big job, migrating all these services off of 574 Cisco MCS servers, and onto new Virtual Machines running on 191 Cisco UCS servers in 12 different data centers. It took a while, but it was truly worth it, despite the fact that nobody noticed.
We reduced the amount of data center resources significantly – less space, less power, fewer cables. Even better, we now have all our voice and video running on virtual machines, making operations jobs and updates and growth a good deal easier, and faster. Best of all, though, we moved all our voice and video to a completely new server platform — and nobody noticed!
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Tags: Cisco IT, mcs, TelePresence, UC, UC on UCS, ucce contact center, UCS, unity, video, virtual, virtual machine, Voice, voicemail, webex cca, webex cloud connected audio
How do you turn social media on its head and make it unique for your initiatives? I’m always fascinated to see new approaches to using social media and get inspired by different organizations’ creativity. From specific initiatives to drive more traffic and awareness (like American Express’ Passion Project) to getting executives involved (like HubSpot’s CEO Manager Twitter for a Day) to countless other examples in sports, entertainment, B2B, and B2C, creativity is a key factor in the success of our efforts.
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Social media is especially intriguing when it comes to the way it can be used for on- and offline events. (E.g., webcasts, virtual environments, onsite conferences and meetings, Twitter chats, etc.) Based on the nature of these types of activities, social media is a strong communication channel to pilot new ideas, convert more traditional approaches to 2-way engagements, and create real-time impact.
Specifically social media can be used to:
- Drive registration traffic
- Create a much more engaging environment
- Tie on- and offline participants together
- Generate more information sharing, innovations, and crowdsourcing
- Provide more direct access to speakers, executives, peers, and others
- Offer ongoing engagement opportunities long after an “event” has taken place
- Troubleshoot and resolve issues quickly
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