In a recent study conducted by Cisco WebEx by Wakefield Research, small business owners will spend up to four weeks working remotely. They will do by using online tools and web collaboration to stay in touch and get the job done. The survey was conducted between June 6 and June 14, involving the owners of businesses with 100 or fewer employees.
Summer may be the time for vacations, but small business owners can’t afford to be away from the office for long. To make the most of work and personal time, many plan to work remotely, on average, 18 days this summer, according to the survey of 500 U.S. small business owners.
Rely on the trusty Internet Business Services Group within the Cisco to come up with insightful research nuggets on how we all really work. Their latest IBSG Horizons Study, “The Everywhere Employee“, gives some fascinating detail on the dollars and sense underlying the idea of working “your way”.
Most interesting to me, of course, is the part about telecommuting. Did you know that 44% of knowledge workers telecommute at least one day a week? And that this one day a week alone saves companies $2,400 a year per employee?
So let’s do the math (my favorite part). In a 10,000 person company, 4,400 employees work one day a week from somewhere else, which translates to a whopping $11 million a year. Enough to pay for some nice executive bonuses!
This pairs nicely with the findings of a study Stanford University professors published in November 2011, “Does Working from Home Work?”. They gave an emphatic “yes” and also ran the numbers specific to their use case (which examined full-time telecommuters), located in Appendix A4.
So how does this relate to video? In every way possible. Not only can you use a nice, sleek EX90 TelePresence unit on your home office desk, you can use Jabber video on your tablet. Or take your laptop into the neighborhood coffeeshop and join the video-based Webex meeting (just please remember to mute: coffee grinders are loud).
At Cisco we truly believe that anyone, anywhere should have the ability to collaborate and participate in face-to-face interactions wherever, however and with whomever they choose. We therefore focus on delivering innovative new technologies that further enhance and enable interoperability between our existing industry leading collaboration solutions, providing our customers with a high quality collaborative meeting experience wherever and whenever they wish.
Cisco TelePresence® WebEx® OneTouch 2.0 gives customers the ability to extend telepresence and WebEx capabilities through their entire organization in one simple conferencing experience. The technology provides interoperability between Cisco TelePresence and Cisco WebEx Meeting Center, enabling two-way video, audio and content sharing between attendees using any type of telepresence endpoint and any WebEx conference participants – including mobile users.
In the Fiscal Times News, the headline reads, Class of 2012, Don’t Even Think of Retiring at 60. The story congratulates this year’s college graduates and then gently lets them know that they will be working much longer than their parents. In fact, they might not ever stop.
That’s because our economy is changing.
Author Michael Hodin argues there’s no way for us to stay competitive if one third of our population is retired. This is a really interesting point. That affects tax revenue, social security and, more importantly, our greatest asset, our collective intelligence. His conclusion might surprise you:
So your challenge is this, Class of 2012: How can you help create a world where “seniors” contribute at the highest levels to social and economic life? How can you help recreate our 20th century institutions so that older generations remain vital, relevant, and productive? And how can you create new institutions for your children in the 21st century?
This is a great challenge.
At Cisco we have a bias for learning. Not only is it highly valued to keep our employees as current and developed as possible, but it’s also one of our core values around product development. We delight in looking for ways to bring information to remote learners -- regardless of age, location or ability.
WebEx helps people of all ages learn regardless of where they live or work.
Universities, like the California Baptist University in Southern California, use Cisco Webex systems to develop synchronous online learning. You no longer have to live near the source to participate in their program [watch video].
If you are done with school but want to continue to hone your skills -- or learn something new -- you can find a plethora of free online webinars and seminars delivered by our customers. We also offer online education via WebEx Channels where you can find content on management, leadership and much more.
It’s one thing to use technology. It’s another to take that technology and do something extraordinary with it – especially when that involves something that benefits others. Each year, IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program recognizes organizations that use “visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.”
This year, one of those organizations happens to be Lone Star College System, a community college in Texas (naturally) that has integrated collaboration technology from Cisco to reach more students and improve the overall learning experience for an increasingly diverse student population.
They say everything’s bigger in Texas. Lone Star College serves more than 85,000 students at five campuses and ten learning centers in a service area of 1400 square miles. Oh, and the student population is growing by approximately 20% each year.
So what do you do if you’re the CIO at a school with the goal of becoming recognized as the best community college in the nation? You find the technology to meet your goals. Some of the highlights: Read More »