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Collaboration Technologies Can Help Reduce Travel Costs Without Reducing Relationships

Did you know these corporate travel facts?

  • On average, companies spent more than 10% of their total annual budget on expenses related to business travel in 2014, according to Aberdeen.
  • Non-compliance with corporate travel policies is a top-three challenge for 57% of executives surveyed by Travelport.
  • Nearly 85% of respondents to the Travelport survey say rising airfares and hotel rates have negatively affected their corporate travel programs.

One of my favorite things in life is to travel and to explore new places. It’s inspiring and gives me perspective on different regions and lifestyles. That said, business travel can be a far cry from leisure travel.

It’s great to meet customers and partners, and I enjoy dinners with colleagues on the road. But when I travel, my work week gets jumbled by the diversion from my routine. Time changes, the lack of veggies in my diet, and missing my oh-so-comfy bed. There are times when we all have to meet in person. But business travel sometimes exacts a high cost from project deadlines and time-sensitive work.

Honestly, and I know I am not alone, spending time in security checkpoints, then sitting on a plane for hours trying to get comfortable and be productive can be a nuisance.

Travel itself is expensive. Read More »

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How Telecommuting Simplifies My Workday

For many of us, the process of getting to and from work can create frustration that resonates all day long. Do the following daily obstacles sound familiar to you?

  • 6:15 a.m.: Wake up, feed dog, make coffee, shower, make up, style hair, dress for the office
  • 7:30 a.m.: Drive, sit in traffic, stop by Starbucks, wait in line
  • 9:30 a.m.: Arrive to office late but finally at my desk, answer e-mails
  • 10 a.m.: First conference call of the day via WebEx
  • 1 p.m.: Lunch time! Discover someone has stolen my RedBull from community refrigerator. Must escape building after someone microwaves left-over fish dinner and the odor crawls through the entire second floor
  • 2 p.m.: Back to work, can’t focus well with distracting noise of nearby printer
  • 3 p.m.: Territorial cubicle neighbor creates drama about missing sticky notes
  • 4 p.m.: Back pain and headache kick in, start looking at the clock and dreaming of Hawaii

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#MLKDream – When Vision Becomes Reality

It is amazing how a vision can start, grow, morph and become a reality. Van White, President of The Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) and  Rochester City School District School Board President, had a vision, and he had a dream.  His dream was to bring together students from across the county to have a face-to-face dialogue about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s speech, “I Have a Dream.”

On January 15, Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, students in classrooms from across the country, in Rochester, NY; New York City, NY; Camden, NJ; Tampa, FL; Tulsa, OK; Pontiac, MI; Ferguson, MO, and Los Angeles, CA came together in a 90-minute conversation to explore their viewpoints and feelings on civil rights. Students shared videos they had created, presented a mock trial, and read poems to express their beliefs. Read More »

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Ringing in 2015, the WebEx Way

Happy New Year! As I return from the holidays and begin the year ahead, I’m energized and excited about all the amazing accomplishments we achieved with WebEx in 2014. Many recollections come to mind that I’d like to share with you. And I have exciting news for 2015 — already! More on this in just a minute…

WebEx is really at the core of everyone’s work life. With over 60 million users and more than 1 million meetings a day, we really impact how people work and live. It was just a little over a year ago that I started leading the Cloud Collaboration Applications team at Cisco. When I started, I challenged the WebEx product team with a new goal to dramatically improve our already great web conferencing tool. A key element of this goal was a focus on simplicity. Making WebEx simple in addition to enhancing functionality was the target. Bottom line: It is our mission to delight every WebEx user and make their work life more productive.

The New WebEx

My team took this challenge to heart and made significant product changes in this direction. In October 2014, we launched the New WebEx that comes with a new clean intuitive interface, improved web landing pages that make it easier to join online meetings, much faster meeting load times, better video layout, and wideband VoIP audio for better audio quality. Read More »

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Connecting Basketball Fans with Teams at the NBA D-League Draft

It’s almost November, which means we’re about to begin what is now an annual basketball tradition. For the fourth year in a row, the NBA Development League Draft will be conducted entirely via WebEx!

On November 1, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern, all 18 teams will make their picks from the D-League draftee talent pool to boost their 2014-15 season rosters.

D-League Draft FinalInstead of making the teams travel across the country to one place, or attend a long, tedious audio conference call, D-League teams will participate from the comfort of their team offices as if they gathered together in the same room. Through the use of the built-in video conferencing in WebEx each team will link to all the other team representatives and they will see, hear and interact with each other in real-time. By combining all the tools the teams need – voice, video and content sharing – in one place, we’re giving each of the 18 teams the best opportunity for a great draft experience from anywhere in the country.

One of the many cool things about my job is seeing all the fascinating ways customers use Cisco’s products. And it’s especially exciting when I get to see customers use our technology with something everyone is avid about – sports! Whether you are a basketball, baseball or football fanatic, managing a fantasy team, or keeping up with the latest prospects, or watching the up and coming players it is all part of the excitement. Through the use of WebEx conferencing, we get to bring these worlds together even more. Read More »

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