There are three types of baseball players: Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen and those who wonder what happens.
- Tommy Lasorda
Kevin Costner’s character in “Field of Dreams” hears the voice “If you build it, they will come” which drives him to convert his cornfield to a ball field, attracting legendary players to fulfill his ultimate fantasy baseball game.
When companies build video collaboration spaces, will employees rush to the field, eagerly start using these solutions, find immediate value and fulfill the dreams that justified this investment? Not necessarily.
In our experience, companies need to drive video adoption by communicating the answers to the two most important questions that drive human behavior -- “Who says so?” and “Why should I?”
Regrettably, sometimes IT leadership takes the “Build It and They Will Come” approach, driving the design and deployment of an extensive video architecture without the right partnership with the lines of business. Decisions about where to put video solutions -- such as immersive TelePresence, multipurpose rooms and other endpoints – are often based on assumptions about Read More »
It’s Hard to believe we’re already in February 2014. It seems like just yesterday we were making cloud collaboration predictions for 2013– forecasting that cloud and the demand for interoperability would drive innovation and help businesses harness the power of video.
Well, 2013 saw all of that and more happen in the world of collaboration. And I predict there will be more from the cloud, as well as other smart, cool and exciting video innovations in our (near) future.
Here’s what I predict is on the horizon:
Communications will be ever more visual, so you’ll use video with more people and in more situations – and cloud makes it more accessible.
The 2014 workforce isn’t a sedentary group – it’s mobile, global and social. And people won’t move for jobs anymore–jobs will become more flexible for people. I know. I manage a globally dispersed team and on any given day find myself visiting China and the United States, all from my office in Norway. Adaptive, intuitive and connected video solutions will continue to allow an innovative and collaborative workplace experience that can be accessed anywhere – from the boardroom to the browser. This year, the cloud will continue to empower workers with access to video anytime, anywhere and on any device, including new environments and use cases such as “always on,” real-time collaboration in research labs and lectures in global classrooms.
2014 will be the year that business quality video is expected by consumers during their online business interactions. We’ll see video solutions used extensively in Read More »
Have you ever loved something so much you had to write a letter making your feelings known? We understand. At Cisco, we all feel a strong love for video and this Valentine’s Day Cisco Collaboration finally tried to put into words just how strong that love is.
It’s a unique kind of love, but there are some familiar themes. Video makes our days better and our lives easier. We have relied on video to be there for us throughout the years and our passion for video has not diminished, it has only grown stronger. Video has made some amazing stories possible and saved us time, money, and countless hassles. Take a look at our love letter to video to see just how deep our love really goes.
We are just under a week away from Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) and our teams are geared up and ready to go! If you are planning to be in Amsterdam for this event, stop by and visit us in Stand 12-B74.
Our presence at this year’s event is even bigger than last year. We will be showcasing some of our latest advances in video collaboration – products and features that provide a more intelligent approach for users and IT. We will demonstrate how to enhance productivity, offer flexible working environments, and engage with your customers in new and innovative ways. You will also be able to experience “day in the life” scenarios of a business executive, information worker, deskless worker and mobile worker. And partners Cyviz and iRobot will also be joining us.
Watch the brief overview video below to learn more and visit our event website for a detailed listing of solution demonstrations and the theater presentation schedule.
In my previous blog I talked about the transitions that are coming in the collaboration market. This drives the need for intelligent video collaboration -- a consistent user experience across a portfolio of endpoints and platforms. Any-to-any connectivity is fundamental.
From a deployment perspective, there are two solutions in the market – on-prem and cloud services -- balancing between flexibility and operational control.
An example of the successful reach of cloud solutions for collaboration is Cisco’s WebEx conferencing solution with more than 2.3 billion minutes of meetings per month. On the other side of the spectrum, operational continuity and security has driven major investments in on-premise solutions. For example, Cisco’s on-prem collaboration solutions are used by 95% of the Fortune 500s, and span every market sector.
Clearly, both on-prem and cloud are needed. The critical question is how do these worlds connect without any burden on the users. The breakthrough for providing flexibility is to connect these two worlds together. Read More »