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Video Usage & Young Executives: A Survey of Tomorrow’s Leaders

Gen Y has been a new breed of worker that transformed the business world from the moment they stepped through the door (in Converse and jeans, to boot).  They are idealistic and digitally savvy; they value meaningful work and social media freedom; they’re hungry for interaction and thirsty for acknowledgment.

Fast forward to 2013 … Gen Yers are rising through the ranks and entering into management roles. They are poised to transform the business world yet again, but this time they’ll be making changes from the top and leading the workplace with collaboration and mobile technologies that have already proven integral to their daily lives.

As a collaboration connoisseur myself, I was excited to check out the results of a survey Cisco released today about one of the primary tech tools young executives will use to lead their organizations – business-class video. Some of the notable findings from The “2013 Cisco Global Young Executives’ Video Attitudes”survey are:

Video Usage and Young Executives: a survey of tomorrow's leaders- Three out of five management-track Gen Y leaders will rely more heavily on business-class video during the next five-10 years.

- 87 percent of respondents stated that a company’s video investment would significantly impact their decision when considering job offers.

- 94 percent of those organizations with less than 400 employees value video as a way to break down language barriers in the increasingly global marketplace

 

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What’s the Value of Medianet for Video Collaboration?

July 24, 2013 at 11:01 am PST

Is interactive video an important business tool for your organisation? If yes, then read on.

Medianet is an architecture that Cisco often talks about and it seems like it’s been around for ages (well 5 years to be exact), but its true value is often obscured by complex diagrams and techno speak that Cisco engineers (like myself) love. So what exactly is the benefit of EX90 TE6 MSI firmware delivering Medianet metadata to an Access Layer Catalyst 4500? How does the combination of MSI, metadata, perfmon and Mediatrace save you time and money? Unless you have a degree in Cisco acronyms this might be hard to answer!

What I’m going to attempt in this short blog is to try and translate the Medianet architectural jargon into the potential cost savings that Medianet offers customers who deploy our video endpoints and applications over a Read More »

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Delivering True Interop – The Difference Between Standards and Interoperability

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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Summary: BYOD and Collaboration Don’t Have to be Next National Security Threat

July 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm PST

In a world where people are always on the go, it’s only natural that employees will use their own mobile platforms more often for collaboration.  However, the increase in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend for collaboration purposes brings about a number of security concerns in the workplace.

There are multiple capabilities that go into delivering an enterprise-class BYOD solution. The recent attention around the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance leak may have organizations across the globe reevaluating their strategies when it comes to BYOD security, but there are tools to minimize threats, such as: user authentication, network access control, and remote data wipe

We understand the need for an emphasis on security and have developed the tools to minimize the threat when it comes to your organizations’ BYOD strategy. Please take a look at our CTO of Collaboration, Laurent Philonenko’s recent No Jitter article about the many options and factors to consider when planning your BYOD security strategy.

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Cisco delivers new multivendor, interoperable communications solutions for government and enterprise industries

At Cisco we often talk about mobile workers and mean the types of employees who travel to other cities, states, and countries, or (even) work from home. However, there is another type of mobile worker we’re helping.  Someone I’ll call the “on-premise mobile worker”.  While this person may have a desk, they also have to travel around a small geography while keeping in touch with others on the job.  Think of police traveling within their city, local transportation employees surveying roadways and tunnels, or school resources officers on a school campus.  For many years these on-premise mobile workers kept in touch with radio. Eventually, some moved to mobile phones or tablets.  However, organizations with these types of workers often use more than one type of device and need a blended solution. A way to use both radio and IP together.

With this in mind, Cisco has introduced the Cisco IP Interoperability and Collaboration system solution. While the name is a mouthful – even the acronym IPICS is long – what this solution offers is quite simple. . Cisco IPICS helps organizations create a unified, integrated radio and IP communications system.  With this unified approach they’re able to manage distributed teams of people and mission critical communications over multiple radio networks and systems. This, in turn, helps improve incident response and decision making.

Cisco IPCS Solution Overview

Cisco IPICS Solution Overview

At Denton Independent School District in Texas, school resource officers have central command centers and rely on desktops with multiple large monitors.  However, they also have a field of school safety officers who are usually mobile as they traverse hallways and classrooms. With Cisco IP Interoperability and Collaboration Systems (IPICS), they can still perform their security duties while mobile, and monitor events  continuously as they are moving to the scene. Principals use IPICS on their iPads and iPhones to allow them to access any camera in the district from classrooms, hallways, cafeterias. With remote access capability they have increased situational awareness, and improved decision making with the ability to track the movement of individuals by switching camera views, which allows them to go straight to where they are needed, and resolve the situation much faster.

Cisco is now shipping its new IP interoperability and Collaboration System (IPICS) solution version 4.6, providing a new set of multivendor, interoperable communications capabilities for operations and dispatch centers across government and enterprise industries.

Cisco IPICS IP Dispatch Console

Cisco IPICS IP Dispatch Console

This new release of IPICS expands virtualization to the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)E-Series, expands the Cisco open IP standards called Digital Fixed Station Interaface (DFSI) and offers customers a new SolutionPlus touch screen interface from IP Trade.

The IPICS Dispatch console has a new feature called “tear away items” allowing dispatchers to customize their screen real estate and includes new telephony features such as global phone book providing instant telephony communications with critical personnel.

Cisco’s IPICS 4.6 represents the next generation in open multivendor platforms. New features and functions in this release include the following:

  • Direct radio network interoperability—This release supports Inter RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI), Console Sub-System Interface (CSSI), and TIA P25 Digital Fixed Station Interface (DFSI) standards.
  • DFSI Gateway—This release includes a new P25 Conventional Gateway called DFSI gateway.
  • IP Command Touch Screen Dispatch Console—This new touch-screen dispatch capability is available through IP Trade, a Cisco SolutionsPlus partner.

    IP Trade Touchscreen Console

    IP Trade Touchscreen Console

  • Cisco Video Surveillance (VSM) Manager 7 support—Allows the integration of VSM videos with incidents.
  • Key management—This release provides features to manage the storage and distribution of keys for IDC users in “End to End” ISSIG mode, ISSI gateways, and DFSI gateways. These keys are used to encrypt and decrypt voice traffic on P25 TalkGroups and P25 Fixed Stations
  • TETRA radios—This release supports the configuration and use of TETRA radios.
  • SNMP configuration of SNMP V2 options for Cisco IPICS.
  • Language support to include French (Canadian), Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
  • Cisco IP Phone high availability—The IPICS IP Phone client now supports high availability.
  • Updated Cisco UCS support—This release is extended as a virtualized application on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) E-Series.
  • Enhanced IP Dispatch Console features such as “Tear away items”—You can customize the appearance of the IDC by moving various items from the IDC Main window to any location on your computer screen and enhanced call transfer features allow consultative and blind call transfers,  and  an address book that lets you access and manage multiple contact lists and quickly call or send email to a contact

As Public Safety LTE standards evolve, users with dual mode phones will be able to roam between carrier based LTE networks and D-Block public safety LTE networks.

 

Additional Resources:
External Press Release

IPICS 4.6 data sheet

Universal Media Services data sheet

P25 Gateway data sheet