A Love Letter to Video

February 14, 2014 - 0 Comments

Our feelings about video are undeniable year-round, but what better day to make a profession of love than Valentine’s day! Take a look at this “anonymously” written letter I found taped to my personal video unit this morning…

Dear Video,

This Valentine’s Day, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate the exciting relationship we’ve shared over the years and make a toast to our future. Together, we bridge the gaps created by distance, time—even language barriers. Whether we’re in the boardroom or on the go, together we make the connections happen to nourish business and personal relationships.  Whether I’m with you in an immersive collaboration room, or using you on the device in my pocket, I know that you are always there for me – helping me connect with my customers, partners, and colleagues, making my life so much easier.

valentine's day blog image 2_14_14Over the years, we’ve worked together to spread the love. We’ve brought Santa Claus to hospitalized children. We’ve brought U.S. troops home for the holidays. We’ve caught wedding fever and helped brides get the feedback needed to say “Yes!” to the dress by connecting with faraway family and friends. We’ve given kids in Ghana the opportunity to see snow in Hershey, Pennsylvania—and connect with other students half a planet away.

Video, you’ve made collaboration better. For more than 2.6 billion minutes monthly, video enriches the WebEx meeting experience on desktops as well as the more than 5.5 million tablets, smartphones and laptops that have downloaded the WebEx app. Meetings are now fully interactive experiences that offer real-time feedback and visual context to the more than 11 million registered WebEx hosts who meet with the more than 46 million coworkers, customers and clients on WebEx each month via the cloud.

For the more than 95 percent of Fortune 500 businesses using Cisco Collaboration, HD video is bringing a new level of collaboration to a variety of tools and endpoints, such as the more than one million TelePresence endpoints and 60 million IP phones – many of which now feature HD video and easy call transitioning from mobile to desktop.

Presence, IM, voice, desktop sharing and conferencing from anywhere on any device via Cisco Jabber is bettered with you, Video. Going from an IM conversation to a quick video chat to avoid miscommunication has never been easier, and you’ve given millions of users freedom from email chains that stretch on for miles by giving a face-to-face feel from the boardroom to the browser and anywhere in between.

Sure—others try to imitate what we have together, Video. But none come close to being as powerful as the Cisco/video combo. We love everything you do to make our day-to-day lives easier and those long-distance conversations better. Together, we give people options of how and when they want to use us.  Together, we bring content and people together to drive new levels of productivity.  I get even more excited when we are embedded together into business applications.

For all of the time you save, all the money you save on travel, and all of the collaborative experiences that you make better, we love you, Video.

From your Valentine,

Cisco Collaboration

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