New Cisco Record for a Video Meeting
Every quarter, we do a company meeting for all employees…it is a touch base from senior management to employees on “what’s going on?” as well as an opportunity for employees to ask senior management”what’s on their mind.” I generally tune in via IPTV rather than going there in person. This time, however, the meeting, which happened yesterday morning, was only via IPTV, the web and via TelePresence. Sites from Research Triangle Park, NC; Austin; Boxborough, MA; London; Netanya, Israel; and Montreal were beamed in via TelePresence and cameras in the room broadcast out CEO John Chambers, CFO Frank Calderoni and EVP, Ops Randy Pond to employees watching via the web and IPTV all over that world. This approach set a new record…we had over 11,000 Cisco employees watching the meeting live-and we expect more will watch the replay that is now available. Sure, we now live in more interesting times, so employees are extra interested in what management has to say (not that we always don’t), but the 11,000 viewers are more than double the previous audience and we, of course, achieved a significant cost savings as well. More and more, we will utilize TelePresence to cut down on travel, we will use WebEx to collaborate with colleagues, and we will use IPTV and web video to hold large, virtual meetings. Video is real and it keeps us in touch and thanks to…wait on it-our great network, we can send high-quality, real-time video to (at least) 11,000 employees at a time. I’ll update you the next time we break this record.