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Banning Email at Cisco

Michael Sampson - Currents

In an attempt to encourage staff to shift to new ways of communicating, Peter Hughes at Cisco has banned his staff from using email for broadcasting messages : “ Employees’ reliance on email as the primary mode of communication is hurting business productivity, according to an executive at one of the world’s biggest technology companies, Cisco.

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Moving Beyond “Collaboration” Meaning Video and Calling: Cisco Partners with Jive

Michael Sampson - Currents

In light of what I wrote all those years ago, and being mindful of my perplexity last month, it was good to see Cisco (who has focused very heavily on video meetings, calling and presence, but struggling to get a foothold in the other Pillars) announce a partnership with Jive for integration between their respective offerings. Cisco and Jive plan to progressively link these products at a technology level so they work in a more integrated fashion.

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Cisco Expands Its Cloud Collaboration Strategy

Portals and KM

I have written extensively on Cisco’s I-prize efforts (see Cisco Announces I-Prize Winner and Results of Their Global Collaboration and Cisco Announces Second I-Prize Winner ) but have not yet had a chance to look at their enterprise collaboration efforts. 

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The Cisco Social Media Listening Journey

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“ Social Media is not just a fun trend, it’s something that can really help drive business value. &# – Jeanette Gibson , Director of Social Media Marketing, Cisco. Cisco has been using online social media listening as a way to inform business decisions for some time.

Re-Imagining Effective Work – at Cisco

Michael Sampson - Currents

During a call yesterday afternoon I referred to a case study I had read from Cisco about how they re-imagined the role of a sales specialist, and the various benefits they had achieved by doing so. Cisco customers can draw on Cisco’s real-world experience in this area to help support similar enterprise needs.

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Cisco Kills Cisco Mail - Will Focus on Quad and Video Instead

Michael Sampson - Currents

Cisco held a big Collaboration event in November 2009 and announced a slew of collaboration products. One of those was a hosted email service, but barely 15 months later, the product has taken a bullet to the head: " Cisco Systems is dropping its hosted e-mail product. Apparently, Cisco Mail no longer fits into the company's win column as it makes strategic decisions about its future. Those two drivers are what led Cisco to develop Cisco Mail in the first place. "In

Some collaboration lessons by John Chambers (Cisco) | Bertrand Duperrin's Notepad

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

Links for this week (weekly) → Some collaboration lessons by John Chambers (Cisco) April 29th, 2010 · View Comments · Collaborative practices , Organization & Management , social computing I already mentioned CISCO’s collaborative experience a long time ago. collaboration lessonslearned cisco management2.0

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John Chambers on Cisco: We Will Make Changes

Michael Sampson - Currents

John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems, announced a range of changes to fix the ailing company : " Cisco Systems Inc. You will see Cisco make a number of targeted moves in the coming weeks,” Chambers said yesterday in a memo to employees at the San Jose, California-based company. Cisco has seen profitability erode and is struggling to meet sales growth goals while pushing into 30 new businesses. Cisco's collaboration business remains core to its go-forward strategy.

AlphaWest Launches an Enterprise Collaboration Practice, for Cisco Quad

Michael Sampson - Currents

AlphaWest, a subsidiary of Optus in Australia, launched a new Enterprise Collaboration Practice focus on Cisco Quad and other tools: " The practice will primarily focus on supplying new collaboration solutions, aiming to help businesses improve their communication and information sharing. At the Cisco Live event held in Melbourne, Alphawest was also one of the first local partners to show off Cisco Quad with a live demonstration.

Minter Ellison - "One Firm" Strategy Powered by Cisco

Michael Sampson - Currents

Law firm Minter Ellison (with 290 partners and 1,000 legal staff in Asia Pacific and the UK) has chosen a range of Cisco collaboration gear to support its "one firm" strategy. "A With Cisco business video and data centre virtualisation technology, we're making it easier for them to connect, collaborate and share information across the whole of the firm for the benefit of our clients," said Peter Westerveld, Minter Ellison's CIO. The Cisco tools are: - TelePresence.

Cisco is Being "Misleading and Incompetent" about Collaboration - Phil at Skype Journal

Michael Sampson - Currents

Phil writing for Skype Journal accuses Cisco of being misleading and incompetent when it come to collaboration : " Collaboration starts in shared intent. It makes Cisco out to be misleading and incompetent. ". In order for a meeting to happen - whether in person or via telepresence - there must be "shared intent" (Phil's phrase; I agree with the phrase, but disagree with Cisco's failing). I have a couple of items of interest on Cisco in the collaboration space.

Cisco Cius Tablet

Michael Sampson - Currents

I don't recall seeing anything about the Cisco Cius. With all the noise about tablets recently - especially why the Amazon Fire is so important. - While the above video is fun - the cut-through is lacking

Cisco Kills Its Tablet Device

Michael Sampson - Currents

( A Cisco Cius video from a happier time ). Last week Cisco announced that it was ceasing its investment in the Cisco Cius tablet as a specific form factor, and will double down on making its collaboration software work great on many tablets and other devices.

Introducing Cisco "Wave Connect"

Collaborative Thinking

When Cisco analyzed the Google Wave announcement, and all the surrounding media buzz, it could have quickly stated that it planned to extend its WebEx Connect platform to support Wave once it proved viable in the market. Cisco could leverage its Jabber acquisition (people, technology) and come out with Wave Connect as an extension of WebEx Connect. Cisco could also offer its WebEx Connect "cloud" to third-party Wave application servers.

The Two Cisco's.

Collaborative Thinking

For some time I've pointed out the need for the Cisco groups responsible for enterprise collaboration (including unified communications, mobile, WebEx, etc.) Eos was not mentioned at the Cisco Collaboration Summit and suddenly it is at the center of a social media social networking storyline that has consumer and enterprise implications. Cisco Eos - Social Networking. Cisco Eos - Social Networking.

Cisco WebEx Connect Questions

Collaborative Thinking

Recommendation: People should be examining Cisco's announcements this week more broadly that just a SaaS Collaboration/Web 2.0 Compare/contrast Cisco with those trends in the market. What is Cisco's position on OpenAjax Alliance? Where will Cisco go concerning OpenAjax Metadata specification? Where will Cisco go concerning OpenAjax Hub (secure mashup runtime)? Will Cisco deploy any Dojo widgets on top of Adobe AIR?

Cisco Announces Second I-Prize Winner

Portals and KM

I have been covering the Cisco I-Prize for several years and continue to be impressed with this initiative.   I spoke with Sharon Wong, the Director of Business Development for Cisco’s Emerging Technology group to discuss the conclusion of the second I-Prize.

Understanding Cisco's Collaboration Strategy (Part1)

Collaborative Thinking

The following is Part 1 of a series on today's announcement by Cisco. What is driving Cisco into the collaboration market? There are many reasons driving Cisco in this direction (revenue opportunities, growth needs, and customer demand). Iterates and executes on those strategies in a manner that times Cisco’s entry and growth into those market adjacencies. What major changes in the collaboration market is Cisco exploiting?

Cisco, The Social Experience Company?

Collaborative Thinking

marketing, relationship/community management, app dev, and internal activities that include content, collaboration, communication, process, and analytics) will take time and Cisco will need to demonstrate the necessary non-technology competencies soon. Then there is the question of how this relates to other Cisco SaaS/Cloud initiatives (e.g., And after that - there's the question of - why Cisco? Cisco Media & Solutions Group.

Cisco Broadens Foray Into Collaboration Market

Collaborative Thinking

Highlights of Cisco's press release is below (with a link to the full release). Intercompany Cisco TelePresence Directory is a Cisco-hosted directory of endpoints, organizations and people with access to Cisco TelePresence endpoints. The directory features a virtual assistant to assist with scheduling meetings between the more than 1000 rooms and 75 customers on Cisco TelePresence exchanges. Cisco UC 8.0

Cisco for Collaboration

Michael Sampson - Currents

Cisco hosted a major strategy conference in California during the second week of November 2009. At its “Collaboration Summit”, Cisco unveiled an enhanced scope of product and service capabilities in the collaboration arena, encompassing a variety of product enhancements along with new product announcements. In sum, these announcements hold the potential to elevate Cisco to being a major player in the enterprise collaboration technology space.

Understanding Cisco's Collaboration Strategy (Part 4)

Collaborative Thinking

The following is Part 4 of a series on today's announcement by Cisco. Is Cisco’s Vision Holistic Enough? While Cisco does a very good job of navigating market transitions and managing its efforts to move into market adjacencies, that does not mean that it has “perfect knowledge”. Cisco may think it knows the borders of a market in which the borders are in reality, porous and ill defined. As Cisco moves more broadly into social computing (e.g.,

Virgin Media Using Cisco Quad #collaboration #ciscoquad

Michael Sampson - Currents

Virgin Media in the UK is deploying a suite of tools from Cisco to support company-wide collaboration : " Virgin Media, one of the UK’s entertainment and digital communications companies has taken a step to becoming a more social business.

Understanding Cisco's Collaboration Strategy (Part 2)

Collaborative Thinking

The following is Part 2 of a series on today's announcement by Cisco. What is Cisco announcing? To understand and decipher what Cisco is announcing, it is important to break the information down into four distinct areas: Strategic Pillars, Reference Architecture, “Extend Current”, and “Enter New”. Cisco believes that communication-centric and people-centric interaction models are the basis for next generation collaboration platforms and solutions.

Cisco: Leveraging Networks To Seed Search Graphs?

Collaborative Thinking

Reading through the patent application itself , I wonder if this also proposal has applicability to Cisco Pulse (in an expanded view of what a search engine might be), given that the language also mentions a "webgraph". Perhaps this information also might describe how Cisco could possibly examine social graph connections as people-to-people connection requests traverse a network. Worth reading the article below: Will Cisco gear become search engine toll collectors?

Cisco Launches Second I-Prize Competition

Portals and KM

Cisco has recently announced the launch of the second I-Prize global innovation contest where entrepreneurs worldwide can collaborate and submit proposals for Cisco’s next billion-dollar business idea. I  I wrote about the first contest (see: Cisco I-Prize – Mining the Web and the World for Innovation ) and the results. Cisco WebEx ™ , an online meeting platform for audio and Web conferencing that enables users to share documents and desktops in real time.

Understanding Cisco's Collaboration Strategy (Part 3)

Collaborative Thinking

The following is Part 3 of a series on today's announcement by Cisco. Cisco needs to compare/contrast its approach with Microsoft’s BPOS – not just e-mail but overall to equate synergies from other WebEx Collaboration Cloud services. Does Cisco believe that it is now competing in the portal market with Microsoft, IBM, Oracle? Does Cisco believe that it is now competing in the content management market with Microsoft, IBM, Oracle as well best-of-breed vendors like EMC?

Cisco Finds New Path Towards Collaboration

Collaborative Thinking

in the news items below, Cisco continues to transition from unified communications into a more traditional collaboration space. Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire PostPath. The company extends Cisco???s These additions clearly augment Cisco???s Upon the closing of the acquisition, PostPath is expected to become part of Cisco???s s Collaboration Software Group and integrated with WebEx Connect and Cisco???s Moving into adjacent markets takes time ???

A Quick Peak At Cisco Quad: Collaboration + Social + Unified Communications

Collaborative Thinking

Cisco is also integrating its Show and Share video technology into Quad, so users can quickly and easily post video. Cisco talked about integrating Salesforce, or project management. All of this will extend to the iPhone and the iPad, and, naturally, Cisco's Cius when it ships (this is the Cisco tablet). Anther good overview article can be found on TMCnet blogs: " Cisco Quad Points To Communications Future ".

Cisco Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Jabber

Collaborative Thinking

This is a bold move by Cisco (given it's commitment to SIP) to expand industry thinking around presence as well as expanding its thinking around real-time applications given the type of development capabilities made possible with XMPP. So suddenly, I see both Avaya and Cisco as the new thought-leaders when it comes to presence (especially in regards to " social presence "). Connect and Cisco Unified Communications. About Cisco Systems.

New Report: Cisco for Collaboration

Michael Sampson - Currents

I just published my review of Cisco's Collaboration Summit last week. Cisco hosted a major strategy conference in California during the second week of November 2009. At its "Collaboration Summit", Cisco unveiled an enhanced scope of product and service capabilities in the collaboration arena, encompassing a variety of product enhancements along with new product announcements. The impact of Cisco's announcements on its standing in the collaboration market. -

Collaborative Thinking: Cisco 2.0: Walking The Talk

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Collaborative Thinking Perceptions on collaboration and social software by Mike Gotta « Blogging Without Permission | Main | Ciscos Networking Vision Going "Social" » February 19, 2008 Cisco 2.0: But the rapid changes at Cisco have come with casualties.

BusinessWeek/Cisco webcast: Revitalizing healthcare with technology

Endless Knots

My friend John Halamka was on the second in the BusinessWeek/Cisco webcasts yesterday, "Revitalizing Healthcare with Technology," the same series that I was on with another friend, Karen Sobel Lojeski, back in Feb.

Cisco Quad: Peeling Back the Layers

Michael Sampson - Currents

Last year Cisco started talking about a forthcoming product for the enterprise market: Cisco "Enterprise Collaboration Platform". In the past few weeks, Cisco has peeled back some of the layers around the forthcoming platform, and has given it a real product name: Cisco Quad.

Boston E 20 Notes: Interview with Cisco’s Raj Gossain

Portals and KM

The new capability are part what's now called Cisco WebEx® Social (formerly known as Cisco Quad™) and build upon existing offerings that help employees share knowledge, find experts and information and form effective virtual work teams. With These sessions are compatible with a wide variety of video endpoints, including Cisco TelePresence®, IP video phones, mobile and soft clients. The tools can used on premise or hosted through partners, or the Cisco hosted cloud.

Cisco: Great Expectations But "Where's The (Collaboration) Beef"?

Collaborative Thinking

Over the past several weeks, two Cisco events generated a great deal of media coverage (refer to “In The News” below). For those that have not been paying close attention, for some time now Cisco has actively been playing a grand chess game. In this case, it helps me better assess whether Cisco exhibits the level of business acumen necessary to successfully move into market adjacencies such as collaboration and Web 2.0. . Cisco is making forays into numerous adjacent markets.

Notes From Cisco WebEx Connect Session

Collaborative Thinking

Cisco Collaboration Architecture: higher level of services (presence, messaging), designed for other people to extend (mashups), designed for enterprise environment (policy management). Unified Communications + Web 2.0 + SaaS supported by a network services layer linked to API strategy (based on web services) and Cisco developer services program, etc. Leverage Cisco network expertise (Cisco Intelligent Network).

Enterprise Collaboration Architecture from Cisco that Goes Beyond Technology

Portals and KM

Cisco provides a Collaboration Services Group that is not tied to Cisco products but helps clients with a vendor independent approach. The paper does not reference any Cisco products and is written to promote “an appreciation that technology is simply an enabler of collaboration, not the genesis of it.”. Mark Eggleston, a member of this group I met at the Enterprise 2.0

Cisco Collaboration Summit: The Right Foundation For Collaboration

Collaborative Thinking

That's a question Cisco wants to answer - point tools are not enough. Intercompany Cisco TelePresence. Joe Burton, CTO, Session Notes: Why is an architectural approach towards collaboration important? Example1: collaboration-enabled CRM process. Note: Reminiscent of "Collaborative CRM" concept defined by Meta Group years ago which has morphed into "Social CRM".

Cisco Acquired Versly - to Connect Collaboration Tools with Microsoft Office

Michael Sampson - Currents

Cisco announced the acquisition of Versly : " Cisco today announced that it has acquired privately-held Versly. Collaboration is a top priority at Cisco. With this acquisition we're enhancing our collaboration offerings and improving the user experience by integrating social technologies within the business applications individuals and teams use at work," said Murali Sitaram, vice president and general manager, Collaboration Software Group (CSG), Cisco.