Cisco + Collaboration = Success

With its purchase of WebEx, Cisco is making itself the test bed for the next generation of collaboration tools. Since it began rolling out immersive conferencing technology about a year ago, the company has established “telepresence” rooms in 160 of its offices worldwide.

Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby and her team also have created an online "communications center of excellence," for new collaboration tools from wikis to v-logs to telepresence. Video, she noted is “phenomenally effective,” particularly in communicating with employees outside the U.S.

Cisco is open to new ideas. Through its I-Zone wiki, the company has garnered 600 ideas that have the potential to become $1 billion-per-year ventures. “They’re not all good, but even the bad ones may spur a good idea,” said Marthin DeBeer of the company’s Emerging Technologies Group.

With its purchase of WebEx, Cisco is making itself the test bed for the next generation of collaboration tools. Since it began rolling out immersive conferencing technology about a year ago, the company has established “telepresence” rooms in 160 of its offices worldwide.

Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby and her team also have created an online "communications center of excellence," for new collaboration tools from wikis to v-logs to telepresence. Video, she noted is “phenomenally effective,” particularly in communicating with employees outside the U.S.

Cisco is open to new ideas. Through its I-Zone wiki, the company has garnered 600 ideas that have the potential to become $1 billion-per-year ventures. “They’re not all good, but even the bad ones may spur a good idea,” said Marthin DeBeer of the company’s Emerging Technologies Group.

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