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Tuesday, 15 February 2011 00:54

The Power of Relationships

Authors: Cisco

If I like you and you like me, and you like what I like and I like what you like, then I want to know about it. You follow? Call it peer pressure, call it follow the leader, call it the ultimate marketing tool…whatever you call it, it’s the power of the relationships, the influence, that is driving friends and fans to click.


Published in Social Media

Authors: Eric Schoch

Today’s “office” is vastly different from what it was even 10 years ago.

Workers are no longer bound by their stationary desktops and LAN lines, but “offices” are literally set up anywhere with laptops, “smart” devices (tablets and smart phones) and Internet connections. Just as offices are easily set up anywhere, at any time, so...

Published in Cisco Collaboration

Authors: Jennifer Carole

Brian Dickinson Brings Tech to Mt Everest and Shares His Harrowing StoryBrian Dickinson is an engineer at Cisco.

For many of us, we consider him a friend. When he decided he was going to climb Mt Everest as part of his personal mission to climb the Seven Summits, we collectively gasped. The danger involved was daunting and while we knew he was a tough ex-Navy guy, he’s also a husband and father a...

Published in Cisco Collaboration

Authors: Doron Aronson

Today, we are featuring a guest post from Daniel W. Rasmus, the author of Listening to the Future[1]. Rasmus is a strategist and industry analyst who helps clients put their future in context.

If You Think You have a Handle on Organization Next, You Might be Lucky, But You are Probably Wrong

Daniel Rasmus

He uses scenarios to analyze trends in society, technology, economics, the environment, and politics in order to discover...

Published in Cisco Collaboration

Authors: Jennifer Carole

Getting to Mt. Everest: Landing and Giving in KatmanduOn May 4, we are planning to talk with Brian Dickinson, our friend and Cisco engineer, from Mt Everest’s Base Camp at 17,500’. You can register for that free WebEx event here. In the meantime, we are following his journey there and back. Late last week, he arrived in Katmandu. All photos are courtesy of Brian Dickinson.[1]


Published in Cisco Collaboration

Authors: Jennifer Carole

When Work Goes Beyond “Work” – Making the Human Connection“What are we going to do? How are we going to keep in touch?” asked Laurie Leiker, the Director of Training and Development at Transcend Services[1].

Transcend is a leading provider of clinical documentation solutions for healthcare organizations. Located in Atlanta, GA, Transcend Services is a public company serving more...

Published in Cisco Collaboration

Authors: Debra Chrapaty

“Let’s dance!”

As a young executive working for the German media company Bertelsmann, I was part of a team that was asked to make some substantial organizational and technical changes in our New York City office. In mid-December we brought all the employees together for a big holiday party and end-of-the-project celebration....

Published in Cisco Collaboration
Thursday, 01 April 2010 16:03

The Forecast is Sunny for Clod Services

I spent the weekend at a Microsoft internal event hearing from the makers of the next generation of cloud services to be available from Microsoft.  It's too soon to discuss details but wanted to share some of my excitement about what's coming nonetheless.

Regarding Business Productivity Online Suite, the current online services provide an excellent value and deliver the key features that many users need.  That said, there are differences between Exchange on premise and Exchange Online and in some cases, those features are important to users. Understanding these differences is key to having a smooth migration experience. This requires reviewing the service descriptions at microsoft.com/online and the deployment guide at quickstartonlineservices.com which is available to Microsoft Partners.

So what's the news? As Microsoft has been saying from day 1 with BPOS, our vision is to work continuously to close the gap so that our online services offer parity or near parity with on premise services.  I can say with authority that the next release of our services will make significant progress in closing that gap.

What does that mean? It means that you can look at Exchange 2010 and SharePoint 2010 on premise servers and get a good idea of the kinds of features, administration, and capabilities of future cloud services.  Yes, there will still be differences as there are unavoidable impacts from large scale, multi-tenant hosting as it is fundamentally different in significant way than a single tenant, on premise implementation. Those differences, however, are soon to become a lot less significant.

If you considered a company's suite of on premise solutions and services as a portfolio, with the new services to be available later this year, Microsoft will significantly expand the percentage of that portfolio that can be moved to the cloud. This means a dramatic increase in the size of the opportunity for Partners as there will be more markets, and greater opportunity to provide customizations, deep integrations, and automate administration with the new services.

This is good news for IT Pros who are concerned that servers moving to the cloud means their skills will not be needed, when in reality - their skills are simply "relocated" to managing cloud services.  That's different that managing servers, in that you don't need to manage anti-virus implementation or service pack applications, and fight the never ending process of maintaining security and high availability.  These tasks are now managed for you in a very high end data center with millions of dollars of equipment and ISO 27001 certification and SAS70 type I and II audits among others.  (http://blogs.technet.com/msonline/archive/2010/02/24/microsoft-online-services-announces-new-certifications-bpos-federal-for-us-government.aspx)

The result is that IT Pro's are released from doing mundane, ongoing maintenance and freed to focus on high-value projects that can make a significant business impact. Not to mention that IT Pros that "speak cloud" are going to be in high demand as millions of users, thousands of new services, and hundreds of data centers come online. (One tip - Powershell is your friend.)

The forecast is sunny for cloud services.


Provided by Brett Hill at BrettBlog

Published in Cloud Services

Authors: IBM

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Published in UC in the Cloud

Authors: IBM

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Published in UC in the Cloud
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