One thing we all have in common is – regardless of our job functions – we meet to get work done. I believe meetings can be amazing game-changers. When people can meet and collaborate from anywhere in the world, at any time, we can accomplish so much more.
Studies show that even under perfect driving conditions, speeding over short distances leads to marginal savings in getting to your destination. Add a few traffic lights, a couple of curves, a bit of traffic or weather, and the time-saving benefits taper down to little or none.
Holy Modern Workspace – Batman!
When I think of the creation of huddle spaces, video conferencing, and the suite of Collaboration technology of the modern workspace, I can’t help but reflect on our childhood memories of the vintage Batman TV series.
Companies spend billions every year on hardware, software, and services to power connections between people. From email and calendaring to video conferencing and contact center solutions – and everything between – collaboration tools make up a massive industry.
The movie Titanic swept the Oscars.
Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were NBA champions (again).
Apple unveiled the iMac.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google.
And I was a fresh-faced kid out of college, beginning my career as a consultant for an IT management consulting firm.
During the last 25 years, organizations have had to reinvent themselves every three to seven years to keep up with the pace of change. Companies that missed one technology transition might scramble to catch up, but missing two meant a slow fade to obscurity, irrelevance, and death.
Last week, I had a scare.
It was late afternoon and I had just picked my daughter up from preschool. As I helped her get buckled into her carseat, I rested my phone on the roof of the car — just for a second — to free up my hands. Fast-forward about five minutes into our journey, and I remembered with a jolt — the phone was still on the roof of the (now moving) car! My mind raced: Had I heard a thud? Was the phone now strewn across the road in a million pieces, smashed by a two-ton truck? Panicked, I looked for a safe spot to pull over.
Webex has come a long way. We recently unpacked a lot of great innovation in the new meetings experience. The great thing about Webex Meetings is that it’s a full video and content-sharing cloud solution that you can join via desktop, mobile, browser, and video devices.
Team collaboration. Sounds redundant. Isn’t collaboration inherently about teams working together? Isn’t every team interaction about getting things done?
Collaboration has always connected us. At Cisco, we’ve been building apps to help people collaborate for quite a while.
The fact that humans use machines is old news. Even as far back 4,500 years ago, the pyramids were built with the aid of machines; likewise, airplanes, excavators, and sewing machines didn’t just appear out of thin air. People have always developed certain ‘relationships’ with their machines out of necessity; otherwise, they wouldn’t have been able to use them.