The 2nd annual Telework Week begins today and runs through March 9.
Telework Week was first held last year in an effort to encourage the policy, culture, and habit of teleworking. Sponsored by Telework Exchange and Cisco, the chart below shows some of the environmental and work savings from a single Telework Week. It’s also a great way to get the conversation going about implementing telework for yourself or your organization. Telework Exchange has plenty of resources about getting started.
Btw, it’s not to late to pledge to telework this week!
Cisco’s foray into the consumer market has proved too challenging for the networking giant. This morning, Cisco Systems announced that it would cut 550 jobs as part of its plan to exit some of its consumer business.
This includes closing the video recording device division which manufactures the once-great Flip cameras that recorded high-definition videos on the device which were easily transferred to the computer and easily shared on the internet. It seems that consumers are turning to their iPhone and Android smartphones for the video recording function rather than carrying a separate Flip device for this purpose.
The Flip video recording device (Source: CNET)
Cisco will also be shifting marketing priorities of the Umi home high-definition telepresence systems to the corporate segment where it is easier to market and charge for. It will be interesting for us in the video collaboration space to see how Cisco integrates the Umi into its existing business telepresence line while taking on the likes of Polycom and HP.
I think that the demise of Flip and the repositioning of the Umi are signs that people just don’t want an additional piece of hardware to do what their existing devices can do. In the case of the Flip, smartphones do a great job with video recording. And in the case of the Umi, software solutions like Skype and ours at VSee do a great job at offering high quality video calling without the need to invest in additional hardware. In fact, we offer free 720p HD video calling for personal users!
Alas, so long Flip, you were once great and glorious and you will be remembered.
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VSee participated in the Sales 2.0 Conference held at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco earlier this month.
The team (both in person and remote) had a great time introducing VSee to the experienced and field-seasoned sales leaders. We were really encouraged that they loved how VSee would help them increase their sales teams’ productivity. Anyhow, here are some photos from our time at the Sales 2.0 Conference:
Here’s Darren with John and Siu Rui in remote giving demos:
Siu Rui with Former Celebrity CMO of Kodak, Jeffrey Hayzlett (twitter: @JeffreyHayzlett)
And Milton, VSee Founder & CEO, with Rich Baker, Founder and CEO of Glance and former VP & CTO of PictureTel.
If you missed a demo and would like one, feel free to ask us for one. We’ll be happy to give you one through VSee. In the meantime, take a look at our brochure to learn more about VSee for your sales team.
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I generally work hard to keep this from being only a product blog, but it’s pretty exciting to get a video testimonial. We’re going to create a space on the site specifically for more of these, so if you’ve used VSee and love it, please send us more testimonials!
Laughs aside, I feel this video actually brings up two counterintuitive but legitimate points:
1) The first is the current theme of my most recent posts: Creating an illusion in your videoconference is simply not necessary or useful. Heck, in this video it was outright detrimental.
2) Although they shouldn’t have called from the golf course, these guys did in fact get their work done. They also knew what work to do next, and promised to do it. The boss didn’t seem overly perturbed (except that they were trying so hard to disguise where they were), and why should he? They did a good job. (Except for the part where they destroyed company property, of course.)
Still, the golf course? I submit that, unless you’re a reporter, other bad places to telecommute from include: movie theaters, sporting events, rock concerts, bar mitzvahs, the spa…