Mark Leary, Senior Strategist, Cisco
In this connected world, our networks are front and center in our GREEN technology efforts. In this session, Cisco will outline the ten most significant networking technologies and techniques that are serving to ease our demands on the Earth’s resources. As the world’s premier provider of networking systems to enterprises, small and medium businesses, and service providers, Cisco is uniquely positioned to research, analyze, and forecast the impact of networking technology on GREEN initiatives. And as a global corporation with over 50,000 employees and tens of thousands of customers and partners, Cisco is also speaking from experience when discussing its need to conserve resources in the course of operating its own business.
Maximizing Benefits of a Virtual Workforce
Angela Selden, CEO Arise Virtual Solutions
There are many factors involved with home-based agents that benefit the environment and help corporations strive for a ‘green’ existence. Besides the elimination of a gas-wasting commute, utilizing advances in technology has probably become the most important element of virtual workspaces since it leads to overall efficiency. This session will explore the combination of technology and home-based work, which has spawned a growing population of virtual agents and how this concept is contributing to a greener corporate world.
Topics covered in this session will include:
• Utilizing technology to manage agents virtually
Empowering Teleworking with IP Telephony and Web Services
Greg Pisano, Director, Market Development, BlueNote Networks, Inc.
In light of environmental concerns, teleworking is becoming a strategic initiative to reduce the volume of commuter traffic, pollution and energy consumption. In addition to these benefits, teleworking can help maintain the continuity of operations, since situations such as adverse weather conditions and other natural or manmade disruptions need not significantly impact an organization’s ability to operate. IP Telephony is playing a key role by providing a practical approach to enhancing real-time communications, integrating with business applications, and economically extending connectivity via the Internet. But, how can teleworking function seamlessly within a business process infrastructure? What are some of the challenges? And, what role can Web services play?
Glenn Noga, CIO, Polycom, Inc.
It takes only a trip to Europe for a West Coaster, a trip to Hawaii for an East Coaster or a couple of cross-country flights to do as much damage (or more) as you do during an entire year of commuting and cruising in your car (Indepenttraveler.com). Greenbiz.com estimates 3.2 million acres of trees would have to be planted to offset the jet fuel emissions of the estimated 240 billion miles Americans travel on business each year; and in Europe, if the currently installed video systems were used to cut just 5-30% of business travel we could lower emissions by between 5.5 and 33.5 million tons, according to the ETNO and WWF. This session will educate attendees on how to use voice and video collaboration to immediately and significantly reduce travel and the associated carbon footprint, while also raising corporate productivity.