Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Save 32 minutes of your life today!

A study completed by Sage Research shows that on average, employees lose 32 minutes per day trying to track down another employee in their very own company. On an employee who works for 10 years, that equates to 2 months of time spent tracking down coworkers. For a $50,000 a year employee, that’s a little over $800 per year and with 100 employees that’s $80,000 annually spent by their employer for this remedial task. Not to include the productivity and opportunity losses based on competitors beating you to the punch. In a time of connectivity such as this, why are we spending a couple months to find someone?

So what can you do to save the time, and what’s it going to cost? Cisco has a solution.

Presence Server is being utilized as an integrated platform for Voice, Video, Conferencing, Instant Messaging, and Availability signaling. By using a small applet on your PC, you can instantly see the status of other employees in the organization and more importantly instantly collaborate with them. Across the isle, or cross the globe, you can now find a person and get the information you need faster.

“Presence and mobility applications, including Cisco Unified Presence, provide presence and state information for features such as Cisco IP Phone Messenger and clients such as Cisco Unified Personal Communicator, Cisco Unified CallConnector for Microsoft Office for Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express users, and the Cisco Unified Mobile Communicator, and let users know which co-workers are available to them and by which device-wired or wireless-at any given time. In addition, Cisco Unified Mobility for Cisco Unified Communications Manager and Cisco Unified CallConnector Mobility for Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express help enable "single-number reach" capability. The Sage Research study revealed that device-aware presence capabilities save an average of 32 minutes daily. Moreover, 50 percent of users claimed to save 15 to 30 minutes per day, and 47 percent reported that they save 30 to 60 minutes per day.”

Another Cisco tool is their new Single-Number-Reach approach to telephony. Imagine having one single telephone number on your business cards. This number is your office DID (Direct number) and it is connected to your home office phone, cell phone, car phone, soft phone, or any other phone where you want it to ring to. The best part is that all the phones ring at one time and if you don’t answer, the Voicemail at your office is the only Voicemail that will ever have to be checked. And of course with Unified messaging, you can pick those up on your phone, email, or even a webpage.

So what does it cost? A heck of lot less than $80,000…

So what is you time worth. What would you do with an hour a week, or a week a year? Spend it with your kids, add more sales, or just take an extra hour nap? You decide!

References: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns340/ns394/ns165/ns152/net_implementation_white_paper0900aecd8041064f.html

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