By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-10-25 Print this article Print

-verbal Communication"> Most important communication is non-verbal

"Many studies have shown that about two-thirds of all communication is non-verbal," Chambers said. "In business, non-verbal communication is particularly important-especially when it involves interacting with other cultures. The nuances and subtleties of person-to-person communication are much more apparent using this system.

"This system is unlike any other kind of teleconferencing available today, simply because of the quality of the presentation. We have a lot of expertise in all of this technology, and we've built this system completely from the ground up. Were leveraging all that we've learned about transporting video, data, voice ... plus mobile technology, and unity messaging-all right here.

"What it gets down to is this: Real business gets done in person-to-person situations, and this helps make real business happen."

This kind of ultra-magnified audio and video-along with its positioning at eye-level-brings a whole new dimension to the common acts of doing business: meeting, talking, sharing information, making decisions, noting private judgments, etc.

You really cannot appreciate the effect the TelePresence has until you actually sit down at the "meeting" and start interacting with folks who are a half-dozen time zones away.

"In all my time in business," Chambers told eWEEK during the demo, "I have never, ever come across a product like this-one that I know will completely change the way a company or organization does business right off the bat, as soon as it's installed.

"It will change the way the company does its business-for the better. It will improve time to market, because meetings and decisions will be facilitated faster. And it will immediately start taking costs off the bottom line, in terms of travel, hotels, etc."

Thats saying something for Chambers, who's been head honcho at Cisco since 1995 and has led the company from a $1.2 billion annual take to more than $25 billion yearly in that span of time.

Chambers said he expects his company to save $100 million internally in travel costs the first year alone. Cisco already has 110 TelePresence rooms set up in locations around the world and is using them almost daily.

"When business leaders see this thing, they get it-immediately," he said.

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Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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