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GE Installs Groundbreaking Cisco TelePresence Room

By Nina Parker

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GE's former CEO and Chairman Jack Welch once said "The desire, and the ability, of an organization to continuously learn from any source, anywhere, and to rapidly convert this learning into action, is its ultimate competitive advantage." Under Welch's leadership, GE grew to become one of the largest and most valuable corporations in the world. Today, his principles of managerial leadership and continued education and training for employees continue to be ingrained in the company culture. In 2001, GE commemorated Welch's retirement after 20 years of service by renaming its corporate training facility in Crotonville, New York, in his honor.

GE invests over US$1.2 billion annually in training and education programs, and has learning centers located around the globe. Established in 1956, GE's Crotonville location is the hub, and GE considers it the first corporate business school in the world. The site is used by GE executives for high-level training classes and meetings, but it is also available to teach employees at all other levels within the organization.

In 2005, GE implemented an environmentally-friendly program called "Ecomagination" as part of its effort to reduce its carbon footprint. In the spirit of Ecomagination, GE's Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Gary Reiner began an initiative to save travel time, expenses, and environmental impact with a reduction in companywide travel. Reiner wanted to facilitate meetings and training by reducing the need for personnel to travel to the Crotonville site, without losing the impact of an in-person meeting.
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The Future of Visual Communications: Applications for Government and Their Impact on the IT Infrastructure

The emergence of e-Government which involves the use of data networks to exchange information, provide services, and enable interaction with citizens, businesses, and other government agencies is having a powerful impact. Driven by the need for government agencies to increase the quality of training and information sharing, reduce budgets and travel, and improve public safety, collaboration is a key attribute for e-Government because it enables people at different locations to communicate in a rich life-like manner.

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The Polycom CX5000 Unified Conference Station adds a unique group voice and video collaboration experience to Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 and Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, giving remote participants a 360-degree panoramic view of the conference room and video that automatically tracks the flow of conversation for more productive and efficient meetings.
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The Polycom HDX 6000 is a fully featured, low-cost, small group telepresence system that allows teams of people to easily connect over distance and enjoy high definition voice, video and content sharing.
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