When speaking with our customers and prospects in the K-12 community, we hear time and again that budget restrictions are a daily reality.
At the same time, these educators fully understand that in order to prepare the next generation for success in the 21st century economy, a “mixed” learning environment (where new, innovative technologies are incorporated into more traditional curriculum) helps to better engage students and improve academic performance.
From the boardroom to the barroom, American citizens, including President Obama, instinctively know that our K-12 public education system needs to be invigorated. From the President’s State of the Union address this week:
Give [schools] the resources to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones. And in return, grant schools flexibility: to teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test.
It is with great pleasure I introduce Kevin Sullivan as our latest Manufaturing Industry Thought Leader. Kevin has a distinguished career at Cisco and is currently a director in the Industrial & Diversified Manufacturing Practice of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG).
In this role, Kevin helps leading manufacturers become more competitive by transforming their businesses through leading processes and innovative technology enablement. His areas of expertise include business strategies for customer management, product innovation, supply chain, and financial management.
Kevin has led transformation initiatives for numerous Fortune 500 manufacturing and retail companies, and has coached CXOs on adapting new technology to achieve strategic business goals. Read More »
We recently published a new case study that describes how Cisco IT has evolved its internal collaboration and social sharing site, called the Integrated Workforce Experience (IWE). With IWE and the Cisco® Quad™ platform, Cisco IT provides the types of social networking tools—blogs, microblog messages, and informal videos—that employees use outside of work. In IWE, those tools are optimized for internal use within Cisco and are implemented in a robust, scalable, and secure way. Originally created by Cisco IT on an open-source platform, IWE now runs on the Cisco Quad platform. The platform migration required integrating the social sharing tools with minimal user disruption, preserving user documents, migrating different user data types appropriately, supporting application portals, and educating employees. Read More »
Have you heard the news? 3D versions of the Star Warsmovies will begin rolling out in 2012. I know some sci-fi geeks…ah, friends…who can hardly wait.
Me, I prefer Force 3. I like to think of them as the living, breathing version of Star Wars. No Darth Vaders, no jittery C-3POs, but plenty of Luke Skywalkers—regular “heroes” intent on designing technology solutions with a relentless focus on meeting their customers’ business needs.
But what really grabs my attention in their video below is that Force 3 gets it, they truly do. As a thriving Cisco Master Partner, pushing products isn’t on their intergalactic radar— it’s not even within low-earth orbit.
So if it’s not selling gear, what’s Force 3’s strategy for success? Read More »
In October of 2011, AIIM (the Association for Information & Imaging Management, a non-profit research, community and educational association), published a survey-based report that examined social business and Enterprise 2.0 (E2.0) trends. I had the good fortune to hear about the results first-hand when I co-presented with AIIM’s President, John Mancini, on a social networking panel at the Gilbane Conference held in Boston last November. John summarized the work and results of the study. One of the more interesting data points and trending analysis I found intriguing was a growing interest in a class of social application AIIM refers to as “Enterprise Q&A”. Historically, when people ask what the common application use case scenarios are for E2.0, the most frequently cited examples have been: expertise location, online communities, and ideation (innovation).
Why the growing interest in Q&A applications? Perhaps because it’s a pain point all of us – from front-line worker to senior executive – can relate to in our everyday work experience. All of us can recall situations when we’ve had a question about something and have not been able to find an answer through the information and contacts at our disposal. We ask our colleagues. We send out e-mails. We might try discussion forums, knowledge-base applications, and of course – search engines.
“The question acts as a ‘social object’ that can mobilize networks, enable people to take on informal social roles, and help create social capital between participants in these answer networks.”
However, even if we are fortunate enough to find the content, the information may not be presented in a fashion that addresses our need. Sometimes the “question” is not easily resolved by locating content. Often, what people are asking for (indirectly) when they pose a question is to have a conversation with someone to “make sense” out of that issue (in addition to the content if it’s relevant). Read More »