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Transforming Government ICT… in 10 steps

April 5, 2013 at 2:44 am PST

For the last 3 years, Cisco has helped many CIOs and IT leaders achieve their objectives by using a business/IT architecture methodology called Strategic IT Roadmap, or SITR. SITR’s ultimate deliverable is the “Unified Architecture Roadmap” which aligns IT initiatives with the key business priorities. This puts the CIO in a strong position when defending the IT plan/budget towards the other C-level executives.

We have seen great successes in public sector accounts, such as Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire Fire Services or Fontys University of Applied Science, coming from the fact that:

  • SITR is simple & pragmatic: it’s not rocket-science and values common sense over pre-established rules;
  • SITR is holistic: it encompasses network,  data centre, collaboration, security, applications, governance, etc.
  • SITR is flexible: it’s not a rigid framework, and can be adapted depending on the context;
  • SITR is result-oriented: it’s not an academic project, and there are concrete business deliverables;
  • SITR is iterative: we prefer short iterations (ideally no more than 6 to 8 weeks), and we are not re-writing the annual report;
  • SITR is based on TOGAF and COBIT5, as well as many best practices and templates from similar customers across EMEAR region;
  • SITR is entirely funded by Cisco and/or our partners.

In this post, I explain how SITR can be performed in 10 steps, as depicted below.

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I will now describe each step and provide template slides; these are just samples of what SITR deliverables look like.

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Cisco Connected Industries talks about the IE2000 Industrial Ethernet Switch

April 4, 2013 at 5:39 pm PST

Connected Industries shows off the entry level Industrial Switch, the IE2000

Yuta Endo, Cisco Connected Industries Product Manager,  discusses the newest version of the IE2000 range of products that addresses the growing trends of Industrial and Enterprise Network convergence; connectivity across Industrial equipment; and the heightened security concerns that are burgeoning.

The IE2000Yuta talks about the product features and benefits, such as support for IEEE standards such as the IEEE 1588 PTP v2 Motion Control standard.

The product is available now for customers in the Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Mining, Transportation and Energy industries, and is already in use by many Cisco manufacturing customers.

Recently the product line added Power over Ethernet (PoE), so that both the IE2000 and IE3000 ranges have PoE in both the fixed and modular versions. More on that in my next blog!

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Executive Roundtable: Cisco, Intel, and NetApp, with special guest Microsoft, on the Private Cloud

April 4, 2013 at 1:44 pm PST

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We’ve been doing quite a bit of work recently with our strategic partners Intel, NetApp, and Microsoft on Microsoft oriented private cloud solutions. Specifically we’ve been focusing on new innovation going into our joint FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud reference architecture.

A great way to learn about these joint development activities is to join in on an upcoming executive roundtable -- Simplifying Your Journey to Private Cloud - on Wednesday, April 17 at 2 p.m. EDT. Leaders from Cisco, Intel®, NetApp, and special guest Microsoft, will examine key areas where businesses can gain the best return and biggest competitive advantage while adopting a private cloud model.

Our expert panel will spotlight the innovative FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud, solution through customer results and open dialog, to sharing of essential insights. Please feel free to register here for this event.

For those of you in Las Vegas next week at Microsoft’s Management Summit 2013 event, remember to stop by and visit us at booth #501. We’ll have a variety of Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1 demos available, led by subject matter experts on UCS, Nexus 1000V, UCS Manager, and FlexPod.

Learn more about our capabilities for a Microsoft oriented data center at www.cisco.com/go/microsoft

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Cisco Employee Receives Prestigious Governmental Award for Work on Project Samudaya

April 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm PST

In November 2012, Cisco Bangalore-based employee Aravind Sitaraman (President – Inclusive Growth) received the prestigious Rajyotsava award for his leadership of Cisco’s Project Samudaya, which helped rebuild 5 villages in the Indian state of Karnataka after catastrophic flooding in 2009. This honor is the highest conferred to civilians by Karnataka’s state government. The award reflects Sitaraman’s deep personal commitment to the well-being of communities in India, as well as his strong alignment with Cisco’s unique method of sincere yet strategic social investment.

Cisco’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts are defined by a simple equation: you + networks = impact multiplied. When the right person meets the right technology, it’s easy to do the math. Indeed, many of Cisco’s CSR efforts begin with grassroots enthusiasm like Aravind’s, which, when combined with Cisco solutions and best practices, can yield an outcome like Project Samudaya: an employee’s authentic, locally attuned passion for change is exponentially multiplied by the company’s resources and expertise.

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Aravind Sitaraman receives the prestigious Rajyotsava Award from India’s government.

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Top 10 Tips for Executive Social Media

Navigating social media can be an intimidating challenge for many people, but particularly for company executives who may not be naturally inclined to communicate using social channels or have the time to learn how to use them.

Let's Chat! Social Media Training Series

Sheila Jordan, Cisco Senior Vice President, IT Communications and Collaboration

My own experience with social media has evolved – initially by watching my teenage children use it to communicate, share photos, and catch up on the big news event of the day – and by watching others. For me, I find it easier to separately my personal and work life by using Facebook solely for family and friends, and Twitter and blogging for business topics.

Twitter is a fantastic way to reach a very broad audience.  There are now four generations of people in the workforce and Twitter is a channel they all use!

And I really enjoy blogging because it allows me to express my opinions and points of view on IT topics that are top of mind with CIOs and IT leaders. I do many, many customer executive briefings and get input directly from customers and learn what’s most of interest and important to them. I use that information as an opportunity to express my and Cisco’s point of view on a variety of IT topics – collaboration, mobility, cloud and social.

So for those of you who need some encouragement, here are my top 10 tips for executive social media:

  1. Be relevant – be timely.  It’s most important to get your point across while the topic is hot – if you tinker endlessly with your message, you’ll have missed the moment.
  2. Be provocative – use analytics and data points to back up your theories. Don’t be afraid to express your point of view.
  3. Use social media as a channel to message your organization and teams’ work and as a form of recognition. Colleagues will enjoy following you so use this channel as a way to express your appreciation!
  4. Show thought leadership (provide value)
  5. Use as an ongoing opportunity to connect with others – your peers, influencers and colleagues inside and outside your company

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    Let’s Chat! #CiscoSMT Social Media Training Series:
    Executive View on Social Media Experiences

  6. Listen to feedback and responses – have you resonated with your audience? This is a way to instantly get feedback. And don’t worry about responding to each and every comment; not everyone expects you to reply and when you do they are pleasantly surprised!
  7. Don’t spam.  Enough said.
  8. Personalize your social media – offer insights to how you think. Be authentic and human. If you’re asked to re-tweet a company message, be sure it reflects your own thinking.
  9. Don’t be afraid to be an expert!
  10. Have fun. Go for it – it’s a new medium and we are all still learning; don’t be shy!

How are your executives using social media? And do you have other tips you would recommend in addition to the 10 listed above? For more executive insights regarding social media, check out the Let’s Chat! #ciscosmt Social Media Training Series executive panel we participated in on April 3rd.

Happy Collaborating…the social way!

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