…here are the type of votes contestants would love to receive. We recently saw two items that speak well on the progress of UCS against the most important yardsticks: how IT professionals and our partners rate Cisco as a computing systems vendor.
First up is CRN’s Annual Report Card. This is where IT solution providers rate vendors in categories of product innovation, support and partnership. For Midrange Servers, Cisco took top marks:
Note the margin. A blowout worthy of Dickie V superlatives. We have CRN’s commentary on the Midrange category posted here and you can doubleclick into a detailed scores breakout on their Report Cards page.
Next up: TheInfoPro Servers and Virtualization Study. This is a recurring report from 451 Research, now in it’s 12th iteration, which brings together interview feedback from IT professionals. You have to love a good old 2x2 (especially the upper right.) Here, customers located Cisco in the lead among server vendors on both the Promise and Fulfillment indices:
- Cisco tops the charts in both promise and fulfillment among large and midsize enterprises, significantly leading HP, IBM, and Dell.
- Cisco ranks highest of all vendors in strategic vision and technical innovation.
- Cisco’s rating is extremely positive, above average in 13 out of 14 categories.
- Cisco is the ONLY server vendor to be ranked in the leading quadrant in 2010, 2011, and 2012 of the TheInfoPro study.
Now, please re-read that list, but this time out loud and in your best Dick Vitale voice. You have to throw in a few “BAAAAYBY”s to achieve the full effect. ‘Tis the Season, after all.
Keep an eye out during the tournament this year, you might just see a TV spot about a Cinderella story….
Here I sit… In Mel’s Drive-In Diner, San Francisco, CA. I just inhaled the “El Ranchero Americano”, which I am sure to regret later, and am enjoying tunes from yester-year complete with Doo-Wop and Presley. You may ask, “Why do I care…?” Well, before this turns into an episode with Anthony Bourdain, I will let you know that I am in ‘The City’ attending RSA Conference 2013.
RSA Conference 2013 Video
Allow me to give you a quick background. RSA’s goal is to connect security professionals from around the world in order to continue the growth and importance of security as technology aggressively expands. RSA started these conferences in 1991 when internet security really became a topic of discussion. Everyone who is anyone is here, from start-up companies to our own Cisco.
Again, you might ask “What’s the big deal?” I listened to a keynote by Vint Cerf, widely known as ‘The Father of the Web’, he gave an ‘If you can imagine…” speech. In this talk, he said if we could imagine our refrigerator being able to ‘talk’ to us… explore the internet for recipes in which the ingredients are what we currently have in the fridge and have a list of those recipes ready for us on the door or emailed to us. Pictures on our refrigerator being streamed live from our loved ones as they are posted on various social media sites, keeping us in the loop with our families across the world… It’s not ‘If’, it’s most certainly ‘when’… We are currently living in the era of the ‘Internet of Everything’.
With this, though, comes the most important element: Security. How? How do we secure all of our information as we move forward? How do we secure billions of people while maintaining a ‘free moving internet?’ That’s why we’re here. We are here to discuss current security initiatives, evolving ideas, discussing the gaps in our current security… We are here to protect you.
As we move forward, it is absolutely essential to protect our ‘freedom’ to use the internet anytime, anywhere, and on any device. There are professionals working tirelessly in order to maintain that connectivity, and conversely, there are just as many trying to take our freedom away by disrupting our service and ‘stealing’ our personal information for their personal gain.
In our progression to ‘work our way’ in every way, we must stay vigilant and always on guard. I don’t know about you, but I do enjoy my flexibility and I also know I can sleep well at night knowing that there are people invested in my cybersecurity safety.
Until next time.
Tags: 21st Century Government, Cisco, cybersecurity, government, Internet of Everything, IoE, RSA Conference 2013, security
Most of us did not grow up sharing our private feelings with the world. Today we are faced with the challenge of needing to build our brand. This test can help you understand how socially connected you already are.
Be as web savvy as a librarian
When was the last time you visited a library?
Hint: Wikipedia counts.
Learn how future librarian, Elizabeth Lieutenant, is using Twitter to connect with like-minded students, professors and prospective employers.
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Tags: brand, higher education, internet, librarian, library, persona, social media, twitter
Once again, Cisco is honored to be on Fortune Magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” List. Fortune tells us that the Most Admired list is the “definitive report card on corporate reputations.” We are also included in the Top 10 “Most Admired Tech Companies” list.
Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers stated, “We are honored to be recognized by our peers as one of the most admired companies in the world. We know we would not be on this prestigious list without our customers, our innovative employees, our partners and our investors. So, on behalf on all of them, we thank Fortune for this honor and will strive to live up this honor each and every day.”
Congratulations to all Cisco employees who develop the best technology in the world and help solve our customers’ most pressing business needs. Congratulations also to our fellow Silicon Valley companies on this list: Apple, Google, Intel, E-Bay and Facebook. The full list is here.
And, as our CEO reminds us, those companies that are on top today can be gone or on the bottom if they miss a market transition. To further prove this point, Fortune also includes a list of companies that were on their FIRST list of companies ranked by reputation from 1983. Seven companies that were on that list, including Kodak, Wang and Rockwell are no longer around. So, if you are a Cisco employee reading this, my advice for you is this: pat yourself on the back, then GET BACK TO WORK*!! : )
The methodology and survey for this list, developed at Hay Group, is as follows:
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Tags: collaboration, Fortune, innovation, Most Admired, reputation
This week it seems the topic of teleworking has garnered more attention than who wore what at the Oscars.
You may have noticed that I’ve been missing from the Cisco blogosphere the past few months. Don’t worry it’s not because I’ve become any less passionate about telepresence and collaboration and what we’re doing here at Cisco. I’ve had a recent addition to my family. But with the recent conversation heating up on the topic of telework, I thought it was the perfect time to share my experience.
Putting on my “new mom” hat has me believing that the greatest benefit of telework is the flexibility it provides. As an employee of a company that encourages teleworking, I’ve never been more grateful for the opportunity to choose when I work in the office and when I don’t. And I know I’m not alone. People want the convenience of working from home and they want to avoid the time-suck of the daily commute. This does not mean they are less productive or innovative, in fact, I find the contrary to be true; which I expressed in a previous blog post.
Based on last year’s Telework Week, participants found that productivity was a top benefit – 71 percent of organizations reported increased productivity from working at home. The Stanford University Study, as referenced in the Boston Globe, also noted similar statistics with a 13 percent increase in work performance of those that volunteered to work from home.
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Tags: Cisco, collaboration, Economist Intelligence Unit, TelePresence, telework, telework week, video conferencing, vni, work life balance