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Believe the Hype

Is it a bird, a plane….a new car? This is the kind of speculation that is running rampant as the industry — especially some intrepid, aspiring reporters — struggles to find out what all the hype is about as Cisco prepares to introduce some revolutionary technology on 11.11. While it’s still too early to give out all the details, what we can say is that we are definitely not getting into the car business (same holds true for minivans, school buses and dump trucks). What we can say is that what we will be announcing next is a clear example of Cisco innovation at it’s best, and offers a fundamental improvement over what is currently available in the market. So, while we can’t give it all away yet, what we can promise is that this is certainly an example of where the reality is worthy of the hype. Tune in on 11.11 to get the full scoop.

Building the Next Generation Company

My last Blog was about 21st century education and a good follow-on topic, Building the Next Generation Company, is what Chambers spoke of at the recent Cisco Financial Analyst Conference 2008. http://investor.cisco.com/eventdetail.cfm?EventID=59199At this event, Chambers and his team of senior executives shared their thoughts and insights on key industry/technology topics including innovation, video, and collaboration. Also, if you have not met (live or virtually), Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology Officer, here’s a great opportunity to hear what’s on her mind.Enjoy! :-)

Cisco is Serious About Collaboration

If you want to hear what all of the buzz is about, make sure to check out our announcement, very cool!!:www.cisco.com/go/collaborationhttp://blogs.cisco.com/collaborationhttp://blogs.cisco.com/news/

Size DOES Matter

“œWhat took ya so long?”-…was the pretty much the feedback we got from many in the industry analyst community when we shared our news on Cisco’s efforts to evolve it’s Small Business Channel Partner Program. The program became effective this week and the big shift was incorporating Linksys Small-Business Channel Partner Program into Cisco’s Channel Program and bringing the Linksys Business Series products into the Cisco SMB portfolio. http://www.cisco.com/web/partners/pr11/linksys.htmlNow, one might not have immediately put Cisco and Small Business together in the same sentence, except perhaps when you thought of Linksys and Cisco. Times change.Actually there’s more beyond the Channel program evolution at work from across the company, it’s just one of many efforts underway at Cisco to demonstrate its commitment to the SMB market. For example, earlier this summer, Cisco established a Small Business Council to align the company’s small-business strategy and go-to-market across all functions globally. The council was created to ensure that our small business customers and channel partners have access to the most comprehensive and innovative range of technology solutions in the communications industry. The Small Business Council is led by three Cisco veterans: Sue Bostrom, chief marketing officer and executive vice president; Keith Goodwin, senior vice president of Worldwide Channels and Ian Pennell, senior vice president of the Small Business Technology Group.Curious to your reaction to the changes we’ve made and any”council” you have for our Small Business Council as well…

Cisco to Acquire Jabber!

Today Cisco announced the intent to acquire privately-held Jabber, Inc. This latest acquisition announcement further exemplifies Cisco’s build, buy, and partner innovation strategy to move quickly into new markets and capture key market transitions. Why Jabber, you ask?…Jabber’s technology leverages open standards to provide a highly scalable architecture that supports the aggregation of presence information across different devices, users and applications and federates across many different presence systems such as Microsoft Office Communications Server, IBM Sametime, AOL AIM, Google and Yahoo!. Hear more about Cisco’s intent to acquire Jabber on the Podcast website: http://www.cisco.com/go/arpodcasts What do you think about the addition of Jabber to the Cisco family?