The NRF (National Retail Federation Show) in New York last week had a ton of innovation. It was a much more technology laden conference than I would have expected despite the fact that it is one of the best ‘business oriented’ conferences around. The show floor was huge and packed. Packed with vendors of course…but a few less customers this year given the challenging economy. The overwhelming focus within every discussion was around the need to focus on investments that would not only bring measurable results but also bring them in the short term. I will be trickling out video that we captured at the event as things get edited. Scopix Solutions was in our Cisco ‘Connected Retail’ booth and had a small crowd consistently hovering as they were doing something that I did not know was even possible. Read More »
New Cisco technology called ‘EnergyWise’ is being announced today and we are very fortunate to be featuring it in our next episode ‘Network Energy Efficiency: The New Frontier’ on February 19. I used to think that ‘going green’ was perhaps not in line with basic business functions and the desire to make money. So given the state the economy is in, my first thought would have been that we are going to see rapid deceleration of green initiatives. Au contraire -- we are seeing much more evidience to the contrary: economic trouble is actually ‘driving’ green initiatives. We have covered the subject of green before our TechWiseTV episode 36: ‘Energy Efficiency in the Data Center’ . Cisco makes announcements today however that we are excited to be a part of. Read More »
My first appearance and work on BizWiseTV now showing up -- we just released “Collaboration, bridging the productivity gap” where we addressed collaborative innovation in three different vertical areas -- retail, healthcare and manufacturing. We had some great guests on that show, Big Thank You out to Curtis Foster from our Retail team, his guest from Reflexis, Rich Lewis, Dan Knight from our Manufacturing team and Frances Dare, a fellow Texan and extremely sharp healthcare expert from our IBSG -- Internet Business Solutions Group. Let me know what you think of the show.And in podcast news, two new shows out today -- Jimmy Ray and I talked about ‘Traffic Flow Engineering” for our podcast released today, audio only. On the BizWise podcast side, we released a pretty good interview I did with Dan Knight, Senior VP of Product Development for Webex. He some very interesting insight into the true, but often confusing nature of enabling collaboration. Its not about personal productivity he said, its about business process improvement. He was putting this in the framework of their new Webex Connect product but I think you will find great alignment with your opportunities even if you have not tried it out yet.
With budgets under pressure and every program getting scrutinized, the ‘training budget’ always seems to be the first to go. But how could it be done more cost effectively? Is it possible that the proper adoption of technology could actually yield better results at a lower cost such that suddenly your old methods are not just expensive but also not near as effective. Its largely about business agility. Faith Legendre, former VP of Training for 1-800 Flowers (profiled as a ‘Top Young Trainer’ for 2008 by Training Magazine) and David Goad, Webex marketing veteran (and often my collaboration muse…) joined me on a workshop we did yesterday called ‘Learning 2.0.’ Faith shared her strategies and tactics as she transitioned a widespread call center operation into more nimble practices. David knows Webex and as I have learned after working with him and others at Webex, their use of their own collaboration tools is second nature. They live within the capabilities and as such are sharing information and interacting more effectively day in and day out. Webex, and Faith, ably demonstrate the cultural change that is sometimes overlooked when it comes to getting real value out the tools we discuss in this workshop. So. Sorry if you could not join us…. but you can listen to the replay AND see the synced slides as well. Check it out.Robb
Corporate blogging sounds kinda like light beer to me. It is a safe way to look hip and cool without the risks. I blog on a few other non Cisco sites and I have rejected attempts to blog on a Corporate site because it just seems so phony. What would you (the reader) expect me a Cisco Corporate Employee to say on a Cisco sponsored blog site? Do you like lemon or grape kool aide? Credibility means a lot to me. Long after I am Jimmy Ray Purser Cisco Employee 230770, I will continue to be Jimmy Ray Purser, Engineer. I have always felt that a Corp blog would restrict me too much, so I have avoided them like a REAL Star Trek fan avoids Deep Space Nine. My answer has always been thanks but no thanks.But on this historic day in American history; “Change is Coming” We hired a cool media chick, Melissa whom y’all may never meet or know, but she is really something else (in a good way!). She is the real definition of a “Unsung Hero” in the Cisco social media frontier. I expressed my concerns about Corp blogging and I thought she would just go away and that would be that. Not Melissa. She’s a fellow Southerner, BBQ’er, Sweet Tea drinker and big time go getter when she believes in something, so needless to say, she did not go away or try to bribe me with chicken wings and beer. (which by the way, would have worked! I sell out for chicken wings and beer…) Nope, she came up with a blogging plan that allows me to have at it like I do on other sites. I had a major league, hmmmmm…. moment, but I trust her, so here I am typing my very first Corp blog. My stomach hurts…I plan on blogging around once a week here. You can expect me to focus on the testing I do here in my lab (The CodeCave ™ ) with various pieces of Cisco gear in a politically and grammatically incorrect fashion. I hope you enjoy it and most importantly comment and participate in this blog. I really want to call out that some of the best experiences I have had in my life, is when I had doubt, but trusted someones vision and took a leap of Faith…Catch me Melissa! Here I come!Jimmy Ray Purser