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Failed Impulse

I still don’t have an iPhone…but I do still have that early iPAQ 3635 with the expansion sleeve that was all the rage. I have a passion for communication, technology and productivity. I really enjoy learning new technology and figuring out how it can best be applied to a given problem. As for the intersection of technology, communication and individual productivity, I am fascinated by the opportunities available to us today as it is literally an embarrassment of riches. The result of this however is that our biggest problem in this part of the world is NOT the lack of information but its how best to sift through it, quickly determine relevance and still get something done. Most people don’t understand enough about their own personal processes to truly evaluate the potential effectiveness of a given set of options or technologies. It is easy to be oversold on a gadget or tool that looks to be yet again the answer to a problem that you (as an individual or a company) just know that you have. So you buy it… And you get fired up for a period of time and perhaps some progress is made..but at some point, its gets difficult to maintain because the process was not accurately identified and/or considered before, during or after the impulsive decision. This little manifesto is true of myself as it for the many organizational decisions I have either participated in or been witness to. I have shelves of gadgets and software packages that represent a dire need I had at some point in time but that somehow failed to get worked into my process. As for the organization equivalent, I can see how often the true cost of a new technology may fail to be considered because the easy part is cutting the purchase order…the harder part is taking full consideration for the culture, infrastructure and shared objectives that can make or break a key project. I have been purposefully void of actual examples here. But how about you? What would you cite as your favorite ‘failed impulse’ either personally or organizationally? What has really worked for you? (Any GTD fans.. 😉 ?

What is Single Number Reach?

How many phone numbers do you have? Why are people still trying to figure out whether to call your desk or your mobile phone or your home…etc. Should they not just call YOU? I asked my friend Mike Coffin to give me a run down of the technology…both from the ‘what do I have to do’ perspective as well as the ‘what is happening behind the scenes.’ Let me know what you think. I like the idea of chasing down user questions….let me know if there is something special you’d like to see? Robb

Today, Everything Changes

Gosh there has been a ton of hype and build up around this launch. Finally today, Cisco releases the Unified Computing System and all the rumor mongering can cease. However, this perhaps gets even more fun now as people get to poke and prod into actual details Cisco is providing. The biggest oversimplification has been the assumption that we are simply getting into the server market The hardest thing for many to digest however is that yes we are in the compute side, but, not in the way you traditionally understand it. I think it does help to have some background on the innovation we have been bringing to market in the last year. In fact, if you are trying to wrap your head around the problems we are aggressively moving to solve in this data center architecture, you should watch some of our previous TechWiseTV shows. imageTWTV 29 Featured the Nexus 7000 and Data Center EthernetTWTV 33 featured the Nexus 5000 and Unified FabricTWTV 38 featured the Nexus 1000v and VN-Link technology – We did not do a show on the Fabric Extender (Nexus 2000) – Craig Hultema does a good job of explaining it on YouTube as well as on the Data Center Blog.TWTV 43 will air on April 9…you can register now for the details behind this amazing launch of the Unified Computing SystemHindsight 20/20? Read More »

Beyond Gut Feel

Cabela’s considers themselves the ‘foremost outfitter for America’ and I know my Dad as a hunter and camping enthusiast would readily agree. Michael Copeland is VP of Operations for Cabela’s and he stopped by the booth to talk to us about how Scopix is showing real promise for them as a retailer looking for that next competitive edge. Scopix offers video analytics software that can measure customer service in a very intelligent yet transparent manner. It literally brings good hard metrics to what has historically been measure by ‘gut feel.’ Joe Sagrati, Cisco Account Manager did a great walk through the specifics of the solution. You can see that video on the next page… Read More »

How do you really feel?

Jimmy Ray has decided to open up a bit more on his blog over at Network World, he titles it “Network Management Sucks.” There is a fair bit of feedback coming back at him as he is sharing his change of heart. We are of course preparing a Network Management show (we need a good name for it…). Anyhow, Jimmy Ray is making some bold claims about why it is time to look a NMS again. Click on over and let him know how you feel. Robb