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Shaping the Next Cisco in India

Jeff White, president of India & SAARC and leader of India Board, Cisco

Jeff White, president of India & SAARC and leader of India Board, Cisco

Cisco marked a new milestone in India with the appointment of a new leader last week. Jeff White, previously vice president for the company’s Service Provider business in the APJC (Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China) region, has taken on the role of president for Cisco India & SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation), with responsibility for Cisco’s sales and operations in the area.

White will also take on the role of leader of a new India Board, which comprises senior executives from Cisco’s headquarters as well as India and will chart Cisco’s continued engagement with one of the largest emerging economies in the world.

Reporting to Jaime Valles, president of Cisco in APJC, White will partner with Faiyaz Shahpurwala, senior vice president, Industry Solutions and India Site leader, to drive innovation and talent in alignment with the national agenda to transform the economy through technology.

White will also be working closely with Wim Elfrink, executive vice president, Industry Solutions and Chief Globalisation Officer, who is also Cisco’s Executive Sponsor for India. Elfrink was one of the primary drivers for Cisco’s investment in the Globalisation Centre East in 2007 and was based out of Bangalore until 2011.

“Cisco is in a unique position to help the government, our customers and partners in India on their journey of transformation. With the combined resources of our many functions here, including sales, technical, engineering, services and many others, we can drive even greater local innovation with products, services, solutions and new service delivery models that are relevant for India. This is the vision for the next Cisco in India,” said White.

“I’m optimistic about the growth potential in India due to several trends, such as the massive urbanization, the young and vibrant population, a fast-growing middle-class and a government committed to investing in IT.”

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Cisco APJC Partner Led Network 2012 – Emphasis on “Partner”

Cisco’s commitment to its channel partners takes another step forward at the Cisco Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China (APJC) Partner Led Network 2012 event in Bangkok, Thailand, this week. With over 300 channel partners who focus on the mid-market and small business segments gathering from all around the region, Cisco has made each and everyone of them the focus of attention.

Andrew Sage, vice president for Cisco’s Worldwide Partner Led and Bastiaan Toeset, director of Partner Led for the APJC Partner Business Group, took some time off their preparations for the event to give you a preview of what’s to come.

Look out for more updates on this event on this blog and on twitter at the hash tag #ciscopln2012

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Impact X: Where People, Tech, and Social Impact Converge

Having just gotten home from an exhilerating few days at the Clinton Global Initiative, an annual event that draws hundreds of the world’s leading business, social and government leaders, I have the theme of “Designing for Impact” on the mind.  From examples of how to promote human rights in Uganda to talking about the fine arts as a means for economic development in Haiti, it was apparent that we can do more together to address the world’s challenges than we can apart. 

The idea of multiplying impact has led Cisco to join with The Huffington Post on a unique new partnership:  IMPACT X will be a new type of channel through which individuals and organizations can collectively share and amplify the positive impact that technology has on the world today… and how we can achieve more and accomplish more if we work in collaboration with one another.

IMPACT X  - where people, technology and social impact converge -- today features stories of remarkable achievement through technology and collaboration in helping improve opportunity for youth in Africa.  It also looks at how small-scale irrigation projects can overcome drought conditions and includes insights on how technology is transforming women’s lives in Honduras.  

A  weekly series called “5 X 5 X 5,” which stands for “5 Leaders, 5 Sectors, 5 Questions” will answer questions on how technology and innovation can be used to tackle social issues. The first features actress and activist Maria Bello talking about her new network for women, We Advance University, an online interactive education and information site that will allow local women’s groups from all over a country to connect and access services and tools that will empower them to move forward.

The ideas run the gamut; the possibilities are endless.

What will IMPACT X feature tomorrow?  What are your examples of multiplying impact?  We hope you’ll share them today!

Cisco collaborates with Insigma to accelerate the development of Smart+Connected Communities in China

Those of you who have visited Hangzhou will know that it is one of the most beautiful cities in China with the stunning West Lake as one the city’s key attractions. Hangzhou plays a key role in Cisco’s innovation and research and development strategy for China, with one of our main R&D campuses based in the city. Hangzhou is also home to Insigma, a global strategic IT services and solution provider that works with leading companies around the world. Insigma collaborates closely with Zhejiang University, one of China’s oldest and most prestigious universities, based in Hangzhou. The city was therefore the perfect setting today to announce a strategic collaboration with Insigma which will deepen Cisco’s expertise in Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC) in China.

Hangzou West Lake

As part of the collaboration, Cisco and Insigma have made a strategic investment in City Cloud International Co., Ltd., a company that will help scale the devopment of  S+CC in China using intelligent networks to deliver new, platform-based cloud services across the country. Cisco has a strong collaboration with Insigma on S+CC; the company announced its smart city strategy at the Cisco Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

China’s urban population will expand to the 1 billion mark by 2030 with 350 million added to the urban population by 2025. The country will have 221 cities with a population of more than a million. I’m Dutch, and to put that in perspective, the whole of Europe has only 35 such cities today. 5 billion square meters of road will be paved. 5 million buildings will be built of which 50,000 could be skyscrapers – the equivalent of constructing up to ten New York cities. This unprecedented pace of urbanization in China is accompanied by rapid growth in the adoption of technology: video-on-demand traffic; the Internet of Things and data passing through the cloud. Cisco estimates that by 2016, China will be the second highest IP-traffic generating country in the world.

At Cisco, we truly believe technology will play a key enablement role in the achievement of China’s ambitious goals, as outlined in the 12th Five Year Plan. Sustainable urbanization, access to healthcare for everyone at an affordable cost and educational scaling can only be achieved via technology and new business models such as cloud computing. The future of competition will be between cities. Enabling overall sustainability – economic, social and environmental – using technology, will be integral for cities to develop and prosper.

Madam Jiang Yi, CEO of Insigma Technology Company Ltd. and Owen Chan of Cisco conclude the proceedings

City Cloud International Co., Ltd. will help  build Smart+Connected Communities thought leadership, platform and solutions using intelligent networks to deliver public and private services in cities across China. There has been great collaboration between the leadership teams of Insigma, which is backed up by the Zhejiang University, and Cisco led by our Greater China Chairman and CEO, Owen Chan. We are very excited about the innovation we can create for the city of Hangzhou, the province of Zhejiang and the whole of China.

At Cisco, we believe that we are creating a new industry for this next generation of smart+connected communities that will depend upon five key areas: visionary leadership, global open standards, smart regulation, public private partnerships and a new ecosystem. Our collaboration with Insigma through City Cloud International Co., Ltd is a great example of these five key areas coming together.

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Brazil comes to Silicon Valley

On Monday July 17th, a Brazilian Government delegation lead by Paulo Bernardo, minister of communications, visited Cisco’s headquarters in Silicon Valley. John Chambers, our CEO, hosted the delegation, reinforcing our long term commitment to help Brazil become a global leader in the ICT sector and in Smart and Connected Communities.

Cisco's Chambers with Brazilian Minister of Communications Paulo Bernardo

The delegation included Brazilian Minister of Communications Paulo Bernardo, Secretary of Telecommunications Maximiliano Martinhão, Secretary of Innovation Nelson Fujimoto and Secretary of ICT policy Virgílio Almeida. The group also included representatives of Brazil´s telecommunication regulatory agency (Anatel), Brazil´s development bank (BNDES) and Brazil´s trade and investment promotion agency (APEX).

The delegation visited Cisco’s San Jose Executive Briefing Center, where they experienced demonstrations of main Cisco technology solutions and exchanged ideas with industry and technology experts about innovation strategies for Brazil. The key technology solutions showcased included those for urban development, large events, Connected energy, and physical safety and security..

Cisco CEO John Chambers welcomed the Brazilian authorities along with global executives from Cisco, including Wim Elfrink, chief globalisation officer and executive vice president for the Emerging Solutions Group, and Chuck Robbins, senior vice president of the Americas.

Brazil's delegation to Silicon Valley

Recently, Cisco has announced strategic investment initiatives in Brazil to foster innovation, transformation and socio-economic development, expanding Cisco’s presence in the country and highlighting the importance of investments in information and communications technology for the country’s growth and competitiveness. Cisco announced on April it will invest over R$ 1 billion during the next four years around four main pillars: the opening of a Cisco Center of Innovation in Rio de Janeiro; investment in Brazil-focused technology venture capital funds; the expansion of local manufacturing in the country; and intellectual property agreements and partnerships with Brazilian companies and entities to co-develop innovations to better serve the Brazilian market.