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Two weeks ago, we had the pleasure of hosting a TelePresence roundtable for 46 Public Sector CxO-level executives from 20 locations throughout Europe, Middle-East and Africa (see map below). The event was moderated by Jens Mortensen (Director Central Government & Healthcare, Cisco EMEAR) and the main objectives were:

The CTO of a central ICT agency in Europe reported: “I valued the pragmatic approach (presentations from people in the public sector who actually have a service running) and the possibility to ‘network’ with very relevant people for the cloud project [my organization] is working on).”

The CEO of an ICT Provider for Government agencies reported: “I enjoyed the discussion very much. Clearly there are very many different approaches to implementation of domain cloud solutions for both public and private sector needs based on local supply structures and government culture.”

Three world-class leaders (see biographies) articulated their own –and very different – perspectives on Government Cloud Governance, which set the stage for an insightful interactive debate between all attendees. Here below, we provide a summary of some of the salient discussion points (based on the meeting minutes taken by Christopher Gow, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Cisco).

Policy Perspective on Government Cloud:

Insourcing Perspective on Government Cloud:

Outsourcing Perspective on Government Cloud:

Please contact me if you are interested in any of the following:

  • Download the presentation material and other collaterals.
  • Get more details on the content of the debate (full meeting minutes are available under confidence).
  • Participate to a future Public Sector IT Executive roundtable.
  • Understand how other countries are modernizing their ICT, and discuss recommendations from Cisco experts on how to implement a Government Cloud strategy.

Picture Gallery:

46 CxO-level Executives, 20 locations, 656 Mbps streaming video for 3 hours, 887 GB of data in transit… and with a minimized carbon footprint!


Lisbon, Portugal


Brussels, Belgium



Madrid, Spain


Barcelona, Spain


Rome, Italy


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  1. Great pictures to showcase the power of immersive telepresence! You should condier doing a blog that summarizes some of the key findings.


    • Great idea, David. Yes, TelePresence enabled a discussion that would’ve not been possible in a physical way (imagine a table with 46 people talking seamlessly!). We pushed the TelePresence to its boundaries, as we connected 48 HD screens together (many rooms having 3 screens). And we used Cisco Jabber throughout the session in order to gather the comments towards the speakers, which made the Q&A sessions very effective. I will follow your advise and write a post on the lessons learned from a collaboration perspective.

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