As budget cuts take their toll on healthcare research funds, some organizations have developed resourceful strategies to keep critical projects alive. When a research professor from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) no longer had the funds to travel the country and mentor young researchers, NCI’s lead computer specialist Todd Cox made sure the researcher could maintain his existing mentee relationships without getting on a plane. Cisco collaboration technologies enabled the professor to have face-to-face video meetings with his students during which he discussed the microorganisms they were observing on his microscope.
In my previous post, I described the “culture of innovation,” for which Bay Area companies have become renowned. And we looked, briefly, at what it could mean for the public sector.
It may come as something of a surprise that Bay Area companies are no more likely to follow a Technology Drivers innovation model than companies located elsewhere. Like many top innovators, companies in the Bay Area have not only found success in creating ground-breaking technologies, but they are almost twice as likely as other companies to have developed the capabilities needed to provide a superior understanding of the stated and unstated needs of their end customers. It isn’t just about how many transistors you can fit on a chip. It’s about how such advances can lead to products and services that gain traction in the marketplace through superior insight into, and understanding of, customers’ needs. Read More »
At the recent Federal Collaboration User Forum we had an amazing lineupof presentations from both Cisco experts and customers. One of the highlights of the event was the presentation by Todd Cox, lead computer specialist, at the Center for Bioinformatics and Information Technology, National Cancer Institute.
Todd captivated the audience with his presentation, “Finding the Cure through Video.” To support their mission of finding cures for devastating diseases, researchers must be able to share extremely large data sets with remote researchers at other institutions and across the globe. This requires high capacity, high reliability, secure network and the ability to share and collaborate on findings in real-time. After all, time is of the essence in discoverability and bringing to light new research.
OK, so I don’t know anyone who would ever say they enjoyed getting a traffic ticket, but technology is proving to at least make dealing with them a little more tolerable. The city of San Antonio recently announced that it will begin implementing interactive video kiosks leveraging Cisco Connected Justice solutions. Somewhat similar to those movie kiosks you may see in your local grocery store, they will allow citizens to actually appear before a judge -- right from the grocery store.
Devised by Municipal Court Presiding Judge John Bull and court manager Jason Tabor, the kiosk, which is currently being tested with a local municipal court, allows up to 20 people to be linked via telepresence to the court. Read More »
Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area are famous for their long history of leadership in computing, semiconductors, software, biotechnology, internetworking, and innovation-based industries. But what makes it unique, beyond the laboratories, talent base, and access to capital? And what exactly is this oft-cited “culture of innovation”?