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Holy Big Brother Batman! It’s… “THE GOVERNMENT”!! (Maniacal laugh)

Many advances have taken place since the turn of the century.  In our lifetime, we have seen a surge of technological advances that have launched our society into a communicative and interactive wonderland.  With our creativity and engineering, we have managed to connect societies seemingly “worlds” apart and made them available in real-time.  Well, at least in the civilian world… What about “The Government” (Ominous music playing)… Where are “we” in this some-what ubiquitous world?  The thoughts of George Orwell’s 1984 come to mind. 

Well, what is Government, then?  And what do we mean when we say “21st Century Government?” (This link means that you need to go ‘like’ our Facebook page.)  Is Government really that obscure?  Maybe it IS the Aliens! 

Government on a whole is thought by many to be this abstract intangible aspect that just magically works; weaving in and out of our lives, probably in our sleep.  Something that’s almost whispered in back alley ways and passed around in underground dive bars.  During the day, it’s lucid, combed, clean cut, and dresses well with a nice aroma.  But at night, it seems as if a delirious dream that’s combined with science fiction and paranoia.  “Government” enters our mind and through subliminal rhetoric, speaks of control and power… frightening isn’t it…

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The Future of Nice: Networked, Hyper-Connected, and Extremely Smart

What will the ideal city of the future look like?

Urban policymakers around the world are striving to answer this question, while positioning their citizens to compete and thrive in a time of accelerated innovation and change. Many are seeking the best possible convergence of technology and infrastructure within the urban environment. But the overall goal is to enhance the success, livability, and overall appeal of their cities. Read More »

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How the National Cancer Institute Helped a Researcher Keep His Mentoring Program Alive

July 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm PST

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.

We were lucky to have Todd present at this year’s Cisco Federal Collaboration User Forum and to hear first hand how NCI leveraged Cisco’s video technology in a creative way to continue its cancer research. Check out the video below for an excerpt from his presentation. His full presentation can be found here: http://www.slideshare.net/CiscoPublicSector/nanotechnology-10.

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What can the Public Sector Learn from the Best Corporate Innovation Strategies? – Part 2

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 »

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National Cancer Institute Discusses How Collaboration Technologies are Helping Find the Cure for Cancer

July 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm PST

At the recent Federal Collaboration User Forum we had an amazing lineup of 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.

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