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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

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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Connected Citizens. Connected City. What’s Next?

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 »

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

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”?

Sean Randolph and his team at the Bay Area Council Economic Institute (BACEI) set out to find the answers. Read More »

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Department of Defense Latest to Establish Telework Policy

With an ever increasing mobile workforce the adoption of telework initiatives has increased dramatically, as the benefits begin to outweigh the perceived hurdles.

Following on the heels of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, to help accelerate teleworking initiatives, the Department of Defense (DoD) recently announced a new teleworking policy for the civilian workforce.

This new policy requires DoD department heads to promote telework within their respective departments, exhaust all efforts to overcome barriers to program implementation, authorize telework for the maximum number of positions without compromising mission readiness, and integrate telework into continuity of operations activities.

A recent surveyconducted by Telework Exchange among federal IT employees found that 59 percent of respondents expect more regular teleworkers in the next two years; 65 percent of agencies polled scored an “A” or “B” in telework IT readiness.

As trends, such as Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD), continuing to take hold, young professionals entering the workforce have started to request teleworking benefits. I previously discussed the importance for organizations eager to recruit to embrace technologies, like telepresence, that support anywhere, anytime collaboration.

Telepresence is a huge part of ensuring teleworking is as efficient as possible; incorporating video is a great way to stay connected to colleagues and preserve relationships. You can find more tips on how to maintain a productive telework environment here.

One thing is for sure, telework isn’t going anywhere. It’s already illustrated the cost savings and employee productivity benefits to organizations already implementing a telework plan. As we move forward, we are going to see a number of other initiatives from federal agencies as well as organizations around the globe looking to take hold of these benefits.

Does your employer have some telework initiative in place? Please share your thoughts.

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