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It’s Friday! What’s everyone’s plans for the weekend? Here are some of our top news stories of the week that include an interview with one of Cisco’s first employees, a feature on how email’s days are numbered and a webcast on how customers are investing in the network as an innovation engine.

1.) Network Trailblazers: A Conversation with Kirk Lougheed

Check out Network Trailblazers, a new series that highlights the creators and visionaries of the Internet network. Our first trailblazer is Kirk Lougheed, the company’s first engineer and also a Cisco Fellow. Learn more as Kirk discusses how IOS developed and the future of the network.

2.) Why Email’s Days Are Numbered

Facebooking at work may be a no-no, but more and more companies are encouraging their employees to chat, post and comment via enterprise social software, or ESS. These collaboration platforms – including Cisco Quad, Yammer, Jive, Traction Software, Socialtext, SocialCast, Salesforce.com Chatter, WizeHive and dozens of others – allow employees to discuss ideas, share documents, post news and ask questions with one another via posts, chats, microblogs and forums.

3.) The Next-Generation Network as an Innovative Engine

As much as the Internet and corporate networks have evolved over the years, we’ve just scratched the surface of their potential. As the Internet continues to evolve, business leaders must ask themselves if their own networks are holding them back or moving them forward. On Wednesday, June 15 Cisco hosted executive roundtable to explore how customers are investing in the network as an innovation engine and highlight how the network is an increasingly strategic asset for organizations of all types. Watch a replay of the roundtable here!

We have a busy week coming up! Check out some of the news stories going out next week!

As always have a great weekend and talk to you next Friday!

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