The discussion and interest on Twitter about a recent hiring issue between Cisco and a candidate is a fascinating case study. For privacy reasons, we cannot comment on individual personnel matters or hiring decisions, but I would like to address, in general, our thoughts on social media, such as Twitter, and offer a different way to look at these great new collaborative tools. I personally think these tools are an amazing new form of expression and collaboration and as a company, we recognize the opportunity they offer and we encourage their use. It’s normal for people (and companies) to make some mistakes when they use something new and we should all learn from those mistakes. And, that’s my point: we all can learn from these tools together. They are new and very popular and not all people will know how they work or what impact they have or even who the audience may be – but we are all in this together. Read More »
In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people. — F.D.R., Second Inaugural Address, January 20, 1937
In my first blog on this subject, I outlined the financial and emotional costs of poor meeting and collaboration practices among knowledge workers worldwide. Indeed, improving just a reasonable fraction of certain work patterns would provide as strong a stimulus plan to business as many of the planks in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 www.recovery.gov.With a tip of the virtual hat to the new Administration, following is my 6-point plan for reinvigorating the knowledge worker segment: Read More »
St. Patrick’s Day witnessed Cisco’s soccer team in action in its debut match against Google at Ortega Park in Sunnyvale as part of the SBASL 2009 Corporate League. Playing fortuitously in all green uniforms, the Cisco side was hoping for some of the ‘luck of the Irish’ to propel them to victory. In a fitting tribute to the strength of both companies, the game resulted in a tie, 4-4.Google and Cisco both had some good players, although it seemed that youth was on the Google side. Cisco started shakily, ceding a goal within 30 seconds of the kick off and another 2 minutes later. The initial shock and Google-awe gave way to some reasonable passing and tenacious battling against a mixed side.In a game of two halves, both sides fielded large squads and substituted players frequently. At times this excessive subbing at almost every stoppage caused confusion, and both teams’ organization on the field was troubled and intermittent. The Cisco defense seemed strong and disciplined, and were able to keep Google at bay much of the game, but in the end were outpaced by a couple of Google athletes who were the highlights of the Google team. The game was cleanly fought, with slide tackles outlawed and the sportsmanship was clear and civilized in a mostly clean game. Read More »
Today, we announced the acquisition of Pure Digital, maker of the Flip Video camera. We’re all very excited about video at Cisco and with Pure Digital and “the flip” joining the Cisco team, we’re putting our money where our mouth is. We’ve used Flip video cameras for awhile within the PR group to make videos for our YouTube site (CSCOPR is the handle) and I am excited to have them on the Cisco team.“The acquisition of Pure Digital is key to Cisco’s strategy to expand our momentum in the media-enabled home and to capture the consumer market transition to visual networking,” said Ned Hooper, Senior Vice President of Cisco’s Corporate Development & Consumer Group. “Pure Digital has revolutionized the way people capture and share video with Flip Video. This acquisition will take Cisco’s consumer business to the next level as the company develops new video capabilities and drives the next generation of entertainment and communication experiences.”For more information on our acquisition of Pure Digital, see our press release. My colleague, Johanna Fry, on our Consumer Blog has a lot more to say about Pure Digital, Flip and where it fits within Cisco…there are also (shocker!!) videos on this acquisition there. Welcome, Pure Digital!!! Glad to have you as a part of the Cisco family.
With our announcement of our Unified Computing System on Monday, I wanted to provide a little bit of the historical context of how Cisco got into the data center technology space:A lot of people say it started with the Nexus line, others say our entrance into storage with the MDS SAN Director. I think it started a little bit before those, back in 1996….In 1996 Cisco introduced the Channel Interface Processor for the Cisco 7500 series of routers. The CIP as it was affectionately known used Bus and Tag, Parallel, or ESCON interfaces to connect to an IBM mainframe, and turn the terminal traffic traditionally run on SNA networks to a format that would run on IP networks. This allowed the consolidation of many parallel networks for ATM machines, credit card verification, airline terminals, etc. What a lot of people do not realize is that consolidation is one of the foundational elements that enabled the airport kiosk check-in, video enabled ATM machines with decent user interfaces, and other kiosk/embedded systems that front-ended mainframe back ends. Read More »