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Never Too Old to Learn

Really great story out of Indiana about Edgar Spikes, a retiree, who has gone back to school at Purdue University Calumet to learn about computers. “A highlight for Spikes was using Packet Tracer, a simulation tool that enables (Cisco) Networking Academy students to perform a variety of tasks as if they were working with a real network.”At age 88, Spikes says he definitely doesn’t want to go back to work, but “there’s so much out there in this world to learn, and I enjoy learning.”

Cisco Celebrates Intel’s New Server Processor

On Monday, we celebrated with Intel their latest innovation in server processor, by participating in their Xeon Processor 5500 series launch event on their campus in Santa Clara. Glenn Keels, director of marketing for Cisco and David Lawler, vice president of Marketing for Server Access Virtualization Business Group for Cisco comment on the new innovation from Intel and show Unified Computing System as part of the Intel OEM Showcase.

Vote Cisco CEO John Chambers for Time 100

Last year, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers partner uber-venture capitalist John Doerr wrote a nice essay on Cisco CEO’s John Chambers passion and focus on collaboration and education for the Time 100 list. This was the first year that Chambers made the list.This year, he is listed as a “finalist” and, as of this writing, is currently ranked in 6th position behind such luminaries as Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert and Korean pop superstar Rain.We would love your vote for John Chambers for this year’s list. Sure, I may be drinking the kool-aid, but the network has only gotten more important from year to year, not less. Anytime, anywhere access to the web from any device was the vision that Chambers espoused early in his tenure as CEO of Cisco – which started in 1995. He clearly is one of the nation’s most respected leaders, not only in technology, but business in general. If you are so inclined, you can vote for him (or others) here.

The Global Information Technology Report 2008-2009

Today, the World Economic Forum has launched The Global Information Technology Report 2008-2009. The report, sponsored by Cisco and produced jointly by the World Economic Forum and INSEAD, provides an excellent opportunity to take stock of where countries stand in this race to harness the potential of Information Communications Technology (ICT) in general and broadband in particular, which forms the foundation of a nations knowledge economy.One element of the report that generates a lot of interest, is the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) league table, which examines how prepared countries are to use ICT effectively. This year, Denmark and Sweden once again lead the rankings and are followed by the United States which is up one position to number 3. Singapore (4), Switzerland (5) and the other Nordic countries together with the Netherlands and Canada complete the top 10. Read More »

Cisco CEO “On Leadership” with Washington Post

Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers talks with Pulitzer Prize winning business columnist Steve Pearlstein as part of the Washington Post’s “On Leadership” video series.Chambers talks about managing during the downturn, how collaboration is the next phase of management style, change, and identifying market transitions.