The daughter of a colleague graduated from high school yesterday. Big day. First day of the rest of your life, etc. It made me think of my high school graduation and how drastically EVERYTHING has changed since I walked across the stage of North Stanly High School in New London, NC….I can’t remember the year. Let’s just say that it was sometime last millennium. Here are some differences off the top of my head:Now: Internet access everywhere…to the tune of 1.4 BILLION people worldwide according to an IDC report released today.Then: An inter-net was the lining of men’s swim trunks. Now: Green is everywhere.Then: Green meant lettuce or beans…or Kermit. Now: Cisco has nearly $40B in annual revenue.Then: Cisco just started existence. Now: Facebook.Then: A pen pal. Now: Apple MacBook Pro.Then: Commodore 64. Now: Grand Theft Auto.Then: Pong. Read More »
Michael Baker Corporation’s Jeremy Gill, Verizon’s Chip Freund and Caterpillar’s Steve Bergstrom spent a few mintues with me this morning to talk about what they’ve learned at Cisco Live! 2008 and what collaboration means to them. Jeremy Gill, Vice President, Information Technology, Michael Baker CorporationChip Freund, Director, Managed Services Product Marketing, VerizonSteve Bergstrom, Enterprise Voice and UC Architect, Caterpillar
Doug Dennerline, SVP and GM, Collaboration Software Group, on pervasive trends in the enterprise, and how these impact IT:George Kurian, VP and GM, Data Center Technology, talks about trends in virtualization and what Cisco’s vision is for this technology.
Today is the first day of the formalized program here at Cisco Live! in Orlando. Carlos Dominguez, SVP, Office of the Chairman and CEO, takes a few minutes to break down the day’s events. He also explains our use of collaborative Web 2.0 technologies, such as Twitter and Second Life.
John Chambers just announced during his keynote that Cisco will reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions from operations and business airline travel by at least 25 percent by 2012. He said Cisco will achieve this by relying heavily on IT and the power of the network.Other key takeaways from the announcement:- Cisco’s plan is to use a combination of deploying information technology, reducing energy consumption in its facilities with the help of an IP-enabled building management system and analytics tool, improving the energy efficiency of its products, and purchasing a limited amount of renewable energy.- Cisco is confident it will achieve this goal and provide an example for its customers of how they can use technology to manage their own environmental concerns.More details can be found in the press release here.In the video below, Laura Ipsen, Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Government Affairs, explains how Cisco will accomplish this reduction.