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Cisco Enhances Expert-Level Talent-Development Program

As part of its continuing emphasis on talent development, Cisco today announced extensions and revisions to its award-winning expert level certification program, including the availability of the new Cisco 360 Learning Program for CCIE ® Routing and Switching. In this entry, Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, general manager for Learning@Cisco, shares how Cisco is focusing its expert-education services on today’s more sophisticated and scalable technologies, new applications and mapping capabilities within relevant job roles that will enhance customer and partner success.1. Why is talent development so important to Cisco? 2. What is Cisco doing to accelerate the development of technical skills across the globe? 3. How critical is expert level talent in driving global workforce development? 4. What advice would you give to networking professionals interested in attaining the CCIE or CCDE certification?5. You mentioned the 360 Learning Program, could you tell us a little bit more about the upcoming launch of the Expert-Level Talent Development Program?For more information, please go to The Cisco Learning Network site here.

Innovation without Boundaries

Any company no matter how big it grows needs to be humble enough to constantly seek and nurture new ideas both from within and outside – to stay nimble, to remain competitive and to deliver continued value to its customers, partners and employees. Cisco is no exception. As we build upon our traditional areas of expertise, and embrace new ones -it is our constant endeavor to collaborate and learn, and make the vision of the Human Network Effect a reality. For the first time in our company history, or at least as far back as we can recall, we’re launching an exciting worldwide contest targeted towards application developers, called the Cisco”Think Inside The Box” Developer Contest. It is open to individuals or teams of up to three people, over the age of 18. Up to US$100,000 in total prize money will be awarded to three winning teams. It is a two phased contest that we expect to last at least through May 2009. For more details on the contest, please visit the official contest website. This flash provides a quick preview of the contest coming from the dynamic duo and Cisco TechWise TV hosts Robb Boyd and Jimmy Ray Purser.image Read More »

Innovation without Boundaries

Posted on behalf of Shashi Kiran, Senior Manager in the Network Systems group at CiscoAny company, no matter how big it grows, needs to be humble enough to constantly seek and nurture new ideas both from within and outside – to stay nimble, to remain competitive and to deliver continued value to its customers, partners and employees. Cisco is no exception. As we build upon our traditional areas of expertise, and embrace new ones - it is our constant endeavor to collaborate and learn, and make the vision of the Human Network Effect a reality. For the first time in our company history, or at least as far back as we can recall, we’re launching an exciting worldwide contest targeted towards application developers, called the Cisco”Think Inside The Box” Developer Contest. It is open to individuals or teams of up to three people, over the age of 18. Up to US$100,000 in total prize money will be awarded to three winning teams. It is a two phased contest that we expect to last at least through May 2009. For more details on the contest, please visit the official contest website. This flash provides a quick preview of the contest coming from the dynamic duo and Cisco TechWise TV hosts Robb Boyd and Jimmy Ray Purser. Read More »

Cisco I-Prize Winners: Family Affair from Germany and Russia

As you may have already seen on VentureBeat, we announced our I-Prize winner today. The I-Prize was a global competition to help identify a major new business opportunity for Cisco. The winning team, based in Germany and Russia, presented Cisco with a business plan that improves energy efficiency by taking advantage of Cisco’s leadership in Internet Protocol (IP) technology. (Cisco news on the winner here.)The winning I-Prize team was led by Anna Gossen, a computer science student at the Karlsruhe University in Germany. Along with her husband, Niels Gossen, a computer science student at the University of Applied Sciences in Germany, and her brother Sergey Bessonnitsyn, a systems engineer from Russia, the team is eligible to receive US$250,000 in cash to be shared among the team members. Congratulations to Ms. Gossen, Mr. Gossen and Mr. Bessonnitsyn, who won from a group of more than 2500 entrepreneurs and innovators in the contest from 104 countries.You can learn more about the winning project from this video of Ms. Gossen…looks like there are bugs (insects, not code) in Germany this time of year…

Video Is for Everybody

Video, video, video. We talk a lot about video at Cisco. Our CEO says video is the next killer application of the Internet. I meet with colleagues via TelePresence all the time (San Jose to East Coast, London, Vancouver, etc.) and can no longer say, “I haven’t seen you in awhile” because, in fact, I do see them all the time. Video is a great communications medium…and all Cisco employees are encouraged to use video in their jobs…either to reduce travel…to collaborate more effectively…or just experiment and see what may come. With that in mind, I give you this great video created by the administrative assistants in our corporate marketing organization (CMO). For an internal training meeting, they were challenged to put together a video that was fun and funny while still relating to their jobs…they did a great job and I think the Brady Bunch would approve.