This is cool. We’re in the middle of our annual Financial Analyst conference and we’re going to talk to all of our global sales leaders live via TelePresence. John Chambers is in the room moderating. Rob Lloyd, SVP, US and Canada is in New York City; Chris Dedicoat, SVP, European Markets and Paul Mountford, SVP Emerging Markets will be in London; and Owen Chan, SVP, Asia Pacific is in Hong Kong. They are having a real-time, life-size, high-definition, collaborative meeting. Tune into the webcast to watch it or pull it up later on the archive.Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you I’m a pretty big cynic, but this demonstration and this technology is useful, it is cool and it is plain as the nose on your face how this can change global business communications…and (as Chambers mentioned earlier today) down the road, it could change personal communications as well. Very cool.
With an homage to the cinematography of The Blair Witch Project and the Jason Bourne movies, here is some video I just captured of an interaction between Cisco CEO John Chambers (in San Jose) and Cisco AsiaPac SVP Owen Chan (in Hong Kong.) Also seated at the TelePresence table are (from left): Rob Lloyd, SVP, US and Canada (in New York City); Paul Mountford, SVP, Emerging Markets and Chris Dedicoat, SVP, European Markets (both in London).Very cool life-size, high-definition collaboration and interaction. Apologies for the shaky camera work, but I wanted to give you a sense for the real-time conversation that is possible via TelePresence…whether you are in San Jose, London, New York or Hong Kong. Read More »
Wim Elfrink, Cisco EVP and Chief Globalization Officer, is based in Bangalore, India. His boss, Cisco CEO John Chambers, is based in California. With this distance, how do they work together effectively? No, this isn’t the idea for a sit-com. This is real life. Of course, TelePresence is the short answer to how they work together, but a lot more goes into it.He will be giving his perspective on globalization at 1:15PM PT today and you can watch him on the webcast or come back later and view the video archive. Watch this short video to see Wim answer the following three questions:- How do you prioritize and manage your work/life balance?- Change management is key to making globalization successful. Do you see your role as a change agent?- How will you capture talent in the global talent market? Read More »
I worked with Dennis Powell in 1999 on Cisco’s Y2K project way back when he was a VP and the controller of the company. He’s now an EVP and the CFO. He was smart, steady and deliberate in his approach to managing a global “follow the sun” Y2K operation and he is the same now that he is CFO.You can watch him live via webcast at 2:00PM PT…or come back later and watch the archive. In the meantime, you can watch this short video to see his answers to the following questions:1. What are you talking to analysts about today?2. A key theme of the FAC is collaboration, how does your Finance organization use Cisco’s collaborative and UC tools? 3. What is the one key message you’d like analysts to take away from FAC?* Read More »
Cisco today announced a wide-ranging Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) strategy and structure for its South African operations. Components of our BEE strategy include: -- Our support for the goal of economic transformation in South Africa; in particular, the meaningful participation of Black South Africans in the economic success of the country, including our operations. -- Our efforts to ensure that our long-term corporate and social make-up in South Africa are consistent with the broader demographics of South African society. -- Our mission to grow the Information Communications and Technology (ICT) sector in South Africa, via skills transfer and other important initiatives. Read More »