Listed are a few reasons why today is an Extra Super Tuesday.1. It is Super Tuesday primary day in the U.S. Presidential elections. It is the biggest primary is U.S. history (I have read.) 23 states are voting today to select the respective party nominees for President. I voted by mail-in ballot already, but if you are in a primary state and you haven’t voted, please do so…”early and often” as they say. If you don’t know where your polling place is, go to your favorite search engine (Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask.com, etc.) and search “polling places (your state here)” and you’ll have a pretty easy chance of finding it.2. Today is a ticker tape parade for the Super Bowl Champions New York Giants. Not expected to win, they pulled off one of the greatest upsets in Super Bowl history by defeating the previously undefeated New England Patriots. Personally, I was pulling for the Giants, but, truth be told, I was more pulling against the Patriots quarterback (he really shouldn’t be posing for Stetson cologne ads, in my mind) and his irascible, hoodie-wearing coach…I’m just not a fan…much to the chagrin of some good friends who are die-hard Pats fans. Great season for both teams and unbelievable two years for the Manning family.3. For me, what makes is an extra super tuesday, is that it is my little guy’s first birthday today. A year ago, Jack was born at 10:36AM, weighing in at 10 pounds, 4 ounces and 21.5 inches long. It has been a great (and tiring) year. He’s a happy, healthy guy and we’re going to keep him.4. And, last and certainly not least, tomorrow we report our Q208 earnings. For more information on how to listen in to our call, please visit our Investor Relations site.
Mark Boslet of the San Jose Mercury News wrote an interesting story on our use of collaborative technology and collaborative management in Sunday’s paper. The story is entitled “Reinventing Cisco,” with the sub-head reading “Networking Giant Took on Two Major Projects in ’07, Vows to Tackle 20 in ’08 As It Pursues New Markets.” (San Jose Mercury News graphic) Boslet writes, Cisco “is remaking the way it does business. With the goal of boosting productivity and profit while managing its rapid expansion, Cisco is turning itself into a showcase for Web 2.0 technologies such as social networking, blogging and online collaboration. The driving force behind the initiative is Chief Executive John Chambers’ belief that the second phase of the Internet revolution is under way and it could be more far-reaching than the first.” Read it, in full, here.
The Platform caught up with Chris Dedicoat, SVP for European Operations at Cisco to understand whether Web 2.0 technologies will form an enabling platform to help business and government move towards the greater collaboration advocated at the World Economic Forum in Davos. We also asked Chris to give an overview of how Cisco is addressing the challenge of continuing to innovate as an organisation, within the context of this major theme at Davos. Finally Chris was asked to give his take on the key themes and goals that he saw coming out of WEF 2008.Post by Marc Musgrove, Global PR Manager
Wim Elfrink, chief globalisation officer, Cisco, spoke with us today to give his perspective on his recent trip with John Chambers to the Middle East just ahead of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. We asked him to give us an overview of the key collaborations that Cisco advanced with leaders in the region and provide more perspective on Cisco’s focus on real estate solutions and the digital cities projects. Wim was also asked for his perspective on the relevance of globalisation as a focus for the conference given the growing number of leaders from emerging economies participating in the congress.Post by Marc Musgrove, Global PR Manager
On day 2 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, The Platform spoke with Paul Mountford, SVP for Emerging Markets for Cisco outside the Congress Centre.We asked Paul to provide his take on why he sees value in participating in this year’s conference, the big conversations happening at Davos, and to outline how he sees the Davos theme of the power of collaborative innovation being implemented in real life as a part of Cisco’s strategy for supporting country transformation in Emerging Markets. He also addressed how the emerging markets team will scale to address the growing opportunity coming out of emerging markets.Post by Marc Musgrove, Global PR Manager