The last two days have seen more than 300 of the world’s top public sector IT decision makers gathered for Cisco’s 2007 Public Services Summit. The invite-only annual event, co-hosted by the City of Stockholm and now in its sixth year, is seen as a major networking opportunity because it brings together senior government, education and healthcare officials from around the globe in a forum which encourages open dialogue. In this video, Yvon Le Roux, Cisco vice president for the Public Sector in Europe, and Simon Willis, vice president of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group, provide an overview of the summit.
At Educause ’07 in Seattle, WA in late October, Adam Hochman of UC-Berkeley’s Education Technology Services, sat down with Jeffrey Young of The Chronicle of Higher Education to chat about the school’s recently launched YouTube channel for its courses. Cisco worked with Berkeley to enable its networks for video and podcast storage and distribution via YouTube as well as Apple iTunes U. Berkeley’s open content initiative, webcast.berkeley.edu, required a scalable network to meet the needs of its university population in the age of Web 2.0.View the video here…hosted on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s site.
Albert Einstein once said, “Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” I knew my desk is messy for a reason. Yesterday, Web Worker Daily (a GigaOM property) wrote on the good psychological effects of having a messy desk. Anne Zelenka writes that “a slavish devotion to perfection can be psychologically unhealthy” quoting a New York Times article this week. Zelenka writes: “Spend too much time worrying about getting your desk perfectly clean and your work perfectly excellent and you might put yourself at risk for psychological problems.”Now, don’t get me wrong I’m all about doing a good job, I just don’t think that having a clean desk necessarily facilitates that. And, to those who have immaculate desks, that’s fine and dandy with me too. My colleagues are constantly giving me grief about my messy desk and maybe it is my not so subconscious way to “mess” with them by refusing to clean it up. I’m not looking for attention, but I also don’t know what the big deal is about having paper and napkins and water bottles and business cards and other shrapnel strewn amongst my workspace. I often say I only need enough desk space for my computer to fit on…and it’s true. And, I’ve never said to someone, “What’s up with your clean, neat, well-organized desk?”Here’s what my desk looks like as I post this blog.Clearly, I’m psychologically balanced.More support for messy desks at CNN.com.
As our Chairman and CEO John Chambers likes to say, “The only constant is change.” Change IS part of our culture. Our strategy has always been to continually examine our business and market opportunities and to align with key market transitions. Today, we announce a new organizational model in our engineering organization. The new model’s focus is to drive development of the next phase of communications technologies. The changes within the Cisco Development Organization (CDO) are designed to enhance our effectiveness and efficiency in continuing to deliver great products and solutions to the marketplace. In a press release, Chambers stated,”Cisco is entering the next phase of Internet growth and productivity centered on the demands of tremendous video growth, the revolution in the data center, and collaboration and networked Web 2.0 technologies, where the network becomes a platform for all communications and IT. The evolution of our development organization reflects our continued commitment to customer success and to successfully execute new market opportunities.”I’ve been at Cisco long enough to know that a countless amount of thought and planning went into these organizational decisions. For more flavor on the new organizational model, please view a full Q&A with EVP and Chief Development Officer Charlie Giancarlo.
At Educause ’07, which took place in Seattle, WA in late October, the tradeshow focused on IT solutions for higher education, Cisco led the conversation about the technology trends in security and Web 2.0 permeating through university and college communities. Cisco Global Education Lead, Charles Fadel, in this”three questions” interview highlights some of these trends and how the network is taking center stage in meeting the needs of the wider university population.Charles answers the following questions: 1.What are the major tech trends Cisco is seeing in higher ed?2.What roles does the network play in enabling these trends? 3.Who is driving these trends?