David Weinberger, U.S. technologist and writer, is a formidable speaker. The co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto captivated an audience at the Cisco Public Services Summit with his thoughts on the how the Internet is changing the way we manage information and build trust with institutions.He also braved jetlag to spend a few minutes on camera talking to us about his views on IT in the public sector and how the Internet has changed the rules of engagement for politicians.
Yesterday, Bob McIntyre, CTO of Cisco’s Service Provider Group was on a C-Scape panel entitled, “Next-Generation Video: The Means, the Method; the Madness.” (Along with Dan Scheinman and Tony Bates.) In this short video, McIntyre gives us the highlights of some of the new business models that service providers are looking at, and some of the new ways that video services are being delivered to consumers.Question for McIntyre:1. During your session you spoke of the move from Triple Play and Quad Play to “any play” what does that mean?2. You spoke of new business models for Service Providers, is this more than just new ways of bundling different service offerings? How do you see the notion of the “bundle” evolving?3. From a solutions perspective, how does Cisco rate against the main competitors in the SP IGN space?He ends the video talking about our customers and the “technology transition” that we’re currently in: adding video anywhere to any device.
Ellen Daley of Forrester Research offers her thoughts on Cisco’s Industry Analyst Conference: C-Scape. She focuses on the transformation of business through collaboration, Web 2.0 and mobility. She offers what she thinks Cisco is doing well and what we could be doing better.
With a tip of the hat to Clint Eastwood, Jon Collins, Service Director at Freeform Dynamics, offers his assessment on the “the good, the bad and the ugly” at Cisco’s Industry Analyst Conference: C-Scape. He feels our focus on execution is good, but that our idea that the network can solve all IT ills to be a bit much. He also likes our focus on globalization and sees the coming year as an exciting one for Cisco.Jon also is a blogger and his site is Total Immersion.
Developed nations naturally place great store on the impact of IT but it is probably in emerging markets where technology can have the greatest effect. At this year’s Cisco Public Services Summit, Nomhle Canca, chief executive of the South African development body Blue IQ, talked about moves to introduce networked services into communities that cannot even afford PCs. We talked to her on camera talking about why IT is so important in Africa and what impact it could have on her country and the region in general.