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C-Scape Wrap-Up

December 13, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

Our industry analyst conference, C-Scape, wrapped up yesterday and the vast majority of the comments I heard about the conference were very positive. As a company, we are always listening to customers, analysts, media, shareholders, employees, etc. and the feedback we get from conference attendees will surely be used to make next year’s conference better and more useful for attendees. Ellen Daley of Forrester and Jon Collins of Freeform Dynamics offer their feedback via video on our blog.Dan Scheinman (Cisco Media Solutions Group) gives his overview of social networking and where Cisco is going in this space and Bob McIntyre (SP CTO) highlights of some of the new business models that service providers are looking at. I was also able to capture some video from John Chambers’ Telepresence session with the CIO of P&G; Group Controller Future Media at BBC; and the Director, MIT Center for Digital Business.You can also view the webcast archive of the “big tent” sessions here…including John Chambers keynote as well as from Rob Lloyd, Charlie Giancarlo, Rebecca Jacoby, Don Proctor, Tony Bates and more.Download photos and get more info at our News@Cisco site.Congratulations to the entire C-Scape team (lead by Skip McAskill) for a very successful event. Now, we have five minutes to exhale…

VIDEO: Ellen Daley of Forrester at C-Scape

December 12, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

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.

VIDEO: Jon Collins of Freeform Dynamics at C-Scape

December 12, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

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.

VIDEO: Nomhle Canca”€Transforming South Africa With IT

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.

VIDEO: Preston Jay Waite Talks of IT in the U.S. Census

A national population census might not sound like riveting stuff-until you talk to Preston Jay Waite. The deputy director of the U.S. Census Bureau, he was part of the team that counted America in 2000 and will be overseeing the count again in 2010. As he reels off some of the facts around the project, you start to realize that this is a really serious undertaking. It is the nation’s largest peacetime mobilization, with more than 500,000 temporary workers and a budget in excess of USD$11 billion. The aim of the exercise is to count everyone once, and in the right place. That is a task in itself, and as he points out, not everyone wants to be counted, which makes it all a lot more difficult. This time, though, the Census is counting on technology to make a big difference, cutting costs and improving efficiency across the board. As a plenary speaker at this year’s Cisco Public Services Summit, he shared his thoughts and plans with us in this video.