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‘Round the World in 90 Minutes with Cisco

September 5, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

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.

Cisco Video of “Round the World” session via TelePresence

September 5, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

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 Video Blog: Globalization, Change and Talent

September 5, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

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 »

WEBCAST of Cisco Financial Analyst Conference

September 4, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

Transparency is key. Tomorrow, we will host our annual Financial Analyst Conference and interested parties can view a webcast of the event, including a corresponding slide presentation, and obtain additional event information via Cisco’s website.The Cisco Financial Analyst Conference webcast begins at 8:00 a.m. (PT) with John Chambers, Cisco Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, delivering a keynote presentation, followed by executive presentations providing an overview of Cisco’s business and technology strategies. Webcast replays and a podcast of the session will be available by the end of the event at our News@Cisco website. And, BONUS, watch this space tomorrow for Video Blogs from CEO John Chambers, CFO Dennis Powell and CDO Charlie Giancarlo. If I’m not mistaken (and I’m not in this case) this will be the first external blog for each of these Cisco leaders.

Cisco and South Africa: Working Together

September 4, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

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.Cisco South Africa 2007.jpg Read More »