John Chambers just announced during his keynote that Cisco will reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions from operations and business airline travel by at least 25 percent by 2012. He said Cisco will achieve this by relying heavily on IT and the power of the network.Other key takeaways from the announcement:- Cisco’s plan is to use a combination of deploying information technology, reducing energy consumption in its facilities with the help of an IP-enabled building management system and analytics tool, improving the energy efficiency of its products, and purchasing a limited amount of renewable energy.- Cisco is confident it will achieve this goal and provide an example for its customers of how they can use technology to manage their own environmental concerns.More details can be found in the press release here.In the video below, Laura Ipsen, Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Government Affairs, explains how Cisco will accomplish this reduction.
I spoke with several industry analysts today to share their thoughts on this year’s show. I asked each analyst to give his or her perspectives of Cisco Live! thus far, and what they hope to hear/see during the rest of the event. I also asked each how he or she defined collaboration, and how this concept will evolve in the coming years.Zeus Kerravala, Yankee GroupBrad Shimmin, Current AnalysisJohna Till Johnson, NemertesRob Whiteley, Forrester Research Rich Costello, Gartner
Greetings from Orlando! In this video, Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology Officer of Cisco, welcomes all attendees to Cisco Live! 2008.This will be a busy next couple of days — stay tuned here for live coverage of the event. Also, we’ll be using Twitter to update all inside and outside the conference of our activities. Follow us on Twitter here.Official Cisco Live! 2008 site
Chris O’Brien of the San Jose Mercury News wrote a column this weekend about an effort to get a presidential debate in Silicon Valley. Our own CEO John Chambers supplied a quote to Chris on this topic saying: “Silicon Valley represents the heart of innovation and economic opportunity and is the logical place to host a presidential town hall meeting. Here in the valley, we are building new collaborative technologies such as TelePresence which would give the candidates a unique ability to engage citizens from across the country on key policies, innovation, job growth and our competitiveness as a nation.”According to the column, there is a group of engineers who is putting this effort together. O’Brien writes, “Edwin Sayre…a retired rocket engineer, is part of a groundswell of engineers and scientists who were trying to make this happen during the primary season. Under the name of Science Debate 2008, they issued a ‘Call for a Presidential Debate on Science & Technology’….They posted an online petition at www.sciencedebate2008.com that’s been signed by thousands of individuals, organizations, businesses and government officials.”So, if you’d like to see Senators Obama and McCain focus on the importance of math and science to the U.S.’s. future…as well as the importance of Silicon Valley and innovation to the U.S. economy, I encourage you to check out www.sciencedebate2008.com and let your voice be heard.
Next week’s Cisco Live Conference in Orlando, Florida is “this year’s premiere event for IT and communications professionals.” Cisco Live is our annual user conference where partners and customers get together to new technologies, discuss trends, share ideas and have some good networking time…heck, maybe even sit down with peers and discuss TCP/IP protocols over an ice cold Coca-Cola…or Pepsi.If you are not attending, you can still “tune in” to some of the happenings via Second Life (this will download a brief movie with John Chambers’ avatar), Twitter, or this very blog where my colleague, Ken Lotich, will be posting video blogs from Orlando. For the full run-down of our Second Life schedule, including John Chambers Q&A, see our sister “Virtual Worlds” blog here. I also understand we’re going to have a significant announcement or so in Orlando, so stay tuned…For more about Cisco Live, please see here.