What tha?Mark Cuban is a smart guy. I like him even more after reading his blog post of yesterday…(see title above). His whole point is that the Internet is “dead and boring” because it has become an integral part of our lives and when it reaches that status it is a good thing indeed -- he uses the word “utility.” He delineates all the stuff he does on the net to show his bona fides (he does more than 99.9% of people on the net), but his key point (in my reading) is that the Internet has now become a part of our everyday lives, which makes it dead and boring. I might disagree with his word choices, but I agree with his main point -- the Internet (and, hence, network) has become integral to our lives. He actually had an earlier post that started this conversation.He’s a good blogger too. What a great headline! Made me read it…and I stole it and maybe you read this post because of the headline too? Read More »
Our award-winning newsroom site, News@Cisco, launched it next generation look and functionality today. As more and more personalization is required and more new media (podcasts, video, blogs) are sought, the News@Cisco team developed a site that focuses on Web 2.0 functionality and features. New features on the site include more international news, personalization through audience targeting, redesign to increase readibility and usability and more… (Screen grab of new site.)In the lower part of the new page, you will see a “Tell Us What You Think” banner. Please click on this and, well, tell us what you think…if you take a quick survey and give any feedback on the UI and functionality we’d be grateful.
As promised, here is some video footage from yesterday’s virtual company meeting with Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers utilizing TelePresence to conduct the first global, virtual company meeting. I hope it gives you the flavor for the virtualness (is that a word?) of the attendees from around the country and around the world (Amsterdam, London, Bangalore, Atlanta, Boxborough, RTP and Irvine). You can get a small sense for the experience we had yesterday for this very cool use of the TelePresence technology for this meeting, but until you see it in person, it is tough to describe…and this video doesn’t do it full justice.We then turn to Cisco’s Chief Demonstration Officer, Jim Grubb, for three questions* about Cisco’s first-ever, global virtual company meeting.1. What is a virtual company meeting?2. How did this virtual company meeting happen? 3. What technology was used for this virtual meeting?*In our videos going forward, so that we are to-the-point, don’t meander and give the topline information for busy viewers, we will implement a “three questions” rule.
Color me impressed. I’ve blogged about TelePresence before. It is cool. It is functional. It is easy to use. It is collaboration at its finest. Cisco innovated it. Today, however, we saw TelePresence on steroids or as one attendee called it “Johnapalooza.” Our CEO, John Chambers, is all about video and today’s company meeting was about as video as you can get.We had a site on our San Jose campus that set up a kind of “theater in the round” with a round, center stage on which John and other executives presented to employees. There were about 200 employees in the room and about an additional 500 or so in sites around the country and around the world. Full size. On interactive video screens enabled by our TelePresence technology. There were six large screens (16 x 9) in the room and each one represented a different site. Employees virtually attended from Amsterdam, NL; Bedfont Lakes, UK; Atlanta, GA; Irvine, CA; RTP, NC and Boxborough, MA. In a word: very cool. (Yes, that was two words, but one word won’t do it.) Side note: an additional 4000 employees attended via Cisco IPTV. Read More »
Post by Phil Wright, Director of Worldwide Brand ProtectionCounterfeit goods and used equipment have been the topic of two cover stories this summer. InformationWeek’s July 7 cover story titled Used Gear: Notes from the Underground provides an in-depth look at enterprise customer behaviors and concludes that purchasing used IT gear from unauthorized brokers is risky. This week’s CRN cover story titled Fakes: Can You Tell the Difference looks at the issue from the channel perspective. It cites the prevalence of IT counterfeit products globally (estimated at $100B annually), the origin of the manufacture for the suspect goods (often China), and how the counterfeit goods get mixed into the channel (typically through multiple intermediaries). This is not just a Cisco problem, but a widespread problem in the IT industry. Read More »