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Cisco and NHL Sharks Honor San Jose, CA Education

Post by Sandra Wheatley, Senior Manager, Public RelationsJoe Pinto, Cisco SVP and Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks joined other Silicon Valley concerned citizens at a”Spirit of Santa Clara Valley” breakfast this morning, hosted by San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. Cisco was among a number of sponsors that honored three education organizations. The honorees were National Hispanic University, Downtown College Prep and Silicon Valley Reads. All three organizations are focused on making education a priority for youth in the community. National Hispanic University enables Hispanics and other minorities to acquire an undergraduate degree or certificate using a multicultural education experience to obtain a professional career in business, education or technology. Downtown College Prep (DCP) prepares underachieving students who will be the first in their families to go to college to thrive at four-year universities. Since 2004, DCP has graduated 173 students and 85% are on track to earn a four-year degree. Silicon Valley Reads promotes reading and literacy. Each February, public events are scheduled throughout the month to spark discussion of the themes of selected books.Joe Pinto Patrick Marleau - Oct 2007Joe Pinto (l) and Patrick Marleau (r)

Working Mother Magazine: Cisco Top Place For Working Mothers

September 26, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

We were all happy to hear that Working Mother magazine named Cisco as one of the Top 100 employers for working mothers. Cisco prides itself on taking care of its employees and taking care of new moms, “experienced” moms and moms in between is important not only to the moms at Cisco, but the dads, the cousins, the uncles, the aunts, the brothers, the sisters, the grandparents, the friends…and more. After all, all of our extended Cisco families care about those little kids and big kids at Cisco. You can view a bit of what Working Mother recognized us for here.With this recognition, we thought it would be good to film some working mothers at Cisco talking about what it’s like to work at Cisco. Please watch these four moms talk about work/life balance, Cisco day care, mother’s lounges, and more.

Good Morning, TelePresence!

September 24, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

Good Morning America (GMA) aired a piece on Cisco TelePresence and “Virtual Margaret” this morning and we’re all pretty stoked to see Margaret and the technology get some well-deserved airtime. It was a part of a GMA series called “Take Control of Your Life” and this pieced focused on virtual assistants.GMA Margaret - Sept 2007.jpg(Virtual Margaret, left, and GMA Reporter Tory Johnson on Good Morning America -- ABCNews photo)GMA Correspondent Tory Johnson reported, “Virtual assistants are a rapidly growing trend, driven by a few key factors: the desire of employees to maintain more control over their work styles, demand from businesses to lower costs and improve efficiencies, and the availability of technology that enables both sides to connect.” There is now even an International Virtual Assistants Association.You can also view the broadcast story of Virtual Margaret and her interview with Diane Sawyer on the video part of this website…the video is entitled, “Take Control -- Work from Home.”

The Only Constant is Change

September 22, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

Some people love Barry Bonds. Some hate him. I respect his talent and like watching him play. And, I was saddened to hear that he won’t be a San Francisco Giant next year. He has spent 15 of his 22 years in San Francisco and his Dad and godfather, Willie Mays, were also Giants, so his roots run deep.There will likely be fewer splash hits at ATT park next year, but it will be the beginning of a new Giants ball club and new beginnings are always exciting. In technology (and sports), it seems, we are always saying good-bye to the old and hello to the new. The Sony Walkman tape player now is the Apple iPod. We LOVED the Walkman growing up, but now we love the iPod even more. The rotary phone has turned into all digital and mobile and also our e-mail, calendar and web browser. The quaintness of the rotary brings good memories…or, if you are an Andy Griffith fan like me (I’m from NC…not Mayberry), even the old switched telephone central operator…”Sarah, can you ring Floyd’s barber shop for me.” However, quaintness, doesn’t ensure good voice quality. Now, of course, the telephone call is turning into TelePresence.So, for San Francisco fans, it is truly the end of an era. But there is now the possibility that the new Giants will be the next “cool thing” -- maybe as cool as TelePresence. And, that possibility will certainly have me back at the ball park next year. Thank you, Barry, for giving us some GREAT baseball and good luck next year…maybe still in the Bay Area as an A??!!!

Singularity and Merging of Man and Machine

September 19, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

Wow. Read Lee Gomes’ column today in The Wall Street Journal. (For now, paid subscription required, however there are rumblings that Mr. Murdoch may change this practice in the future.) He writes about singularity or “the day when the intelligence of computers will exceed our own.” For now, I think we’re good, however, there apparently is talk of a “human-machine synthesis into a new, superintelligent life-form.” That “has been projected as anytime from nine to 40 years hence.” So, either 2016 or 2047 if you are counting. Mark your calendars.robot.jpgWhat this really is talking about is the advance of technology at a dizzying pace -- networks, processing speeds, storage, etc.. Much what our CEO John Chambers talked about in a recent Forbes column. One of the more interesting people at Cisco, in my mind, (out of 60,000 of us) is Dave Evans in our Internet Business Solutions Group. He is the closest that I’ve found to a futurist at Cisco and he talks of a “tech avalanche” and how fast technology is advancing. You can listen to his podcast on that topic here. Read More »