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Congratulations to Wake Forest: NCAA Champs in Soccer

I congratulated Italy when they won the World Cup. I congratulated Wake Forest when (we) they won the ACC in football last year…first time in 30 years. And, now, the little-school-that-could, Wake Forest University (my alma mater) has defeated the Big 10 juggernaut Ohio State for the NCAA National Championship in soccer. Total enrollment of undergrads at The Ohio State University: 46,690. Total enrollment of undergrads at Wake Forest University: 4000. Sure, Ohio State can only put 11 players on the field at a time and not 10 to our 1, but still…There is no real point to this blog, other than to perhaps gloat a bit…okay, a lot. But, a larger point here (if there is one) is that strength in numbers is only an advantange when you can put the full force of those numbers behind an effort. Wake Forest could never win against Ohio State, say, in a water balloon fight. We’d get pummelled. Ten Ohio State students barraging each Wake Forest student with water balloons at once would not be a fun thing to watch. You put our best 11 soccer players on a field against their best 11 players and we have a shot…and, in fact, we won. Which should be a lesson for us all.How can I bring this back to Cisco, you ask? Cisco is THE networking company. We have over 63,000 employees worldwide. We invented routing and switching…the technology that manages the flow of information from point A to point B…be it voice, video and/or data. We are slowly, but surely, taking daily steps towards our goal of becoming the most important technology company in the world. We, however, can never gloat…or rest. There are hundreds of great competitors out there who are waiting, lurking and watching for us to make a misstep so that they can step in with their technology and take our business away. This is why we always must remain vigilant and LISTEN to customers constantly. We may be the biggest networking company with the best technology, but we can never lose that “healthy paranoia” that Andy Grove taught us so well. Read More »

C-Scape Wrap-Up

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: Cisco SP CTO Bob McIntyre on SP Business Models

Yesterday, Bob McIntyre, CTO of Cisco’s Service Provider Group was on a C-Scape panel entitled, “Next-Generation Video: The Means, the Method; the Madness.” (Along with Dan Scheinman and Tony Bates.) In this short video, McIntyre gives us the highlights of some of the new business models that service providers are looking at, and some of the new ways that video services are being delivered to consumers.Question for McIntyre:1. During your session you spoke of the move from Triple Play and Quad Play to “any play” what does that mean?2. You spoke of new business models for Service Providers, is this more than just new ways of bundling different service offerings? How do you see the notion of the “bundle” evolving?3. From a solutions perspective, how does Cisco rate against the main competitors in the SP IGN space?He ends the video talking about our customers and the “technology transition” that we’re currently in: adding video anywhere to any device.

VIDEO: Ellen Daley of Forrester at C-Scape

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

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.