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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Commentary is not needed here, but, today, as we remember the life of Nobel Laureate and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I thought it appropriate to post his “I have a dream” speech from 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The speech has been viewed and/or heard by many millions of people and this particular video submission to YouTube has been viewed over 3 million times. Video technology is a powerful medium to remember our past as well as help us look to the future.

Sick…Working from Home

Maybe I should be sleeping. I should definitely not be blogging. But, here I am: Sitting up in bed, a couple of pilows behind me, Kleenex at my side…doing some work, responding to e-mail, approving a comment or two on the blog. Sure, I’m not killing myself on the work front today, but I have been engaged much more than I would have been 10 years ago. Ten years ago, if I were sick, I’d call in and let the boss know that I was under the weather and cancel any appointments via dial-up e-mail and be done with it. Now, with my wireless (yes, Linksys), in-my-bed broadband, I’m able to drift in and out of consciousness and actually get a little work done. Which is good, dare I say, for overall productivity and, taking it one step further, good for the economy. I guess what I’m saying is that because of technology, I am much more productive today while sick, than I would have been 10 years ago while sick. So, when measuring the impact of technology on productivity, we must not discount the sick broadband worker. However, I’m still sick…thanks to my one-year old still not getting the concept of covering his mouth while coughing all over me. He’ll get there one day, I’m sure.With mobility and unified communications, of course, we can be more productive wherever we are, whenever we are. I would argue that is a good thing, but I would also argue that writing a blog with a medicine head and Kleenex strewn about my bedside is likely not the brightest thing to do, but, hey, I’m sick…I’m not thinking clearly. Maybe a nap will help.

DNA Confirms Real Father of the Internet

Our partners over at 463 Communications did some fine investigative journalism to get to the bottom of WHO is the real father of the Internet. Tom Galvin, co-founder of 463, states, “After years of controversy and uncertainty, DNA testing has finally proven the real father of the Internet. It’s a gas station attendant in Norman, Oklahoma.”He continues, “The Internet himself…refused comment, but his troubles are well-documented. Recently, the Internet passed potentially crippling viruses to unsuspecting acquaintances, was accused of aiding identity thieves, drained numerous bank accounts and was complicit in the illegal distribution of the latest Britney Spears”album.”Read the full Onionesque April fool’s blog entry here.

Cisco Partner Summit: Focus on Growth and Talent

In this video, Keith Goodwin, SVP of Worldwide Channels for Cisco, talks about what partners are focused on heading into Partner Summit next week. He says continued growth and attracting, developing and retaining talent are top of mind for partners.

Cisco Web 2.0 Summit

Web 2.0 is the rage and we, at Cisco, talk about it in terms of the “Human Network.” But, the business side of Web 2.0 is clearly behind consumers on use and implentation of this technology and this “movement.” Today, we hosted an internal Web 2.0 Summit to share best practices and learn about Web 2.0 technologies and architecture and embedding it more in the business. In one session, Blair Christie, SVP of Corporate Communications, interviewed our Chairman and CEO John Chambers on Cisco’s vision and use of Web 2.0. Some notes from their discussion follow (Note: I am paraphrasing…not quoting directly).Q: When did you start thinking about the importance of Web 2.0?A: I’ve been on the collaboration focus since about 2001…really during the downturn. We moved from selling boxes to selling solutions and we needed to move decision-making further down the reporting chain. Collaboration across business functions was critical in order to be successful. Collaborative technologies had to be utilized to work in this way. It is imporant not to get way from the fact that it is easy to get fascinated by the technology, rather than on what the technology can do.Q: What are you seeing from the customer side of things?A: There is a huge hunger for this technology, but also a void in the market…to really enable this technology, you have to rearchitect your entire business processes from the ground up. In baseball terms, we’re really at the top of the first inning on the business side.Q: (from audience) As demand for Web 2.0 increases we see ASPs crop up and we see businesses flock to them. This gets us ahead of the curve, but potentially puts our data at risk. What is right balance for ASPs versus building these tools internally? Read More »