Developed nations naturally place great store on the impact of IT but it is probably in emerging markets where technology can have the greatest effect. At this year’s Cisco Public Services Summit, Nomhle Canca, chief executive of the South African development body Blue IQ, talked about moves to introduce networked services into communities that cannot even afford PCs. We talked to her on camera talking about why IT is so important in Africa and what impact it could have on her country and the region in general.
A national population census might not sound like riveting stuff-until you talk to Preston Jay Waite. The deputy director of the U.S. Census Bureau, he was part of the team that counted America in 2000 and will be overseeing the count again in 2010. As he reels off some of the facts around the project, you start to realize that this is a really serious undertaking. It is the nation’s largest peacetime mobilization, with more than 500,000 temporary workers and a budget in excess of USD$11 billion. The aim of the exercise is to count everyone once, and in the right place. That is a task in itself, and as he points out, not everyone wants to be counted, which makes it all a lot more difficult. This time, though, the Census is counting on technology to make a big difference, cutting costs and improving efficiency across the board. As a plenary speaker at this year’s Cisco Public Services Summit, he shared his thoughts and plans with us in this video.
David Weinberger, U.S. technologist and writer, is a formidable speaker. The co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto captivated an audience at the Cisco Public Services Summit with his thoughts on the how the Internet is changing the way we manage information and build trust with institutions.He also braved jetlag to spend a few minutes on camera talking to us about his views on IT in the public sector and how the Internet has changed the rules of engagement for politicians.
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.
The last two days have seen more than 300 of the world’s top public sector IT decision makers gathered for Cisco’s 2007 Public Services Summit. The invite-only annual event, co-hosted by the City of Stockholm and now in its sixth year, is seen as a major networking opportunity because it brings together senior government, education and healthcare officials from around the globe in a forum which encourages open dialogue. In this video, Yvon Le Roux, Cisco vice president for the Public Sector in Europe, and Simon Willis, vice president of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group, provide an overview of the summit.