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Cisco Media Roundtable – Financial Analyst Conference

I just got out of a media roundtable Q&A with Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers (JC), EVP and CFO Dennis Powell (DP), EVP and CDO Charlie Giancarlo (CG) and EVP and CGO Wim Elfrink (WE). We had a handful of media in the room and a handful of media on the phone. Media weren’t allowed to ask questions during the Financial Analyst Conference, so this was their opportunity to get that burning question answered by our top executives. Following is a rough synopsis of some of the questions and answers from the roundtable. I have attempted to capture the exact language in my notes, but I’m not a stenographer. Where I am confident it is a direct quote, I will place it in “quotes.”John Chambers kicked off the talk with a brief overview of the day. “Today was about collaboration. The network enables the power of the ‘we’ instead of the power of the ‘you.'” “We talked about market transitions and our focus on customer requirements…not competition.” Collaboration is “not about a product. It is about an architecture.” We have created technology “in a fashion that a CEO can operate easily.” We showed a brief video about our company meeting using TelePresence and connecting six company sites around the world. It is easy to see how “this changes everything.”Question: What network load increase do you expect from video?JC: We predicted “network loads would grow in 200 to 300% range” five to seven years ago. Our CRS-1 “was built not for phone calls but for video.” “CIOs are now seeing that 100% growth is probable and 200% is likely.” CG: “The network load has doubled every year for 40 years.” “With video, for 10 to 15 years it can continue growing.” “It is fairly common knowledge that internet will be the primary transport mechanism for video.” WE: “We cannot operate alone, we have to be totally collaborative. TelePresence is crucial for our existence in India.” “TelePresence was one of reasons for me and my family to move to India, I knew I could stay connected.” Read More »

Cisco Video of “Round the World” session via TelePresence

With an homage to the cinematography of The Blair Witch Project and the Jason Bourne movies, here is some video I just captured of an interaction between Cisco CEO John Chambers (in San Jose) and Cisco AsiaPac SVP Owen Chan (in Hong Kong.) Also seated at the TelePresence table are (from left): Rob Lloyd, SVP, US and Canada (in New York City); Paul Mountford, SVP, Emerging Markets and Chris Dedicoat, SVP, European Markets (both in London).Very cool life-size, high-definition collaboration and interaction. Apologies for the shaky camera work, but I wanted to give you a sense for the real-time conversation that is possible via TelePresence…whether you are in San Jose, London, New York or Hong Kong. Read More »

Wim Elfrink Video Blog: Globalization, Change and Talent

Wim Elfrink, Cisco EVP and Chief Globalization Officer, is based in Bangalore, India. His boss, Cisco CEO John Chambers, is based in California. With this distance, how do they work together effectively? No, this isn’t the idea for a sit-com. This is real life. Of course, TelePresence is the short answer to how they work together, but a lot more goes into it.He will be giving his perspective on globalization at 1:15PM PT today and you can watch him on the webcast or come back later and view the video archive. Watch this short video to see Wim answer the following three questions:- How do you prioritize and manage your work/life balance?- Change management is key to making globalization successful. Do you see your role as a change agent?- How will you capture talent in the global talent market? Read More »

Cisco Video Dennis Powell: CFO Talks Collaboration

I worked with Dennis Powell in 1999 on Cisco’s Y2K project way back when he was a VP and the controller of the company. He’s now an EVP and the CFO. He was smart, steady and deliberate in his approach to managing a global “follow the sun” Y2K operation and he is the same now that he is CFO.You can watch him live via webcast at 2:00PM PT…or come back later and watch the archive. In the meantime, you can watch this short video to see his answers to the following questions:1. What are you talking to analysts about today?2. A key theme of the FAC is collaboration, how does your Finance organization use Cisco’s collaborative and UC tools? 3. What is the one key message you’d like analysts to take away from FAC?* Read More »

John Chambers Video Blog: “If There is a Killer Application it’s Video”

Okay, “The Platform: The Official Cisco Blog” has officially arrived. Our first video blog with Cisco Chairman and CEO, John Chambers, follows. He gives “The Platform” some time to take part in our “Three Questions” video series.* He spoke to us right before our annual Financial Analyst Conference, where, if you have any interest or inclination, you can watch live via webcast. (Beginning at 8AM PT).As stated, in yesterday’s blog entry, this is Chambers’ first external video blog (he’s done this internally), so we’re making history here, but please don’t ding him for the editing of the video…the editing “skills” are mine alone. And, as with any skill, they will hopefully improve with repetition.He answers the following questions:- What are you talking to financial analysts about today?- What is driving the current growth of the Internet?- What is driving Cisco’s consistent growth?Watch this space later today to view video blogs from our CFO, Dennis Powell, and our CDO, Charlie Giancarlo.*Just something I made up to keep videos brief, to-the-point, and easy to digest. Read More »