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 »
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 »
Transparency is key. Tomorrow, we will host our annual Financial Analyst Conference and interested parties can view a webcast of the event, including a corresponding slide presentation, and obtain additional event information via Cisco’s website.The Cisco Financial Analyst Conference webcast begins at 8:00 a.m. (PT) with John Chambers, Cisco Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, delivering a keynote presentation, followed by executive presentations providing an overview of Cisco’s business and technology strategies. Webcast replays and a podcast of the session will be available by the end of the event at our News@Cisco website. And, BONUS, watch this space tomorrow for Video Blogs from CEO John Chambers, CFO Dennis Powell and CDO Charlie Giancarlo. If I’m not mistaken (and I’m not in this case) this will be the first external blog for each of these Cisco leaders.
Cisco today announced a wide-ranging Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) strategy and structure for its South African operations. Components of our BEE strategy include: – Our support for the goal of economic transformation in South Africa; in particular, the meaningful participation of Black South Africans in the economic success of the country, including our operations. – Our efforts to ensure that our long-term corporate and social make-up in South Africa are consistent with the broader demographics of South African society. – Our mission to grow the Information Communications and Technology (ICT) sector in South Africa, via skills transfer and other important initiatives. Read More »
I thought I should bring yesterday’s A1 story in the Washington Post to your attention, “Japan’s Warp-Speed Ride to Internet Future.” Broadband speeds in the U.S. are something that we’ve been discussing at Cisco for a long time and something that our sister (brother?) High Tech Policy blog has spent time on as well.The lede sentence brings you right into the story, “Americans invented the Internet, but the Japanese are running away with it.” The next two graphs, however, are what is truly scary: “Broadband service here is eight to 30 times as fast as in the United States — and considerably cheaper. Japan has the world’s fastest Internet connections, delivering more data at a lower cost than anywhere else, recent studies show. … Accelerating broadband speed in this country — as well as in South Korea and much of Europe — is pushing open doors to Internet innovation that are likely to remain closed for years to come in much of the United States.” Read More »