A question that seems to crop up a lot at the Cisco Public Services Summit is how civic leaders can improve the competitiveness of communities. Stockholm is not a bad place to look for clues, as it frequently occupies the higher echelons of European and global league tables and earlier this year was named as one of Europe’s top 15 international knowledge hubs. To find out how IT can help improve the competitiveness of communities, and find out more about Stockholm’s success in particular, we spoke to Kristina Alvendal, vice mayor of the city, and Geoff Mulgan, a director of the U.K.’s Young Foundation and expert on public sector transformation.
At C-Scape today, Dan Scheinman talks about the connection between Web 2.0 and video. Dan heads up our Cisco Media Solutions Group and in this video he talks about the network’s role in delivering the next-generation entertainment experience, Cisco Eos (TM) and our first “alpha customers” in this space.He answers the following questions:1. Why is Social Networking relevant to Cisco? Are we hoping to evolve into another Myspace or Facebook?2. What is your view of the current state of Social Networking? And where is it going?3. What kind of traction are you seeing with your customers?
Albert Einstein once said, “Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” I knew my desk is messy for a reason. Yesterday, Web Worker Daily (a GigaOM property) wrote on the good psychological effects of having a messy desk. Anne Zelenka writes that “a slavish devotion to perfection can be psychologically unhealthy” quoting a New York Times article this week. Zelenka writes: “Spend too much time worrying about getting your desk perfectly clean and your work perfectly excellent and you might put yourself at risk for psychological problems.”Now, don’t get me wrong I’m all about doing a good job, I just don’t think that having a clean desk necessarily facilitates that. And, to those who have immaculate desks, that’s fine and dandy with me too. My colleagues are constantly giving me grief about my messy desk and maybe it is my not so subconscious way to “mess” with them by refusing to clean it up. I’m not looking for attention, but I also don’t know what the big deal is about having paper and napkins and water bottles and business cards and other shrapnel strewn amongst my workspace. I often say I only need enough desk space for my computer to fit on…and it’s true. And, I’ve never said to someone, “What’s up with your clean, neat, well-organized desk?”Here’s what my desk looks like as I post this blog.Clearly, I’m psychologically balanced.More support for messy desks at CNN.com.
At Educause ’07 in Seattle, WA in late October, Adam Hochman of UC-Berkeley’s Education Technology Services, sat down with Jeffrey Young of The Chronicle of Higher Education to chat about the school’s recently launched YouTube channel for its courses. Cisco worked with Berkeley to enable its networks for video and podcast storage and distribution via YouTube as well as Apple iTunes U. Berkeley’s open content initiative, webcast.berkeley.edu, required a scalable network to meet the needs of its university population in the age of Web 2.0.View the video here…hosted on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s site.
As our Chairman and CEO John Chambers likes to say, “The only constant is change.” Change IS part of our culture. Our strategy has always been to continually examine our business and market opportunities and to align with key market transitions. Today, we announce a new organizational model in our engineering organization. The new model’s focus is to drive development of the next phase of communications technologies. The changes within the Cisco Development Organization (CDO) are designed to enhance our effectiveness and efficiency in continuing to deliver great products and solutions to the marketplace. In a press release, Chambers stated,”Cisco is entering the next phase of Internet growth and productivity centered on the demands of tremendous video growth, the revolution in the data center, and collaboration and networked Web 2.0 technologies, where the network becomes a platform for all communications and IT. The evolution of our development organization reflects our continued commitment to customer success and to successfully execute new market opportunities.”I’ve been at Cisco long enough to know that a countless amount of thought and planning went into these organizational decisions. For more flavor on the new organizational model, please view a full Q&A with EVP and Chief Development Officer Charlie Giancarlo.