This is cool. We’re in the middle of our annual Financial Analyst conference and we’re going to talk to all of our global sales leaders live via TelePresence. John Chambers is in the room moderating. Rob Lloyd, SVP, US and Canada is in New York City; Chris Dedicoat, SVP, European Markets and Paul Mountford, SVP Emerging Markets will be in London; and Owen Chan, SVP, Asia Pacific is in Hong Kong. They are having a real-time, life-size, high-definition, collaborative meeting. Tune into the webcast to watch it or pull it up later on the archive.Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you I’m a pretty big cynic, but this demonstration and this technology is useful, it is cool and it is plain as the nose on your face how this can change global business communications…and (as Chambers mentioned earlier today) down the road, it could change personal communications as well. Very cool.
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 »
What tha?Mark Cuban is a smart guy. I like him even more after reading his blog post of yesterday…(see title above). His whole point is that the Internet is “dead and boring” because it has become an integral part of our lives and when it reaches that status it is a good thing indeed – he uses the word “utility.” He delineates all the stuff he does on the net to show his bona fides (he does more than 99.9% of people on the net), but his key point (in my reading) is that the Internet has now become a part of our everyday lives, which makes it dead and boring. I might disagree with his word choices, but I agree with his main point – the Internet (and, hence, network) has become integral to our lives. He actually had an earlier post that started this conversation.He’s a good blogger too. What a great headline! Made me read it…and I stole it and maybe you read this post because of the headline too? Read More »