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Happy First Day of Summer: Longest Day of the Year

Ah, summer vacation!!! Summer camps…days at the pool…mowing the lawn…the first summer job. Growing up, there are so many good memories of summer. Now that we’re in the workforce, if you told someone you had a long day today, that generally has a negative connotation. However, on this, the longest day of the year…the Summer solstice…I think having a long day is a very good thing.At Cisco, we all have multiple responsibilites and, as a result, we all have to multi-task to be successful. We have colleagues around the world, so we have to be flexible with our early mornings for work with Europe…or our later afternoons for work with Asia. If looked at psychologically, however, on a long day, you can get a lot of stuff done. During the summer, you can leave work at 7:00 or later (are you reading this, boss??!!) and still feel like you have some daylight left to go for a walk or enjoy the weather (see, California). Read More »

As a Global Company, Cisco Hires Around the World

In the last several days, there have been several erroneous reports in the press, both in North America and internationally, regarding Cisco’s employment and hiring activities in India and the United States, suggesting that we have laid off workers in the U.S. and moved those jobs to India. This is not true. As an industry leader, our moves into a market or geographic area are watched very closely. We thank people for their interest in our innovative technology and who and where we hire, however, we must state for the record that we have not laid off workers in the United States to move jobs anywhere. In 2001, as a result of the economic downtown, we had a reduction in force, but nothing since. Read More »

Remedy for Bay Area Traffic and All Bad Commutes

Shocker!!! Traffic is bad in the Bay Area. It is a good news, bad news thing. Back during the “boom” of the Internet in the late 90’s/early 2000, traffic was a sign that the region’s economic motor was humming. During the bust, the traffic was much better, but the economy was much worse. Traffic is a sign of economic activity, to be sure, but also a sign of a decreased quality of life and a bit too much time listening to NPR in the car or your other favorite radio station.So, what is the remedy for Bay Area traffic? As was reported in the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News, bond measures will spend over $1 billion to widen choke spots or add HOV lanes. That’s one thing.What is the remedy for all bad commutes, however? Simple: stay off the road. That’s right. Work at home. With broadband reaching nearly every corner of the world, you can work virtually from anywhere. As our CEO challenged Cisco employees last week, we are all to cut one trip a quarter. Read More »

Then: Network Convergence, Now: End User Convergence

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Telco 2.0 and the Connected Life

BusinessWeek had it right, Cisco CEO John Chambers said today, about its feature article last week on the service provider industry. The Telecommunications industry was indeed very much recovering -and in some cases, thriving, after near-death experiences earlier this decade. The reasons as to why are quite extensive, but in many ways, the resurgence is due to a rethinking of the industry itself.As John highlighted, providers are no longer defined by their access technology and no longer looking at only traditional services. Instead, they are looking at a much wider swath of the market, which they can now address with their new IP-based next generation networks. What they deliver is becoming not a one-size-fits-all service, but rather they are offering much more integrated or blended services. The battle for the customer will be determined not just by price, but much more by the value that providers offer customers. It’s also a signal that customers are very much leading the way for the industry.At NXTcomm: Hear various comments on the Connected LifeDuration: 1 min. 36 sec. Read More »