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Cisco Recognized on “Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World” List (#WEF)

Cisco is honored to be on the Global 100 list of the worlds’ most sustainable companies as announced today at the World Economic Forum in Davos by Corporate Knights, a Toronto, Canada-based media and investment research company.

Being recognized by Corporate Knights as a company that takes sustainability very seriously is a nice reflection of the values that our 66,000 global employees hold.  We certainly want to be a successful company and a measure of that success includes operating in a sustainable and responsible manner.  Cisco strongly believes in creating shared value for the communities in which we operate as well as our business.

Tae Yoo, Cisco’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs commented, “We are very proud of our inclusion on the Global 100 list. Cisco is deeply committed to corporate social responsibility and utilizing the power of people and technology networks to multiply our impact on society, the environment and our business.”

Commenting on this year’s Global 100, Toby Heaps, Corporate Knights CEO, remarked, “the Global 100 are leading a resource productivity revolution, transforming waste into treasure and doing more with less. They are steering our civilization away from ecological overshoot and back to a place of balance with our planet.”

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WiFi All Around Us

The visibility and importance of service provider WiFi solutions have grown tremendously in the last year or so, based on a growing realization of the benefits.  And it’s not just for offload.   WiFi is a valuable tool in helping operators optimize their networks, monetize various applications, and handle the explosion in devices people use to connect to the Internet.

Cisco has been a mover and leader in the WiFi arena, and two recent customer deployments – Virgin Media in the UK and PT Telekom in Indonesia – further underscore the momentum.

Cisco and Virgin Media have collaborated on a Wi-Fi network that would bring mobile broadband to passengers of the London Underground subway system.  Working with Transport for London, the transportation authority for all London mass transit systems, Cisco and Virgin Media designed and built a Wi-Fi network that would not only bring a reliable broadband signal to London Underground’s stations, but would be robust and durable enough to withstand the less-than-ideal environment under the streets of London. Read More »

Cutting Through The Techno-Babble

The Cisco Aironet 3600 features the Highest 802.11n performance with Cisco CleanAir™ technology and is the industry’s first 4 x 4 multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) access point with three spatial streams. It has add-on options for 802.11ac or Wireless Security and Spectrum Intelligence (WSSI) Module and standard 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) .

All right. Who is still awake? Show of hands?

One of the challenging things about working for a technology company is avoiding getting lost in the details.  There’s a time and place for technical specifications, to be sure.  But I believe that most people really want to know “How will all this technology make my life better?”. 

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The Future of IT

What an exciting time to be in the tech industry. We are at the beginning of a major transition to the Mobile-Cloud era. Trends like bring your own device (BYOD), access anywhere, virtualization, and machine-to-machine connections have given way to a new breed of applications. We estimate that approximately 50 billion devices will be connected by 2020. In 2010 alone, more than 350, 000 applications were developed with more than three million downloads. A 44-fold increase in data creation is predicted from 2010 to 2020, with 34 percent of it in the cloud. All of this leads to a world of intuitive connections between people, processes, data and things on the network – the Internet of Everything.

What does this mean?

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Cisco Makes Fortune’s “Best Companies to Work For” List 16 Years In A Row (#BestCos)

In 1930, Henry Luce started Fortune magazine. In 1990, Cisco went public through an IPO. In 1995, John Chambers became CEO of Cisco. In 1998, Fortune started its “Best Companies to Work For” List. As a young company, Cisco was pleased to be on that first list in 1998.  We’re extra proud to have been on this prestigious list every year since its inception. For the 16th year in a row, Cisco is on Fortune’s “Best Companies to Work For” list. We came in at #42…so, we have some room for improvement, but, WOW: 16 YEARS IN A ROW!!

The 2013 list was initially released in an Apple iPad app and appears today online and will be in the February edition of the magazine.

“This is the most recognized and visible employee survey in the United States, both inside and outside Cisco, and placing on the list is beyond an honor,” says Kath Weslock, SVP and Chief HR Officer. “As we work on re-invigorating our culture and engaging with our employees, this award couldn’t be more important to us and speaks volumes about the true spirit of our employees.”

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