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2011-A Year of Renewal for the Financial Services Industry

Innovation seems to be back on the menu for many of the leading Financial Services players in 2011. It is a different type of Innovation though: it comes with a sense of urgency and a need to radically transform the business. It has moved from the category of a “nice to have” to a “need to have”. Why is that? Mainly because many of the traditional Revenue and Profit ‘carpets’ have been pulled out from under the feet of th…


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Innovation: Wireless Networking Ingenuity from Cisco!

…17;m sure of it. The best in the industry. And I don’t just mean me (he jests)! No, really, Cisco’s innovation is ‘on fire’ as John Chambers puts it. I’m not just saying that because I work at Cisco. I’m saying it because I meet up with folks every day at Cisco who simply impress me with their down-and-out inventiveness. It might be products, processes or business architectures. Whatever it is, I’m often…


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Working Together in Education: Broadening Curricula and Increasing Access to Foster Innovation

Last month’s Boston Globe included an interesting Op-Ed titled “Riding the Innovation Wave” written by Drew Faust, president of Harvard University and Susan Hockfield, president of MIT. It’s a call to action that the US invest in education and research to propel us beyond the current state of affairs. A quote from the piece reads: America’s current circumstances are certainly serious. But there is a proven path forward, one that the United State…


Q&A with Soni Jiandani, VP, Server Access and Virtualization

…vice president of Cisco’s Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit, leads a team that has become a true “innovation engine” for the data center. Many of the data center technologies Cisco announced today were developed by Jiandani’s group.  To learn more, you can read an interview with Soni in which she shares her thoughts “On the Nature of Innovation.” In “On the Nature of Innovation” she discusses such topics as F…


On the Nature of Innovation

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Soni Jiandani about the nature of innovation at Cisco.  For those of you who know her, you know she knows a thing or two about bringing innovation to market.  Soni is currently a VP in the Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit. In a prior role, she was Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s LAN and SAN switching business unit within the Data Center, Switching and Wireless Technology Gro…


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