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Latin American Renaissance

…eat opportunity not only to listen and learn, but also to lead and engage in discussions regarding the need for innovation, better infrastructure and a competitive environment and also provided a platform to illustrate the key role technology is playing to help solve some of the region’s most critical problems in the areas of education, healthcare and infrastructure. Cisco actively participated in both private and public sessions. Our delegation…


In Between the Numbers: Less than a Third, and Less than Half.

…e – have so few new “breakthrough” ideas found acceptance? Here’s a hypothesis: Caught in an ever-fast cycle of innovation, the sales and engineering departments – understandably – always seek more. More headroom. More functionality. More interoperability. We dream of the possible. We dream of platforms, of vendor lock-in, of recurring streams of high-margin revenue, of bosses pinning ribbons to our medaled chests. Ignore the cost implications fo…


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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…