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Holiday Gift Ideas for Your CEO

…e from sustainable capex and opex reductions. The other benefit of TCO reduction is that it frees up budget for innovation and investment in the data center.  When Cisco IT started the CITIES project, roughly 70% of the data center budget was committed to supporting the existing infrastructure – leaving just 30% for investment and innovation–not very much.  At this point in the CITEIS project, Cisco IT has almost completely inverted t…

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GE Innovation – Thinking Outside of the Box (or Should that be ‘Square’?)

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As I’m focusing more on Collaboration and Innovation and less on Supply Chain these days, I thought I’d share a story of ‘Ideation’ with you for my opening blog.  That’s because it’s usually one of the first steps in the product development lifecycle, and makes chronological sense when discussing innovation. In later blogs I’ll share some of the subsequent steps – you know: Selection, Prototyping, Validation, Development and finally, Launch. Dif…

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Welcome to the Manufacturing Industry Blog

…ce of Cisco well beyond the concerns of the networking engineer and are now leading the dialogue, solutions and innovations for manufacturers’ lines of business—crossing the entire value chain and ecosystems that compose a manufacturing enterprise. With a complement of collaboration, virtualization and video service architectures that we provide over the network, Cisco has proven to be a trusted partner for manufacturers, transforming their busin…

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Does Enterprise IT need a M&A Strategy?

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…ed to “legacy” activities. This obviously leaves very little time to work on new technology-centric innovations to drive the business. Or to put a different way, “IT only does innovation on Friday”. The McKinsey Quarterly recently had an interesting article about reshaping IT management, where they introduce the concepts “Factory IT” and “Enabling IT”. The premise being that the focus of the Factory…

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A Thanksgiving Blog

…rkers, both here at Cisco and everywhere else, for being so adept in evolving and adapting in this great era of innovation. Think about the pace of change in our lifetimes, attributable to very smart people, focused on innovating: We’ve gone to the moon, explored Mars and even built a space station. We’ve decoded the human genome in this same period of time. We’ve helped to create not just the Internet, but also the capability to “put the Interne…

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