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How do you measure your Cloud Computing strategy?

…ts really the right way to motivate an IT organization to drive itself from a maintenance-centric approach to an innovation-centric approach? Unfortunately, this happens all too often when IT is viewed as an enforcer of the bottom-line instead of an innovation engine for the top-line Let me give an example to highlight this concept of IT-the-enforcer vs. IT-the-innovator and how they don’t always have to be mutually exclusive. Most of you h…

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Innovating Together Like Never Before – in Iceland?

…ts on all sides debate the ideologies as well as the details, it’s easy to agree on one of his key points – that innovation is the key to getting the economy and the country back on track. Given the importance of innovation, isn’t it worth taking a fresh look at innovation itself? Many “innovations” such as the Declaration of Independence, the Apollo Space Program, even clever ad campaigns, were all realized by having several smart people in one…

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Collaboration is Hot … Very Hot (Collaboration solution now deployed across Cisco!)

I am thrilled to blog today about the deployment of Cisco’s own unique collaboration solution across our enterprise to 110,000 employees and contractors worldwide! This is the culmination of a multi-year project which started as a business process and IT initiative, and evolved as a business unit endeavor after our CEO John Chambers said: “product-ize it.”  So, I’m grateful to my colleagues in the business unit – namely Murali Sitaram, vice pres…

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Your CEO

…me 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 that ratio…

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

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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