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Do This or Do That? Try “Doing Both”

…and CEO Jeff Immelt “Companies are often confronted with false choices, such as disruptive or sustaining innovation and optimization or reinvention. This book draws on Cisco’s impressive track record over the last decade to illustrate that the correct strategy is always to do both.” – Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Group “In clear and graceful prose, Inder Sidhu provides practical lessons by describing the execution and i…


Innovation vs Commoditization, Revisited

  So, a couple of weeks ago, I had an interesting conversation going with a fellow blogger Steve Duplessie about our prospects versus a certain vendor of IT gear and office supplies.  Steve’s contention was that our competition’s ability to push the “commodity envelope” would give them a strategic advantage. At the time, I argued that pushing the commodity envelope (i.e. making things cheaper) only gets you so…


Cisco’s Strategy is 7″ Wide

If you’ve ever worked on a complicated crossword puzzle you know that there is often one word or phrase that connects many rows. It’s the answer that connects the dots for so many other answers, suddenly making the whole puzzle come together. At Cisco Live 2010 this week, John Chambers unveiled the Cisco Cius. The beautiful 7” color touch screen of the Cisco Cius will be compared to other tablet devices in the market, but to se…


Leadership Evolution to Drive Growth and Innovation

A few months back at Partner Summit, I shared with you, our Partners, the significant opportunities available to us associated with four market transitions, all enabled by the borderless network. To capture the multi-billion dollar opportunities in front of us, we must work together to broaden our focus on architectures, verticals/solutions, emerging countries and new consumption models, such as XaaS.  In January, the Cisco Worldwide Partn…


Cisco Live to Spotlight Innovation

It’s that time of year again. Cisco Live, the company’s foremost training event for IT and communication professionals, kicks off this week at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. This year’s event is expected to draw some 18,000 people, one-third of them virtual attendees. It also crosses paths with two separate contests – the X PRIZE and Cisco I-Prize. Running June 27-July 1, the conference offers hundreds…