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State of the Union — education promises best delivered via video

…this tide and turn around America‚Äôs schools by investing in reform and rewarding successful schools that embrace innovation. The President is looking to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and bring Race to the Top, a competitive grant program, to all 50 states. This program rewards schools that embrace innovation and work to increase student achievement and education in science, technology, engineering and math (known as STEM subjec…


Start your Innovation Engine: Cisco I-Prize Returns!

We’re thrilled to announce that Cisco is launching its second global I-Prize competition. Building on the tremendous interest we garnered the last go around, we are calling all innovators, entrepreneurs, technologists and free thinkers to help us identify the next big idea! The new I-Prize is very similar to the first one – a global competition open to all, an opportunity to interact and collaborate with like-minded innovators around…


Tony Bates discusses Innovation at Cisco as Patents Received Rise 30%

…uality, technology strength and breadth of impact. To figure out the importance of patents to Cisco’s innovation strategy, I asked Tony Bates, SVP / GM of Enterprise, Commercial and Small Business technology, (himself the holder of a dozen patents) whether patents are a good measure of innovation, why Cisco continued to invest heavily in R&D during the downturn, and crucially…who holds the most patents at…


The Next Generation Collaborative Enterprise

As we enter a new decade, it seems appropriate to reflect on the transformation of the “Enterprise.”  No, I am not talking about the starship! I am referring to the organizational framework that has been the mainstay of business structure for the past couple of decades. Historically many models of enterprise structure have emerged: functional, divisional, centralized, decentralized and matrixed, to name a few. Rather than debat…


Cisco’s Globalisation Centre East Turns Two

Two years ago, the company took a bold decision to make a move toward the Eastern side of the planet. The move was manifested by a high-tech, green and state of the art campus built in Bangalore. Top senior executives took the leap of faith and moved their entire lives half way across the world in what could easily be labeled as an adventure of their life time. Their task wasn’t easy. They had the responsibility of redefining the way the c…