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Why Standards Matter…And When They Don’t

…o do.  And herein lies the inherent contradiction of networking standards and the constant tension between innovation and standards.   Ultimately customers look to us to address their problems: “I need my network to _________ (fill in the blank) so I can support the needs of my business–oh, and I’d like that ASAP, please” .  Luckily, our customer base is not shy, so when we see a trend, we move to address it…


Wishful Thinking: The Innovation Edition

…ome up with?”  I was reminded about this when I recently ran across a diatribe on our “lack of innovation”.  So, as a company, I will readily admit that there are a number of things we need to work on (and are), but “lack of innovation”? Really?   Let’s deconstruct this a little bit.  Just for the sake of argument, let’s start with a definition.  My trusty Mac dictionary defines &…


Two Problems – One Easy, One Hard

…e in fossil fuel shortages. Perhaps we can learn from our experience with IPv4 addresses. It was technology and innovation that caused the problem; perhaps technology and innovation can solve it. In the case of fossil fuels, we can’t just magically invent new sources like we did with IP addresses, though. Nor would we want to. It will take innovation in conservation and renewable sources of energy to ween us from our dependence on fossil fu…


Cisco Collaboration Technologies Fostering Innovation at Proctor and Gamble

…three billion people around the world that use their products. Increased collaboration with Cisco Unified Communications and TelePresence has helped P&G meet its sustainability goals. Watch this video to see how Proctor and Gamble is becoming the world’s most collaborative company and how they’re fostering innovation using Cisco collaboration technologies.   More on Cisco Unified Communications or Cisco TelePresence here….


Getting To the New Normal (Part 2 of 2)

…e. It would be silly to call them obsolete. But they present a limited utility in this next wave of work, where innovation and operational efficiency come from people working together, rather than simply absorbing and using information. For knowledge workers today, the new normal reminds us of the famous I Love Lucy scene, where Lucille Ball wraps pieces of candy coming through on a conveyer belt and things get too fast and crazy. The new normal…