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Why Standards Matter…And When They Don’t

…so when we see a trend, we move to address it and put solutions out there for our customers.  This is where innovation is critical–having the ability to continually move the ball forward to ensure networking continues to meet the needs of markets that are themselves continually evolving.     But, ultimately, standardization is the end goal.  Without standardization, innovation cannot scale.  Time and again, we have seen…

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Cisco Connects Culture of Innovation, Collaboration to Business Results

The Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies at Cornell recently put together a nice piece on Brian Schipper, Senior Vice President of HR. The article not only profiles Schipper’s career, but also touches upon how his team keeps Cisco employees engaged and performing at a high level. Technology definitely plays a role, but an additional, and essential component is having an inclusive and diverse workforce. Through this, companies are ab…

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Wishful Thinking: The Innovation Edition

…come 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…

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Two Problems – One Easy, One Hard

…le 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 f…

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Cisco Collaboration Technologies Fostering Innovation at Proctor and Gamble

Proctor & Gamble (P&G) today is a ninety billion dollar company with about 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 techn…

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