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Collaboration: The Productivity Wave

…tivity must be the first economic consideration at all times, not the last. That is the source of technological innovation, jobs, and wealth.” William Simon Continuing in my series of blogs on the study, Collaboration: Know Your Enthusiasts and Laggards (.pdf), we now come to the fourth finding: productivity is the highest perceived benefit of collaboration. Interestingly, in all collaborator segments, productivity is valued more than innov…


IBM and Cisco Continue to Drive Innovation in the Data Center

…ement a more unified networking fabric over Ethernet. 2. Cisco and IBM are continuing to work closely to drive innovation in many areas of the data center and providing customers more of a choice when selecting among industry-leading networking solutions that best meets their needs. To hear more about how FCoE and how the Cisco Nexus 5000 is transforming the data center, see this video commentary from Soni Jiandani, vice president of marketing…


Guy Kawasaki Explains the Art of Innovation in 10 Steps

…r, and former Apple software evangelist Guy Kawasaki. During his 25-year career, he’s learned a lot about innovation through both his successes and missteps. During his talk, Guy boiled down the art of innovation into 10 easy — and not so easy — steps:1. Make meaning2. Make a mantra (not a mission statement)3. Jump to the next curve4. Roll the dice5. Don’t worry, be crappy6. Let 100 flowers blossom7. Polarize people8. Chur…


US Should Lead in Climate Change Policy

…Denmark. Cisco supported the passage of the American Clean Energy & Security Act. We firmly believe that innovation and technological advancement will transform how the world manages its energy and environmental challenges. This bill will help ensure enhanced investment in clean tech and energy innovation, helping solidify American leadership in this expanding market, and fast-tracking important technologies that will secure our energy and…


Cloud Must Balance Innovation With Operational Excellence

One of Cisco’s internal mantras of late is the need to balance innovation with operational excellence. Our corporate CTO, Padmasree Warrior, laid out this argument as a part of a recent series predicting the future of collaboration. Essentially, a critical organizational debate is changing focus from “what takes precedence–innovation OR operational excellence” to “how do we balance the two?” Coming from the Si…