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1871 and Lighting a Fire For IoE innovation

….  They’re named after the fire of 1871 – not because of the destructive nature of the fire, but because of the innovation and ingenuity that built up Chicago afterwards.  1871 is true to its name as we’re seeing a similar surge of innovation and ingenuity from the startups that are based there. Cisco was a founding sponsor of 1871 and today we’re expanding that sponsorship.  Cisco will be offering equipment, tools, training, and mentorship to me…

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Challenging the Next Generation of STEM Professionals

Yesterday, Cisco and Junior Achievement of Northern California hosted Cisco’s inaugural Social Innovation Challenge on our San Jose campus. Fifty high school students from nearby Independence High School and Sequoia High School worked together in small groups to create and pitch ways to connect the unconnected. I watched as excited students presented ideas to improve the patient/physician relationship and make the experience at the San Francisco…

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Fast IT Top Insights Part 1: IT Transformation and Innovation

…ion to fully realize those opportunities — and become a source of organizational agility and a true partner for innovation in the business — a wholly new IT operating model is required. We call that model Fast IT. Fast IT is the IT operating model for the IoE era. It is what the CIO needs to do to drive true business transformation.   To better understand the current state of IT — and the opportunity for IT transformation amid a dynamic time o…

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Announcing Finalists for the IoT Innovation Grand Challenge!

When the IoT Innovation Grand Challenge was announced in April 2014 , I was a little concerned and apprehensive about the number and quality of submissions the contest would attract.  But looking back now at the overwhelming response and the fantastic submissions, I can honestly say the IoT Challenge was a tremendous success.  And it is not over yet! The journey started in April, 2014 with only a few contest members, but it grew to a communit…

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Your Next Great Idea? It Could Come from the Guy with the Mop

In the Internet of Everything (IoE) economy, innovation is the name of the game. IoE demands constant innovation and to keep pace companies must access creativity wherever it may arise. According to The Wall Street Journal, more than 34 percent of today’s workforce comes from outside our organization, and their fresh perspective can support innovation. Indeed, cross-pollination of industries is a key to innovation. This scenario was illustrated…

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