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Giving Agile A Brain

…it’s vexing because it’s against the core principles of Agile to produce un-useful end deliverables. Enter author Jeff Gothelf, an ardent evangelist for Lean and MVP thinking. Jeff is author of the excellent book Lean UX, and recently wrote about this “Agile doesn’t have a brain” topic in a really interesting post on the subject. Jeff is working with us on some upcoming talks and a workshop, and in addition to what he says in the post…

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Open Standards, Open Source, Open Loop

As the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) meets in Hawaii (IETF 91), the unavoidable question for both participants and observers is whether a Standards Development Organization (SDO) like the IETF is relevant in a rapidly expanding environment of Open Source Software (OSS) projects. For those new to the conversation, the open question is NOT whether SDOs should exist.  They are a political reality inexorably tied to trade policies and inter…

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NVMe for Absolute Beginners

Note: This blog was simultaneously published on the SNIA blog. When I first started in storage technology (it doesn’t seem like that long ago, really!) the topic seemed like it was becoming rather stagnant. The only thing that seemed to be happening was that disks were getting bigger (more space) and the connections were getting faster (more speed). More speed, more space; more space, more speed. Who doesn’t like that? After all, you can never h…

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Beyond Sales: The Future of Social Selling at Cisco

…how the content that marketing provides to a social seller can help support customer engagement. We’ve had great results from our listening efforts. In my opinion, we could have 10x the results if there was an integrated marketing and sales effort to provide the right type of content to the right person at the right time. To take it a step further, we need to begin thinking about how we tie social selling to advocacy across the customer decision…

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The Future of Work is Mobile and Flexible

Cisco’s 2014 Future of Work survey results were published the other day and reveal many thought-provoking trends. For example, did you know that the majority of today’s professionals would relinquish their television before they let you take away their smartphone? Or that given a choice between Internet access and sense of smell, an incredible 43% would hang on to the Internet. Now there’s the true meaning of a 6th sense. These are just a couple…

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