Problems never end but neither does the ingenuity of Cisco! Following the success of its predecessors, HackIT III took place at the end of July, this time bigger, better and awesome-er than before. This quarter, San Jose, RTP and HackIT‘s brand new theater, UK, gathered 203 passionate participants to come up with innovative solutions to real problems that Cisco faces everyday. HackIT III‘s featured category came from an emerging market: Social Data, and as such, featured problems were crowdsourced via Idea Bank.
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Tags: hackathon, hackit, innovation, IT, social
Cisco Champions ask Challenging Questions. This is the third and final blog in our series presented by Carlos Dominguez and Jimmy Ray Purser. You can read the first blog by Carlos addressing connectivity and the less tech-fortunate here and the second blog by Jimmy Ray on the future of the CCIE here.
I recently had an opportunity to sit down with our Cisco Champions to discuss a range of topics and this was by far the most interesting question as it was inspired by high school students. High school teacher, Hector Albizo’s students wanted to know:
“What is currently considered the dark side of technology?”
Indeed a great question! Technology has a ying and yang. For every good there is a dark side. Let’s look at history to see examples. The axe was created for chopping down trees, keeping us warm with fire wood and building things, all good results that we benefit from. On the dark side, it became a weapon of war. The same trend is true for technology. Read More »
Tags: Cisco Champions, cyber crimes, dark side, identity theft, Jimmy Ray Purser, quantum cryptography, technology
Have you been thinking about becoming more active on Twitter and haven’t gotten around to it yet? Often, it can be difficult to dive in. I’ve seen this often through planning a department wide social media plan, and I’ve gotten the same questions from both new hires and executives.
Common concerns I’ve heard are:
What do I talk about? Who do I follow? Will I get fired if I tweet the wrong thing?
These questions cause many to push social to the backburner again and again. But don’t quit just yet! The best way to answer these questions is observe and experiment.
These are my personal tips for establishing your profile:
Find social role models.
Look in your organization or industry for someone’s social style that appeals to you. Follow them and see how they set up their tweets. Once you look at a few, you’ll see a simple combination that you can use to model yours after.
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Tags: Cisco, engagement, how to, learning, social, social media, social networking, tips, twitter
A Short Trip Down Memory Lane…
On the quest of becoming a truly social-minded culture, about a year and a half ago, we rolled up our sleeves and created a multi-level, multi-track social media training program that used game principles and integrated with our Education Management System to encourage and reward participation. We augmented our on-demand courses with a vibrant community filled with self-service resources, online discussions (we call them “social chats”), team challenges, and recognitions and testimonials.
What I’m most proud of is that we did this in house and on a shoestring budget (imagine toddler-sized shoes and shoestrings). The original team was very small, namely the wonderful Elizabeth Houston (please give it up for @elhoust) and yours truly (@petra1400). Having seen great success with our internal program and inspired by the possibilities of growing and even bringing it to our customers, partners and general public, we have added some resources and upgraded to kid-sized shoestrings. Soon, the external-facing training program pilot, a scaled down version of our internal program was born. (For the record, the current team is still really small and also includes @kmgibbs and some of @nrrivas07 and our fun intern, @efannie’s time).
We knew it was just a matter of time before we wanted to expand the customer-facing program and mirror it after our internal program as much as possible.
Driving in the Fast (and Furious) Lane
Over the past few months, we have been working furiously on making this dream become a reality. While we have a little longer to go before you can test drive our new social media training center, we want to share some screen shots of this new environment. Read More »
Tags: best practices, classes, curriculum, education, online classes, social media, training
Cisco Champions ask Challenging Questions. This is the second in a blog series presented by Carlos Dominguez and Jimmy Ray Purser. Check out the first blog by Carlos here.
I recently had an opportunity to sit down with our Cisco Champions to discuss a range of topics about technology. Here’s a question that was top of mind for Edward Henry:
“The CCIE is easily recognized as one of the most elite certifications in the industry. It’s currently turned 20 years old, where do you see the program in 5 or 10 more years?”
What a great question! Let’s take a quick look at why the CCIE program was created. Cisco announced the CCIE program on Sept. 27, 1993, in a press release where John Chambers, said:
“The CCIE Program begins where other vendors’ certification programs leave off. It can be compared to completing a university course versus taking college entrance exams. Prospective CCIE candidates must be highly qualified just to enter the program, and then, after taking an intensive troubleshooting course, must pass a rigorous hands-on lab test conducted by senior support engineers. This very stringent set of requirements ensures that only the best professionals are selected.” Read More »
Tags: advocates, CCIE, certifications, Cisco Champions, Jimmy Ray Purser