Thinking about the hiring of Apple’s Ron Johnson as the next CEO of J.C. Penney Co.
I think it’s a brilliant move. for these reasons:
Because – most of all – it signals that J.C. Penney has determined that its future will be more dependent upon its ability to create value through the delivery of a differentiating, sustainable, and omni-channel brand experience than by the differentiation of its products.
It signals an acknowledgement that apparel and domestic product is largely commoditized.
It signals an acceptance of Wall Street’s insistence that the same-old merchant prince approach to the business is not going to move the dial.
Johnson inherits a business that has declined some 11% in revenues since 2006, that doesn’t have iPhones and iPads to dazzle shoppers and drive traffic, and which has a brand aura more akin to Sears than to Apple.
He has huge challenges in front of him. Like – it should be said – most of US retailing.
But I like the odds.
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Tags: Apple, Cisco, JC Penney, Penney, retail, retailing
Like many IT organizations, Cisco IT provides help-desk support only for Microsoft Windows-based PCs. Yet many Cisco employees choose to use a Mac, even if it means they are on their own for resolving problems, obtaining repairs, installing software upgrades, and similar support tasks. By the end of fiscal year 2009, Cisco had over 8,000 Mac users, and by fiscal 2010, over 12,000.
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Tags: Apple, coc-collaboration, communities, macs, support, wikis
This question was posed by the Manufacturing IT Director for a major Pharma producer, as part of an annual customer advisory board hosted jointly by Cisco and Rockwell Automation. One answer: Good luck! …And why would you want to?
Chet Namboodri talks about how consumer products are entering production and maintenance workflows and how “Rockwell and Cisco are in the forefront of enabling those solutions” during a recent customer innovation council session.
The migration of technology and applications from Consumer to Business to Industrial has become a well worn path, and the use of Smart Phones, Tablets, Mobile Video and other Operator Interfaces powering work flows and industrial intelligence has become a mainstay for Manufacturers. Read More »
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Continuing the spirit of true collaboration, innovation and partnership, Cisco WebEx offers video conferencing on the Apple iPad. For those of you already using the app and new users, this is a great addition to the WebEx meeting experience.
Download the new WebEx for iPad app, and enjoy the freedom to collaborate more effectively with video — anywhere. Let us know what you think.
Hear more details from Cisco’s Collaboration Software Group CTO, David Knight: http://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco-webex-brings-mobile-video-conferencing-to-the-apple-ipad/
Tags: Apple, Apple iPad, Cisco WebEx, iPad apps, video conferencing, web conferencing