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3D printing is here. How will your organization respond?

As someone who has spent his career developing a deep knowledge of manufacturing and software, I’m rapidly becoming a major “fan” of 3D printing. The technology offers exciting possibilities that can radically change multiple industries including manufacturing. According to Industry Week, “a survey by the global consultancy PwC found that 67% of manufacturers are adopting 3-D printing in some way, most frequently in prototyping.” At the same time, ubiquitous 3D printing introduces new complexities around intellectual property ownership, counterfeiting and diversion issues that we’ve yet to fully confront.

3D printing has the potential to globally disrupt multiple industrial processes and supply chains. In the case of manufacturing on an assembly line, parts or products can be created through 3D printing on-site, potentially eliminating the need for separate parts suppliers. Take a look at how one leading industrial company, GE Aviation, is leveraging additive manufacturing in the video below.

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Cisco Partner Summit 2015: Final Thoughts from Cisco Executives

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Well, we’re starting to wind down our coverage of Cisco Marketing Velocity and Partner Summit 2015. I’ll put a bow on it and wrap everything up in my Weekly Rewind blog tomorrow, but we still have some ground to cover.

So far, I have recapped Marketing Velocity and day one, day two and day three of Partner Summit. In addition, since we closed out the show in Montreal last week, I have also brought you interviews with John Chambers, Rob Lloyd, Edison Peres and Sherri Liebo.

I had the opportunity to speak with several other Cisco executives last week as well, including our newly named CEO successor Chuck Robbins. I know your time is valuable, so I’ve condensed their thoughts into a couple of montage videos I’d like to share with you today. First, let’s take a look at what our executives have been hearing from partners during the past year:

As you can see, Cisco partners are concerned about many of the same things we talked about all week last week. Read More »

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Carpe Diem – Seize the day! Inspiration from May’s Everyday Heroes of CEWN

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Guest Blog and Interview by Anuja Singh 

Anuja Singh

Welcome to our monthly CEWN segment about role models. We all make resolutions and set goals to improve ourselves– but somewhere along the way, life interrupts our plans, we find ourselves juggling different priorities and invariably things get dropped. What you will find in this segment is inspiration from ordinary people who have achieved extraordinary results. Everyone featured in this series has faced challenges and opportunities that the rest of us can identify with; let’s draw inspiration from the choices they made and aspire to the outcomes they created.

Amy Arnold

Amy Arnold – Amy’s twitter Avatar describes her as a Read More »

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For Better Collaboration Try Breaking The Rules

I recently read an article Why Getting It Wrong Is the Future of Design. It speaks to how innovative design changes often come from doing things that would be considered completely wrong. The article focuses on art, graphics, architecture, theater, movies, tableware, and even video games. Then I read this line “I was following the rules, then selectively breaking one or two for maximum impact.” and it got me thinking. What are the rules to collaboration and can we break a couple that result in better collaboration?

I’ve always been one for experimentation in trying different things, using various products, and embracing change. After reading this article I’ve been trying to selectively break a few rules and thinking about other rules to break. It hasn’t been easy, because there are many hard and fast best practices on how to collaborate. Here’s some of what I have come up with:

  • Forego physical meeting rooms: If the entire team is physically located in the same area could they be just as, or even more effective meeting virtually? There are a lot of remote workers and many teams at Cisco are geographically dispersed so virtual meetings are a must, but if a team is located in the same building many members will still attend virtually.  I can see benefit to this approach. People who couldn’t attend would simply review the meeting recording at their convenience and not rely on meeting minutes. The team could also move away from fragmented means of communications to using virtual meeting rooms (Cisco Spark) for correspondence. Since most projects involve shared input into documents, room based document control is a great way to provide visibility to changes without relying on a single person to collate individual updates and rely on e-mail to share updates. Perhaps the biggest benefit would be consistency in attending the meetings in the same way, but also being able to always have a place for ad hoc meetings and tasks while providing visibility to everybody.

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Cisco Marketing Velocity 2015: Final Thoughts from Sherri Liebo

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Wow, what a blast it was to spend last week in Montreal, Canada. With Marketing Velocity and Partner Summit running in conjunction this year, it was definitely a packed agenda. We covered a lot of ground from Monday to Thursday and I want to be sure you haven’t missed anything.

This week is all about catching our breath after a whirlwind week and giving you a proper recap of both events. I’ll be wrapping up everything in my Weekly Rewind blog on Friday. Today however, let’s look back at what Sherri Liebo (@sherriliebo) had to say about Marketing Velocity 2015, including how marketers can “Be Bold” with Cisco and what her key takeaways were for the event.

Sitting down to speak with Sherri is always a treat, and hearing her thoughts on this year’s Marketing Velocity was great. It was especially nice to see how excited Sherri was for the marketing professionals at Velocity to have the opportunity to attend Cisco Partner Summit throughout the remainder of the week. Read More »

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