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GE Innovation – Thinking Outside of the Box (or Should that be ‘Square’?)

December 2, 2010 at 10:06 am PST

As I’m focusing more on Collaboration and Innovation and less on Supply Chain these days, I thought I’d share a story of ‘Ideation with you for my opening blog.  That’s because it’s usually one of the first steps in the product development lifecycle, and makes chronological sense when discussing innovation. In later blogs I’ll share some of the subsequent steps – you know: Selection, Prototyping, Validation, Development and finally, Launch. Different companies use different terms and different processes, but all good products start out with a good idea.

Let me take you back in time for a moment. When I was eight years old I noticed that the local UK comic magazine that I bought on a weekly basis was running competitions for readers to submit puzzles for other readers to solve. I was attracted to the Secret Service game that was one of the prize options, but what was my idea? How was I going to win if I didn’t have a good idea? Well, I decided that I’d submit a match puzzle -- you know we actually had lots of matches in the 60’s! This puzzle isn’t hard (please remember I was eight years old) and looked something like the picture above. The question was “How do you make a square by adding just one more match and not moving the others?”

Anyway, fairly obvious that you make a square by placing a forth match adjoining the other three to make a square with the bases as in the next picture (click ‘read more’ when finished with this page to see how). Well, I had the pride of seeing my puzzle published and, more importantly for me, I actually won the Secret Service game! But that’s not the point… Read More »

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Welcome to the Manufacturing Industry Blog

Did you know that the Manufacturing Industry is one of Cisco’s biggest sectors served, greater than 10% of overall revenues? You probably know that Cisco has historically served the Enterprise IT and Network buying centers of most manufacturing companies around the globe, but did you know that Cisco has the same business magnitude as Rockwell Automation, Emerson Process Management and Honeywell Process Systems within the manufacturing industry?

That’s because over the past decade we’ve pushed the relevance of Cisco well beyond the concerns of the networking engineer and are now leading the dialogue, solutions and innovations for manufacturers’ lines of business—crossing the entire value chain and ecosystems that compose a manufacturing enterprise. With a complement of collaboration, virtualization and video service architectures that we provide over the network, Cisco has proven to be a trusted partner for manufacturers, transforming their businesses and creating long-term competitive advantage through new models for customer growth, product and business innovation, agility and operational excellence.

Welcome to Cisco’s online presence for the Manufacturing industry,
one of Cisco’s largest vertical business segments.

So what can you expect from this blog? Who are the people contributing, and what are their backgrounds? What are Cisco’s views and opinions about the manufacturing Industry? Why would you be interested?                                                            Read More »

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Cisco is Founding Member of Asia Cloud Computing Association

In addition to our own R&D investment in the organic innovation of cloud technology, we’ve also been focusing on building industry collaboration and partnership in the cloud.  Most recently, Cisco announced it is a founding member of the Asia Cloud Computing Association.

Take a listen to Bernie Trudel, Cloud Chief Technology Officer for Cisco Asia Pacific and Vice Chair and Public Policy and Regulatory Working Group lead for ACCA on how Cisco will be extremely active in partnering with ACCA as well as other vendor partners, service providers, and standards bodies in creating cloud best practices with clear business value for customers.

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Working Together with Cisco WebEx Meeting Center

November 23, 2010 at 12:44 pm PST

What if you went into your office and all of the meeting rooms were empty? Yet when you looked around, you could see work being done, ideas being shared, and deadlines being met.

More and more at Cisco, this is how a normal workday looks for many of our employees. Through the capabilities of Cisco WebEx Meeting Center, Cisco employees now work together virtually more often.

We use WebEx Meeting Center in several ways. Work teams that have members located around the world use it for audio or video conferences, or for online collaboration sessions, where they share presentations, documents, and desktop applications. Because it is easy to start a WebEx session, I can collaborate with my team at any moment.

We also use WebEx Event Center to hold large, virtual meetings, such as our annual global sales conference that involved 19,000 participants worldwide. And because users can access the WebEx Meeting Center service over the Internet, we have gained a simple, cost-effective way to communicate for business continuity during a pandemic, a natural disaster, or other situation when employees can’t go to work in a Cisco office.

WebEx Meeting Center is deployed as a hosted service on the WebEx collaboration cloud. This means we no longer need to maintain the network infrastructure for online collaboration, we don’t have to worry about supporting peak traffic loads, and users can access new features as soon as they are available.

Usage levels have exploded as WebEx Meeting Center has proven to be very popular among Cisco employees. That popularity is producing great value for our business, especially for cutting our travel budget in half. But it may make Cisco’s meeting rooms very lonely places to be.

For a closer look at how we use WebEx at Cisco, take a look at our interactive collaboration experience here.

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We have lift off! Cisco’s Collaboration Launch

November 18, 2010 at 7:15 pm PST

With the collaboration launch this week, Cisco’s call control infrastructure is now the single platform for both voice and video, creating a simpler approach to integrated solutions and an increase in the overall business value derived from these technologies.

Taking a step back, Cisco is effectively doing the same with video as we did with voice several years ago, and continuing to pave the way for enterprise-wide business communications.

The Cisco Unified Communications Manager brings together video and voice endpoints from Cisco, including endpoints from the Tandberg acquisition.

Alongside this integration, Cisco is introducing two telepresence endpoints at a lower, more affordable price, with smaller footprints, higher quality WebEx video conferencing, and a new service creation platform for service providers that extends telepresence to their organizations and customers.

Video is huge, and we are seeing continued focus and advancement in this space.

Also among the collaboration launch, Cisco emphasizes IT transformation with desktop virtualization, which is  a larger-scale investment for IT. Cisco’s new Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) solution, for the first time, enables the integration of desktop virtualization and the rich collaboration features of video. The solution includes  two new desktop virtualization clients and support for Cisco’s Cius on a mobile VXI client.

Exciting times, my friends!

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