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Status-Quo Disruption: What Constitutes Enough Competition?

By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

Interesting news came out of Europe last month regarding upstart service providers’ potentially disruptive behavior, as well as the responses of established competitors. The news begs the question about telecommunications competition – when does more competition lead to lower prices, and when does it lead to overlapping investment that drives costs up?

In an area as cutting-edge as telecommunications, does increased competition drive R&D investment or decimate it?

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Turning energy, talent and passion into success

While we can’t expect a medal-winning performance every day or to excel at everything we do, we can discover our natural talents, where our strengths lie and what we’re truly passionate about. Read More »

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The Network Week in Review and Look Ahead: September 19-23

TGIF! Before you start enjoying your weekend, check out The Network’s top news stories of the week!

1.) 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report

Did you know that two out of five college students say the Internet is more important than dating, hanging out with friends, partying and listening to music? This is just one of the many findings from the Cisco Connected World Technology Report. Discover the rest of the findings here.

2.) Creating Videos that Resonate with Your Customers

Unfortunately, there’s no sure-fire formula for creating viral videos. But videos that offer useful information, not just entertainment, can spark the most interest among customers. What B2B videos have you found most useful?

3.) How the Evil Networks of Science Fiction Became Your Best Friend

Science fiction networks have traditionally menaced humanity. But when they fail, we realize our reliance on them and how they connect us both singly and together. What is your favorite “science fiction network”?

4.)  More Than Just a Vendor: How Cisco Differs from the Competition

For more than 25 years, Cisco has systematically invested in customer relationships and developed a reputation for doing whatever it takes to deliver on its commitments. Learn more about how Cisco sets itself apart from the competition.

Take a look at what The Network will be highlighting next week!

  • The Future of the Social Web: Social Graphs Vs. Interest Graphs: Social networks seemed poised to take over the Web. In reality, they still have a ways to go in delivering targeted services to customers. Check out this new feature on Monday!
  • Now Playing on the Intranet: Video for Internal Communications. Internal communications  professionals are always looking for ways to get time-strapped employees to pay attention to company news. Today, enterprise social media tools have turned internal communications into a two-way dialogue, allowing employees to participate in discussions, share ideas, and ask questions.

And, that’s a wrap! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Healthy Competition Makes Us Stronger

In business, competition makes us stronger. Through competition, we strive to create the best products for our customers, the best programs for our partners, and the best Cisco for the networking industry as a whole.

We embrace healthy competition with competitors such as Avaya, HP, Huawei, and Juniper Networks. Each of our competitors brings its strengths, innovations, and programs to address a variety of customer and partner needs.

Cisco’s customers and the networking industry have benefited from this competitive environment through innovations which make the network faster, greener, and more powerful:

  • This week’s news about the Cisco’s expanded ASR 9000 system to deliver a single, simplified system for high-speed business, residential, and mobile connectivity
  • Catalyst 6500 with a new supervisor engine, helping to increase network throughput from 720 Gbps to 2 Tbps, a threefold jump
  • The industry’s first Universal Power Over Ethernet for the Catalyst 4500, which means lower power consumption
  • Less wireless interference thanks to Cisco’s CleanAir technology

Of course, with more than 80% of our business flowing through our partners, we recognize that we cannot just focus on earning market share, but we must also work hard to earn your loyalty every single day.

It’s Cisco’s goal to create the most successful and profitable partners in the world.

As the Next Cisco takes shape, we are re-focusing, reorganizing, and becoming stronger and leaner. We’re focused on five key corporate priorities and, as always, maintaining trust with our customers and partners remains top of mind for me and for the entire executive team, as Rob Lloyd highlighted in his blog post this week.

Together, we had many successes over the years, and you’ve done a great job helping us tell our story.

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U.S. Jobs, Innovation, Growth and Investment

With the election season behind us, as a nation it’s time we come together and quickly address the serious challenges facing the U.S. economy and American workers.  Our number-one goal must be to restore confidence in our economy and put people back to work.

As a U.S.-based multinational company, Cisco is committed to the continued economic growth and technological leadership of the United States.  Given that it is the world’s largest economy, the United States must continue to drive global economic stability through policies that create jobs, promote innovation and foster new opportunities at home and abroad.  If we don’t, we run the risk of being left behind.  Just this week, a China-based company claims to have developed the fastest supercomputer in the world. This kind of innovation has previously been a hallmark of the United States—a leadership position created by commitment and investment from both government and the private sector.  This country must have an environment where innovation and investment is encouraged and rewarded.

Currently, however, U.S. tax policy does the opposite.  Incremental tax rates as high as 35% on money made overseas discourages companies such as Cisco from bringing back these resources  and investing them at home – whether to create new jobs, boost R&D spending, or return value to shareholders.  This high taxation of repatriated foreign earnings is in marked contrast to the tax practices of almost all of the world’s major economies—Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, Canada, Russia, and the Netherlands, to name a few.

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