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The Birth of the Intelligent Community

On June 7, over 250 global local government leaders gathered at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU for the annual Intelligent Communities Forum, an event that recognizes the tremendous efforts of local government leaders.  What is an intelligent community?

Glad you asked….

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Cloud: The Next Truly Transformative Innovation

From the IT Executive Symposium at Cisco Live 2012

We all dream of inventing the next breakthrough product, or creating the next company that no one can live without. The truth, however, is that innovation rarely occurs that way. Innovation isn’t just about invention—it’s about creating value. And it isn’t just important—it’s critical to a company’s growth and success.

Every few decades, something truly innovative occurs—a transformative development with global impact. The human species has pulled away from the rest of the animal kingdom predominantly because of our ability to communicate and collaborate. Every time we make a major improvement in the communication/collaboration arena, innovation accelerates at an exponential rate, and humankind moves forward dramatically. The printing press moved us from spoken transmission taking months, to printed materials that could reach the masses in weeks. The telephone gave us instant communication over any distance. The Internet moved us from paper to electronic processes. And today, we are on the cusp of the next truly transformative innovation: the cloud. Read More »

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Cisco Talks Commercial Real Estate Technology at 2012 Every Building Conference & Expo

Co-written by Joe O’Connor, Senior Executive Director, Cisco Smart+Connected Communities

Seattle, famous for technology and innovation, couldn’t be a more perfect place to attend and participate in the 2012 Every Building Conference & Expo hosted by Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International and BUILDINGS. This summer meeting is one of commercial real estate’s premier events and a place to develop new ideas and showcase Cisco’s commitment to the smart+connected real estate industry.

Cisco’s participation at the conference will be multi-faceted. As a Cornerstone Partner with BOMA, we will present to other industry professionals on Cisco solutions and hear from other partners about how they have put their ideas to work to advance commercial real estate offerings.  We will also be participating in three panel sessions focused on the role of technology innovation in shaping the real estate industry. Read More »

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Creating the Right Environment for Innovation

From the IT Executive Symposium at Cisco Live 2012

When you strip away all the hype and emotion around the word “innovation,” you end up with a simple but powerful concept: Innovation is about doing something new that creates value. Innovation isn’t just important—it’s critical to a company’s growth and success.

In his keynote at Cisco Live 2012, Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers discussed the importance of being able to capitalize upon market transitions. This requires both innovation (the ability to adapt) and agility (the ability to change quickly, to be flexible). One of the most interesting comments I heard was in the IT Executive Symposium, where several discussions focused on dealing with today’s economic uncertainties. The point was made that innovation most often occurs when we find ourselves deeply challenged. As Jeff DeGraff, professor of business management at the University of Michigan stated, “That is when the risk-reward model is inverted.” Read More »

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Realizing Business Virtualization with Everything-as-a-Service

From the IT Executive Symposium at Cisco Live 2012

I think the enterprises of the future will look very different from those of today. Organizations will become leaner and more virtualized as their business processes grow more reliant on ecosystem partners. Process boundaries will transcend a specific entity.

Many macroeconomists believe that real shareholder value (and, ultimately, economic growth) will be driven by the speed and quality of innovation.  Historically, enterprises have been successful by capitalizing on a disruption (market transition) that plays into their core strengths, competency, and market position. Read More »

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