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Does Enterprise IT need a M&A Strategy?

In the past I’ve written about the classic challenge within Enterprise IT, and specifically within the Data Center, that 70-80% of the resources are allocated to “legacy” activities. This obviously leaves very little time to work on new technology-centric innovations to drive the business. Or to put a different way, “IT only does innovation on Friday”.

The McKinsey Quarterly recently had an interesting article about reshaping IT management, where they introduce the concepts “Factory IT” and “Enabling IT”. The premise being that the focus of the Factory IT (70% of the activities) groups should be about cost-reduction, scale, standardization and simplification. The Enabling IT (30%, hopefully growing) should be focused on innovative ways to enable the business to grow. And the management of those groups doesn’t necessarily have to the same, since they’d have different objectives. Read More »

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Cisco Announces the Winners of the “Cisco@25, Cisco In 25” Video Contest

It’s been a little over three months since we first introduced the “Cisco@25, Cisco In 25” video contest asking participants to submit a video answering the question, “where do you see technology going in 25 years?”  All of our participants did a fantastic job producing their videos and then promoting them across the social web! Thank you to all who participated in the contest!

Now the wait is over! I am pleased to announce the five winners of the “Cisco@25, Cisco In 25” video contest! The winners all received brand new Flip Slide HD camcorders! Check out their video submissions below. Which one is your favorite?

Tyler Thompson’s Prediction: Integrated grid safety systems for the highways and tablet based learning stations

Corbin JT’s Prediction: Voice-activated ordering and then having it delivered to the front door

Cisco 2035’s Prediction: Cisco will develop Forward Inverse Backcasting (The FIB Protocol)

TS Film’s Prediction: Wireless electricity, interactive living and cybernetic implants

Dimitar Krstevski’s Prediction: Electrical cars in massive use, mobile phones displaying holographic images and advances in medicine such as cures for cancer and AIDS

Congratulations to all of our winners! Think you have a better answer? Well, now I pose the question to the rest of you… “Where do you see technology going in 25 years?” I would love to hear from you! Comment below and let us know your answer!

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Broadband and the Global Networked Economy

Ongoing investment in essential telecommunications infrastructure matters to everyone, whether they know it or not. This fundamental assertion will be a reoccurring theme in my commentary. My belief is deep-rooted, and it goes back to the beginning of my work experience. As a young man, my first job in the telecom industry was at The Commercial Cable Company, a subsidiary of ITT Worldcom in London, England.

Back in the 1970s, I had the opportunity to join what was then a leading international record carrier, that was also an early pioneer of unique data services. I was schooled in the application of electronic teleprinters, private line services and store-and-forward message switching systems. I quickly learned about the socioeconomic benefits gained from deploying telecom facilities, while assigned to support the communication needs of numerous private and public institutions.

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Video Revolutions: Accidental and Intentional

By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

Walter Cronkite once said that it was no miracle that men walked on the moon. The actual miracle, the news anchor believed, was that millions of people sat in their living rooms and watched it happen. Perhaps the real miracle was that television became a success at all, given all the tribulations that accompanied its upbringing – and continue today. Compared to the computer industry, where standards reign, the television industry is a mass of confusion.

Since its earliest experiments, television has captured the imagination of the public. But before it became a success, it was a legal and technological battleground. There were patent infringement lawsuits over who actually invented television. A battle over color television technology went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in the early 1950s. And even today, instead of one video format for traditional broadcast TV, the world uses three: NTSC, PAL, and SECAM.

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How Online Video is Fostering Global Innovation

Viewing “TED talks” online is one of my favorite sources of inspiration. TED is a small nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” It started in 1984 as a conference, bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED).

In a presentation earlier this year, TED’s curator, Chris Anderson, says the rise of online video is enabling a worldwide phenomenon he calls “Crowd Accelerated Innovation” — a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of the printing press.

He adds, to tap into its power, organizations will need to embrace radical openness.

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