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Three Transitions Driving Net-Centric Security

When I think about IT security, I don’t immediately start thinking about threats, hackers and countermeasures, but begin with what is happening to IT in general. Right now, the three big megatrends in IT can be summed up in three words: virtualization, collaboration, and mobility. Unfortunately, it’s become something of a Newtonian principle that any action driving information technology forward generates an equal or greater counteraction by hackers to corrupt and exploit the new technology. I also find it disconcerting that at any given time, the most aggressively marketed “solutions” to IT security problems represent a trailing indicator of what cyber criminals are actually doing to raise hell. Read More »

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Collaboration: Empower, Engage, Innovate

For organizations, the importance of tapping more deeply into their human capital – unlocking the potential each person brings to the table — has never been greater.  In my previous blog post, I touched on how Cisco believes people working together can achieve extraordinary things.  The challenge is how to best bring them together as participants in a global economy, who may not physically be in the same place at the same time.  This requires organizations to:

  • Empower their people to work their way — where, when and how they want — without limits.
  • Engage their people by providing the right collaboration tools so they can stay more connected with their peers and other organizations, which in turn allows them to …
  • Innovate as they foster better relationships and become more creative in developing new products, solutions and process that help their organizations

As the range of available collaboration technologies has continued to broaden, the focus for IT has begun to swing Read More »

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Myth vs. Reality: Top “Future” Techs from This Summer’s Blockbusters

Each new innovative technology ups the ante for the next along with our expectations for performance. In fact, I’m reminded of a Louis CK piece from a couple years ago that captures this sentiment exactly. Because of these raised expectations, Hollywood has pushed to up the ante for special effects in movies—to leave any sense of the mundane in the dust. However, when taking a look at this summer’s biggest blockbusters, it seems that reality is quickly catching up to the silver screen’s science fiction and fantasy.

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London 2012: the Olympic Network (part two)

During my recent visit to London, while at the Cisco House — way up on its perch above the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, I had the opportunity to look out across the huge Olympic Park in amazement. It’s an experience that I’ll never forget — for as long as I live.

Most visitors to the Olympic Park will immediately notice the cluster of majestic sports arenas and a plethora of newly planted landscaping. Besides the obvious, there’s the potential for it to become so much more. This community regeneration project could be the basis for a socioeconomic metamorphosis in East London – a very welcomed new beginning.

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London 2012: the Olympic Network (part one)

Anticipation of the upcoming summer Olympic Games has already lifted my spirits. This week I received an invitation from Andrew Millar, the British Consul General in Houston, Texas – it’s an opportunity to attend a viewing party for the opening ceremony later this month. I’m really looking forward to that event.

You may recall that in my last story, the ICT Infrastructure Investment, I shared some of the interesting high-level details about economic outcomes and seven of the the key principles that were used to develop the overall ICT solution.

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