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Welcome Dirk Schlesinger, IBSG, to the Manufacturing Industry Blog

February 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm PST

Please Welcome Dirk Schlesinger to the Manufacturing Industry Blog

It is with great pleasure that I introduce Dirk Schlesinger as our latest Manufacturing Industry Thought Leader. Dirk has a distinguished career at Cisco and is currently senior director and global manufacturing lead of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG).

In this role, Dirk helps leading manufacturers become more competitive by transforming their businesses through leading processes and innovative technology enablement. He has extensive knowledge in the areas of business process reengineering, asset development and productivity improvement, as well as post-merger integration. Read More »

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Welcome Kevin Sullivan, Cisco IBSG, to the Manufacturing Industry Blog

January 27, 2012 at 10:29 am PST

Please Welcome Kevin Sullivan to the Manufacturing Industry Blog

It is with great pleasure I introduce Kevin Sullivan as our latest Manufaturing Industry Thought Leader. Kevin has a distinguished career at Cisco and is currently a director in the Industrial & Diversified Manufacturing Practice of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG).

In this role, Kevin helps leading manufacturers become more competitive by transforming their businesses through leading processes and innovative technology enablement. His areas of expertise include business strategies for customer management, product innovation, supply chain, and financial management.

Kevin has led transformation initiatives for numerous Fortune 500 manufacturing and retail companies, and has coached CXOs on adapting new technology to achieve strategic business goals. Read More »

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Telework: Why the Federal Workforce Could Be Efficient and Green

The federal government is a perennial target, always subject to accusations of waste and inefficiency, among other allegations. But recent developments in technology and new legislation hold out hope for a more efficient, effective, and greener federal workforce. The U.S. Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 generated tremendous momentum toward increasing workforce mobility options for federal employees. The act paves the way for the federal government to unlock significant benefits, including greater productivity, resilience, environmental sustainability, and employee inclusion. It creates accountability for achieving these objectives in the form of telework managing officers (TMOs), senior officials responsible for telework policy development and implementation.

Realizing these objectives will require a significant departure from current practice. To date, agencies have focused on increasing telework participation rates through advertising, employee training, and resolution of technological barriers. Meaningful progress toward the act’s other goals-including emergency readiness, energy use, recruitment and retention, performance, and productivity-will require moving past first-generation strategies aimed at increasing telework participation rates and, instead, pursuing integrated mobility strategies explicitly linked to agency business objectives.

TMOs should not view the act as just another administrative burden that requires compliance. As the first TMOs assume their roles, they have a unique opportunity to use workforce mobility-including telework and a broader range of tools and systems to enable productivity anywhere, anytime, and on any device-as a catalyst to create a more flexible, productive, and inspiring federal workplace.

Achieving this vision requires a sober assessment of the current situation, an ambitious, goal-driven strategy linked to agency business objectives, and a new management posture aimed at transforming mindsets and behaviors rather than resolving technological challenges.

For perspectives on these issues, read the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) white paper, “Telework: Achieving Higher Levels of Federal Employee Productivity, Inclusion, and Environmental Sustainability.”

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The Future of Television: Sweeping Change at Breakneck Speed

Have you ever wished you could watch the news on the bathroom mirror while you get ready for work? Wave your hand to order a pizza from an irresistible commercial? Not only watch shows, but smell, feel, and taste them, too? Turn your TV viewing into an immersive experience that allows you to engage with characters outside of the storyline and see additional scenes based on your profile and preferences? Well, you might be able to do these things and more in the not-too-distant future.

Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) interviewed 50 TV experts and examined three industry drivers -- technology, consumer behavior, and business models -- to paint a picture of what the future of TV will look like. Our point of view offers the first holistic vision of the future across all key dimensions of the television industry and sheds new light on the likelihood and timing of innovation.

Today, I unveiled our predictions on what the future of television might look like during my keynote presentation at OTTCon -- a trade show that hosts executives from the most innovative technology, media, and entertainment companies including PayTV operators, content producers, consumer electronics manufacturers, media aggregators and service providers.

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Making Money in Internet Video

If you are a service provider, the title of this blog probably has you shaking your head. SPs know only too well that Internet video is costing them money because of the expense of maintaining an infrastructure capable of delivering high-quality online video. The good news is that there is a way to monetize that demanding video traffic.

In 10 to 15 years, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) estimates that consumers will be watching Internet video as much as 50 percent of their video-watching time. Rather than panicking at the thought of supporting that magnitude of video traffic, SPs should be thinking about how to turn it into profits.

SPs have a strategic advantage over current content delivery network (CDN) providers; traditional CDN services allow content providers to bypass Internet congestion points, but do not allow them to bypass potential congestion points within the SP network that provides Internet access to consumers. CDN services delivered via the SP’s network are delivered by CDN caches placed much closer to the final viewer, reducing the probability of having congestion issues over the delivery path.

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