The Protocol of Transformation
I am jealous of kids born in the 80s. I’m not going to lie and say that it was great being a kid in the 70s. Its not because the video games were better – I love the Atari 2600 and Lincoln Logs. Wanna know why: TransformersRemember them – more than what meets the eye? I always wanted a Transformer. So if you are reading this and you are your 20s – I’m jealous. I’ve always wanted to transform! Right now, on the last Friday of Cisco’s fiscal year – I think I might have.I first worked in Wireless in the early 1990s when I was working for Xircom, at that time we were doing 2 Mbps frequency hopping wireless. It was fun, but it was a ‘nice’ to have – not a ‘gotta have’ technology. So I worked on a bunch of other cool technologies in the interim. In 2003 I had an opportunity to get back into wireless and I jumped at it. Wireless is the natural state of communications -there is no doubt about that, but it is also the natural state of being. I marvel at how I can be in Madrid airport and video conference with my nephews. With wires, I always felt that time was my enemy – I *had* to be in a specific place at a specific time so that I can *connect* and get or send some information. Without wires the world is my connection. Information is a moment away – I can look up the surf report, I can find out the entire cast of ‘Clash of the Titans’, and as Peggy Casey points out – I can look for love no matter where I am.Wireless transformation is also a group experience. I’ve learned that wireless is a key ingredient in one of my favorite things in the world: Organic creation. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in wireless meetings with people where ideas flow, we collaborate, and use ‘wireless’ as a tool for intellectual stimulation. I also love how wireless connectivity brings us together. I was in Europe with family, and we were having a healthy debate about Jason Giambi’s batting average while with the As. I took out the laptop, and my whole family was huddled around it while we talked about batting averages. I downloaded the info wirelessly. Working in wireless has brought me close to a fantastic group of people and changed me! Cisco’s Wireless Networking Business Unit (or WIN-BOO as we affectionately call it) is comprised of a bunch of people that have a lot of passion about being disconnected (from wires). Working with everyone here has tought me a lot about acceptance and vision. Everyone has a vision for a wireless world, and I’ve come to accept that a wireless world is the way of the future. Sure I don’t own a transformer, but in the last few years I’ve learned that there is more than what meets the eye in the people around me and the world around me. Wireless was the catalyst for that change.