Jim McDonnell

Director, General Manager

ServiceGrid, CMCP, UCSF Alliance

In his roles as entrepreneur and technology executive, Jim McDonnell is a recognized industry leader in cloud software and services. He launched his career with four start-ups, and went on to lead the creation of new Cloud business units at Cisco and Avaya.

Jim rejoined Cisco with the acquisition of European-based SolveDirect, where he served as President, Americas & Chief Product Officer. SolveDirect was a 2012 Gartner Cloud Services Brokerage “Cool Vendor” and the leading business process network for multisourced IT Services. Jim drove market growth in the Americas and gained analyst recognition for the company.

While at Cisco earlier, Jim consolidated all software teams within Cisco Services to form the new Smart Services Technology Group, growing the business to $500M over three years and forming an architecturally unified portfolio of Cloud products. He grew the team from 30 into a globally distributed team of 1,000, and scaled the architecture to support 1M daily transactions. In addition, he led the formation of the services software patent portfolio, and the acquisition of Pari Networks.


ServiceGrid Smart Bonding is Just Plain Smart

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ServiceGrid Smart Bonding provides our customers and partners with a competitive edge, operational efficiencies, and increased productivity. Oh, and Cisco, too.

Abundance: A Different Way of Thinking about Technology

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There are two mindsets in business – one of scarcity and the other of abundance. A scarcity mindset believes much, if not everything, is limited. A business with a scarcity mindset holds everything close to the vest and is uncomfortable or unwilling to do business beyond its own walls. The thinking is if another company […]

Network Security is Not Child’s Play

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Do you remember the childhood game Gossip? Maybe you played it. A secret message is whispered from one person to the next until it reaches the last person who says out loud what they believed they heard. Whether by an honest misunderstanding or intentional sabotage, often the end message is nothing like the original. Now, […]

Are You SOAM Ready?

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You probably did a double-take when you read the title and asked yourself, “What is SOAM?” Let me start by telling you what it is not. It is not service integration and management (SIAM), which emerged more than a decade ago to address the highly complex contract and governance processes introduced by multisourcing. SIAM was […]

University of California San Francisco and Cisco: Empowering Digital Health Innovation

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Virtually every industry is undergoing digital transformation and seeing major improvements in productivity enabled by digital technologies. It is only within the healthcare industry that this digitization, or the lack thereof, can become a matter of life and death.

The ServiceGrid Golden Circle

2 min read

In Simon Sinek’s now famous TED Talk, How Great Leaders Inspire Action more than 25 million views served as the catalyst for his book, Start with Why. Sinek explains that for a person or an organization to be successful, they must be intentional about creating a compelling message that others are inspired by and are […]

Dimension Data & Cisco Systems: Partnering to Integrate the World

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In technology, things happen at the speed of change. “Evolve or get left behind” is a familiar phrase we’ve all heard. Technology is advancing at warp speed and companies are finding it difficult to manage their ever-growing and ever-changing support ecosystems. Now more than ever, companies are moving beyond maintenance and support services to

Succeeding in the Age of Digital Disruption & Complexity

2 min read

This year, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC), 3rd Platform technologies (i.e. cloud, analytics, mobility, social) have been responsible for one-third of all IT spending and account for virtually 100% of all IT spending growth. As more enterprises engage in digitally collaborative partnerships, we’ll see more dollars being allocated to ensure companies can keep […]

3 Key Success Factors for Multi-sourcing

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The rise of multi-sourced IT delivery models is well documented, and multi-sourcing is now accepted as the new normal. Today’s outsourcing market demands solutions that anticipate and respond to business activity inside and outside the organization while simultaneously dealing with a rapidly shifting landscape of providers. This drives the need for a global digital infrastructure […]

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