John Chambers on ’24’
Well OK, Cisco CEO John Chambers was not actually on 24 himself, but you may well have spotted that Cisco technologies have been frequently featured throughout the show as Jack Bauer and team attempt to save the world from terrorists. John spoke with Hiawatha Bray of the Boston Globe yesterday (using a Flip camera) and he asked him about the work we’ve done with the 24 team, and how this is captivating the imagination of viewers in terms of the impact that video can have.
Watch Hiawatha’s intriguing interview here: http://www.boston.com/business/video/?bctid=91427761001
John was keynoting yesterday at the Boston College Chief Executives Club luncheon in Boston Harbor and talked to the media about our commitment to New England, which includes establishing the new headquarters on our Mobile Internet Technologies Group in Mass., the work we are engaged in with the City of Holyoke to investigate Smart+Connected Communities and the spirit of giving back to the local community that runs through our operations, as we celebrate the milestone of $20M in philanthrophic contributions from Cisco teams in New England.
You can also read Hiawatha’s print story from Saturday’s Globe here:
Just to give some quick figures, Cisco has been an active investor in Mass. since 1994, with over $15B invested into the New England economy. We now have over 2,000 employees based in our operations in New England.
In addition to the announcement that we are furthering our commitment to the innovation and economic growth agenda in New England, we also gave a preview of the collaboration software news that we will be discussing at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston next week.
Murali Sitaram will be demoing new capabilities with Cisco chief demonstration officer Jim Grubb to bring Cisco’s Quad to the Cisco iPad and iPhone. Read Murali’s blog here and catch his presentation live on Tues June 15 at 9.15am EST at the Enterprise 2.0 show in Boston.
We also were able to catch up with Kathy Anderson, the director of Planning and Economic Development at the City of Holyoke in Mass. on Thur to hear her perspective on how the engagement with Cisco around Smart+Connected Communities is progressing. Holyoke is a former mill town that has access to green hydroelectric power, and is now working with Cisco to look at new network-enabled approaches to delivering healthcare and education, together with rethinking public safety and security and providing greater access to government services. The overall aim is to stimulate economic development in the City and retain citizens in the urban core through a pilot project which will help to establish a 21st century neighborhood approach in the City.
Watch Kathy Anderson’s video here: