Introducing the Fourth Industrial Revolution
January 31st, 2016

38c2a5ea-c23e-11e5-8677-848f69deab2dIn January 2016, the World Economic Forum hosted its 45th annual meeting in Davos-Klosters. For almost half a century, the Swiss nonprofit foundation has engaged business, political, academic and other leaders of society (and Bono) to shape global, regional and industry agendas committed to improving the State of the World. This is and has been a tall order, considering the many macro social and economic challenges we face in an ever-faster changing world.

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Innovation 2.0: the new face of Innovation @CiscoCanada
January 16th, 2016

innovation-digital-transformation-ts-100614033-primary.idgeFour years ago, Cisco collaborated with Delta Controls to develop the first-ever IP-based, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) HVAC controller. The building automation control industry and the information technology sector were now officially converged, and we never looked back. This groundbreaking innovation led to the creation of Cisco Canada’s first industry innovation laboratory: a place where we worked with other technology companies to build innovative solutions that address business challenges, and have the opportunity to transform industries at their core.

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Predicting 2016
January 10th, 2016
ImageA year has come and gone. It is time to take out the crystal ball and make some predictions for 2016. Many have done this over the past weeks leading up to the new year. GartnerIDCJuniper Research and many more have shared what they believe 2016 has in store for us with regards to technology trends and digital transformation. They have done this so well, that it would be futile for me to create yet another list of trends that I believe will shape the year ahead of us. Instead, I will highlight some of the common predictions, and maybe add one or two of my own.

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a Great Week for the Internet of Things
December 10th, 2015
3rd Annual IoT World Forum and Philips Connected Lighting.
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In the first week of December 2015 we concluded another successful Internet of Things World Forum. More than two-thousand industry professionals gathered in Dubai to showcase, discuss, and advance the world of IoT.
Cisco hosted the event that was supported by a group of incredible companies with mind boggling experience, focus, and innovation in the IoT. Global powerhouses like Intel, Rockwell Automation, General Electric, Du, 3M, IBM, Schneider Electric, Etisalat, Panduit, and Siemens spent the three full days with established innovators, software companies, and integrators, as well as with entrepreneurial startups that will change the face of the Internet of Things forever.

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Building the Most Innovative Workspace in Canada
December 4th, 2015
Authored by Andy Schonberger and edited by the Cisco Canada Real Estate Digitization team.

From left to right: Ron Gordon, Bill MacGowan and Andy Schonberger

Last week Cisco Canada and its design and construction team were awarded the CoreNet REmmy Innovative Workplace Award (over 20,000 sq. ft.) for our newly constructed Canadian headquarters.
The REmmys recognize projects that raise the bar for real estate in Canada, bringing innovation and sustainability to the workplace. It was quite the journey, with the result being an impressive space, but the work is not done yet!
We decided to move to a new office location to accommodate future growth plans and to showcase our innovative products and services in our new Canadian headquarters. Located within easy walking distance of multiple transit modes and the downtown core, WaterPark Place (the building we selected) offered everything that we were looking for, including an Internet of Things approach to building systems that would offer flexibility in space use, and interactivity, for the foreseeable future.

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I’m no scientist…
December 1st, 2015
…but I’m not stupid either.
shutterstock_153806906The environment and, more specifically, climate change are among the greatest challenges we face in the world (right up there with economic challenges, political instability, health, safety, and social inequality). In the last 140 years, our global temperature has risen 0.83°C. Two-thirds of the warming has occurred in the last 40 years, at a rate of roughly 0.15 – 0.20°C per decade, and the speed of temperature change is accelerating. This seemingly little increase is having serious impact on the environment and our lives: melting ice caps; rising sea levels that jeopardize the mere existence of islands and sea shores around the world; and severe weather patterns that cause devastating storms, droughts, and flooding. To put this in perspective, a one- to two-degree drop was all it took to plunge the Earth into the Little Ice Age.

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Increasing Collaboration with a Connected Workplace Strategy
November 23rd, 2015
innovation_at_workEarlier this month, I was pleased to participate in a HRPA (the Human Resources Professionals Association — a professional regulatory body and the association for more than 20,000 Human Resources professionals in Ontario) webinar on the opportunities at the intersection of collaboration, office configuration, and workplace strategy. The panel also included Chris Hood, a workplace guru at CBRE, and Michael Gresty, CEO of Rifiniti, a business intelligence and software company focused on workplace optimization.
Our premise was simple:
Great Scott ! Hover boards and flying cars.
November 9th, 2015
Back_to_the_Future_Video_Game_by_PrincessCakeNikkiIt is 2015. October 21st.  4:29pm. Many of us are in great anticipation of where and when the Delorean with Marty McFly will appear. Yes, it’s the year in which he is coming from the past to save his children. It so seems that it happened right during and at the Jimmy Kimmel show. Notice Marty’s and Doc Brown’s disappointment as they find out that there are no such things as hover boards or flying cars.
Marty astutely asked “What have you been doing in the past 30 years?”.
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The Future of Partner Eco-systems
February 8th, 2015

Last month, I had a great conversation with Robert Dutt from ChannelBuzz.ca. Robert is well known for covering the Canadian IT channel and for reporting on the trends and tribulations that come with the rapidly changing IT sector. Robert and I spoke about the evolution of the partner eco-system for the IT industry, and for Cisco in particular.cbuzzlogo-new1

Our world is changing. From analogue to digital, static to mobile. Offline is becoming online. What was here and there is now everywhere. The Internet is evolving fast and the Internet of Everything is literally changing everything. Naturally, this is having a major impact on how we consume, sell, and procure technologies, products, and services. Read More

Creating Value for Municipalities in the Digital Age.
January 31st, 2015
Transforming Government with the Internet of Everything (2)
In the first blog of a three-part series on “Transforming Government with the Internet of Everything” we discussed the developing trend of information technology and the Internet that is redefining the world in which we live – the same world in which governments seek to serve and provide value to its constituents.
The article highlighted rapid shifts in the use of mobile and video technologies that are altering how society communicates, consumes content, and collaborates, and how this will impact future generations. We also discussed the emergence of the “application economy” where new services and business models are disrupting existing industries and economies. Between all the good and not-so-good “apps”, we find the need to open our minds to innovative thinking and to embrace new opportunities ahead of us, both desirable and undesirable.

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