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Keith, from Cisco, on twitter marketing

July 27, 2009

Keith Goodwin, Senior VP of Channels at Cisco is fully using Twitter as a marketing and comunication tool!.

Read his latest twitt:

RT @CSCOChannelNews: Questions for me? I’ll answer 3-5 on video. To ask use #ciscochannels or comment here: http://twurl.nl/lrtrpd

and the list is growing

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Cayenne & Touareg – a merger like Porche and VW?

July 27, 2009

Those “aficionado” engineers debating on which one was a better solution: Porsche Cayenne or VW Touareg, may encounter an unexpected final.

Both cars, Touareg and Cayenne were developed together and in alliance. Then each company finished their own vehicle up to tailor it to their market audiences. But a good part of the engineering was developed together.

However, if you drive one or the other, you will feel clear differences in performance (and not only in engine performance). Their behaviour is different in the sands or the snow, at quick roads and on mointain roads. “Aficionados” have been discussing about the advantages of each vehicle.

Now that the battle between Porshe and VW is towards the beginning of the end, and given that the initial takeover of VW by Porsche is transforming itself into a VW takeover of Porsche, one should ask which model will prevail.

The subject is raising so much discussion that even Financial Times (FT) has just published an editorial on the matter

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Cisco’s CTO Technology Vision

July 12, 2009

I was twitting when I discovered a post by Padmasree, Chief Technology Officer of Cisco. Se was anouncing she had published her Vision of Technology on Slideshare.
Any one lloking for an intereesting point of view of the future of communications and network could go to
 PADMASREE Cisco Technology Vision
I really enjoied

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MIPS are death, Megabits/connectivity becomes the law

May 23, 2009

As Gigaoam puts it “My COMMputing (Communications+computing) view of the world puts the speed of the networks and the availability of connectivity at a level higher than the raw oomph of a processor or the capacity of a memory chip” http://gigaom.com/2009/05/22/why-its-the-megabits-not-the-mips-that-matter/#more-51335

and though most of the people do not recognized it in a formal way, it is true that MIPs were the key performance metrics. However, now we all ask whether you have this or that ammoung of megabits of your communications. We have moved from a world were the bottleneck used to be the power of computers to a world were the bottleneck is the speed of our connectivity.

Will it affect the value of companies in the market, and those helping connectivity will succeed in market cap, while those centeered in computer power will slowly become uninteresting stocks?

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Will Spain Manage to change its productive model? …

May 19, 2009

President Rodriguez Zapatero at “El Debate del Estado de la Nacion”  insisted (as he has done in the last months) that there is a need to change the Spanish Production Model. It is assumed by most people, and confirmed by MP’s speeches, that he means to change towads a more technology related, higher productivity society.

Till this point, most Spaniards will agree.

However, I would ask Ministra Cristina Garmendia, tghe Scientific and Technology Spanish Minister (and a former top executive at bio companies) whether she agrees that the President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is moving in that direction. Last week, the Government approved a reduction of this year budget. They approved to reduce a bit over 1 Billion Euros.

Here comes the surprise: around 500 Million Euros will come out of the Science and Technology ministry of Cristina Garmendia. Another 200 (roughly) will come from Defense Ministry. That will mean to suspend or drastically reduce a number of technology development and technology deployment projects, especially of those related with Biotech and ICT. And that will happen directly by aborting some of Garmendia’s plans, and by stopping technology purchases by Defense (obviously, Defense will not stop paying salaries or reducing the food for soldiers, so it has to come out from their purchasing budget, and thus, from the technology related activities).

So far for the Spanish Government desire to change the economic model of their country.

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“Cisco’s Big Push into New Markets”

May 17, 2009

Is Cisco risking too much? Well…we all know you don’t really win if you don’t risk.

“CEO John Chambers is using the giant’s cash hoard to expand beyond networking gear. But he risks alienating key partners HP, Dell, and IBM.”

“In recent weeks, Cisco has cut deals with customers looking to use its technology in more expansive ways than ever before—Major League Baseball teams that want fully wired stadiums, the city of Miami as it develops a smart power grid. “It’s been like that for the last 120 days,” Chambers says. “We’re in the right place at the right time.” ” You can read more at Business Week‘s article by Peter Burrows.

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Online, volunteer translators are helping to provide the nuance that machines can’t.

May 17, 2009

“IN the early years of the Web, nearly all of its content appeared in English. But that is changing quickly. Today, articles on Wikipedia are available in more than 200 languages, for example. And about 36 percent of the seven million blogs running on WordPress, a free software platform, are in languages other than English, according to the founder Matt Mullenweg.

Such changes create a challenge, says Ethan Zuckerman, a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. “We are all experiencing a smaller Internet than we should be,” he said. “In the user-created Web, we’ve created a weird dynamic where there is more out there every day — some of it important — but each person can individually read less of it because it’s in multiple languages.” ” Read the whole news at: The New York Times

Seems like internet is really about worldwide interaction and content-sharing.