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Cisco’s apparently going to try to simplify its sales, services and engineering organizations in the next 120 daysBy Maureen O'Gara
Faced with a nasty loss of credibility, a string of poor financial results, shrinking market share in its core business, an unwieldy and alienating bureaucracy blamed for the top executive exodus it been experiencing, and a stock price that's plunged into the toilet Cisco, once an economic bellwether, is promising to do more than simply kill off its once-popular Flip video camcorder business and lay 550 people off, an admission that its foray into the consumer segment had largely failed.
It said in a press release issued Thursday morning that it's going to a "streamlined operating model" focused on five areas, not apparently the literally 30 different directions it's been going in although it did say, come to think of it, something about "greater focus" so maybe it's not really cutting back.
These focus areas are, it said, "routing, switching, and services; collaboration; data center virtualization and cloud; video; and architectures for business transformation."
Nobody seems to know what that last one is and the Wall Street Journal criticized Cisco for not being able to explain in plain English what it's doing and Barron's complained that it needed a Kremlinologist to decrypt the jargon in the press release.
Anyway Cisco's apparently going to try to simplify its sales, services and engineering organizations in the next 120 days or by July 31 when its next fiscal year begins. Well, maybe not everything, it warned, but sales ought to be reorganized by then.
This streamlining seems to mean that:
It's unclear whether any of this means layoffs.
Cisco piped in a quote credited to Moore saying. "Cisco is focused on making a series of changes throughout the next quarter and as we enter the new fiscal year that will make it easier to work for and with Cisco, as we focus our portfolio, simplify operations and manage expenses. Our five company priorities are for a reason - they are the five drivers of the future of the network, and they define what our customers know Cisco is uniquely able to provide for their business success. The new operating model will enable Cisco to execute on the significant market opportunities of the network and empower our sales, service and engineering organizations."
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Last year’s acquisition policy pronouncements are starting to be felt across to the U.S. Army, with upticks in cloud computing initiatives, increasing use of fixed-price contracts and adoption of social media.
“Army IT spending will remain stable; the goal is to optimize the IT [spending]. Optimization will be guided by computing trends,” said Gary Winkler, Army program executive officer for enterprise information systems.
He was one of several Army acquisition speakers at the AFCEA Belvoir Industry Days conference at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. Winkler also recently announced he is leaving the Army.
Efforts to improve efficiency, realign spending priorities and streamline a cumbersome acquisition process were launched during the past year amid a tightening national budget by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Ashton Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.
Leading the charge for the Army’s efforts to hold down spending and become more efficient are cloud computing initiatives, mobile technologies, data center consolidation and social collaboration, Winkler said.
Winkler said that mobile data traffic is on track to increase by 39 times between 2009 and 2014, and the social software market is showing 40 percent growth per year through 2013 — also contributing to getting the Pentagon’s policies rolling further down in operations.
The Army also wants to increase use of firm fixed-price and multiple-source contracts, as directed in Carter’s Better Buying Power initiative, and looking to maximize broadly scoped contracts that can be used for a variety of missions.
However, there are still plenty of challenges, and there likely will be more to come. Winkler predicted that force reductions could still lie ahead for DOD, citing his own experience in the 1980s when, like now, an insourcing effort was followed by a hiring freeze — which was later followed by layoffs.
“We can tighten our belts and squeeze a little bit [as directed by the Pentagon] — but I think it’s going to be more than just a little bit,” Winkler said.
Still, PEO-EIS has been involved in the development of Better Buying Power tenets, including helping shape concepts and strategies for improving tradecraft services, establishing common taxonomy and reforming IT acquisition — all banner items in Carter’s 23-point acquisition reform plan released last September. Read More>
-By the End of the Decade One in Four UK Power Stations are Set to Close and UK Gas Production is Expected to be Half of Current Levels, yet Demand for Electricity is Expected to Increase by More than 50 Per Cent by 2050
-This Collaboration is to Create a Flexible, Secure and Scalable Data and Communications Hub to Support the UK Government's Smart Meter Implementation Programme and its Strategy to Cut Emissions by 80 Per Cent by 2050
LONDON - 21 Mar 2011: IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Cable&Wireless Worldwide (LSE: CW.L), today jointly announce their collaboration to develop a new intelligent data and communications solution, UK Smart Energy Cloud, to support the UK's Smart Meter Implementation Programme, which aims to rollout more than 50 million smart meters in the UK.
UK Smart Energy Cloud has the potential to provide a complete overview of energy usage across the country and pave the way for easier implementation of a smart grid. The solution will utilise the extensive experience IBM has gained from leading and implementing smart grid programmes around the world and its proven enabling software and middleware. The solution will be supported by C&W Worldwide's extensive, secure next-generation network and communications integration capability.
There has never been a more challenging time for the energy industry with decisions being taken to protect the country's energy supply that will have significant implications for everyone in the UK. Both smart meters and the smart grid are significant steps on the journey to a new energy future, potentially changing for the better the way we consume and distribute energy.
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The unprecedented interest and projected IT spend on cloud computing is coming from all types of organizations, businesses and governments that are seeking to transform the way they deliver IT services and improve workload optimization so they can quickly respond to changing business demands. Cloud computing can significantly reduce IT costs and complexities while improving asset utilization, workload optimization and service delivery.
Today’s IT Infrastructures face challenges on many levels:
As a result of these challenges, organizations are demanding an IT infrastructure and service delivery model that enables growth and innovation. An effective cloud computing environment built with IBM Power Systems™ cloud solutions helps organizations transform their data centers to meet these challenges:
Power Systems cloud solutions enable customers to build an effective cloud computing environment, enabling organizations to reduce IT costs, improve service delivery and enable business innovation.
ARMONK, N.Y. - 24 Mar 2011: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today launched new, cloud-based software designed to help marketers gain real-time, actionable insight from data available across social media channels.
The new software expands IBM's business analytics capabilities by enabling organizations to develop faster, more precise social media marketing programs that support their brand's total online presence through a cloud-based delivery model.
The first product, IBM Coremetrics Social, helps companies analyze the business impact of their social marketing initiatives, while IBM Unica Pivotal Veracity Email Optimization Suite analyzes email links that are shared across social network platforms, enabling marketers to better capitalize on opportunities across channels.
Today's news follows IBM's recent announcement of new software and the creation of a new consulting practice dedicated to the emerging category of "Smarter Commerce," which is focused on helping companies swiftly adapt to rising customer demands in today's digitally transformed marketplace. Smarter Commerce includes new cloud analytics software that enables companies to monitor their brand's presence in real-time through social media channels to better assess the effectiveness of new services and product offerings, fine tune marketing campaigns, and create sales initiatives in real-time.
"IBM's approach to social media analytics is based on the understanding that people interact with an organization's brand in a number of ways—including email, social networking sites and company Web sites—and the true measure of business impact demands a fully integrated view of the interaction with these resources," said John Squire, chief strategy officer, IBM Coremetrics. "The new social media analytics software unveiled today will help marketers develop more targeted, highly-measurable, and effective social media marketing campaigns."
IBM Coremetrics Social enables organizations across a wide range of industries to measure the effectiveness and return on investment (ROI) of their social marketing initiatives by gaining insight from data that's publicly available on social media websites.
This Smarter Commerce offering delivers real-time intelligence on the social media response to a particular brand, or the products, content and services being offered, and enables clients to make fact-based, accurate decisions about marketing expenditures. As a result, marketing teams can easily attribute business impact to social referrals in the context of other marketing programs.
Using the analytics foundation of the Coremetrics Continuous Optimization Platform™ and its complete suite of marketing optimization applications, IBM Coremetrics Social provides cross-channel reporting and benchmark capabilities to track and improve social marketing campaigns. With social benchmarking, brands can evaluate the effectiveness of their social initiatives relative to their peer companies, and understand where they excel, and where there is opportunity for improvement.
It has become routine for social networks to be used as a resource to broadly share links to special offers made available by companies via email. Well-known brands can expect to see as much as 38 percent of their special offer email links shared across social networks. An average of 28 percent of these links is then 'liked' or commented on.
The new IBM Unica Pivotal Veracity Email Optimization suite tracks and analyzes email links that are shared across social network platforms, delivering actionable insights which marketers can turn into recognizable profit. Unlike other technologies, this new offering opens the doors for marketers to identify, track, and improve the perception of their brands across channels. The Social Email Analytics software tracks all links associated with a marketer's brand and email, not just the intended links a marketer shares. This approach better encompasses and reflects the emerging complexities and ramifications of consumer interactions with brands, starting with email and ending up in the social realm. With this new software, marketers can also hone Web pages for social networks and better identify opportunities across channels.
For more information on IBM's Smarter Commerce initiative, please visit: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/presskit/33983.wss
For more information on Coremetrics, an IBM Company, please visit http://www.coremetrics.com/For more information on Unica, an IBM Company, please visit http://unica.com/
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Vivek Kundra has been an impact player. Since joining the Obama administration as the government’s first CIO, Kundra has been in constant motion, championing one initiative after another, including cloud computing, transparency, metrics and data center consolidation.
But in December 2010, Kundra got everyone’s attention — inside the Washington Beltway and beyond — when he rolled out the administration’s much-anticipated 25-point plan for reforming IT management. The initiative, which pulls together some ideas that have been floated before, provides an IT road map for the next two years. It focuses on shorter procurement cycles, better program management and improved government/industry communications.
Kundra got kudos for spearheading an extensive outreach effort that gave industry groups and agency stakeholders ample opportunity to weigh in on the plan.
Read more about the 2011 Federal 100 award winners.
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IBM expands its virtualization, image management and cloud computing leadership with major technology breakthroughs
LAS VEGAS, - 01 Mar 2011: PULSE 2011 -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today showcased a series of technology breakthroughs that extend its leadership capabilities in virtualization, image management and cloud computing, including software that can virtualize a data center within minutes to instantly meet business demand.
These new technologies build on IBM's existing provisioning and image deployment capabilities that help clients better manage virtualized cloud environments to achieve greater business efficiency, agility and innovation while controlling costs.
According to IDC, $17 billion was spent on cloud-related technologies, hardware and software in 2009. IDC expects that spending will grow to $45 billion by 2013.(1)
The demand for cloud computing is exploding as organizations seek to expand the impact of IT to deliver new and innovative services while realizing significant economies of scale. The power of the cloud computing model is the ability to harness varying technology investments by enabling rapid and dynamic scheduling, provisioning and management of virtualized computing resources on demand.
IBM has helped thousands of clients adopt cloud models and manages millions of cloud based transactions every day in areas as diverse as banking, communications, healthcare and government, and securely tap into IBM cloud-based business and infrastructure services. By offering proven solutions to accelerate the deployment of advanced infrastructure virtualization with capabilities to visualize, control, and automate these infrastructures, IBM helps global organizations optimize their ROI from technology.Read More>