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Thought Leadership

Expert insights on the trends and technologies that bring country transformation, influence the industry, impact the economy, affect customer behavior and help businesses balance costs and investment provided by our senior leadership.

September 14 A Digital India is A Possibility Today
Our digitising India vision is one of the most exciting initiatives the country has embraced to leapfrog us to the 21st century. What was once a visionary notion is now the new normal: technology is really as essential as the three utilities: water, gas, and electricity. Our government leaders have made it clear that broadband highways are as important as national highways. Through the government's Digital India program, infrastructure will be offered as a utility to every citizen, governance and services will be on demand and citizens will be digitally empowered. It is this Digital India vision that inspired us to unveil our Cisco Smart City today.


Dinesh Malkani,
President, India & SAARC

September 14 Digitizing India
Our digitizing India vision is one of the most exciting initiatives the country has embraced to leapfrog us to the 21st century. Given the huge divide between rural and urban India and the digital haves and have-nots, I believe that the Digital India Program is a master stroke in using technology as the great leveller for the citizens of India. The program, recently announced by the Prime Minister, charts a roadmap to a digital India where a digitally literal popilation can leverage technology for endless possibilities. What was once a visionary notion is now the new normal: technology is really as essential as the three utilities-water, gas, and electricity. Our government leaders have made it clear that broadband highways are as important as national highways. Today government leaders understand that while the end goal is to offer better services, foster innovation and generate more jobs, the critical enabler is going to be technology and the foundation to a digital nation will be laying a pan India network.


Dinesh Malkani,
President and Country Head, Cisco India &SAARC

August 14 Technology: What next for the IT Sector?
The Indian Information Technology (IT) and Information Technology enabled Services (ITeS) sectors have not only transformed the country’s image on the global platform, but also fuelled economic and social growth. They are seen as enablers of change because industries across the board depend on IT/ITeS to increase their business efficiency and grow in a dynamically changing economic environment.


Daisy Chittilapilly,
Director ITS, Cisco India & SAARC

June 14 Using the Internet to Power India's Next Transition
The world's largest democracy has spoken and just elected a new leader focused on creating a future filled with jobs, development and economic growth. As India begins this new journey with the mantra of "minimum government and maximum governance through technology", strategic investments in technology will be critical to building the platform to accelerate the country's goals and its position on the global stage.


John Chambers,
Chairman and chief executive officer, Cisco

June 14 Three Strategies for the New Era of Enterprise Cybersecurity
The pace of change for Information Technology is challenging established notions of "What is IT?" and "What is Information Security in the modern age?" For one example, the "new" data center technologies such as virtualization, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), service-oriented delivery models, and cloud computing have radically changed the typical IT infrastructure from a defined set of assets owned and controlled by the organization to a constantly fluctuating roster of resources that can come and go from IT department visibility and control.


John N. Stewart,
CSO, Cisco Systems, Inc.

March 14 Steering into a Wireless Era
Greater employee mobility is one of the biggest trends visible across organizations today. Today’s tech-savvy employees demand greater access to global expertise and greater flexibility in device usage. They expect to be enabled with the latest technologies so they can interact in their workplace just as they do at home through their device of choice from wherever they are. Mobile workers prefer to use wireless devices to do their jobs and need a wireless infrastructure that is easy to deploy and enables flexible, seamless communication with the enterprise in real time.


Mahesh Gupta,
Lead, Enterprise Network Architecture Sales Cisco,
India and SAARC

March 14 Application Centricity - The New Buzz in Town
Industry shifts are redefining IT at all levels. Cloud, mobility, and big data applications are causing a shift in data center models. On-premise IT consumption models are shifting to cloud-based services, IT as a service (IaaS) is being replaced by applications as a service. Integrated development and operations are becoming the order of the day as box-centric management models are migrating to application-centric management.


Rajesh Rege,
Director, Datacenter and Cloud Sales,
Cisco India and SAARC

February 14 Connections that Matter
The 21st century has clearly been an era of the "Internet." Vital as air and water to our daily lives, the Internet has helped to connect things, people, and data together. The power of this network of networks is growing exponentially and heading into an era which will be about the value the connections make possible.


Dinesh Malkani,
Vice President, Sales
Cisco India and SAARC

January 14 New Revenue Opportunities with Cloud
The changing landscape of the Internet and communications technologies has created new challenges and unearthed new growth opportunities for both partners as well as their customers. With today's businesses requiring more than just basic technology to reduce costs and grow efficiently, the network has emerged as the primary platform to support most critical business processes and align with customer demands.


B Raghavendran,
Director, Partner Organization,
Cisco India and SAARC

August 13 Setting the Pace for Mobility Innovation
Today, more things are connecting to the Internet than people. Cisc's Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) predicts some 25 billion devices will be connected by 2015, and 50 billion by 2020. As per Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) global mobile data traffic will grow 13-fold from 2012 to 2017, reaching 11.2 Exabytes per month in 2017. In India, IP traffic will reach an annual run rate of 33.6 Exabytes in 2017, up from an annual run rate of 5.5 Exabytes in 2012.


Sanjay Rohatgi,
Managing Director, Service Provider,
Cisco India and SAARC

June 13 ICT: Driving Economic Change (The Week Series VIII)
Technology, with its potential to transform lives across all verticals, plays a pivotal role in enabling countries world-over to change people's lives and the way enterprises function. Countries like India which have witnessed significant economic growth over the last few years are using innovative ICT technologies to build sustainable communities that foster inclusive growth. Redefining the way people work, play, learn and live, ICT is changing the global economic landscape in the areas of infrastructure, security and safety, environment sustainability, healthcare, education, financial and citizen services.


Puneet Gupta,
Director, Public Sector,
Cisco India & SAARC

June 13 Winning in the Downturn
Over the past few years, the IT Services industry has been credited with putting India on the global map as the largest knowledge based economy. This sector contributes nearly 8 per cent to our country's GDP (NASSCOM). NASSCOM has targeted $300 billion revenue from IT sector by 2020 and announced expansion of its focus to include internet, mobile technology and cloud computing.


Raghavendran B,
Director, ITS,
Cisco India & SAARC

June 13 Collaboration Gets Better with Video
Today, we live in a globally connected environment. Greater business demands and a more competitive marketplace mean that organizations must continually find new ways to be agile and increase speed to market while reducing costs. Effective communication and collaboration are critical. The ability to engage instantly across geographies and time zones with employees, suppliers, and customers is a must. Capturing knowledge and expertise is crucial as generational or location shifts occur in the workplace. At the same time, demand for greater work-life balance means freeing workers from specific physical locations.


Minhaj Zia,
Director, Collaboration Sales,
Cisco India and SAARC

May 13 Un-Weave the Hype Around Fabric Computing
The tech sector loves a new buzz word. Company slogans or hyped-up products also come and go. I believe it's good to stay sceptical of what gets thrown around because when a truly powerful shift happens, you can see it more clearly. We are dead-centre in one of the greatest recent shifts in tech-infrastructure in recent times: unified data centre fabrics.


Bernie Trudel,
Cloud CTO,
Cisco Asia Pacific

May 13 Content, Connectivity and Convergence (Connect World Special)
Broadband, a term that is often used synonymously with an internet access connection, has today become an indispensable tool for business users and consumers alike. It enables access to a plethora of services, including online shopping and banking, entertainment and gaming, remote education and teleworking, public services and healthcare, and this list is by no means exhaustive.


Sanjay Rohatgi,
Managing Director, Service Provider,
Cisco India & SAARC

May 13 SMBs Take the Tech Route (The Week Series VII)
Small and medium businesses (SMBs) play a crucial role in India's burgeoning economy, contributing a third of the country's overall GDP. Revenues from this sector are expected to touch $15 billion by 2015 (Zinnov). Technology and the mobile revolution are expected to quicken the growth in the SMB sector in the coming years. However SMBs face two key challenges when it comes to technology adoption and management: Access to capital and the lack of in-house IT expertise. Therefore, they want 'easy to use' products and solutions available at attractive price points, which will help manage the business, compete effectively and grow the bottom line.


Pramodh Menon,
Managing Director, Partner Business Group,
Cisco India & SAARC

May 13 Unlocking New Value from Data Deluge
By connecting to the internet through the smartphone to update online status on Facebook and twitter besides viewing and uploading photos on YouTube, people today access data and generate it online multiple times in a day. According to the 2012 Cisco Connected World Technology Report (CCWTR), there is an upcoming data deluge because 94% of GenY likes to upload photos online, 73% upload videos to share or store in internet sites and 75% have twitter accounts. Undoubtedly, tremendous amount of data is being generated by the escalating consumer demand for connectivity and real time access to content through smartphones and other personal devices which aid connectivity.


Sanjay Rohatgi,
Managing Director, Service Provider,
Cisco India & SAARC

May 13 Workforce 2020: What to Expect
Elroy D'Souza from Goa works for a retail firm as distribution and marketing manager for the region. Elroy begins his day by first checking his go- with- me communications device (he wears on his forearm) for messages, both personal and business (text, voice and videos) that have accumulated overnight. He then checks his personal homepage and switches to his professional dashboard, which gives him secure access to company resources ranging from a concierge function with GPS followme capabilities to a satellite uplink available through the IP connection.


Mahesh Gupta,
National Manager, Borderless Networks Sales,
Cisco India & SAARC

May 13 Cloud Computing: Emerging Trends
Expected to be an inflection point for cloud computing, 2013 holds a great potential for innovation driven by a surge in demand for reliable, secure, high speed and resilient mobile and broadband networks and infrastructure.


Rajesh Rege,
Director, Cloud and Datacentre Sales,
Cisco India & SAARC

April 13 Education Next (The Week Series VI)
Siddharth is a first year engineering student who is sitting along with his batch mates in a lecture hall in Hyderabad listening intently to the screen in front of him. The lecture hall is filled with students like him but has no teachers or professors. Eyes glued to the wall in front, all the students are watching the screen in rapt attention. It is not a cricket match or a documentary that keeps them engaged, but, a lecturer from Dubai. Welcome to Education 2.0, where the physical presence of a teacher is no longer necessary for students to learn.


Minhaj Zia,
Director Collaboration Business,
Cisco India and SAARC

Mar 13 Green IT and the Network
Thanks to the recent government initiatives and policies driving adoption, Green IT is becoming one of the most critical concerns for businesses across different verticals and industries in India, just like it is elsewhere in the world. According to the market research firm Gartner – India's spending on Green IT is set to hit US$45 billion this year and US$70 billion by 2015.


Anil Bhasin,
Senior Vice President,
Cisco Services & SAARC

Feb 13 Creating a Digital Converged Lifestyle
The Indian economy has been growing steadily over the last few years. In order to sustain this growth there is a need to ensure a more well-rounded development. Building an extensive broadband network across the country and enabling universally accessible, inexpensive broadband can ensure efficient delivery of technology-enabled healthcare, remote education and improve access to government services besides helping increase GDP.


Vish Iyer,
Director, Video Architecture,
Cisco Asia Pacific

Feb 13 The Path to Long-Term Success (The Week Series V)
Given the complex and challenging nature of the economy in general, it has become increasingly critical for banks to retain existing customers, while simultaneously attracting new ones. Increased competition means that banks need to move up from providing vanilla services to offering a slew of services encompassing conventional banking, and complex financial advisory services.


Avinash Purwar,
Sr. Vice President - Sales (BFSI),
Cisco India and SAARC

Jan 13 Video is the Game Changer for SMBs
Competing in today's competitive market that tends to be dominated by larger companies, small and mediums businesses (SMBs) often struggle to make it big. Expected to perform at par with large companies SMBs need to provide high levels of quality in products and services with fewer resources, lesser staff, and limited budgets to very astute customers. So it is critical for them to use technology and make the right investments to create a sustainable business model that would help achieve scale.


Dahnesh Dilkhush,
Director, Collaboration Business,
ITES & BFSI at Cisco India and SAARC

Jan 13 Cities of the future (The Week Series IV)
The world is undergoing a major transition and for the first time in human history, majority of the people in the world live in urban areas. Today, over 30% of India's population lives in urban areas. According to a UN State of the World Population report (2007), by 2030, 40.76% of India's population would be living in urban areas.


Anil Bhasin,
Senior VP, Services Business,
Cisco India and SAARC

Dec 12 Addressing the Tide (The Week Series III)
The mobile Internet has changed the way people communicate, stay informed, and are entertained. With more compelling services and mobile multimedia computing devices, users are increasingly entering the network and creating an enormous surge in mobile traffic. As per Cisco Visual Networking Index report, mobile traffic will grow 58-fold, from 2011-2016 in India – at a CAGR of 126%.


Sanjay Rohatgi,
President, Service Provider Business,
Cisco India and SAARC

Dec 12 The Age of the Mobile Worker
The workplace is no longer confined to one's workstation. Business operations have assumed a global flavor and require that offices across geographies are connected in a way that allows for quicker, smarter and more efficient information exchange.


Minhaj Zia,
Director, Collaboration Business,
Cisco India and SAARC

Nov 12 Connecting through the Cloud (The Week Series II)
The evolution of technology and an ever expanding collection of services are today helping consumers to connect from anywhere in order to live, work, play, and learn. Increasing broadband penetration and availability of a host of personal devices-Smartphones, Tablets, netbooks and laptops is enabling to easily share content and get personal updates online. Besides enhancing the 'digital lifestyle,' this is also leading to an increase in the quantity of data that is being exchanged (from kilobytes of digital text to terabytes of digital media).


Rajesh Rege,
Senior Vice President, Data Center and Cloud,
Cisco India and SAARC

Sep 12 'Working Hours' to 'Working Moments' (The Week Series 1)
Technology is evolving at a fast pace and is dramatically changing the way people interact with each other at work, at home, and on the move. As the boundaries between work and personal lives blur, people expect to access networks, applications, and information anywhere, at any time, on any device.


V C Gopalratnam,
VP IT and CIO, Globalisation,
Cisco

Aug 12 Social' is in
The way we work has undergone tremendous change over the years. Globalisation has enabled organisations to tap into talent pools world over and reach new markets. Technology has provided today's workforce with tools to interact in new ways and share knowledge. Consumer-based collaboration applications (Facebook) are being used for business interactions while various Web 2.0 technologies provide employees access and input to more information, content, and expertise. Mobility meanwhile has changed when, where, and how people work.


Dahnesh Dilkhush ,
Director, Collaboration Business (ITeS & BFSI),
Cisco India and SAARC

July 12 Virtual Workplaces Are Here to Stay
India, just like other parts of the world, is witness to a change in the way employees work. Mobility is becoming important and physical presence in office is no longer a measure of productivity. A new generation of multimedia-savvy employees brings mobile devices into the workplace expecting to be connected from wherever they are: home, hotels, airports, etc.


Janesh Moorjani,
President, Enterprise and Public Sector,
Cisco India and SAARC

July 12 The Content Storm is here
How would you feel if you are watching an interesting IPL match on your TV, but have to leave for office to attend an urgent meeting before the end of the match? Would you not wish that you could watch the nail-biting finish on your way to office maybe on another device? Now imagine the business benefits if IPL could be streamed live on every device that has a plug or a battery. How will it work for the business partners and for the fans?
Imagine what will happen when Internet, TV, and mobile networks are unified. When they are just different windows to a world of infinite content choice; you will be able to pause the cricket match on your TV and pick it up on your Smartphone or on your iPad on the move. You could also watch it on your computer at work. This is the future of video.


Sanjay Rohatgi,
Senior Vice President, Service provider,
Cisco, India & SAARC

July 12 Going Green for a Better Living
Environmental sustainability is a major global trend of the 21st century. A growing consensus from the scientific community that global warming is largely man-made has increased pressure on governments, corporations and consumers to come up with innovative measures that reduce carbon footprint. Limited energy supply and skyrocketing costs are driving the adoption of 'green technology.' Developing infrastructure that improves a community's environmental standing has become priority. Slowly, but surely, green buildings are becoming standard.


Srivalsan Ponnachath,
SVP, Services Sales,
Cisco India and SAARC

April 12 The Vertical Growth Path
India's GDP has grown over 8% in the last three years, making it one of the fastest growing economies in the world. This growth momentum is predicted to remain at 7-8% until 2020, facilitated by attracting global investments besides tackling socio-economic development issues and instilling governance robustness. Small-and-Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) play a big role in facilitating economic growth through affordable products/services and enable sustainable development by creating employment in rural and semi urban areas.


Pramodh Menon,
President, Partner Business Group,
Cisco India & SAARC

April 12 Tech-Banking ... Banking Transformed (Connected World Series - VI)
Operating in an intensely competitive market, Indian banks and financial institutions are faced with the challenge to attract and retain valuable customers through a blend of robust core financial expertise, innovative products and services, a differentiated user experience, and a cutting edge technology-powered backbone.


Naresh B Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco India and SAARC

April 12 Up, Close and Digital
Technology is evolving at a fast pace and consumers worldwide are embracing a 'digital culture' thanks to a host of new age devices that are dramatically changing the way we interact with each other as well as how we entertain ourselves whether at home, at work or on the move. Empowered consumers of today demand rich, "connected" experiences that they can control and share.


Sanjay Rohatgi,
Senior Vice President, Service Provider,
Cisco India & SAARC

MAR 12 Anywhere Workers (Connected World Series - V)
Technology is evolving at a fast pace and dramatically changing the way people interact with each other at work, at home and on the move. By 2013 the mobile phone is projected to become the most common device for accessing the Internet. This change is directed by a series of trends that include explosive growth of Smartphones, consumerization of IT, and move towards cloud-based software application delivery.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco India and SAARC

MAR 12 Online TV Enhances Viewing Experience (Connected World Series – IV)
In shops, homes, streets, and cafes – in fact, anywhere with a TV – scores of Indians watched what was one of the most important events in the country’s history–the Cricket World Cup 2011. While thousands watched the event over television, millions watched the matches online. According to a report from comScore, online video viewing in India experienced a sharp increase in February and March 2011 when more than 37 million video streams were viewed on sports sites. Nearly 32 million viewers watched online video from a home or work location, representing 75 percent of the entire online audience (these figures do not include viewing from Internet cafes or via mobile devices).


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco India

MAR 12 When Small Becomes Big and Big Becomes Global
The rising prominence of SMBs in India is a sign that the segment is a key growth driver across all industry verticals. As they continue to grow and expand, SMBs are increasingly becoming part of a global ecosystem and leveraging technology is a means to achieving scale. However, most SMBs looking to expand globally pay more attention to the cost of acquisition compared to the return on the investment over the lifecycle of the solution.


Pramodh Menon,
President, Partner Business Group,
Cisco India & SAARC

FEB 12 Technology Can Make Learning More Efficient (Connected World Series - III)
For students of classes seven and eight in the remote villages of Bichali, Talmari and Tungabhadra of Raichur, learning English is no daunting task because they do not have to leave their villages and go far to learn the language. They instead connect virtually with their teachers in the nearby cities employing collaboration tools (interactive audio, video, web collaboration, and instant messaging (IM) tools) to learn English using the local vernacular language (Kannada) as the medium of instruction. Thrice a week, teachers from the city utilize the Internet to deliver high quality supplementary courses remotely to these students.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco, India and SAARC

FEB 12 My Office is My Home and on My Tablet
Like most other businessmen of his time, Mr Kumar remained connected to his laptop while at work, at home, even on travel. The fact that his job was more 'sales' focused and business took him across geographies meant that the need to be connected was paramount. Today, three years down the line, Mr Kumar no longer lugs around with his laptop and charger. His Apple iPad does most of the work his notebook did. While he still retains his notebook, the need to use it has reduced considerably thanks to the iPad.


Minhaj Zia,
Director, Collaboration Sales,
Cisco India & SAARC

FEB 12 Intelligent Infra to Be Reality Soon (Connected World Series - II)
Imagine a person shutting down the lights and air-conditioning in office from his desk-phone while leaving the office, or travelling; imagine switching the lights on and playing music at home using a mobile handset. No longer science fiction, this is the promise of 'Intelligent buildings' and a reality in many parts of the world.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco India

JAN 12 Healthcare Now via Video - (Connected World Series - I)
Nearly 30,000 villagers in the Raichur district of Karnataka will soon be able to access doctors across several specializations from the comfort of their homes without having to travel long distances. This is because telemedicine is being offered to these villagers through a public-private partnership by the Government of Karnataka using a video based solution.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco India

JAN 12 Collaboration: What's next?
Globally, the 'workplace' is evolving. Productivity at work today has less to do with the individual's physical proximity to his/her workplace and more to do with access to the network and to collaborative tools. According to a recent report commissioned by Cisco, 60% of the employees surveyed felt that it was unnecessary to be in the office to be productive. Major technological and demographic transitions are fundamentally changing the way we communicate, work and collaborate. Taken individually, each one of these trends by itself is very powerful. Taken together, what we see is a tremendous transformational force.


Dinesh Malkani,
Managing Director, Collaboration Sales,
Asia Pacific & Japan

JAN 12 Banking 2012
A new set of customers are walking into banks today. They are highly technology and social media savvy. These young customers often referred to as 'Gen Y' or Millenials, want advice about how to manage their day-to-day finances and trust their banks to be the primary providers of advice. In addition to the bank, they are likely to use both family and friend networks for financial advice and consult social networking and other online sites for advice, underlining the potential of peer supported online communities.


Avinash Purwar,
Senior Vice President - Financial Services Industry,
Cisco India & SAARC

DEC 11 Take Broadband to the Masses
The Indian economy has been growing steadily over the last few years. To sustain this growth there is a need to ensure a more well-rounded development that includes remote rural pockets. Financial inclusion of the poor and vulnerable groups and provision of better access to healthcare and education is critical to achieve equitable development. The role of technology in furthering these ambitions is pivotal.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco India and SAARC

DEC 11 Leading from the Front
Globally, there are many successful companies, although only a handful of them can sustain their success over a long period of time. Those who manage to do that are the ones who have a clear vision and strong guidance from their leadership. Given the complexities that exist in the 21st century, the quality of leaders helps determine how organizations utilize opportunities in order to succeed.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco India & SAARC

DEC 11 Video 2.0: Delivering the Connected Experience
Video has today almost completely re-shaped the Internet and created entirely new ways of viewing content. The popularity of internet video is growing fast and new capabilities in the IP network are delivering video experience to consumers in ways like never before.


Sanjay Rohatgi,
Senior VP (Service Provider),
Cisco India and SAARC

DEC 11 Indian IT: Achieving Non-Linear Growth
According to Nasscom's Strategic Review 2010 on the IT-BPO sector in India, the Indian IT sector will aggregate revenues of $88.1 billion in FY2011, with the IT software and services sector (excluding hardware) accounting for $76.1 billion of revenues. The domestic market is at an inflection point with the rise of India Inc. and growing adoption of IT to achieve greater efficiencies. The Government is fuelling IT adoption through the UIDAI and National eGovernance Programmes (NeGP), which create large scale IT infrastructure and promote corporate participation.


Jagdish Mahapatra,
Senior Vice President, ITS Sales,
Cisco India and SAARC

NOV 11 Technology for the Betterment of People
Emerging economies like India are grappling with the challenges of globalisation and trying to put in place 'strategies' that help make the most of the opportunities it presents for country transformation. The role of technology in furthering these ambitions is pivotal and prominent. Speed, scale and flexibility are key.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco India and SAARC

OCT 11 Technology Fosters Business Continuity
The adoption of technology by enterprises has accelerated tremendously over the last few years and redefined the way enterprises run their businesses, facilitate communication among their stakeholders, and conduct research and development. As technology continues to evolve and provide businesses with new tools to collaborate and communicate effectively, factors such as geography, time and distance are becoming less relevant; the redundancy of 'physical' office spaces is beginning to grow.


VC Gopalratnam,
VP, IT and CIO, Globalization,
Cisco

AUG 11 Leveraging Local Innovation for Global Growth
Globalization has caused our world to shrink. With the increasing integration of the markets for products, services, labor, and capital worldwide, the economic, cultural, demographic, political, and environmental needs of various countries are becoming interdependent. To remain competitive in such a globalized marketplace, companies must continuously innovate. Successful companies understand that globalization can help shore up competitive advantage because it provides access to diverse intellectual capabilities, ensures lower labor costs, and presents growth opportunities- along with the ability to bring products to market more quickly.


VC Gopalratnam,
VP IT, and CIO, Globalization,
Cisco

MAY 11 The Tweet Wagon
As technology trends alter the way businesses and people communicate and operate the boundaries between work and personal lives have blurred. Today's workforce expects to access networks, applications and information anywhere, at any time, on any device - giving rise to a multi-screen environment. As a result, people are learning to have 'working moments' rather than 'working hours' - which can spill over into their 'personal time' as well. As workforces become more distributed and the consumerization of IT becomes a reality, organizations have to update appropriate policies and accommodate employee needs while balancing risk and security.


V C Gopalratnam,
CIO Cisco Globalisation and VP Information Technology,
Cisco

APR 11 Banking the unbanked
The Indian economy is back to its pre-crisis growth trajectory. According to latest estimates the country's GDP grew 8.6 per cent in 2010-11 in real terms. Yet 50% of India's 1.15 billion people do not have bank accounts; 95% no general insurance; and 98% no participation in the capital market; this despite 64,000 bank branches and 80,000 ATMs in the country.


Anil Bhasin,
Senior Vice President, Sales,
Cisco India & SAARC

MAR 11 Benefits of Triple P
Although rapid socio-economic and technological changes in the recent past have contributed to sustainable development across the globe, governments across the world are under pressure to deliver services to citizens more effectively and efficiently. In countries like India, which are experiencing rapid economic growth, delivering government services at citizens' doorsteps is a critical milestone for the government. Technology is the backbone of this endeavor and IT systems are a critical foundation for the government to become more connected to citizens, businesses and partner agencies.


Sandeep Raina,
Senior Vice President,
Cisco India & SAARC

FEB 11 Reducing TCO through Technology
The Indian market has evolved over the last couple of years, and organizations today realize the value of technology for reducing costs, streamlining processes and improving efficiencies to remain competitive. Technology is being looked upon, not just as a business enabler but also a trusted partner to achieve the desired business objectives. IT spending has increased across verticals like BFSI, telecom, government, education, healthcare and manufacturing.


Jagdish Mahapatra,
Vice President, ITS sales,
Cisco India & SAARC

FEB 11 Green IT For a healthier environment
Going green is top priority for most organizations today. Having realized that green technology brings with it, improved business productivity and a significant reduction in energy costs, companies are beginning to include concepts such as green data centers, virtualization, power management, re-cycling and e-waste management as part of their corporate agenda.


V C Gopalratnam,
VP, IT and CIO, Globalization,
Cisco

FEB 11 Secret to success
Globally, there are many successful companies, although only a handful of them manage to sustain their success over a long period of time. Those who do are the ones who command respect from the industry and have the ability to stand firm and tall despite adversities.  These are the companies that have earned adoration because of innovations that they churn out through their 'fresh' ideas and are admired for their fanatical customer base.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco India and SAARC

FEB 11 Video as the new voice
India has come a long way in the last two decades. Innovations in the telecom sector have transformed our lives in unimaginable ways, empowering us with powerful tools to communicate, collaborate and access information.  Since its introduction, three decades ago, the mobile phone has become the single most powerful communication tool in the hands of people, ushering in a 'voice' revolution across the country.


Naresh Wadhwa,
Country Manager, President and Country Manager,
Cisco India & SAARC

JAN 11 Retail banking: Addressing Gen Y
Retail banking is undergoing a change both in the terms of offerings, consumption and customer behavior. Gen Y, a new generation of customers who are 18- to 30-year-old, and have grown up with Internet, social media, video, and interactive games expect banks to use such tools in their interactions. These customers use technology in every aspect of life, including taking control of their financial development.


Anil Bhasin,
Senior Vice President, Sales,
Cisco India & SAARC

JAN 11 Great Expectations from the New age CIO
The mission of IT in enterprises is changing; IT strategy and capabilities are becoming more and more closely aligned to the company’s business objectives and the predominant role of the CIO is to enable revenue growth. This does not mean that the mandate to improve cost efficiency will fade away. For CIOs, the most important technology objective is to help improve knowledge management as well as respond quickly to market changes.


V C Gopalratnam,
VP, IT and CIO, Globalization,
Cisco

JAN 11 Intelligent Urbanization and its relevance for India
The world is undergoing a major transition and for the first time in human history, a majority of the people in the world, live in urban areas. Globally, by 2050, at least 100 new cities will have more than a million residents. According to the 2007 UN State of the World Population report, by 2030, 40.76% of India’s population would be living in urban areas. Today, over 29% of India’s population lives in urban areas. The key reason for this migration to urban areas is the ease of access to key services, such as, healthcare, education, banking, etc.


Srivalsan Ponnachath,
Director,
Cisco Services India & SAARC

DEC 10 The Evolving Internet: A look ahead to 2025
Although the Internet is an integral part of existence in many parts of the world today, only one third of the world's population has ever 'surfed' online (almost five billion people haven't) and less than one-fifth of those who use the Internet do so regularly. Therefore, it is hard to predict the Internet's evolution­­­­­­­, from who will have access, how, when, and at what price in future. Uncertainty continues on the Internet's role as an engine for innovation and creation of commercial, social, and human value.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco India and SAARC

NOV 10 Success comes with good leadership
Historically, successful companies have had a clear vision and strong guidance from their leadership. When asked how to be a good leader, Jack Welch had answered, "Be yourself", this, to me, means being natural and cultivating an environment of openness at work.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco India and SAARC

NOV 10 Telemedicine  is the Future of Healthcare
For any government, ensuring that all citizens have access to quality healthcare is a fundamental responsibility and an essential economic function. Healthcare must be accessible, affordable, and responsive, both to the constantly changing medical and clinical needs of patients as well as to the broader demographic, social, and cultural shifts that typify the modern world.


Vishal Gupta,
VP Advanced Services,
Cisco Systems

OCT 10 Innovation through Global Investment
Innovation is a must for the success of any global organization. Employing a multifaceted strategy to incubate it, would help earn early success. A catalyst for innovation is acquisition, designed to complement any organization’s internal research and development and industry partnerships. A lesser known strategy is also to invest around the world to convert opportunities into innovation success stories.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco India and SAARC

AUG 10 Infrastructure Development - An imperative for Inclusive Growth
India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world today. A matter of pride indeed, except that this economic boom appears to be in distress without an infrastructure to match. Everything from good roads and modern transport to reliable power and clean water are in short supply. This infrastructure deficit is not only coming in the way of achieving prosperity but is also widening the gap between the rich and poor, potentially destabilizing the nation.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President & Country Manager,
Cisco India and SAARC

AUG 10 Technology Innovation for the Community
The importance of technology as a platform for development is now widely acknowledged. Technology innovation, traditionally focused on enterprises has eventually filtered into wider public use and many innovations that were initially targeted at a specific industry have become universally relevant. IT for example, has since its inception, become the chief determinant for the progress of nations, communities and individuals. Considered crucial for the empowerment of society, the Internet has been the superhighway on which economies have surged ahead. Broadband today is playing a similar role.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco India & SAARC

JUL 10 Enterprises of the future - Moving beyond geography and time
The enterprise space has become complex and fast changing due to operating across varying geographies, new business models and new customer segments. This new type of enterprise must be able to innovate and learn at a speed equal to or greater than the speed of change in their addressable markets. Although adoption of technology is not new to enterprises, the scope of technology use has increased radically in the last few years.


V. Gopalratnam,
VP, Information Technology and CIO Globalisation,
Cisco

MAY 10 Why make Information Communication Technology a priority?
Access to broadband makes countries globally competitive, creates jobs, entrepreneurs, and even new business models. Yet, as pro-found an impact as the Internet has made so far, we are still at the early stages. In India, broadband penetration is still less than three percent and we rank 43 on the Networked Readiness Index (2009-2010) report by the World Economic Forum. So, as a country what can we do to improve our competitiveness and sustain it?


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco. India & SAARC

MAR 10 Way to better healthcare
Healthcare as a sector in India is growing, as is the country's reputation for medical tourism and affordable drugs. According to a report by Technopak Advisors, healthcare, a $35 billion industry in India, is expected to cross $75 billion by 2012 and $150 billion by 2017.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
India and Saarc, Cisco

JAN 10 Readying India for 2010
Though India was largely cushioned from the effects of the global recession it did affect businesses in nearly every industry. As the economy shows signs of recovery it is important for companies and the country at large, to take decisive action and reprioritize. We still remain one of the fastest growing economies in the world. And with one of the largest and youngest pool of skilled and English speaking talent, we are on the threshold of being recognized as a R&D destination.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco, India & SAARC

DEC 09 Need for Greater Role of Industry in Higher Education in India
For India to become economically, politically, and socially developed, education is critical. As a result the government must assume the responsibility for providing and financing education, especially basic education. Today, India already produces some of the most talented and intelligent students and workers, but questions related to quality, access, and equity still challenge educational planners. In corroboration, a recent study titled Effective Education for Employment (EEE) by Edexcel stated that there is a huge mismatch between what is being taught in schools, colleges and universities and the knowledge, skills and behavior businesses and organisations are looking for, in new recruits.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco, India & SAARC

NOV 09 Transformational Changes through Web 2.0
Great changes are now occurring throughout organizations worldwide. New and rapidly evolving Web 2.0 networking technologies promise the next great advances in information technology and business capabilities.


Padmasree Warrior,
Chief Technology Office,
Cisco Systems, Inc.

NOV 09 The Wireless Enterprise
Today's organisations must contend with increasingly complex communication environments featuring a wide array of communication methods. Employees, business partners, customers, and geographies communicate with one another through infinite combinations of wired, wireless, and mobile phones; voice messaging; e-mail; fax; mobile clients; and rich-media conferencing. And most often, employees are away from the office, working from hotels, their own homes, and even from their clients offices.


Sridevi Koneru,
Director/Head, WNBU-India,
Cisco Systems India

NOV 09 Creating an Integrated Infrastructure
The industrial revolution was built and sustained on infrastructure such as rail, roads, and telephone lines, paving the way for new cities and new connections for people and businesses around the globe. Today, much of it is being driven by the global network - everything is becoming connected.


G.B. Kumar,
Senior Vice President,
Cisco Services, Cisco India & SAARC

SEPT 09 Taking a Strategic Approach to Technology Financing
In order to compete successfully in today's business environment, companies recognize that they have to be diligent in making the most of their resources. Businesses, regardless of size, are now trying to preserve both the cash they have on hand and their credit lines which places more scrutiny on capital equipment purchases.


Gautam Munish,
Vice President,
Cisco Capital India

JUN 09 Transformational Business Models: Making the Benefits of Growth Accessible to Every Indian
The world economy is now in its biggest growth slump probably since the Great Depression. Few predicted the scale and the impact of the current downturn after the sub-prime mortgage market in the United States collapsed banks both in the US and elsewhere, and left millions unemployed, globally. The G20 meet in London a few months ago was definitely the most important meeting of world leaders since World War II. Our leaders pledged USD 1 trillion to the International Monetary Fund - this historic and groundbreaking attempt was probably a first-of-its-kind, intended to drive global economic recovery.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco, India & SAARC

MAY 09 How Emerging Nations Could Drive Eco-Sustainable Development
Environmental sustainability is fast becoming a strategic priority globally. In recent years, governments, corporations, individuals and non-profit organisations, in both the developed and emerging world have intensified their sustainability efforts, although for different reasons - from rising oil prices, concerns over depletion of fossil fuels and global warming, to the larger need to save our planet for future generations.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco, India & SAARC

MAY 09 The Future of Business: Going the Green Way
Technology has the power to transform how the world approaches its environmental and energy issues. The Internet and networking technology is at the heart of a global technological ecosystem where people and businesses live, work, play and learn in a more environmentally responsible way. The fact is, today, a "Green IT " strategy is a must for corporations globally. However, to embark on this journey, corporations might have to consider questions like- do green practices always have to be about sacrifice, or can they actually contribute to a corporations' profitability? Are there significant revenue opportunities or cost savings that can be realized by "going green "?


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco, India & SAARC

JAN 09 CRN - Outlook 2009 Special
According to global research firm IDC, India and China will contribute to half the total IT spend in 2009, providing us with huge opportunities and I couldn’t agree more. If we focus on growing and energizing the market we can undoubtfully fuel India’s rise in the global economy. However, one must take into consideration the current economic scenario while mapping out a go-to-market strategy. At this point, the best solution is to concentrate on long-term goals despite the slowdown.


R Dhamodaran,
Sr. Vice President, Channel Operations and Commercial Strategy,
Cisco, India & SAARC

JAN 09 Leasing Can Facilitate Technology Refresh
A common subject of debate at various forums for CTOs and CIOs across the world today is increasing operational efficiencies. A key aspect involved in efficiency is that of how best to maximize returns from IT infrastructure. As organizations adopt more complex technology in order to meet the needs of their customers, IT purchase decisions too become increasingly time-consuming and vexing. The choice of the correct time and manner in which an organization should look to upgrade or refresh its IT infrastructure is crucial because most CTOs know that by the time a technology solution has been fully implemented, new and more advanced versions of the same technology begin to appear in the market.


Gautam Munish,
Vice President,
Cisco Capital India.

DEC 08 Enabling Online Education through Social Networking
Back in the day when I was a student, knowledge was seen as ‘remote’ because it was brought into the classroom by the teacher. Today, it is indeed interesting to see how technology has transformed the way education is imparted; the teacher is viewed only as a facilitator while students actively share their knowledge with each other, making the classroom ‘remote’ and not knowledge. By following this model, students have access to a more hands on process that enhances their involvement and passion towards learning.


Lokesh Mehra,
Regional Manager-Corporate Social Responsibility,
Cisco, South Asia.

DEC 08 TelePresence - Enabling Collaborative Success
We live in a world of paradox. Technology allows us to collaborate with co workers, partners and customers all over the world at a moments notice, yet business is still based on the quality of relationships with the people you interact with most often. For us to then excel in today’s fast-moving, global business environment, one must continuously innovate to maintain an edge and have the ability to respond holistically to concerns that affect business continuity.


Anil Bhasin,
Senior Vice President, West,
Cisco India & SAARC

NOV 08 How telecom can empower rural India
Telecom and network connectivity have widely been seen as enablers of a nation's socio-economic growth; a McKinsey study cites that a 10% increase in teledensity contributes to 0.6% of GDP growth. Though urban India is reaping the benefits of the telecom revolution, rural teledensity is still low, at only 8%.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco India & SAARC.

NOV 08 The virtual corporation
Imagine an executive who needs to pull together an impromptu meeting with a globally dispersed team simply clicking on a link that transforms the sides of his office into display screens. He then interacts with clear, 3-D-like images of his counterparts-one in China working from home, one in India traveling in a car, and one in the United Kingdom sitting outside in a park.


Wim Elfrink,
Executive Vice President, Cisco Services & Chief Globalization Officer,
Cisco Systems, Inc.

OCT 08 Enhancing Employability of India’s IT Workforce
In a city like Hyderabad, a BPO job may not be tough to come by. However consider the case of K. Pushpanjali, the 20 year daughter of a construction laborer who was unable to finish high school due to financial constraints. For her, a white-collar job seemed a distant dream a few years ago. After receiving basic computer and soft skills training from an IT Essentials course she works today as a call center executive at GHMC (Greater Hyderabad Municipal Council). The job has changed Pushpanjali’s life and fuelled her ambitions.


Lokesh Mehra,
Regional Manager-Corporate Social Responsibility,
Cisco, South Asia

SEP 08 Innovation as a process
Aspiring innovators frequently confuse invention from innovation. While both involve creativity to create a new product, process, idea, or thinking, innovation is more than that. After creating something new, innovation would make it a reality through action and implementation. In many ways, one can say that innovation is organized invention.


Aravind Sitaraman,
VP & Managing Director,
Cisco Development Organization, India

AUG 08 Supporting business requirements throughout the network lifecycle
The world around us is evolving from a place where networking was about connectivity to one where networking is intelligent, and where it plays a vital role in improving business performance and processes. As business and technology grow ever more closely aligned, the network is evolving into a strategic platform, for agility and better integration of people, information, and ideas.


G.B. Kumar,
Senior Vice President, Customer Advocacy,
Cisco India & SAARC

AUG 08 The art of acquiring growth in a globalised world
As the information technology revolution, driven by globalisation, sweeps through the emerging economies it is spurring innovation and allowing the creation of unexpected and disruptive business models. Traditional borders are fading away as markets for products, services, and labor become integrated around the world.


Wim Elfrink,
Executive Vice President, Cisco Services & Chief Globalization Officer,
Cisco Systems, Inc.

AUG 08 Broadening horizons
Traditionally, companies focused on investments in research and development, marketing, and sales for one purpose - to make customers successful. By pouring money into research and innovation aimed at increasing value of their products, managing product life cycles, evangelizing product suites and capabilities, and motivating their channels and sales force with appropriate incentives, companies and their customers were immensely successful.


Aravind Sitaraman,
VP & Managing Director,
Cisco Development Organization, India

JUL 08 How globalization is helping companies leverage emerging markets for growth
Thomas Friedman in his book ‘The World is Flat’ captured the essence of today’s new era of globalization. Globalization has made our world smaller. As the markets for products, services, labor, and capital increasingly integrate worldwide, we are witnessing the increasing economic, cultural, demographic, political, and environmental interdependence of different locations around the world.


Wim Elfrink,
Executive Vice President, Cisco Services & Chief Globalization Officer,
Cisco Systems, Inc.

JUL 08 Trespassers will be recruited
The war for talent is only growing more intense by the day and though India has the demographic advantage, the shortfall of skilled workers is worrying. Industry-academia alliances are the need of the hour to make the professional academic courses more industry relevant and hence fill the talent gap.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco India & SAARC

JUL 08 Spurring local innovation for global growth
With the retail landscape across India changing at a rapid pace, the Indian customer is looking beyond the quality of product offering, price, after sales service, ease of use and total cost of ownership, and demanding business value. In such a context a keen insight into the customer’s business problems and how these can be addressed, will help retain the customer.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco India & SAARC

JUN 08 Evolving from a vendor to trusted advisor
An IT vendor who is able to supply the required hardware remains what he is – an IT vendor. However, a vendor who makes recommendations and offers service solutions that go beyond the customer's current needs while taking into consideration the direction, scalability, response time, logistics, geography, and growth plan turns into a trusted advisor.


Ajay Goel,
Senior Vice President - Industry Business, Strategy, Operations,
Cisco India & SAARC

MAY 08 Globalisation and networked economy: A virtuous cycle
The world is recognizing the strong correlation between technology and global competitiveness. As the information technology revolution sweeps through the emerging economies, driven by globalization, it is spurring innovation and allowing the creation of unexpected and disruptive business models.


Wim Elfrink,
Executive Vice President, Cisco Services & Chief Globalization Officer,
Cisco Systems, Inc.

APR 08 Talent a strategic priority, training a crucial tool
Simply focusing on the top talent might backfire for globalizing companies, as the average employee is crucial for sustaining the company's success. Strategic training gains importance in developing talent in this segment.


Aravind Sitaraman,
VP & Managing Director,
Cisco Development Organization, India

APR 08 Intelligent networks: A competitive differentiator in customer service
Differentiating products and solutions has become crucial in order to survive in an increasingly competitive world. It is an established fact that customers are happiest with human interaction and 'Intelligent Networking' plays a crucial part in making this possible.


G.B. Kumar,
Senior Vice President, Customer Advocacy,
Cisco India & SAARC

MAR 08 Channel vision: 2010
With its channel programme widely considered the best in the industry, Cisco recognizes it as a big competitive advantage. Continued investment to enable partners' transformation is the best way to build capacity, expand capabilities, and enhance loyalty only logical next step.

Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco India & SAARC

MAR 08 Being customer focused: The customer advocacy imperative
Rapid strides in technology have rendered established push/pull marketing useless and even highly touted customer relationships are failing. With the accelerating growth of customer power, customer advocacy has become the need of the hour.


G.B. Kumar,
Senior Vice President, Customer Advocacy,
Cisco India & SAARC

NOV 07 Developing networking talent: Educational initiatives by Cisco India
Aiding the creation and empowerment of the Indian knowledge workers is a vital focus for Cisco India. Making use of our market strength, industry experience, and business acumen, a broad range of economic, educational, and social initiatives have been undertaken as a part of the endeavor.


Naresh Wadhwa,
President and Country Manager,
Cisco India & SAARC

NOV 07 Transform your business with next generation collaboration solutions
The new internet driven revolution has enabled an entirely new level of instant, complex collaboration across the global human network with many organizations harnessing the power of technology to do business across borders. This global collaboration will continue to fundamentally change business models, relationships, political networks, innovation, and learning.


Ajay Goel,
Senior Vice President - Industry Business, Strategy, Operations,
Cisco India & SAARC

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