By this time, we all know that the Climate Change phenomenon is REAL and affecting us already. Weird weather patterns of rain, wind, heat, hurricanes, etc. over last few years have provided us enough evidence to ignore the facts. However, after educating ourselves, the million dollar question remains:
Action speaks much louder than words.
An ounce of practice is worth more than a ton of theory.
My family and I are taking a small step next month by joining BAPS Charities Walkathon in Milpitas! …
We all have witnessed vast volumes of new year wishes, resolutions and predictions for 2018. In fact, some of us might have forgotten or broken their new year commitments already! So from all practical aspects, 2018 is no longer a new year, but merely a current year.
As we set our eyes on the future goals of our individual lives, our careers, and our financial aspirations here are the nine essential leadership qualities that everyone should strive to develop before the new year of 2019! Everyone is a leader of one’s individual life and can positively influence their destiny with…
After spending almost seven years at Cisco in various organizations and leadership roles, the time has come for me to move on. It’s an opportunity to reflect and rejoice all the amazing years spent there and re-innovate my future career path in the big scheme of life.
At the time of joining Cisco in December of 2010, I had originally planned to spend around five years there. I owe it all to the great people, colleagues, and friends because of whom I didn’t realize exceeding my committed timeframe. Business decisions are transient, but the memories that we collect through meaningful…
Commercial drones are moving from a novelty item to an indispensable business tool, with PwC pegging the potential opportunity size at $127B in its report, “Clarity from Above”. However, there is a key element that is needed before drones can be successful in enterprise applications: they must be integrated into regular workflow systems, instead of existing in their own silos.
It’s like saying “let’s talk” instead of “let’s talk over a telephone” in the world of voice communication.
As adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) makes the world more “connected,” drones or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are no exceptions. We see an increasing number of cloud-connected drones deployed for commercial applications. However, what happens when there is an absence of continuous connectivity?
Fortunately, fog computing can step in where wireless or LTE connectivity might fail.
Fog-enabled drones create endless possibilities for commercial use. My colleague Chuck Byers offers a great example in his recent drone delivery use case blog for Open Fog Consortium. But the commercial use of drones plus fog computing doesn’t stop when pizza…
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to deliver a keynote speech at the Global Software Architecture Conference, in Santa Clara, California, about digital disruption and the future of technology innovation. Today, I’ll share the key takeaways, including the complete presentation (click below).
Although Gartner’s definition of Digital Business has been around for quite some time, people find it very difficult to realize the amazing transformation happening around us. From the days of the first general purpose computer ENIAC that carried out 5000 operations/second at the cost of $5.5 million in 1946 to today’s musical greeting cards that are 1.1…
A few weeks back media outlets were buzzing with articles quoting or referring to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ letter to shareholders. Exhibit 99.1 in Amazon’s SEC filings. Everyone loved how Bezos described Day 1 vs. Day 2 for his 20-year-old baby-Amazon.
“Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?”
“Day 2 is stasis. Followed by irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline. Followed by death. And that is why it is always Day 1.”
And when asked the question about how to fend off Day 2 symptoms while retaining the vitality of Day 1, he did a fantastic job articulating crucial elements…
Speech control of drones and robots is so popular these days that a simple Google search reveals about 14 million results on the topic. However, many of these projects are meant for hands-on technical people as opposed to business or operational folks interested mainly in outcomes. Wait no more. Cisco is already in the process of enabling speech-controlled drones and bots for secure enterprise requirements. It’s highly likely they’ll become an integral part of Cisco’s Autonomous Systems Application Platform (ASAP) in the future.
Bringing enterprise-grade security, reliability and scalability to speech- and gesture-controlled bots can unleash the real business value.
As promised in my last blog post, here are some solutions to tackle the 7 fatal flaws of innovation. (Inspired by the book Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Flaws of Thinking.)
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. — Albert Einstein
We’re quite familiar with the word brainstorming, where we try to generate as many ideas as quickly as possible without judgment. “Framestorming” adds a “frame” element to the brainstorming activity and is intended to address the flaw of leaping.
The concept behind framestorming is not to find answers right…
A friend and colleague suggested an awesome book to me last week called Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Flaws of Thinking. Although the book focuses on limitations in our thought process, I could see how these same flaws are perfectly applicable to innovation initiatives at companies of all sizes and scope.
What follows are some of the parallels I discovered.
Flaw 1: Leaping
One of the most common human tendencies is to propose conclusive solutions without taking the needed time to understand the situation completely. Innovation often undergoes a similar fate without appropriately framing the context. “We’ve never…