Read this article about Cisco, one of our finalists, in the category Best Achievement in Cultural Transformation & Sustainability to deliver a high performing Enterprise Excellence Culture, selected by the independent judging panel, for the 2019 Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Industry Awards program. Click here to read articles on other finalists.
My Innovation Program
After holding a series of company-wide focus groups, Cisco discovered that employees were eager to innovate in their work but were unclear about the pathways for successfully nurturing new ideas to the implementation phase. To address this need, Alex and his team launched a series of innovation initiatives for employees under the “My Innovation” umbrella. These initiatives include challenges, events, programs, physical makerspaces, and various learning opportunities. Anchored by Cisco’s annual Innovate Everywhere Challenge (IEC), Cisco empowers the company’s 74,000+ employees, across 135+ sites, 90 countries and four continents to bring their ideas to life. Mirroring a startup environment – where employees play the roles of founders, angel investors, mentors, and developers – this companywide competition connects employees with an ecosystem of innovators inside and outside of Cisco. The first three IECs resulted in 25+ proof of concepts, 20 ventures with follow-up investment, and four ventures adopted by the business. Additionally, solutions developed from the IEC have had a multi-million-dollar business impact for Cisco over the past two years.
The company’s physical makerspaces, thingQbators, located globally (Bedfont Lakes, Pune, San Jose, Bangalore, Krakow, Dubai) allow employees to take time out of their day to experiment and get “hands-on” with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, robotics, AI, drones, 3D printers and more. Any employee within Cisco can learn about these technologies by participating in workshops and receive training and mentoring to help turn their ideas into working prototypes that help business, society and the world at large. Cisco makes a conscious effort to reinforce that employees across different departments and roles can become “makers” – inspiring a true culture shift centered on innovation and entrepreneurship. Learning opportunities such as Startup//Cisco equips employees with the skills and mindset of a startup founder. Employees learn and apply innovation methodologies to accelerate new projects so they can achieve stronger business outcomes faster and with fewer resources.
In leading these initiatives, Alex and team are driving the creation of disruptive business solutions and outcomes for customers and partners – helping Cisco and its partner ecosystem lead the digital economy.
The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards have been established to showcase globally the most outstanding organizational achievements through the application of Operational Excellence programs. Click here to view the Press Release.
The winners for all categories and for The Platinum Awards will be announced at The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Summit & Industry Awards on Wednesday March 20th, 2019, from 6.30pm, in the Venetian Ballroom at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort®.
The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards are open to all organizations, both private and public sector, across the globe, which have implemented Operational Excellence programs to deliver outstanding business results.
The 2019 Awards will be held in conjunction with the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit on March 20, 2019 in the Venetian Ballroom at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando™
BTOES is the industry’s biggest and best, senior-level, cross-industry gathering of Business Transformation & Operational Excellence industry leaders and senior executives.
It also hosts the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards, which showcase globally the most outstanding organizational achievements through the application of Operational Excellence programs.
The summits hosts a number of private forums for C-Level & Global corporate-level leaders as well as business unit heads.
With over 150 speakers, over 100 sessions, 12 Keynotes, 9 Track Themes, 5 parallel tracks, 60+ track sessions, 50 roundtable discussions, 20 Interactive Workshops, 6 Thought Leader Panels, 5 Leaders Boardrooms, 5 co-located events, the Industry Awards Program, Site Visits, 20+ hours of social networking including 2 gala cocktail parties, dinners, numerous group activities, this is the ultimate event to benchmark, network and drive Operational Excellence to the next level.
There is a strong focus on Cultural Transformation, Customer Delight, Sustaining an Operational Excellence program, Need for end-to-end Business Transformation, Keeping up with new technologies/impact of digitalization and Leadership Buy-in & Understanding. We dedicated two tracks to advanced technologies, such as AI, Machine Learning, RPA, Predictive Analytics, Blockchain, Cloud infrastructure etc.
The agenda is designed to encourage active meaningful conversations though all day enhanced networking and interaction opportunities, including
All-day Refreshment & Themed Breaks
1¼ Hour Hot Breakfast Networking Sessions
1½ Hour Hot Plated Networking Lunches with Topic & Industry Sector focussed tables
1½ Hour Roundtable Sessions by Topic & Industry Sector.
Keynote & Themes Panel Sessions
Hosted Welcome Receptions from 5.30pm
Expanded more lavish Awards Program
Newly launched Night Summit for attendees to meet after dinner
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