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The CISCO Challenge

The CISCO Challenge

Create an Actionable Solutions Architecture Blueprint while: Ensuring a rich, consistent, scalable, web 3.0-enabled experience for our customers and partners when they access different services offered across multiple endpoints (E.g. Mobile, social, touch pads, laptops, etc.)

Company Info

At Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) customers come first and an integral part of our DNA is creating long-lasting customer partnerships and working with them to identify their needs and provide solutions that support their success. The concept of solutions being driven to address specific customer challenges has been with Cisco since its inception. Husband and wife Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner, both working for Stanford University, wanted to email each other from their respective offices located in different buildings but were unable to due to technological shortcomings. A technology had to be invented to deal with disparate local area protocols; and as a result of solving their challenge - the multi-protocol router was born.

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CIO Profile

Mr.Guillermo Diaz
Senior Vice President, Connected IT Services (CITS), CISCO.

The Challenge


Mentor’s Profile

  • Thomas Vacca

    Architecture & Operations Lead for the Capgemini COMPLETE Service

  • Thomas Vacca is a Senior Manager at Capgemini in the United States. He is the Architecture & Operations Lead for the Capgemini COMPLETE Service. His role involves leading the Architecture and Operations teams supporting

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Jury Members

  • Mr.Shirish Joshi

    Director – IT Enterprise Architecture, CISCO.

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    Mr. Shirish Joshi

    Mr. Shirish Joshi has 26 years of experience in executive IT Management, architecture, design, build and implementing innovative systems solutions.

    His functional, technical and leadership area of expertise includes:

    Architect and Design Global Enterprise Software Solutions

    Selection and Implementation packages

    Open Systems Strategic Planning

    Manufacturing Planning and Execution Systems

    Order Management and Distribution Systems

    Information Systems management

    Electronic Commerce

    Oracle Cooperative Applications

    Multinational, Multilanguage implementations


    Business Intelligence and Decision Making Advantage

    Enterprise Insights

    Building High Performance Teams

    Change Management

    Organization Transformations

  • Ashwin Yardi

    Corporate Vice President(Apps NA, UK and APAC offshore BU Leader)

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    Ashwin Yardi

    Ashwin Yardi is Corporate Vice President and responsible for Apps (NA, UK and APAC) offshore business. Ashwin has more than 20 years of experience in business consulting, technology transformation and outsourcing. Ashwin has worked with Capgemini for more than 17 years servicing customers in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Ashwin has more than 8 years of international experience in various countries including North Americas, South America, Austrialia and Netherlands.

    Ashwin has worked with various Fortune 500 customers in sectors spanning financial services, manufacturing, life science and telecom. In his earlier roles, Ashwin has also led Capgemini Oracle and CRM practices.

    In his current role, Ashwin is responsible for all the offshore business covering Application Services for North America, UK and Australia. Prior to joining Capgemini, Ashwin worked with management consulting business of Price Waterhouse Coopers in India for 3 years.

    Ashwin's eductional qualitification includes Bachelor of Engineering, MMS and CFA.

  • Dr. Bharat Bhasker

    Prof. at Information Technology & Systems, IIM Lucknow.

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    Dr. Bharat Bhasker

    Dr. Bharat Bhasker is a Professor in the area of Information Technology & Systems, and has been with IIM Lucknow since 1996. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering from University of Roorkee, Master’s degree and Doctorate in Computer Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA. Prior to joining IIM Lucknow, He spent 11 years working in the leading research establishments in USA.

    Dr. Bhasker spent seven years with Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA in leading research and research management positions. His research contributions in Heterogeneous distributed database management systems, Heterogeneous distributed information management, Information retrieval from mass repositories, and internet protocols won him a Research Productivity Award from the NASA in 1992.

    Dr. Bhasker was member of the High Performance Computer and Communications (HPCC) initiative of the NASA that lead to the Information Superhighway project. He worked for four years with MDL Information Systems and Sybase Inc., California, USA and was the architect of the massively parallel DBMS, Sybase MPP. He also served as Visiting Professor of Information Systems, Business Management School, University of Maryland, University of California, and University of Texas, USA.

    Dr. Bharat Bhasker has established the Internet Commerce Research Center to promote the Electronic Commerce research in India. The center also serves as resource center for the Indian Electronic Commerce Industry.

    Dr. Bhasker has taught postgraduate courses in India and abroad and has published papers in the area of Distributed Database Management Systems, Internet Applications, and Multimedia Integration on Internet, Information Retrieval and Electronic Commerce.

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