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Cisco Innovate Everywhere Challenge

How Cisco ignited a company-wide Startup Culture

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The Challenge

Speeding up Technology Foresight to stay at the Cutting Edge of Innovation

Objectives:

  • Engage a global community and promote disruptive thinking across all business units and functions, geographies, and grade levels.
  • Create a company-wide entrepreneurial mindset and drive innovation further into the corporate culture.
  • Identify disruptive ventures and help them grow.

Technological change, societal demands, hyper-competition, and the digital transformation of the economy have increased the pressure upon companies to shift from incremental innovation to disruptive and strategic innovation: Today it is all about disrupting or being disrupted.

Cisco exemplifies a company who continues to disrupt its marketplace. In 2015, Cisco kicked-off its first and unique company-wide Innovate Everywhere Challenge. The goal was to drive global disruptive thinking, capture game-changing innovation opportunities from Cisco employees, help them grow and enhance employee experience, empowerment, and collaboration across all functions. Along the lines of "Team up, Disrupt, and Innovate", Cisco established the Innovate Everywhere Challenge as a vehicle to shape its future growth.

Supported by ITONICS collaborative innovation platform, the Innovate Everywhere Challenge is now a best practice for innovation management at Cisco.

Innovation at Cisco

  • Innovation = Cisco’s DNA
  • Innovation is the job of every employee. It transcends traditional business unit silos.
  • The annual Innovate Everywhere Challenge calls out to all 74,000 Cisco full-time employees to „Team up, Disrupt, and Innovate“.

49 %

employees
participated

36.600

participants
worldwide

769

countries
participated

The Solution

A company-wide cross-functional innovation competition on one collaborative platform

The Innovate Everywhere Challenge consists of four phases running over a period of eight months - supported by the collaborative innovation management platform ITONICS Enterprise.

Using a collaborative platform, we were able to implement the Innovate Everywhere Challenge as an integral part of our innovation management and engage a world-wide community to team up and innovate together. We achieved a Cisco-wide cultural change and created an interconnected network of innovators.
– Alex Goryachev, Director of Innovation Strategy, Cisco
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About Cisco

Cisco exemplifies a company who continues to disrupt its marketplace. In 2015, Cisco kicked-off its first and unique company-wide Innovate Everywhere Challenge (IEC). The goal was to drive global disruptive thinking, capture game-changing innovation opportunities from Cisco employees, help them grow and enhance employee experience, empowerment, and collaboration across all functions. Along the lines of “Team up, Disrupt, and Innovate”, Cisco established the Innovate Everywhere Challenge as a vehicle to shape its future growth. The results are impressive. In 2018, the Innovate Everywhere Challenge won the Innovation Leader’s Impact Award which honors extraordinary innovation programs and their outcomes. Supported by ITONICS collaborative innovation platform, the Innovate Everywhere Challenge is now a best practice for innovation management at Cisco.

 
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