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Cisco's CIO on collaboration, virtualization

While so many CIOs are being forced to scale back projects and initiatives due to economic pressures, Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby sees opportunities to accelerate.

One of her key points: CIOs are constantly seeing opportunities to boost productivity in their companies as well as their IT shops. Instead of ignoring them or postponing their implementation or execution, IT leaders should move ahead--and help position their businesses for post-recession success.

"In some ways, the current macroeconomic environment gives you some air cover to create a burning platform to accelerate through some of those things that might have been hard for people to accept change about in the past."

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