‘The Internet of Everything’: Cisco Canada’s president explains why he’s moved past the telework debate

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Financial Post | Business

For Nitin Kawale, the debate over the efficacy of telework in spurring productivity is yesterday’s news. From the vantage point of Cisco Canada‘s president, there’s no longer a debate at all; it’s a revolution that is already underway in most workplaces and is about to enter a much more comprehensive phase — a phase he dubs “the Internet of Everything.” On a day when 20 centimetres of snow blanketed Toronto within six hours, snarling traffic and doubling commute times, Mr. Kawale spoke with FP’s Dan Ovsey about balancing workforce mobility with corporate culture; effectively introducing telework into an organization; how the Internet of Everything will fundamentally change the way industries function; and, why he still prefers an in-person first impression over a video encounter. Following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

DO: A lot of business leaders and managers are cynical about telework. I’ll often hear them discuss…

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