Meet Emerge

We’re a new innovation team in Cisco focused entirely on the future of work and collaboration. This blog is a way for us to share our experiments and observations directly from the engine room of an innovation team in a large company.

We know that if we don't disrupt ourselves, a startup in a garage somewhere will do that for us. We know that we need to make sure we're as fast and experimental as any 10 person startup team looking to transform industries and workflows. In a world where it now can take less than 3 years to build a billion dollar business, staying ahead of the curve has never been more important.

So, who are we?

We’re a team of designers, builders, product people and technology fans. Our focus is in the software cloud but we aim to make advances in other areas, such as IoT, hardware products, artificial intelligence and other new technologies relevant to our space. Innovation is absolutely about big ideas, and about aiming so high that it seems crazy. It’s not all about that, though. We hope you’ll notice that we care deeply about radically simplifying user experiences and creating products that people will love to use every single day.

What can you expect from us

All our experiments are in absolute beta mode. Keep in mind that everything is highly experimental at this stage. We’re working on things that won’t become products right away (and some may just be interesting experiments that never go anywhere), but we are aiming to turn a lot of these experiments into great Cisco products in the future. And we’ll channel the lessons learned into new and existing products.