7:30 AM -- 60 Minutes ran a story Sunday night about how many large U.S. corporations chop their tax bills by moving parts of their businesses overseas to obscure spots such as Zug, Switzerland.
Among the companies that are benefiting from that kind of strategy is Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), which has eight companies in Ireland and estimates it has about US$40 billion "trapped" outside the U.S.
Cisco CEO John Chambers, who played a starring role in the story, wants the U.S. to approve a one-time tax break (in the neighborhood of 5 percent) to help bring that money back, viewing it as a move that could help stimulate the economy.
But he's got a steep hill to climb, as the Obama administration is already opposed to the idea. Plus, companies received this kind of break a few years ago and there's not much evidence that it created any jobs for the U.S. of A.
Chambers told Lesley Stahl he would "absolutely" promise to create jobs if given the break, later insisting that he's not asking for a handout. "All we're asking is -- give us a level playing field. Get us close."
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders recently visited the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) where Cisco's Tetration application is providing data center analytics, simplifying SDN, helping with cloud migration and overseeing white-list security policy.
A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.