The networking industry is a different place from when Cisco initially built its business. Tracking those changes, Cisco is making fundamental changes to its engineering organization.
Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) is reorganizing its 25,000-person engineering staff to "bust silos," says Pankaj Patel, Cisco EVP and chief development officer. The goal is to improve collaboration across product lines and the whole company and focus on the new technologies that are the future of networking: cloud; data center; SDN; virtualization; security; mobility; and the Internet of Things (which Cisco calls the "Internet of Everything").
Cisco is focusing its engineering team in two neat groups, for hardware and software. Cisco is also unifying its central cloud orchestration, virtualization, and SDN groups -- formerly eight separate operations -- under a single leader; with additional groups focused on collaboration, security, service provider mobility, and more.
On top of the pyramid will be segment leads, one focused on service providers and the other on the enterprise.
It's a "once in a generation" reorganization, says Patel, and it comes at a time when Cisco is facing the kinds of difficulties it's not used to, including year-over-year revenue decline and four consecutive years of layoffs.
To find out more about what Cisco is doing and why, read our Prime Reading feature, Troubled Cisco Looks to 'Bust Silos' .