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Business Transformation

Big Changes at Cisco's Engineering Org

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.


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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' .

— Mitch Wagner, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profileFollow me on Facebook, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading. Got a tip about SDN or NFV? Send it to [email protected]

SachinEE 11/27/2014 | 8:02:41 AM
division into engineering groups Since hardware and software has got its own wing, then I would say CISCO has done great because then employees may be sorted out based on expertise in these two fields, and also CISCO's decision to have a take on different kinds of technology was late but welcomed.
DHagar 11/5/2014 | 8:05:07 PM
Re: Big Cisco Changes Wagner's Ring, that truly is news!  This is an incredible undertaking and an excellent rebooting for Cisco in better delivering SDN and NFV if they can pull it off. They certainly get points for recognizing the need for change and making the commitment to change!
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