Cisco is to simplify its operations and will soon announce a “dramatic” restructuring.

This was the word from Cisco executive vice-president of worldwide operations, Rob Lloyd, during an interview with CRN last week – and was confirmed by chairman and CEO John Chambers at yesterday’s Cisco Live event.
Chambers agreed that there was a need to simplify operations at Cisco to make it easier for customers and partners to do business with the company, and promised that these changes would be coming soon.
The upcoming restructuring has been described as “landmark” and the company hopes it will result in a more sales-focused organisation that will be be better able to compete with organisations like HP, Juniper and Brocade.
Yesterday Chambers re-iterated Cisco’s five main challenges:
* Leadership in the core (routing, switching, services);
* Collaboration;
* Data centre/virtualisation/cloud;
* Video; and
* Architecture.
Chambers concluded his presentation with a prediction that, two to three years from now, Cisco will be a company that leads the future of networking, which moves faster on innovation, that is simplified and leaner, and a company that will be a trusted networking, IT and business advisor.