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How Will Cisco Change After John Chambers Retires?

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Cisco has been one of the most consistent of the major tech companies over the past couple of decades and that owes a lot to having been run by one person in that time.  Cisco hasn’t always done well, but it has been consistent. They have consistently made rock solid enterprise networking gear, and consistently failed at consumer products.  In the world of technology many times all you can ask for is consistency. You know what a company is good at, and what it stinks at and you go from there.

The issue is with these major tech companies is that the CEO can have an outsized influence on the company.  Since technology changes so quickly the vision of a CEO can change the course of the company in a surprising amount of time.  Where as most behemoth corporations keep trudging in a particular direction out of inertia even when a CEO is doing their best to change things, tech companies can go from awful to great, and reverse, in just a few years.

John Chambers has been CEO of Cisco for over 20 years and I can honestly say that Cisco is one of the few tech companies that have maintained a high reputation in all that time.  Other companies have swung back and forth on the quality pendulum, but Cisco has remained a solid company with it’s core products (Linksys and Flip aside).

With the retirement of John Chambers it would be wise to have a real discussion about where Cisco fits in with your infrastructure.  The day after he leaves a new person will be in charge and what you have come to expect from Cisco may not be what you get going forward.


Eli Etherton

I am Eli "the Computer Guy" and have been in the tech industry for approx. 20 years doing all kinds of odd projects. I started as an electronics tech in the US Army, worked in corporate IT during the IT Boom, was an individual consultant and grew my tech shop to have numerous full time employees and supported small business clients with computer repair/ server maintenance/ web development/ surveillance systems/ telephone systems until the great recession. After that I started creating video training on all the topics I know and now have a YouTube Channel with over 500K subscribers. I am the founder of and my plan is to create a tech "news" site that I would actually find useful if I was still in the server room.

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