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Cisco To Cut 6,000 Jobs
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Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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8/14/2014 | 3:27:58 PM
Limited??
"Limited restructuring"? What's limited about nearly 10% of your workforce? Maybe he was comparing it to Microsoft's less limited layoff of 18,000.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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8/15/2014 | 7:17:09 AM
Re: Limited??
Agreed, it is a big part of the workforce. With the current announcement of 6,000 job cuts, I wonder, if it would be fair to say that the days for hardware based switching is over and the future will be all about software based switching.  
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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8/15/2014 | 9:58:22 AM
Re: Limited??
I remember back when Nortel was the biggest networking company -- it laid off more than 90,000 people in a very short time (like 18 months, I think). That was scary.
aditshar1
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8/15/2014 | 2:48:14 PM
Re: Limited??
You are right Susan, being an employee i cannot appreciate this act, i started my career with Nortel and it was nightmare for me when i came to know about their bankruptcy, but most of the companies have taken cutting jobs as practise in order to improve and manage their credit record and today matter of fact for me is that i am now associated with Cisco.
stotheco
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stotheco,
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8/17/2014 | 2:25:23 PM
Re: Limited??
Wow, from Nortel to Cisco. How is the working environment like right now, what with the announcement that jobs will be cut, and that people will be laid off? It's great that you were able to bounce back and get right back to work.
Netcrawl
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Netcrawl,
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8/19/2014 | 12:38:36 PM
Re: Limited??
Cisco is facing tough challenges and in great need of some sort of bold moves and excellent maneuvers, the main reason is distraction and competition. SDN is a real threat and rivals are getting bigger and stronger. The only question here is- Can Cisco get great again?will they make for one last time? It's like IBM, getting back into the action.
stotheco
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stotheco,
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8/17/2014 | 2:24:38 PM
Re: Limited??
This strikes a chord. It used to be that the bigger the company that you worked for, the better job security you had. In this day and age, that is not quite applicable anymore. 
Netcrawl
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8/19/2014 | 12:59:19 PM
Re: Limited??
Cisco has just misread where the industry really headed and too slow to response. They're also not doing enough works to beef up its core businesses against increased competition.

So waht exactly CEO need here? CEO must get Cisco to act with coherence and speed, and of course with excellent of execution. This is a very daunting task for the current CEO ( I remembered IBM) teaching an elephant to dance. CEO needs to teach Cisco a whole new set of moves and must inject new ideas. Navigating a big company like Cisco is not an easy task, there's always some risk here. 
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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8/15/2014 | 3:33:01 PM
Re: Limited??
I had the same thought; when tech CEOs use the word "limited," they define it on their own terms.

 
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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8/14/2014 | 6:37:35 PM
Cisco's NSA issue
Whether or not Cisco ever cooperated with the government to compromise its equipment, the NSA's reported habit of intercepting routers en route to customers is probably enough to prevent the company from ever selling in China again. Give it a few more quarters and watch the tech sector start asking for bailout to cover the damage that overzealous spying has done to US industry.
Pablo Valerio
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Pablo Valerio,
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8/15/2014 | 7:47:12 AM
Re: Cisco's NSA issue
"Cisco also faces ongoing concerns that NSA surveillance programs have compromised the company's gear."

I agree with you Tom. The same way that Huawei has been practically banned in the US because of allegations of spying for the Chinese government, Cisco is facing the same scrutiny in Europe and Asia.

I know Cisco's sales people are facing increasing resistance when their equipment is included in bids for government infrastruture or major telecoms in Europe.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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8/15/2014 | 3:36:20 PM
Re: Cisco's NSA issue
"Give it a few more quarters and watch the tech sector start asking for bailout to cover the damage that overzealous spying has done to US industry."

I wouldn't be surprised if something like that happened, actually.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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8/15/2014 | 7:08:13 AM
InterCloud and Internet of Things
The internet of things might provide a future for Cisco -- in some aspects, an IoT that requires better security than the current Cloud has to offer. This makes InterCloud interesting, because deploying private Clouds can be more expensive at times, and public Clouds are viewed as having less security. So for many startups with limited capital, Cloud virtualization could be a good fit. A firm could start-off with the public Cloud and as and if, security needs are better defined, the firm can move their operations into their private Cloud.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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8/15/2014 | 3:35:17 PM
Re: InterCloud and Internet of Things
A secure way to move information (including data from devices) between different clouds would certainly be useful in the new IoT landscape. That said, I get the feeling that not all Cisco partners and customers really know what Intercloud is, or what it can do for them. Seems like a product that Cisco is still figuring out how to market.


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