Research: Cisco Outlook Survey

Oct 19, 2012


Research: Cisco Outlook Survey

A recent InformationWeek Cisco Outlook Survey of nearly 600 IT pros offers plenty of reasons for executives at the network equipment provider to be satisfied, but some ­kvetching by a vocal minority shows the company can’t get complacent.

While it’s easy to focus on the negative in this type of survey—particularly when the target is by far the biggest kid on the block—our data clearly shows that Cisco is the primary provider of networking equipment for most respondents. For over 40%, more than three-quarters of their network assets are Cisco, a share respondents ­expect will decline only slightly in the next two years; 98% of respondents use at least some Cisco gear, and of these, the fraction that definitely or might possibly decrease usage is barely higher (27% vs. 25%) than those expecting to increase usage. That’s pretty remarkable when you consider that, for the vast majority, Cisco gear already accounts for more than half of their network equipment fleet.

But the news isn’t all good. (R5901112)

Survey Name   InformationWeek Cisco Outlook Survey

Survey Date   September 2012

Region   North America

Number of Respondents    588

Purpose   To explore Cisco product use and perception in the enterprise.

Methodology   InformationWeek surveyed business technology decision-makers at North American organizations. The survey was conducted online, and respondents were recruited via an email invitation containing an embedded link to the survey. The email ­invitation was sent to qualified InformationWeek subscribers.

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