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Cisco VP Ken Boal outlines 'massive revolution' in company strategy

Brian Karlovsky | March 24, 2014
Networking giant Cisco is undergoing a "massive revolution" as it moves to an outcome-based consumption model with the rise of software-defined networking, Internet-of-Everything and the application-centric data centre.

Networking giant Cisco is undergoing a "massive revolution" as it moves to an outcome-based consumption model with the rise of software-defined networking, Internet-of-Everything and the application-centric data centre.

Cisco vice president A/NZ, Ken Boal, told ARN that that industry took a bit of a breather in in 2013 with a change in government and significant market disruption contributing to the-slow down.

"The change of government promised an unleashing of new budgets and investment," he said.

"But its only now we are starting to see that. The markets are looking for a vision, the government is looking for a vision the economy needs a vision."

"It feels like the 90s, when e-commerce was just kickstarting."

Boal said Cisco was transforming from a hardware company, to a hardware plus software company which wraps their services and their partner's services around products.

"There have been some philosophical changes at Cisco with delivery of outcomes, not just products for customers. The more substantial customers will move to a more outcome-based model over time.

"That's a massive revolution for Cisco and we are really rolling up our sleeves in A/NZ with this vision."

Boal said the industralisation of the internet was also driving a shift to new partners in the operational technology sector, such as GE, Rockwell and Schneider Electric, with the emergence of the internet-of-Everything.

"IOE in A/NZ is extremely focused for us - it's a vertical play and it's a horizontal play. "We are going in 'holus bolus', it's on.

But Cloud, video, security (at the network level) and mobility are also key areas of focus for the company.

It recently announced an agreement with Telstra to offer Cloud services. Boal said key announcements relating to the Telstra partnership would be made in coming weeks.

"With the Telstra announcement we are starting to help those providers run the Cloud themselves and build that out to a global, hybrid, Cloud," he said.

"There ain't going to be one Cloud to rule them all. It ain't the Lord of the Rings."

With Telepresence hitting a wall and plateauing in 2013, Boal restated the company's commitment to video conferencing technology, and UC in the coming year.

"Our vision is to put video in every office, in every company around the world. Totally transform the cost effectiveness and affordability of video.

"IT has got less budget to work with, and just because the future is technology doesn't mean they are absolved from company savings.

He said, in the last six months, the company had achieved mid to single digit revenue growth, but that there was capacity upgrade occurring that would drive a mult-billion dollar refresh, taking customers onto a converged nextwork.

 

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