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If you know the man, then you know why the company
has been so successful and has such a strong culture.

As Cisco’s John Chambers passed the leadership baton to Chuck Robbins on July 27, so ended his tenure as iconic CEO and head of one of the most successful companies of the last 20 years.

A lot has been written about Cisco in that period, but very little penned discussing Chambers, the person, and how he transformed Cisco from a single-product company with barely a billion in revenue to the dominant IT solutions provider it is today.

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In this era of digitization, multimedia and cloud, the network
needs to evolve from connectivity to business continuity.

The topic of network evolution is certainly hot right now. It’s something the networking industry has been discussing for the better part of two decades. In the past, however, when it came to the network IT leaders had an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” attitude. Even though the network didn’t run optimally, it wasn’t really hurting the business, so it stayed as it was.

But today in this era of cloud services, mobility and converged networks, traditional networks are no longer adequate. The network architecture currently in place is static in nature and highly under utilized. ZK Research estimates that traditional networks have an average utilization rate of 25 to 35%. What’s worse is that it’s actually hurting the performance of real-time, cloud and bandwidth intensive applications. If IT is ever to achieve the level of agility and dynamism required to enable businesses to become digital organizations, the network must now evolve.

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As we reach the end of the John Chambers era
at Cisco, here’s a look back at some of the most
memorable “Chambers-isms” over the years.

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After all the pomp and circumstance, July 25th is almost here, officially marking the end of John Chambers’ 20-year run as CEO of Cisco. Over the years I’ve had the good fortune of meeting Chambers several times as well as hearing countless keynotes. Below are my most memorable Chambers quotes, or “Chambers-isms.”

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One industry that is capitalizing greatly
from the Internet of Things is hospitality.

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There’s no question that the Internet of Things can make an enterprise more efficient. The harmonizing of sensors, devices, and data harmonized into one system gives rise to context-aware computation and enables the environment to respond instantly to change, be it in temperature, light, movement or other factors. This not only brings numerous new opportunities, but also significant cost savings, music to the ears of today’s business leaders.

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A company known for visibility for network management
launches a cybersecurity tool with a similar approach.

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If you’re familiar with Gigamon, you likely know them as the market-leading vendor in the emerging “visibility fabric” space. The company’s products provide businesses with pervasive and intelligent network data across physical and virtual environments. The GigaVUE portfolio delivers the appropriate network traffic to management tools and platforms. I’ve often said that “you can’t manage what you can’t see,” and Gigamon provides the necessary visibility data so organizations can improve the management of their IT infrastructure.

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The IoT introduces new cybersecurity challenges for IT. Tempered
Networks aims to provide help by taking an entirely new approach.

Credit: ITworld/Steve Traynor

The concept of the Industrial “Internet of Things” (IoT) is still a bit of an enigma for most organizations, but it is certainly of high interest. I’ve been presenting on this topic at the IT Roadmap events and the sessions have been packed. If you find yourself in New York on July 29, stop by the Javits and see the session.

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