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Cisco makes organizational changes, shifting roles and responsibilities and bringing new leadership on board.

Since the day he took the CEO position at Cisco, Chuck Robbins has been shuffling the executive cards at Cisco. Last week, he continued to re-tool the company by adding a couple of new people and reorganizing other groups. Here is a summary of the changes and the impact to Cisco.

Introduces a turnkey approach to blending physical spaces with digital technologies.

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, is holding its annual Atmosphere conference in Las Vegas this week. The show is generally a pretty hard-core networking event for a highly technical audience, but this year the event has evolved as Aruba has shifted much of its messaging to be more business relevant — and that makes sense given Wi-Fi has become so critical to digital transformation.

An interesting supporting proof point of this comes from a CIO event I moderated a couple of months ago regarding digital transformation. On my panel, I had four CIOs, each from a different industry vertical. Every one of them discussed the importance of high quality Wi-Fi and one even made the argument that the technology should be thought of as the foundation for digital transformation.

Polycom’s portfolio complements Plantronics perfectly, which will give the combined company a clearer path to the UC market.

It’s been a long and strange last couple of years for Polycom. In April 2016, Mitel announced it would plunk down a shade under $2 billion for the voice and video conferencing specialist only to have the deal scuttled by a private equity firm, Siris Captial Group, which pushed the offer to $2 billion. After the dust settled and the financial engineering was done, the final purchase price wound up being $1.7 billion, with the investors paying about half from their own fund and borrowing the other half. Polycom was a cash-rich company and had about $700M in the bank at the time, which certainly offset the purchase price.

Enterprise IT needs to push their app providers on this.

On day three of Enterprise Connect, I conducted a session on the feasibility of multivendor team collaboration with panelists from 8×8, Microsoft, Mitel, Symphony, and World Wide Technology — two UC vendors, two pure-plays, and one systems integrator (see related article), so a good balance.

As a first question, I asked everyone to comment on whether businesses actually needed multivendor team collaboration. It was a bit of a softball question, and to no surprise everyone agreed to the need, and admitted that multivendor team collaboration doesn’t exist. The only vendor able to claim multivendor capabilities is 8×8, which can facilitate multivendor messaging for a number of vendors via the Sameroom product it acquired last year. Accomplishing this has required an incredible amount of hard work, as there are no standards for how team collaboration tools work. One of the Sameroom use cases, which is to enable the same vendor to interoperate with itself within different organizations, highlights just how hard multivendor interoperability is to achieve.

If you think typical “end-to-end encryption” suffices, think again.

The second day of Enterprise Connect is always my favorite, as it’s when the keynotes begin. As in previous years, Cisco took the first slot, with Jonathan Rosenberg, VP and CTO of the company’s Collaboration Technology group, doing the honors. I’ve known Rosenberg for years, and have always felt that he has a good understanding of technology and business issues, making him a compelling speaker for Enterprise Connect.

Most organizations will view hybrid cloud as the norm for the foreseeable future.

I kicked off Day 1 of Enterprise Connect 2018 on Monday with a focus on the cloud — first with my Cloud Communications 2021 session and then in a sponsored lunch where Tim Gaines, SVP of North American Sales for Unify, and I discussed hybrid cloud.

In the Unify session, Tim and I provided a good dose of reality on where companies really are with cloud adoption and what challenges they face in making the jump. Most of us who are part of the No Jitter and Enterprise Connect family eat, live, and breathe the cloud every day, and just assume the transition is happening. But then I asked for a show of hands as to whose companies were still running a traditional PBX or IP PBX and whose had adopted either a public or private cloud. Much to my surprise, all but three people indicated their companies were still running legacy systems. What was encouraging, though, is that all these people showed up for the session and in interacting with attendees I found many had a strong interest in moving to the cloud.

From the conference room to the expo hall, the cloud will be within pointing distance of anywhere you go next week at EC18.

Remember the opening to the TV show “Fantasy Island,” when Tattoo would point to the sky, shouting, “De plane! De plane!” indicating a group of people was about to land and have their wildest fantasies fulfilled. Being the party pooper he was, his boss Mr. Roarke would always warn of the danger involved in making those dreams a reality.



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