During his keynote address at Cisco Live, CEO Chuck Robbins rallies
business customers to take charge in digital transformation.
In yesterday’s opening keynote at Cisco Live, the summer camp for geeks, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins struck an optimistic tone… and why not? In his first year as CEO, he has accomplished a great many things, including a corporate restructuring and acquisition of 15 companies.
That said, Robbins directed most of his optimism toward the audience of 28,000 live attendees and more than 100,000 viewers watching the live video stream. At one point, for example, he emphatically stated, “our time is now,” meaning the network’s role has changed. Instead of viewing the network as “plumbing,” many of the enterprise IT professionals comprising the bulk of the Cisco Live audience now consider it a strategic enabler of business change.
The rise of digital transformation has driven the change in sentiment, and that has allowed Cisco to flex its muscles and become a much more strategic partner to the business. All of the building blocks of digitization — collaboration, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, security, automation, and analytics — are network-centric in nature. In other words, the network has become the foundation for the digital enterprise.