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Posted by Robert Whiteley III on December 17, 2007
It’s that time of year. You know: shopping for the holidays, wrapping up end-of-year projects, and the annual Cisco analyst conference, now called C-Scape. OK, so maybe it’s not that big, but it has become an interesting event that acts a proxy for the overall networking industry. This year was a dramatic difference from years past. Namely, it was a lot more conversation with many more panels and breakouts. However, it was also noteworthy in that there was really no news! Cisco didn’t use this as a venue to announce any products or major initiatives. In fact, when I bumped into Matt Hamblen he commented that many of the journalists in attendance were bored! However, there were some interesting nuggets for those that follow Cisco:
I think this last point was perhaps the most subtle, yet important, takeaway from the whole event. Cisco is finally moving to a company that no longer rises and falls with just Chambers. One notable omission from leadership, though, was the newly acquired CTO, Padmasree Warrior. A new addition to Cisco from networking competitor Motorola, her presence and the lack of even a mention of her name seemed strange. Is there something holding up her formal debut? Is this a result of a non-compete?
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