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14 years ago when Chuck Robbins started at Cisco, “you had a desk and you put your name outside the desk.” Now after more than a decade, the work style at the company has changed nearly beyond recognition, becoming incredibly accommodating to remote teams. And Robbins has thrived in this innovate environment, rising to the position of senior VP and running the organization’s sales team for the Americas.
What lessons has Robbins learned from leading through this transition at company that was not only an early adopter of flexible working, but which also builds a number of remote work solutions? He shared his wisdom with WebWorkerDaily.
Do experienced managers of co-located teams just magically make a smooth transition to a virtual workstyle? Not according to Robbins, who is a big believer in training, and not just on the technical challenges of web work.
“The technology actually tends to be the easiest part of this whole thing,” he told us, adding that the success of web work is often inhibited by “cultural acceptance by the leadership team that this is how we operate and it’s OK. Some companies equate productivity with being in the office, so I think, first of all, we have to make sure that we provide our leadership with education on things around, how do you manage a remote workforce effectively? What are the things you need to do differently when you can’t walk down the hall and grab them? We give that kind of training.”
Robbins’s pro-training philosophy extends to tech tools as well. He explains that team members are also trained in how to make the best use the of video conferencing solutions Cisco offers, answering questions like, “What sort of things should you be thinking about when you’re presenting to a customer over video and you’re not in the room and everybody else is? Or if you’re in the room and somebody else is remote, how do you make sure you continue to engage them?”
Video may play a big role for Robbins’s team, but email doesn’t. “Email is becoming the least favorite mode of communication with our team,” he said. Instead of sending individual messages, Robbins’s employees have “a new platform that we actually designed called Quad. It’s named after the college campus quad where everybody gathers. Think of it as Facebook for enterprise. People can build communities around different topics and they have their profile and their status and then we have integrated instant messaging.”
“New technology that enables single number reach for our sales organization,” is the final piece of the puzzle for Robbins’s team. “No matter where you are somebody doesn’t have to keep up with what phone numbers to dial. They dial your office and it rings whatever device you need it to ring,” he said.
In addition to tech and training, Robbins relies on an outcome-based management style to keep his team running smoothly. To succeed as the manager of a virtual team, “you have move to outcome-based performance, and to the extent that you can, outcome based compensation,” he advises. “That cultural thinking that, if you’re at your desk from eight to five, than you’ve been productive is no longer valid, so you’ve got to figure out how you create outcomes and metrics where you can determine success.”
All of these pieces have come together to create a deep change in attitudes towards flexible working at Cisco, Robbins concludes. “When we first started working from home, for some reason we didn’t want people to know we were working from home. You didn’t want the dog to bark or the kids to come and say something. You were always trying to mute if the dog was coming around. Today, if you’re working from home and your kid walks in, you tell them to say hello to whoever you’re talking to on the other end because it’s such an accepted thing.”
Think something similar won’t be coming to your company anytime soon? Think again, insists Robbins. “Any companies that don’t think they’re going to have to buy in to this approach, I think they’re going to be in trouble. For the first time ever we have conversations with companies about how to build their remote worker infrastructure and their collaboration capability in a way that will enable them to recruit the next generation workforce, because they believe that will be a retention issue. It’s become a strategic recruiting tool for many companies.”
Knowledge about Cisco:
Cisco Systems, Inc. is a multinational corporation headquartered in San Jose, California, that designs and sells consumer electronics, networking, voice, and communications technology and services. Cisco’s main network products are Cisco routers, Cisco switches, firewall security, IP Phones VoIP, all these network equipment can meet companies, business, campuses, industries of all size…
In the fiscal third quarter, Cisco’s reported net income fell 18 percent to $1.8 billion or 33 cents a share, from $2.2 billion, or 37 cents, in the year-ago quarter.
Stiff competition comes from companies like Juniper Networks and Alcatel-Lucent for corporate customers, including telecommunications companies, hospitals and universities. Meanwhile, Spending by government agencies was particularly weak for Cisco, declining 8 percent in the quarter.
Cisco faces additional pressure because of evolving markets and a failure to adapt. Many networking products are now specialized based on the kind of customer, a development that Cisco was late to embrace.
How to do? What strategy will cisco take?
In an effort to reverse the slide, John T. Chambers, Cisco’s chief executive said that he planned to cut an unspecified number of jobs and potentially eliminate or scale back additional products to lift Cisco’s growth. With about 73,000 employees, the company has already eliminated 550 jobs, offered employee buyouts and killed the Flip video camera as part of his month-old turnaround plan.
In addition, Mr. Chambers would take additional steps to streamline Cisco by revamping its complex management structure, which had executives serving on a patchwork of “councils.” Instead of encouraging cooperation, the councils created additional bureaucracy.
What’s more, Mr. Chambers e has begun a series of changes intended to focus Cisco on its core products(Cisco router and Cisco switches). He has scaled back the company’s consumer division, which included the Flip video camera, but others may be affected. Cisco said that it expected to save $1 billion over the next 12 months from its job cuts and streamlining.
But the turnaround is expected to take time. It’s a company that has pockets of weakness, but it also has pockets of strength. Let wait and see what happens!
It is obvious that Cisco is a computer networking giant around the world. It designs and manufactures routers, switches for both consumer and enterprise market.
The Cisco Router 800 series belongs to the lowest SOHO end. The most popular models in the 800 series are the 880 and 870 broadband access models which come with different types of WAN broadband interfaces. Cisco 871 routers are equipped with a 10/100 Ethernet WAN interface which means that your ISP should provide you with a broadband modem offering an Ethernet connection towards the customer.
Look at the following figure which shows the back panel of Cisco Router 871.
Ports FE0 up to FE3 under the LAN group can be used to connect internal computers or maybe to an internal switch to expand the number of internal ports (see points 1, 2 in the figure above). These ports are actually Layer 2 switch ports, and not regular Layer 3 router ports. They are assigned by default to VLAN 1. You can create more VLANs and assign each port to a different VLAN (870 series), thus creating extra segmentation for your internal LAN. You cannot configure IP addresses directly on the interface ports. The IP address must be configured on the Interface VLAN 1 and example below.
Port FE4 is the WAN interface which must be connected to the ISP DSL broadband modem (see point 3 in the figure above). This port is a normal Layer 3 router port, which means you can configure IP address directly on the interface port.
Default Configuration for 871 Routers
The Cisco 871 routers come with some preconfigured parameters (IP addresses etc.) which might be in conflict with your current network topology. What I suggest is to erase the factory’s default startup configuration before you begin configuring your router for the first time. This allows you to start with a clean state and configure the router with all the features you need and leave off any that you don’t want.
Connect with a console cable and after you get a command prompt execute the following:
Router# erase start
After you confirm the command, all the default configuration will be deleted. Power off the router device and then power on again.
You will get a prompt as below:
Would you like to enter the initial configuration dialog [yes/no?]
Type no and press Enter. This will give you a command prompt (Router>) and you are ready to configure your router from scratch.
Type show run to see the current configuration which looks like the following:
(Some output omitted)
no IP address
no IP address
Interface Fast Ethernet2
no IP address
no IP address
no IP address
no IP address
Initial Interface Configuration
From the above output you can see that FE0 up to FE3 are shut down and also there are no IP addresses configured to any ports. You need first to enable FE0 to FE4 and then configure IP address under the “interface Vlan 1” and also under the “interface FastEthernet4” port. Notice that you cannot configure IP addresses under the “interface FastEthernet0″ up to “interface FastEthernet3″ ports. Those ports are Layer 2 switch ports and will inherit the IP address you assign under “interface Vlan1″.
Assume that the internal LAN has IP network range 192.168.10.0/24. Also, our ISP has assigned us a static public IP address of 188.8.131.52 . Let’s see the interface configuration below:
Router(config)# interface fastethernet 0
Router(config-int)# no shutdown
Router(config)# interface fastethernet 1
Router(config-int)# no shutdown
Router(config)# interface fastethernet 2
Router(config-int)# no shutdown
Router(config)# interface fastethernet 3
Router(config-int)# no shutdown
Router(config)# interface fastethernet 4
Router(config-int)# no shutdown
Router(config-int)# ip address 184.108.40.206 255.255.255.252
Router(config)# interface vlan1
Router(config-int)# no shutdown
Router(config-int)# ip address 192.168.10.1 255.255.255.0
Notice that we configured IP addresses only to fast Ethernet 4 and vlan1. By default, interfaces fast Ethernet 0 to 3 are assigned to VLAN1 so anything you connect to those interfaces (internal LAN hosts) will belong to vlan1 network range 192.168.10.0/24 and they must have as default gateway the address 192.168.10.1.
All the 800 series models come with a 4-port 10/100 managed switch used for connecting the internal LAN computers, and with an IOS software that supports security features including the Firewall set. The main difference of each model is the WAN interface. All models that end with “1” in the model number (i.e. 851, 861, 871, 881, 891) have a 10/100 Fast Ethernet interface as a WAN port. The other models have an xDSL type WAN port (i.e. ADSL, G.SHDL, and VDSL2). Also, all models have the option of a Wi-Fi Radio interface (the model number ends with a “W”, e.g. 851W, 857W, 861W etc.).
For most businesses, Cisco network hardware is their top choice to improve networking performance, or to expand the network because of business growth. We know that Cisco is famous for providing its professional networking solutions and network equipment with high performance for small, midsized and large enterprises and head offices. But the problem is that brand new Cisco equipment is more expensive than others and used CISCO network hardware. In fact, used Cisco hardware is also considered by many businesses, for buying used cisco network products can save cost and it still keeps good condition and high performance.
Possible reasons why you choose used Cisco equipment:
Cost Savings, More Discount – Of course, it is obvious that refurbished Cisco equipment is going to be much cheaper than buying a new Cisco router or switch right off the assembly line. But the savings to an I.T. department can be considerable without sacrificing anything with regards to quality and reliability. A company can save up to 90% off of the original retail price for certain Cisco models. If the equipment performs well and the performance is satisfactory, such lower-priced models of routers, switches, firewall security or Cisco memory can be a financial lifesaver. The savings can be so considerable that it may make sense to by replacement equipment to have on hand as insurance; when a network goes down, every minute of downtime can cost money.
Reliability – Most reputable used Cisco vendors perform refurbishment that restores the Cisco equipment to like new condition. In addition, the networking hardware is thoroughly tested, plus the entire process is backed by a quality-assurance system that is certified by a third party. A dealer that has an ISO-certified quality management process will help to ensure that the equipment you get will perform at its best and last a long time.
Service – The best used Cisco dealers offer unbeatable service; usually better than you can receive from most new equipment dealers. The equipment they sell should have an excellent warranty. And if anything should go wrong, they should be easy to reach and be sending out replacement equipment immediately. Also, top vendors should offer a next business day replacement program that will provide new equipment before the old equipment needs to be sent back. Speed is of the essence!
Another important point, that is if you are considering buying used Cisco network hardware, you should lookfor a reliable and reputable Cisco supplier. Often there are unscrupulous dealers who will sell you inferior or even counterfeit equipment. Be certain that the company you are dealing with offers top-quality Cisco networking equipment, that it has been in business for a long time, that it has testimonials and references you can check, and that it backs up the equipment with a bona fide warranty.
Last week, search engine giant, Google (GOOG) jumped 15% in one day.
About six weeks ago, I wrote a post stating that Google was undervalued by 33%, and worth buying at around $500 per share. Since then it’s jumped to $600, a whopping 20% jump, more if you managed to get in at the low point. Quite a strong move for a large cap stock.
I still think the story for Google is strong, but if I didn’t already own it, I wouldn’t necessarily buy it today. Instead, I’d look for another cheap stock, something a little more boring.
As I wrote about in a previous post on investing in boring stocks, I prefer unloved, boring stocks with no growth prospects over exciting, glamor stocks. Incidentally, the stock I mentioned in that post, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), is up over 10% in the past four months.
One of the stocks I’d consider is Cisco (CSCO).
This tech giant has lost its luster, with the stock price having gone nowhere for the past ten years.
I blame the poor leadership of the CEO, John Chambers, for the stock's performance. But at today’s prices, it probably doesn’t matter how incompetent management is.
Cisco currently trades for $15.66 with a newly introduced dividend yield of 1.50%. It trades for a P/E of 12.2, but more importantly it trades for a P/FCF of only 9.2.
FCF or free-cash-flow is one of my favorite metrics when valuing stocks. It’s the cash left over after all the expenses have been paid out, and capital expenditures have been made. Unlike earnings, free-cash-flow is very hard to manipulate. Over the past decade, even though Cisco’s share price has stagnanted, the free-cash-flow has more than doubled from $4.1 billion to $9.2 billion.
For a stable, profitable market leader like Cisco, ten times free-cash-flow is a great deal. As Warren Buffett indicated in his purchase of Lubrizol, it’s okay to pay 20 times free-cash-flow for a great company.
Cisco also has an incredibly strong balance sheet, with about $40 billion in cash or $7.80 per share in cash – that’s almost half of its stock value.
Even though Cisco faces increasing competition and has a penchant for wasting money on acquisitions that don’t seem to make any sense, it still has a wide economic moat. Cisco makes devices that move internet traffic, and the amount of internet traffic is increasing every day.
It’s only a matter of time before Cisco becomes a $25 stock again.
Twitter, a very attractive website, offers a social networking and microblogging service, enabling its users to send and read messages called tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the user's profile page.
I knew twitter long ago, but I haven’t joint it until so many people play with it today. When my fiends talked twitter with me, celebrities, movies, entertainment, gossip, etc. I think that it is so fantastic to chat and share interesting and exciting things and experience on twitter. No matter who you are, just join it and share something, new world will be opened in front of you.
After I joined twitter, I feel that it gives me a new horizon, such as history, military, politics, literature, philosophy, technology, etc. so many professional people in the different fields can offer you enough info to help you know the world’s every aspect.
Some people usually like to ask each other: “Can you live today without twitter?” Oh, no, it’s hard to imagine the life without twitter. If you are a twitter fan, you know it.
Someone define “without twitter, the world will be like this” as the following drawing:
I am an editor, I deeply feel that to chat and share ideas with friends by tweeting are so important to me. Indeed, I can get some inspiration from someone’s twitter; for example, I need to find some news and details about Cisco, Cisco network product like Cisco router, Cisco switch, Firewall security, etc. When I have no idea about that, I can use twitter to find some friends who are experts of Cisco and Cisco networking equipment, to ask them about the Cisco’s details: Cisco is for what; what are router and switch used for; Do we need them in our daily life; how to use it. So no matter you are a personal, a group, or an enterprise, twitter is so necessary for you to connect you to outside world and others. Now, “Twitter or not today!” is becoming a fashion around us.
Tips: More related social websites: Facebook, Myspace, Friendster you should know.
Cisco, famous for supplying all kinds of network equipment and flexible networking solution for small to large business, definitely, is the premier network gear provider worldwide. Owning large numbers of fans, Cisco is always proud of providing the platform for campus, branch, data center, and wide-area networks that are highly available while integrating security at all levels of the network, helping to ensure the optimized delivery of application and communications, and providing inherent manageability. How to achieve it? Why Cisco? Let’s figure out what makes Cisco become NO.1 in the networking solution and device.
Several reasons help Cisco to be the computer networking giant
Cisco hardware is extremely reliable and Cisco has an excellent history in helping diagnose and fix any software issues with their equipment. Cisco offer 24*7*365 support which covers technical support and advanced hardware replacement.
Managed switches provide remarkably better uptime as a result of enhanced diagnostics, allowing trained engineers to isolate network problems in a fraction of the time required with old-fashioned hunt and pluck troubleshooting. Router management features allow sophisticated configuration, utilization tracking, and diagnostics. Advanced features, like BGP enable non-stop Internet connectivity, and really separate Cisco from the pack.
Cisco solutions easily scale from Small Business Start-ups that want reliable managed workgroup switches to Enterprise-class Corporations that demand flawless uptime, need secure wireless networks, managed layer 2 and 3 switches, dependable routing, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and the software to manage it all.
Wide range of Cisco network products are offered, including routers, switches, VPN concentrators, wireless, firewalls, IP Phones VOIP, etc. Satisfying Cisco fans by providing various Cisco network equipment and solutions.
Cisco provides legendary interoperability, providing real assurance that your investment in Cisco gear is ready for whatever tomorrow brings.
Enterprise Class Features
Depends on the router capabilities and the IOS image you have, you can have an enterprise class features in your LAN. Advance firewall system, Intrusion Detection System, Multicast handling, VoIP, all of that you can have just by upgrading your Cisco routers later when your company got bigger.
Compared with other manufacturers, Cisco suppliers often provide a very competitive price of Cisco network equipment. New, refurbished and used Cisco routers, switches, firewall security, and so on, all different Cisco items are offered on the market for you to choose. If you want to save money, used and refurbished Cisco network products is not a bad choice.
Nowadays, business requires a network platform that enables technology innovation and business-critical services across the entire network. Cisco has ability to provide an end-to-end network platform tied together by a common infrastructure and a common operating system, and manageable as a single, cohesive entity. Why choose Cisco? That’s it.
Cisco is never giving up innovation, so it is always upgrading its core technology to bring more professional networking solutions and better network services to our CISCO users and enterprise. Recently, exactly, June, 2011, to help service providers meet the rising tide of traffic generated and to help businesses make the transition to IPv6, Cisco’s newly released Visual Networking Index Forecast (VNI) marks the beginning of what the company calls the "Zettabyte Era," and its new ASR 9000 Series aggregation-services routers.
The new Cisco ASR 9000 system consists of the new Cisco ASR 9922 Router and high-density 10G and 100G interfaces for the network edge and the Cisco ASR 9000v for the network aggregation layer, as well as the existing Cisco ASR 9010 and Cisco ASR 9006 Routers.
Cisco on June 7 also introduced a new innovation called nV (network virtualization) technology, which was created to make network management easier and grow capacity by collapsing the network edge, aggregation and access layers into a single ASR 9000 system.
According to Cisco officials, the new ASR 9000 system combined with the nV technology offers 36 times the capacity of other competing products at 96 terabits per second. With such capacity, users could stream recordings of all Super Bowls, World Cup and Cricket World Cup matches in less than a second, or download 180,000 DVDs every minute, the vendor said.
The combination also means operating cost savings of up to 70 percent compared with competing edge platforms, simplified IPv6 transition and support for Cisco’s Videoscape technology.
More Facts about the ASR 9000 system:
Network simplification and savings are achieved through plug-and-play capabilities, singular point-of-service management using Cisco Prime for Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN), cost-effective configurations and ease-of-deployment features. This capability is available to the more than 500 existing Cisco ASR 9000 customers via an upgrade.
Cisco Videoscape technology is supported with the Cisco Integrated Service Module for caching, streaming and monitoring to optimize and monetize the video experience.
From Official Cisco
The Cisco ASR 9000 Series can be positioned for the following applications:
Residential any-play services, including cable, DSL, Passive Optical Network (PON), and Ethernet to the X (ETTx)
Business Layer 2 VPN and Layer 3 VPN services
Video service-delivery networks
According to Cisco, the ASR 9000v product is available now, with the ASR 9922 becoming available early next year. But existing customers won’t have to deploy all new gear to take advantage of Cisco’s new virtualization technology. Cisco says the 500 operators who have already bought ASR 9000 gear will be able to introduce the intelligence with a simple upgrade.
The company already has several customers for the technology, including China Telecom, Cox Communications, Comcast and FastWeb. Verizon Wireless also uses Cisco's ASR 9000 routers.
Cisco has unleashed a world of hurt on its shareholders, masquerading as a consumer company that sells Flip phones, Umi telepresence, and Linksys routers. There's nothing wrong with selling gadgets to consumers. Apple does it brilliantly, and profitably. But Cisco isn't Apple.
In a sense, Apple might be a place where Cisco can find comfort in its time of trouble. People forget how screwed up Apple was in the 90s. The fact that Apple turned it around can provide a ray of hope to Cisco shareholders and the company's beleaguered CEO, John Chambers. If Chambers can keep his job.
Server and PC marker Dell has also had its share of problems in recent years – accounting scandals, poor sales execution, and exploding products – but of late, it has been on the upswing. It has had some success building custom servers for hyper scale data centers. It bought its way into the storage racket proper instead of just reselling other companies' kit (LSI and EMC, mainly). And it moved into services with its Perot Systems acquisition.
The rub is that Dell's networking business is no more real than its storage business used to be. It is merely rebranding kit from Brocade and others. Until Dell fixes that, it will not be a credible infrastructure stack player.
Meanwhile, Cisco has done a remarkable job building a server business out of nothing with its "California" Unified Computing System blade and rack servers – and with a fair amount of actual engineering – but it is not a profitable volume manufacturer any more than IBM was. Big Blue couldn't cut it in printers, memory, disk drives, and PCs, and Cisco is having trouble with anything other than core switches and routers.
One could argue that Cisco should not have entered the server market at all, but that is an over-simplified view. No doubt, the move into servers has not only annoyed Cisco's former partners in the server business, but compelled them to start selling their own networking products, either rebadged (from Brocade, Juniper, or Blade Network Technologies) or built with the help of ODMs (Sun and now Oracle does this, and so does Dell).
More about Cisco Switching Business
What is hurting Cisco's switching business? Mellanox, Juniper, Brocade, Extreme Networks, Arista Networks, and IBM can make faster and lower-cost top-of-rack switches, and there are cheaper alternatives to Cisco's end-of-row plain-vanilla Catalyst 6000 and converged Nexus 7000 switches.
Chambers (Cisco’s CEO) may believe that the price/performance of the Nexus 7000 compared to earlier Catalyst products is what is driving Cisco's switching biz down. But it is probably more accurate to say that Cisco's prices are too high relative to the competition.
Even though competitors shared a certain market, Cisco is still proud of its core offer and service. Every CISCO user knows that what Cisco attract him to choose it.
Related: Cisco owns a large number of popular Cisco switches among enterprise users. To serve enterprise better, Cisco instantly improve its service and networking solution. Now, let’s check some star Cisco switches: Cisco 2960, Cisco 3560, Cisco 3750, and Cisco 4500…which type you prefer to?
As buddies, CISCO and Xerox will ally to bring more managed print services, mobile print services and cloud IT outsourcing to solution providers, particularly to Cisco partners who haven’t delved into managed print arena, said executives.
“Xerox and Cisco think networking and print managed services are a great combination. They’re like peanut butter and jelly,” said Rick Dastin, president of Xerox Enterprise Business Group. “And it tastes good too.”
The solutions CISCO and Xerox offered will benefit customers as the list below.
A. Xerox Managed Print Services (MPS) over Cisco Borderless Networks: The partners mean to consolidate IT and print management using the network's embedded security, WAN optimization and Internetwork Operating System (IOS) software. It will monitor print technology and supposedly reduce operating costs, protect confidential data from any location, and improve employee productivity with advanced mobile and cloud printing applications.
B. Xerox Cloud ITO Services built on Cisco's UCS and Vblock infrastructure: It will accelerate customer rollout of new IT services, so they can respond better to changing needs of the workforce and reduce IT costs through a private, public or hybrid cloud environment. These infrastructure-as-a-service and cloud consulting services as well as private cloud deployments will come from ACS, a Xerox company.
C. Xerox Mobile Print Solution on Cisco virtual desktop clients and its Cius tablet: Mobile workers will be able to print from any e-mail-enabled device including Cisco's virtual desktops clients and Cius tablets to any enabled printer using Cisco Borderless Networks and Wireless LAN solutions from any location.
As we known, Cisco has many partners, such as famous Dell and Microsoft; they also have some items to be buddies. What surprise will Cisco bring to Cisco users and customers; we are looking forward to it.
Related: Cisco’s core market is Cisco routers and Cisco switches for small to large enterprises. If you would like to know about Cisco routers or Cisco switches like purchasing, price, types and routers’ features you can visit Cisco.com or routerswitch.com to see more…