Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cisco continues to restructure internally

Cisco continues to tinker with its organizational structure, ever after completing a major restructuring begun last summer. This week, Cisco revamped its engineering operations to further streamline them and improve execution against company strategy, according to a blog on the Cisco site.
The blog states that the organizational refinement is intended to focus accountability on the groups, and align and simplify the reporting structure. To that end, Cisco formed five groups across engineering and five more strategic technology groups for consistency.
The five new engineering groups and their leaders are:
  • The Enterprise Networking Group, which combines enterprise routing, campus switching, WAAS WAN optimization, wireless LAN and the networking elements of the Small Business group. It will be led by Rob Soderbery, heretofore Cisco's senior vice president and general manager, Unified Access Business Unit. Praveen Akkiraju, senior vice president and general manager, Network Services Technology Group, will continue to lead enterprise routing and wireless;
  • Data Center will be led by David Yen, who jumped from Juniper earlier this year to lead the Server Access and Virtualization Technology Group. Yen will oversee data center switching, servers/storage and load balancing. John McCool, who had been senior vice president and general manager of the Core Technology Group, has been shifted over into sales in an as yet undisclosed "leadership position;"
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