Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Cisco Revamps its R&D Organization

Cisco announced a reorganization of its technology development organization. The company said the changes within the Cisco Development Organization (CDO) are designed to enhance its effectiveness and efficiency in delivering integrated products and solutions, as well as to provide greater synergies in its development process.

There will be four new groups within the Cisco Development Organization:

  • The Access Networking and Services Group, led by Kathy Hill, senior vice president. This group is responsible for the Integrated Services Routers, Fixed Configuration Switches, Wireless and Security products, with a focus on the integration of networking services onto Cisco's full range of products.

  • The Consumer and Small Business Group, led by Ned Hooper, senior vice president. This group will be responsible for driving the expansion of Cisco's existing business in both the consumer and small business markets, and Linksys will be a part of this group. Hooper will retain his current role as senior vice president of Corporate Development reporting to Rick Justice. In his role as head of the Consumer and Small Business Group, however, Ned will report to Charlie Giancarlo.

  • The Data Center, Switching & Services Group, led by Jayshree Ullal, senior vice president. This group will develop Cisco's enterprise-class products framed by the Datacenter 3.0 and Campus Communications Fabric vision.

  • The Software Group, led by Don Proctor, senior vice president. This group will be responsible for setting the software strategy for the company both at the network level and at the services level. This team will include Network Software, Management, Unified Communications and Collaboration technologies, and will lead Cisco's efforts in software as a service (SaaS).

The remainder of the technology leadership team, including the Service Provider Technology Group, which includes Scientific Atlanta, co-led by Tony Bates, senior vice president and Pankaj Patel, senior vice president; Emerging Technologies Group, led by Marthin DeBeer, senior vice president; Global Government Solutions Group, led by Brad Boston, senior vice president; and Research and Advanced Development, led by Joel Bion, senior vice president, will continue with their current roles and responsibilities.

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