Cisco's Financial Analyst Day: 10 Thought-Provoking Takeaways


Clear Leaders, Clear Roadmaps

For Cisco to become easier to do business with, it needed a simpler corporate governance structure, and now all of its key businesses have clearly defined leaders, Chambers said, whereas before, the line of site into who was accountable wasn't clear in some cases.

During the conference, Chambers put up a slide listing each of the executives in charge of those businesses -- video, for example, belongs to Marthin De Beer, senior vice president of Cisco's Emerging Business Group.

Cisco's various CTOs are also charged with bringing forth product roadmaps 18 months out, Chambers said, so Cisco can be more transparent with customers about what's coming next.