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5 Surprising Statistics About Cisco's Channel Strategy

How many global enterprises does Cisco sell to directly? Exactly how many employees globally are trying to sell Cisco offerings? A new report by UBS sheds light on some figures channel partners need to know.

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5. Cisco's High Acquisition Rate = Risks

Cisco faces several risks similar to many other IT giants, including macro weakness affecting IT spending levels and increasing competition pressuring pricing and margins, according to UBS.

One possible issue that stands out for Cisco in the report is technology integration risks, given its recent and historic high acquisition rate. Since 2015, Cisco has unveiled plans to acquire 16 companies -- including Monday's announcement of its $293 million purchase of cloud-based security specialist CloudLock. Cisco has acquired about 185 companies over the past 22 years.

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