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Chuck Robbins’ 10 Boldest Remarks On Cisco Plus, Webex Investments, And Enterprise 5G Opportunities

‘Every company on the planet came to the realization that they needed to [have] modernized IT infrastructure. So, the opportunity for all of the partners here is also that everyone is moving [forward] from wherever they are. If they were advanced, they’re trying to get even more advanced. And if they were behind, they realized they never want to be in that situation again,’ Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins tells CRN.

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On the more than 400 new Webex features in six months and using Webex to create inclusive environments

I think that the [Webex] team has done an amazing job of initially just ramping the underlying platform to accommodate 600 million users a month that are joining meetings -- they did that in an incredibly fast timeframe. And then Jeetu [Patel], he’s really come in and built a vision for the platform. The feature velocity is incredible, what they’re driving right now. I think you’re going to see us continue to double down on security [and] we’re going to have to work hard on dealing with digital sovereignty issues all around the world.

The [Webex] team is working on these features for inclusivity. Ironically, we used to think about a meeting where there are people in a conference room and then there were remote attendees and the remote attendees would always feel sort of removed from the meeting because it was sort of happening in the room. And now that everyone’s on video, if you think about the irony is, every person working remotely is going to have their own individual window.

In today’s technology, the conference room would have three or four people all sharing one little window, so they actually have a worse experience than the remote worker, which is the flip side of what we’ve had historically. Building features like the team has where they’re going to do facial recognition and then create an individual window for every user in that conference room to make everyone be equal in the session. Those are the kinds of things that teams are thinking about.

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