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Chuck Robbins' Five Bold Statements On Cisco's Software Revolution

Fresh from reporting Cisco Systems' biggest sales quarter ever, Chairman and CEO Chuck Robbins says the strength of the networking giant's channel partners accounts for the lion's share of the company's success in its transition to a software-focused, recurring revenue-based strategy.

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Chuck's Channel
Cisco Chairman and CEO Chuck Robbins clearly sees a broad set of opportunities for partners as the networking giant continues its transition to a software and subscription-focused, recurring revenue-generating business model and he's forceful in his commitment to the channel as those changes take hold.

In an interview with CRN after reporting record revenue for the fourth quarter, Robbins doubled down on the idea that the channel can play just as large a role in the transition to a new multi-cloud, software-focused business model as it has in Cisco's traditional business.

Robbins' channel strategy is central to Cisco's ability to drive growth in the disparate components of customers' digital transformation initiatives, and it also means huge opportunity for partners that make the transition with Cisco, Robbins said.

Here are five of Robbins' boldest statements from his conversation with CRN.

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