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Cisco Systems CEO Chuck Robbins' 7 Boldest Statements At Partner Summit

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins put a bold underline beneath his strategy, touting Cisco's ability to adapt and grow when it was widely expected to struggle as the cloud and software disaggregation technologies took hold.

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Big Easy

Cisco Systems Chairman CEO Chuck Robbins is all about the big picture. Since taking the helm at the networking giant in 2015, Robbins has worked to remake the company with a strategy that emphasizes software, automation, subscription-based selling and recurring revenue.

And while Robbins acknowledges that that transformation will take a number of years, his efforts have begun to bear fruit. The company Wednesday reported a first quarter revenue increase of 8 percent and earnings of 72 cents a share, beating analysts' expectations.

Robbins at Cisco's Partner Summit event in Las Vegas Thursday put a bold underline beneath his strategy, touting Cisco's ability to adapt and grow when it was widely expected to struggle as the cloud and software disaggregation technologies took hold.

An audience of some 4,000 Cisco partners from around the world hung on every word, laughed at every joke and generally gobbled up the CEO's rallying cry.

Here are seven of Robbins' boldest statements from his presentation Thursday.

 
 
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