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Cisco names Chuck Robbins as its next CEO

Cisco just named Chuck Robbins as its next CEO, effective July 26. He was Cisco’s senior vice president of worldwide operations. John Chambers, who has led Cisco as its CEO for 20 years, will become the company’s executive chairman. Chambers had said there were about 10 candidates within Cisco who could take over as CEO once his run was up. …Robbins, who has been at Cisco since 1997, was also recently elected to the company’s board of directors. …” Via Lisa Eadicicco, Business Insider

Cisco Names Charles Robbins to Succeed C.E.O. John Chambers
…The naming of a new leader at Cisco represents the end of an era in Silicon Valley. Mr. Chambers, 65, who became head of the company in 1995, has been one of the longest serving chiefs of a major publicly traded technology company. He guided the company through a period of immense and rapid change, with the rise of the Internet propelling Cisco’s sales, and at one point during the late 1990s dot-com boom it was the world’s most valuable company…” Via The NY Times

Surprise! Cisco Names Chuck Robbins as Its New CEO
…The appointment of Robbins came as a surprise to some insiders, as Cisco President Rob Lloyd was considered the leading contender to succeed one of Silicon Valley’s best known executives. Robbins is Cisco’s senior VP of worldwide sales and oversees Cisco’s entire global sales force, responsible for $47 billion in annual sales; he will assume the CEO role on July 26. The move ends one of the most closely watched corporate successions in recent memory. …” Via Arik Hesseldahl, Re/Code

 

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on IT transformation, Amazon, and being a ‘Windows company’
We live in strange times. Companies are increasingly running applications on computers owned and operated by another company. Employees tend to look upon their colleagues in information technology as more of a nuisance than an asset. Satya Nadella thinks his company can help make sense of it all. …Last week Nadella spoke with Fortune about Microsoft’s challenge in addressing this group about the company’s strategy and how he feels about its cloud computing competition. … Fortune did ask Nadella about reports that Microsoft  may be the company behind a recent takeover offer for Salesforce, a company that has proven to be a rival and sometimes partner to the Redmond, Wash. company. He refused to comment. …” Via Barb Darrow, Fortune 

Have Salesforce’s rumored acquisition suitors looked at its financials?
So the industry is going crazy wondering which firm is pursuing a potential acquisition of Salesforce. I have to admit, I didn’t think Benioff would ever part with his baby, but recent events may have changed his mind. I’ll speculate on that later. …Whatever firm buys Salesforce, though, really needs to look at the company’s financials, because they look terrible, despite all the attention Benioff has gotten from CNBC’s hyperactive host Jim Cramer. If Microsoft or Oracle had financials like Salesforce, the long knives would be out for their CEOs and CFOs. … Via Andy Patrizio, Network World

On IBM’s Cloud Ambitions, An Interview With Big Blue’s Cloud Tsar
Much has been said and written (including by me) about IBM‘s cloud ambitions and its ability to deliver upon those ambitions. IBM is in a funny space. …But time has moved on and, to its credit, IBM has also changed its approach. …At the same time, however, IBM sometimes can’t help itself. It has an ongoing battle with public cloud-heavyweight AWS over who is the bigger cloud vendor. , to be honest, that is something of a one-sided battle. …So in the light of all of this turbulence, I was interested to have a conversation with Robert LeBlanc, SVP of IBM’s Cloud business. The broad-ranging conversation was a look at IBM’s cloudy future, competing with some serious names in the public cloud and that old chestnut, whose cloud revenue is bigger. …” Via Ben Kepes, Forbes

 

Tapping Cloud Computing’s Full Potential
Enterprises are realizing only 35% of the value from their workloads already in the cloud. Leading enterprise cloud adopters have migrated nearly two-thirds of their workloads to the cloud, yet the average company has only 18% there. Up to 50% of the value of cloud investments is predicated on streamlining and improving company operations. These and other insights are from the recently published Bain & Company study, Tapping Cloud’s Full Potential. … Bain & Company interviewed 428 companies and found that enterprises that are focused on getting strategic value from their cloud investments aim to migrate at least 50% of their workloads to the cloud…” Via Louis Columbus, Forbes

Nordstrom VP: Take Emotion Out Of Agile Transformation
Doing lean and agile development of mobile apps sounds like a cool way to work, right? But at Nordstrom, getting there first meant doing some boring, ditch-digging work of mapping out every single step that every employee took to deliver a new version of the retailer’s mobile app. That “value-stream map” showed Nordstrom took 28 weeks to deliver a mobile app version, said Courtney Kissler, Nordstrom VP of e-commerce and store technologies …” Via Chris Murphy, InformationWeek

Beyond hybrid cloud – enterprises need composite cloud, says Wikibon analyst
Hybrid cloud is the latest trend in enterprise computing, but hybrid cloud is much too limited and inflexible to meet the fast evolving needs of the enterprise. … In fact, however, medium-to-large companies are likely to use a variety of cloud-delivered services including software-as-a-service (SaaS) and more than one IaaS service. As time goes on, the situation will only become more complex as the organization adds more SaaS, IaaS and other cloud-delivered services as well as additional internal clouds. What companies really need is a much more flexible architecture that can unify all its cloud services, internal and external, which is what Wikibon Analyst Steve Chambers calls the “Composite Cloud…” Via Bert Latamore, SiliconANGLE

 

GE names Kate Johnson CEO of industrial internet software group
Kate Johnson has added the role of CEO of Intelligent Platforms to her existing duties as the Chief Commercial Officer at GE. Johnson, who will report to Beth Comstock, the chief marketing officer at GE, is responsible for taking the industrial conglomerate’s lessons as it automates its manufacturing business and turning learnings into software and services products under the Intelligent Platforms business. She will also oversee the transition of all of GE’s Intelligent Platform software to GE’s Predix software platform that manages everything associated with making a huge operation connected and intelligent…” Via Stacey Higginbotham, Fortune

Ok, We Get it, Docker’s Great. But what for?
By now, we’ve all heard “Docker, Docker, Docker” coming from every available channel. Ok, we get it, Docker’s great. But what can you use it for? I’m not much of a detective writer, so I’m going to spoil the ending here by giving you a preview of use cases assessments from my just published “Assessing Docker and Containers for Five Software Delivery Use Cases” (available to Gartner clients only) with help from some of my favourite memes. …One area of confusion for Gartner clients is the relationship between Docker and PaaS. While it’s true that the core functions of both OS containers and PaaS are providing applications with an isolated runtime environment, this is but one component of PaaS. Not to mention PaaS is a service, not just a bunch of software…” Via Richard Watson, Gartner

Cognizant ups outlook, rides digital transformation, healthcare
Cognizant Technology Solutions, an IT outsourcing company, reported a strong first quarter and raised its outlook as it lands healthcare, financial services and digital transformation business. The company, which recently acquired healthcare IT specialist Trizetto last year, delivered first quarter earnings of $382.9 million, or 62 cents a share, on revenue of $2.91 billion, up 20.2 percent from a year ago. Non-GAAP earnings were 71 cents a share. Cognizant’s results were a penny better than expectations…” Via Larry Dignan, ZDNet

 

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