Chuck Robbins, who six months ago became chief executive of Cisco, the global IT leader, talked to Handelsblatt about how business is changing. He believes “the one that moves fastest, wins,” he said.
Since the interview took place, Cisco has announced its acquisition of Jasper Technologies, a startup famous for its work in technology for the Internet of Things, or networked physical objects.
Cisco makes networking equipment, and this purchase will help it move into the growing IoT trend by moving data and becoming more closely involved in related applications.
Handelsblatt: You have been in your position as a CEO for six months now. What’s new – have there been any surprises in your new job?
Chuck Robbins: It’s becoming more clear than ever to me how phenomenal the culture of this company is; the energy and creativity of our people is very inspiring. What didn’t surprise me though was how fast digitization moved and how much attention the topic gets right now. For a long time we only talked to customers from the IT department. Today, our customers are coming out of the lines of business. They are thinking about the consequences of technology and how technology fundamentally redefines their strategy and their business models going forward and it’s happening in a very rapid pace.
How is Germany doing?
Look at Berlin with all its startups; it became one center of digital revolution. In January we talked about that topic with chancellor Angela Merkel.