Cisco Live: Forrester Research Hails “Jane” Chambers
Move over, John Chambers. Apparently, Forrester Research has spotted your future replacement — Jane Chambers — at the Cisco Live conference in Orlando. Here’s the scoop, and the video evidence to go with it.
Video highlights from Cisco Live include:
Gartner Analyst Rich Costello stating that he has “reached a level of understanding about Cisco.” It’s always reassuring when analysts understand their assigned markets:
Forrester Research Analyst Rob Whiteley apparently protecting his, um, privates (and a Cisco banner) from a free kick, then calling “Jane, er, John” Chambers a “visionary.” Yes, John is a visionary. But who’s Jane?
Nemertes Founder Johna Till Johnson saying she’s impressed by Cisco’s “vision” (there’s that word again) to tie together telepresence and data centers. Actually, The VAR Guy has to admit, she’s a pretty engaging speaker.
Yankee Group Analyst Zeus Kerravala cheering on the Boston Red Sox (ugh) but making a key point: The network really is the only thing that touches everything in corporate IT, giving Cisco a potential competitive advantage from the data center out to all devices. He also admits that Cisco hasn’t been a strategic player in the data center — refreshing, since he’s at a Cisco event with a Cisco person holding a camera. You can tell he’s very comfortable covering Cisco, talking shop, and adding his own perspectives to a conversation.