Cisco Systems Architecture

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Cisco systems Architecture: ERP and Web-Enabled IT

Case Introduction and Background and analysis of the Business
Cisco Systems, a Global leading company that manufactures and markets Internet Protocol (IP) equipment, uses routers to send digital and voice data over the Internet. Founded in 1984 by three former Stanford University Students, Cisco first found early success by targeting Government agencies, Universities, and the Aerospace industry. In 1998, Cisco began targeting big businesses and other agencies. Cisco did their Initial Public Offering (IPO) in 1990. However, disagreement between founding partners led to two of the founding members parting ways with the company. In 1994, Cisco suffered another major setback: “Cisco’s
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However, Cisco’s highly talented team was better postured to provide higher performance and security. Up to this point in time, no one had the technology to create a product that “with the speed and effieiency of a router and the precision of a telephone switch” (Nolan, 2005, p. 2).
Don Valentine, one of Cisco’s initial venture capitalist with a high tolerance for risk, needed more talented personnel with a similar entrepreneurial spirit as himself. After several management turnovers, John Chambers took over the position of CEO. Chambers initiated a strategy to excel Cisco to its “New World Network” vision. Cisco became the lead provider of internet based voice, data, and video computing systems. The following were included in Chambers strategy: 1. Assemble a broad product line which would position Cisco as a single point for business networks. 2. Systematize acquisitions to create efficiencies in the business process. 3. Set industry standards for software networking 4. Find the best fitting strategic partners
Cisco proceeded to implement the plan and grow the IT department and infrastructure. Peter Solvic joined Cisco as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and began to address the challenges and shortcomings of the current systems. These included as lack of robust environment and flexibility when a dramatic event occurred which illuminated the dire need to upgrade Cicsco’s legacy environment. Cisco’s system malfunctioned and

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