We have been hearing rumblings for the last year that Cisco wants to become known as a software company, which means they would unbundle their Operating System sale from the hardware sale.
In the not so far distant past the world was roaring, and “rolling in the dough” so to speak; and third party IT maintenance was not very high up on the food chain. But lately, there hasn’t been as much “dough rolling,” and many organizations are turning to 3rd party IT maintenance to accommodate severe budget constraints and reductions in capital expenditures. Companies have been forced to retain equipment for longer periods of time, and organizations are doing more with less. What they are finding out is with third-party IT maintenance they can actually limit their service expenditures without compromising uptime or performance.
While 2012 was nothing short of a technology miracle, 2013 promises to be even better. A few months back we posted an article on the extraordinary job Cisco did at the Olympics this summer as the official network provider. In fact, more than 4.8 billion people watched the event, with digital viewers outnumbering traditional television viewers for the first time in history, clearly showing how technology dependent we have all become. Undoubtedly, the impressive technology trend will continue in 2013.
It seems to be a major industry trend over the last year as one company after the next announces more and more lay offs. Just more proof that our economy is still down in the dumps. Juniper Networks announced Tuesday, October 2nd, that they will be cutting 500 workers from their workforce. Sure it seems like a mere grain of salt in a big shaker when you compare it to HP’s 29,000 or Cisco’s 1,300 this year plus the 10,000 they announced last year. But, when you consider that Juniper only employs 9,373 workers this layoff will make up 5.3 percent of Juniper’s workforce.