Posted by: David Davis
Cisco’s financial quarter ended October 27, 2007. According to Cisco, “First-quarter revenue was $9.6 billion, up nearly 17 percent from $8.2 billion in last year’s first quarter. Net income rose more than 37 percent to $2.2 billion from $1.6 billion a year earlier. Earnings per share were $0.35, up from $0.26 in last year’s first quarter.”
Don’t you wish that your financials sounded so good? With the housing and financial markets in a slump and the economy ranked by most as “not so great”, how does Cisco continue to crank out these types of numbers?
Is it that Tasman Burgers that they sell in the company cafeteria? No, that can’t drive the orders. Is it those “human network” commericials that did it? I doubt that most people even have any idea what those commericials are talking about.
To me, it has got to be Cisco’s continual innovation. Cisco just “keeps those new products coming”. I mean, when was the last time you heard about the “new HP switch”? Or the new “Nortel Router”? (the #2 and #3 players in the marketplace) Name any other company that has SO many possible revenue streams – consumer networking (Linksys), security, services, routers (low to carrier class), switches, voice, and now, video.
In fact, according to Cisco CEO John Chambers, what drove the revenue so high this quarter were sales of carrier routers and Video/IPTV. The enterprise market, in fact, was actually a low seller.
With routers, switches, and Voice/VoIP being Cisco’s primary areas of dominance – what will it be next? Can Cisco put a video box in every home around the world, giving us all video conferencing? Could Cisco be your next source for TV?
Make your predictions here!
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