"Cisco will exit the hardware-based group video conferencing and telepresence business... A spin-off into a new company (how ironic were it to be named Tandberg) much like AT&T did years ago with Lucent."
Ominously or perhaps fortuitously for Tandberg customers, I mean, it will obviously depend are your viewpoint because earlier this week the respected Boston based independent market research firm, Wainhouse Research, released its:
Winge's name can be added to an impressive list of departed videoconferencing sales and engineering talent that includes, but is not limited to Fredrik Halvorsen, Geir Olsen, Hakon Dahle, Tom-Erik Lia, Larry Satterfield, Mark Dumas, Joel Brunsen, and the entire Codian MCU development team.
In addition, changes have been made at a structural level. Most importantly, the sales overlay structure is gone--there are no more video specialists, rather all sales people are expected to sell all Cisco products. The Tandberg account managers have been replaced with Cisco people, many of whom are just learning how to spell video conferencing. This is a recipe for running aground. Channel partners, the very people that made Tandberg so successful, are still learning how to do business with Cisco--apparently it is not as easy as one would think. Is it any wonder that resellers and customers alike are looking for alternatives?
Question: Since it appears Cisco CEO John Chambers can't get the $3.3 billion Tandberg acquisition to work, should Cisco's shareholders be alarmed?