Daily Archives: July 23, 2009

New Cisco Sales Structure Imminent

Cisco Systems will be introducing a new sales structure to coincide with the onset of its new fiscal year on August 1.

There is speculation as to whether the sales reorganization is connected, directly or indirectly, to the recent purging of Cisco employees at the company’s headquarters in San Jose and elsewhere.

As part of the change to the sales structure, Cisco will be introducing a Strategic Partner Organization. Details remain sketchy as to what that denotes and entails, but Cisco suggests that the overall restructuring will result in glad tidings for all involved.

“Cisco has announced a reorganization of it field sales structure as of the beginning of our fiscal year, starting on August 1, 2009. The reorganization is intended to create a next-generation sales experience that is seamless, global and brings the full collective power of Cisco to our customers, partners and worldwide field teams. Ultimately, the reorganization will simplify, prioritize and make it easier to do business with Cisco for our customers and partners.”

I like that — “next-geneation sales experience.” It’s presumably like Star Trek with quotas.

Vista’s Legacy? It Can’t Be Good

On the PC World website, freelance technology journalist Tood R. Weiss wonders about the legacy of Windows Vista.

Don’t be too hard on Weiss. He’s a professional, paid to wonder about such things. If a garden-variety consumer wondered about Vista’s legacy, one would be forgiven for thinking he or she desperately needed a hobby, like golf or voodoo.

In this case, though, Weiss’ purposeful musings are justified. It’s what he does.

So, what does he conclude? Despite giving a temporary soapbox to a Microsoft VP who claims, presumably with a straight face, that Windows Vista will be remembered fondly — by computer-oriented S&M aficionados perhaps? — Weiss draws a parallel between Windows Vista and a 1971 AMC Gremlin.

I always thought Windows Vista was more like the New Coke of operating systems.

Yes, it’s true, as Microsoft submits, that the forthcoming Windows 7 incorporates many advances that first reached market as features and functionality in Windows Vista. However, it’s just as true that the foibles and failings of Windows Vista have been sandblasted, for the most part, from Windows 7.

Really, all things considered, it’s difficult to envision how Windows Vista could be remembered fondly, no matter how many years forward one projects. Corporate flacks argue to the contrary, as they are inclined to do, but the die has been cast.