A year ago Cisco Systems Inc. was in the middle of a serious restructuring, trying to cut US$1 billion a year in spending and letting go thousands of staff. And while the bottom line has improved, debate over the future of the networking giant continues.

This column from Art Wittmann notes that Cisco CEO John Chambers is leading the company through a reassessment of what it does and doesn’t do right — which means customers and reporters can join in the discussion. You’ll find links here to three of Network Computing’s writers on the pros and cons.

 
 
 
(John Chambers at Cisco Live San Diego 2012. Photo by H. Solomon, IT World Canada)

 
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For his part, Wittmann argues Chambers gives the impression that he still wants the company to push boxes with proprietary technology. Read this and decide for yourself.