Cisco systems Architecture: ERP and Web-Enabled IT
Case Introduction and Background and analysis of the Business
Cisco Systems, a Global leading company that manufactures and markets Internet Protocol (IP) equipment, uses routers to send digital and voice data over the Internet. Founded in 1984 by three former Stanford University Students, Cisco first found early success by targeting Government agencies, Universities, and the Aerospace industry. In 1998, Cisco began targeting big businesses and other agencies. Cisco did their Initial Public Offering (IPO) in 1990. However, disagreement between founding partners led to two of the founding members parting ways with the company. In 1994, Cisco suffered another major setback: “Cisco’s legacy environment failed so dramatically that shortcomings of the existing systems could no long be ignored” (Nolan, 2005, p.4). However, after costly repairs and creating a brand new IT platform architecture, Cisco was able to recover and continued to move forward. Cisco immediately began expanding by acquiring smaller entities which expanded the company’s market share. In 1998, Cisco successfully reach the coveted $100 billion landmark. Over the next two years, Cisco continued to expand and “acquired more than 20 companies, including wireless network equipment maker Aironet. With a market capitalization exceeding $500 billion, Cisco enjoyed a turn as the world’s most valuable company in 2000” (Hoover, 2012, p.1.) Cisco’s product’s mix includes; security systems, IP telephony equipment, Internet conferencing systems, set-top boxes, optical networking components and network services (Hoover, 2012, p.2). Presently, Cisco operates in a broad target market. The company targets enterprise and service providers, small businesses, and homes (Cisco website, 2012).
With annual reported revenue of over $43 billion in 2011 and over seventy...