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Cisco Systems SWOT & PESTLE Analysis

ID : 52166953| Oct 2018| 15 pages


Business Sector :Information Technology, Networking Equipment

Operating Geography :United States, Global

About Cisco Systems :

Cisco Systems is an American multinational technology company founded in 1984. Headquartered in headquartered in San Jose, California; Cisco designs, manufactures, and sells internet protocol (IP)-based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology (IT) industry. It is the largest networking company in the world and primarily operates in Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. The company has more than 73,000 employees as of 2016.

Cisco Systems Revenue :

$48.0 billion – year ending July 29, 2017

Ownership / Major shareholders :

As of August 2018, the major shareholders of Cisco are as follows –
1) Vangaurd Group Inc. (7.44%)
2) BlackRock Fund Advisors (4.65%)
3) SSgA Funds Management, Inc. (4.01%)
4) Wellington Management Co. LLP (1.7%)
5) T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. (1.37%)

Competitive Analysis of Cisco Systems

The SWOT/ TOWS Analysis for Cisco Systems is presented below:
1. Robust inorganic growth strategy
2. Leading market position in various in several product segments
3. Significant presence in all high-growth product segment
1. Delay in order fulfillment due to various supply chain issues
1. Set to grow as the cloud data segment grows
2. Growth in software defined networking market
3. Increasing adaptability of cloud security solutions
1. Intense pressure of competition
2. The service provider market is quite volatile
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Detailed SWOT Analysis of Cisco Systems



1. Robust inorganic growth strategy: The company follows an aggressive growth strategy that helped Cisco to establish itself as a technology leader. It focuses on acquiring new and well developed technologies in addition to concentrating on self-developed technologies .The company experienced strong growth in the last few years due in large part to its aggressive strategy for building and acquiring technology to keep up with its customers' fast changing requirements.

2. Leading market positions across major product segments: Cisco has leading market position in all the markets that it serves. The company is a leader in providing routing, switching, and associated services, including comprehensive security and mobility solutions. According to industry estimates, Cisco is the leader in enterprise router market in Q1 2017 with 43.9% market share as of Q1-2017. Cisco has also maintained its dominance in the Ethernet Switch market with 55.1% share. Further, in emerging economies such as India is a fast growing market, Cisco commands a market share of more than 75% in the router segment.

3. Significant presence across high-growth product segments: Cisco has a strong presence networking and wireless business segment. According to industry estimates, data center, wireless and service provider video end markets are expected to drive the IT industry. Due to the cost effectiveness of cloud computing, the demand for data centers is expected to grow substantially. Similarly, the rising popularity of handheld devices and the sale of high-speed wireless devices are expected to show phenomenal growth further increasing the demand for the company's wireless products. Similar growth is seen in the service provider video market. These segments are expected to generate high growth in the future which will benefit Cisco.


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Major Competitors :

  • Junipter
  • HP
  • Aruba
  • Polycom
  • Avaya
  • Microsoft
  • Checkpoint
  • IBM

Major Brands :

  • Flip Video
  • Cisco Nexus Series
  • Cisco LAN2LAN Personal Office for ISDN
  • Cisco TelePresence
  • Cisco Wide Area Application Services
  • Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)
  • Cisco Application Control Engine
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers
  • Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers
  • Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects
  • Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client

Key Business Segments / Diversification :

Cisco Systems
Networking infrastructure Network storage systems Security and surveillance broadband
wireless and wired networks Hardware (Data;Telephony products; Servers etc.)
Software (Operating systems; VPN/ Remote Connectivity; VoIP etc.)

Recent Acquisition / Mergers / Alliance / Joint Ventures / Divestitures :

Business Segment
Objective/Synergy Achieved
July Systems Enterprise-grade engagement platformUnderway AcquisitionThis move will help Cisco bolster its enterprise Wi-Fi platform to enable better indoor location services capabilities, among other offerings.
Accompany AI-driven relationship intelligence platform 2018AcquisitionThe acquisition of Accompany will enable Cisco to take collaboration to the next level with even more intelligence. Accompany's AI technology and talent will help Cisco accelerate priority areas across its collaboration portfolio, such as providing user and company profile data in Webex meetings. Together, Cisco and Accompany will continue to power the future of work in a smarter way to enhance customer experiences.
Cmpute.ioSoftware’s technology added to existing Cisco solutions will help our customers optimize their cloud consumption to ensure optimal business value.
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