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Case Code : ERMT-014
Case Length : 16 Pages
Period : 2003
Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Cisco
Industry : Information Technology
Countries : Global

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Background Note

With competition increasing, Cisco made various acquisitions - networking company Crescendo Communications (1993); Ethernet switch maker Kalpana (1994); and asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) switch maker LightStream (1995).

In 1995, EVP John Chambers succeeded Morgridge as president and CEO, Morgridge became chairman while Valentine became vice chairman.

Cisco's 1996 acquisition of ATM product maker StrataCom triggered off the process of consolidation within the networking industry.

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In 1997, Cisco formed an alliance with telecom equipment maker Alcatel to provide networking capabilities to telecommunications and Internet access providers.

Cisco acquired several niche players in 1998, such as Precept Software (video transmission software) and American Internet Corporation (software for set-top boxes and cable modems).

That year Cisco's market capitalization passed the $100 billion milestone, a landmark accomplishment for such a young company.

In 1999, Cisco invested $1.5 billion for a 20% stake in KPMG's consulting business. (The stake was later reduced when the business, later renamed BearingPoint, was spun off from KPMG in 2001.)

During the year, Cisco teamed with Motorola to acquire the fixed wireless assets of Bosch Telecom, forming joint venture SpectraPoint Wireless to provide high-speed networking services to businesses. In its largest acquisition to date, Cisco bought Cerent (fiber-optic network equipment) for $7 billion.

Cisco made more acquisitions in 2000, snatching up more than 20 companies, including wireless network equipment maker Aironet. Hard hit by an economic slump that affected companies across the technology sector, Cisco responded with a 15% workforce reduction in 2001. Chambers decided to set an example by voluntarily cutting his salary to $1.

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