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CTO Executive position – Enterprise Collaboration software – SaaS at Cisco Systems

Location: San Jose (San Francisco Bay Area)


Computer Hardware, Computer Networking, Computer Software
September 14, 2010 by Mohamed Ali Mohamed is a 2nd degree contact
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POSITION: Chief Technology Officer, Enterprise Collaboration Platform Business Unit (ECP)
REPORTS TO: VP & GM of Enterprise Collaboration Platform Business Unit
Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Information about Cisco can be found at
ECPBU is a business unit that is responsible for delivering Enterprise Social Software as part of Cisco’s Collaboration Strategy. This business unit is part of Cisco’s Enterprise, Commercial and Small Business (ECSB) Group. Enterprise Social Software is one of Cisco’s newest Collaboration offerings and the ECPBU sits alongside our Voice Technology Group and our Collaboration Software Group (WebEx) in delivering on our collective Collaboration vision.
The CTO of ECPBU will ultimately be responsible for future technology choices and technical/system architecture for the Enterprise Collaboration Platform business (ECP). This role will shape forward ECP and Collaboration Technology investments, roadmaps, acquisitions and alliances. The CTO will act as a strategic advisor to the product roadmap and Cisco’s overall Collaboration strategy. He/She will have had experience in the Enterprise Software; Social Networking; Web/Internet application market, SaaS based delivery models in either a CTO, Engineering or Operations capacity.
Core Responsibilities: The CTO ECP drives bold innovation and the development of new technologies and applications that are embraced by customers by defining the technology roadmap for the business group, getting buy-in from customers and internal stakeholders, and leading high performing, high innovation teams.
•Key customer-facing advocate for the business resulting in highly sought-after technical customer-facing resource for key customers and partners; providing customer credibility to technology and business recommendations. A spokesperson and representative of ECP in the broader Cisco technical and CTO community.
•Lead ECP standards activities which results in effective use of standards bodies to advance our customers’ interests and Cisco’s business interests.
Research and Development: He/She must lead the next generation of ECP products to ensure Cisco keeps its lead in the market. Manage a team responsible for architecture, hardware, software, test engineering, and system integration. Products must be developed in a global environment and be available for global launch. Oversee the allocation of time and resources to research and development for the advancement of the business is key.
Superior Leadership: The CTO ECP must provide visible and effective leadership within the company as well as with customers, partners, and the external community. This individual will also be responsible for scaling and leading the organization as it grows and requires an individual to continually enhance the team to ensure a culture built on innovation, collaboration, and effective execution and striving for success, as well as recruiting and developing the next generation of leaders for the group. He/She will know how to work collaboratively on product solutions that will span more than just ECP (for the benefit of our customers), thus requiring individuals to work across organizational boundaries to deliver broad scale solutions.
•The CTO needs to be versant in Software and Cloud technologies. It is important to have experience and knowledge of enterprise customers, while exposure to consumer/end user is desirable.
•Strong management skills are required. The ECP CTO must be capable of balancing technology and leadership in order to optimize the effectiveness and development of the team.
•The CTO must have demonstrated the ability to collaborate within a large organization and achieve significant results. Success at Cisco will require one to establish strong relationships and the ability to navigate through a complex organization. The ideal candidate must have demonstrated effectiveness at setting and implementing standards-making strategy.
•Finally, the Enterprise Collaboration Platform CTO must have strong presentations skills and be equally effective in communicating internally to the organization as well as externally to partners and customers. She or he must be capable of communicating to both at the technical and business level.
•Collaborate: Works with the highest-level contacts of customers, partners, suppliers, and other units in CDO and across the enterprise to develop high-level strategies, align the goals of these groups, and maximize results.
•Learn: Builds business unit capabilities by giving staff the balance of autonomy and support needed to build business and technical skills, resulting in a pipeline of viable candidates for future VP positions.
•Execute: Achieves business critical objectives and obtains exceptional business unit results measured against a combination of financial, customer, technology, and quality metrics.
•Accelerate: Develops the overall strategy for the business group, effectively communicates it to the group, and aligns it with Cisco’s overall strategy, enhancing Cisco’s network-as-the-platform strategy, and resulting in strong buy-in and commitment from the business group, customers, and the enterprise.
•Disrupt: Promotes innovation and change in order to improve the technology, operations, and business processes needed to execute strategy and set Cisco apart in the global marketplace.
An undergraduate degree required and an Advanced degree preferred.
The successful candidate will receive a highly competitive and attractive compensation package, which includes a base salary, a performance-based bonus, and equity.
Mohamed Ali


Enterprise Collaboration Software
Office 2.0
Cloud Computing

Job ID: 1127388