Taking time out in between meeting top-notch government officials, John Chambers, President and CEO, Cisco Systems addressed a gathering of NASSCOM members. The session delayed by a good hour-and-a-half was squeezed in between meeting the Prime Minister of India, Atal Behari Vajpayee and the Minister of Communications, Ram Vilas Paswan.
The gathering was first addressed by Gary Jackson, VP, (Asia Pacific), Cisco Systems, who pointed out the trends in the Asia-Pacific region. He said that Cisco viewed India and mainland China as the two major markets in the region. In fact, after his whirlwind Indian tour, Chambers is going to visit China. He pointed out the critical role that can be played by Internet in disseminating education in the region. One of the major trends that is slated to emerge in the region is that there is going to be a lot of increase in connectivity through satellites, fiber, wireless, etc.
And broadband will play a significant role in delivery mechanisms. The major targets in the region will be service providers who will largely benefit from the range of products that Cisco is placed to offer. While the Asia-Pacific region contributed 10 percent revenue last year, the share of revenue generation stood at 7 percent the year before.
Chambers said that only those companies that adopt change will lead the revolution in the next generation. It is important for enterprises to embrace change and prepare for the revolution. Some prominent industry captains who attended the address included Saurabh Srivastava, Chairman, IIS Infotech and CEO of Infinity Capitals; Atul Kanwar, CEO, Bharti-BT Internet: Manish Modi, CEO, NetAcross; Rajiv Shah, CEO, Co-Future; Niraj Gupta, CEO Flag Telecom.