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Vish Iyer

Vice President

Cisco Architectures, APJC

Vish Iyer leads the Architectures business in Asia-Pacific, Japan and China, which includes all the sales, solutions and engineering teams that are part of Cisco’s business units – Enterprise Networks, IoT, Multi-cloud, Data Center, Collaboration, Software, Security and Service Provider business. He is a 27-year veteran of the fast-growing ICT sector having worked extensively in different sales and engineering leadership roles in different geographies with a proven track record to grow business and teams. Vish has led teams that have pioneered world-leading innovations that have solved some of the most complex problems in the region, including mobile transport innovations for 4G mobile broadband services, affordable video platforms for 350 million connected homes in Asia, Pre-integrated API driven Enterprise Service stack for multi-cloud adoption, aspirational portfolio for small & medium businesses, smart city platforms for emerging market cities, and industry-leading contact center solutions with extensible ethnic language support. He is passionate about building high-performing teams, with a relentless focus on innovation and execution-first mindset that delivers sustainable business results for Cisco as well as its customers and partners. Vish is focused on building the next generation of leaders and collaborates with INSEAD School of Business in Singapore, where he’s a frequent speaker in the Emerging Leaders Program for South Asia and India. The joint case studies built through this program are now used extensively on how to build the right products, capabilities and business models to drive fast paced growth and value. Prior to joining Cisco in 1998, Vish worked at HCL Comnet for 5 years as the regional lead for the system integration business in West/South of India. Vish holds a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University. Based in Singapore, Vish is passionate about family, reading, sports and gastronomy.

Articles

October 6, 2020

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Why do you need next-gen technology to show the mirror to your digital experiences?

Today’s next normal has established new realities for businesses in every industry. Employees are working from home and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future, customers are discovering, researching, and buying products and services online, and as a result, there’s an increased reliance…

August 18, 2020

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Security in the next normal: Leaders need to think outside the (corporate) box

A majority of staff is now working remotely, using personal devices, on unprotected networks, and often collaborating via unsecured tools. Obviously, this will result in a number of new or increased security threats, across the enterprise. However, the truth is that the distributed enterprise…

July 15, 2020

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

The next decade belongs to organizations that can adapt and react quickly in the new normal

The pandemic took everyone by surprise – no business or leader had the foresight to prepare for it – and the global marketplace has shifted dramatically as a result. The question on the mind of every C-suite executive now is ‘how do I retool my business to build a resilient enterprise that can survive the…

June 29, 2020

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Today’s resilient digital enterprises must deliver seamless, secure experiences

As businesses come out of the lockdown imposed by regulators to battle the global pandemic, leaders must start to rethink their organization’s digital agenda and priorities. In the ‘new normal’, employees will continue to work remotely, at least partially, and a greater chunk of the customer journey…

May 12, 2020

RETAIL

Understanding retail’s pressing digital needs in the age of the new normal

As retail organizations battle lockdowns in different parts of the world due to the coronavirus, Forrester estimates that the industry will suffer a loss of US$2.1 trillion globally in 2020. In Asia Pacific alone, revenues are expected to fall by US$767 billion, a 10 percent decline over 2019 figures.…

April 27, 2020

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Why Security is the bridge between continuity and resilience for businesses

Up until the global coronavirus pandemic, working from home was simply an option. Organizations were prepared with an 80/20 model where 80% of users worked on-premises and the remaining 20% could access remote working solutions. With no end to the lockdown in sight for many, organizations need 100…

April 14, 2020

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Getting business ready for the new normal

In the blink of an eye, the world as we knew it has changed. As governments across the world announce lockdowns of various proportions, companies are now having to run their operations with almost their entire teams working remotely. In many cases, they have had to make this switch overnight, or within…

February 11, 2020

INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT)

Cisco thingQbator – creating a culture of innovation & entrepreneurship

Every year I go on an annual pilgrimage. My place of worship is the Indian Institute of Technology at Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU), my alma matter. This year was special as it marked 2 years of the CiscoThingQbator experiment featuring 5 colleges across India, and an e-summit hosted by my alma…

thingQbator: Fostering innovation in a world of boundless opportunities

As I travel back to my alma mater, Indian Institute of Technology Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU), I have been thinking of how much the world has changed in the 26 years since I graduated. During my student days, the ultimate dream was to either go to the US for further studies, pursue an MBA with a leading…