IT IS CHALLENGED BUT
WILL EMERGE STRONGER
Jacqui Guichelaar, Senior Vice President and Chief Information
Officer at Cisco, discusses the recent Cisco survey in which
CIOs reveal their fears, strengths and strategies for coping
with the pandemic.
In my position as Cisco’s CIO, I often
have the opportunity to connect with
my peers across the industry. And that’s
been a great source of strength in these very
I know at Cisco we’re already accustomed
to remote working, and we have the network
expertise to make it happen on a large scale.
But to go from 20,000 to 140,000 remote
workers in 10 days was something we had
never dealt with, and it required a great deal
of co-ordination and teaming across the
company. We had teams working around
the clock and doing whatever it took to make
sure Cisco employees could quickly begin
working from home.
So, it was great to check in with other
CIOs to gauge their stress levels and see
where we could help. Many have done the
same for me.
That’s why I’m excited about the results
from a new Cisco study which has been
released, CIO Impact Report: COVID-19.
For this study, we asked more than 300
global CIOs specifically on how the
COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their
leadership strategies, day-to-day stress
levels and perspectives on current and
future IT strategies.
It’s no secret that this has been a difficult
transition for CIOs, and the CIO Impact
BY 14% SINCE
BEGAN, AND HALF
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