Economic Times: July 06, 2016
Bengaluru: Cisco launched its globalization centre east in Bengaluru in 2007, a centre that it calls its second headquarters and which was established to develop new IT solutions for emerging markets and the world in general. In an interaction with TOI, Amit Phadnis, president engineering and India site leader of Cisco, talks about the progress the centre has made. Excerpts:
Give us an idea of the extent of innovation happening out of Cisco's R&D centre in Bengaluru.
We make switching products, next generation wireless products and also storage spaces that are competitive globally. One of the advantages is, we are able to develop these products at a competitive price. We have developed 10 products from India since 2010 and have another 10-15 products in the pipeline that are completely engineered out of the country. Each of these globally has at least a $100 million annual run rate.
We are roughly a third of Cisco's engineering worldwide. Out of Cisco's total product revenue of $36 billion, $13 billion comes from products developed and managed out of India, the largest any company drives out of the country (products managed are those that may have been developed elsewhere, but are now completely handled, including development of upgrades, by the India team).
How is Cisco's involvement with the smart cities programme in India going?
We have done deployments in Navi Mumbai and Jaipur. The Jaipur Development Authority will set up a digital infrastructure provided by us to offer citizens amenities including connected transport, interactive kiosks, wireless broadband, safety and security services, traffic management and environmental updates. It will install an urban platform of sensors which allows for the sharing of information.
In Navi Mumbai, such an application is used to create public security and safety infrastructure. Running on a Cisco network, this solution provides live camera updates and alerts so that security breaches are not missed due to human error or oversight.
How big is the R&D team in Bengaluru now?
There are 7,000 engineers in the R&D facility, which is the biggest outside our San Jose (US) facility. San Jose has about 12,000-13,000 engineers. The way we are growing, we may cross them some day. Moreover, 10% of Cisco's patents are filed out of India. Out of the 1,000 filed, 600 have been issued. It is literally 2 patents filed per week from here now.
What is the charter ahead for the engineering team?
The charter is to take more complex responsibilities for product development. If you look at some of the products, we are pushing the envelope at what is possible in technology today. To create a larger ecosystem, we are getting the engineering team closer to the field engineers and sales teams, who really work with customers to understand their problems.
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