With new CEO, Skype's rivalry with Cisco comes into full view

With new CEO, Skype's rivalry with Cisco comes into full view

Summary: Skype will reportedly get a new CEO from Cisco Systems in a move that highlights the budding enterprise technology rivalry between the two companies.

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Skype will reportedly get a new CEO from Cisco Systems in a move that will highlight the budding enterprise technology rivalry between the two companies.

The New York Times and TechCrunch are reporting that Tony Bates, who leads Cisco's enterprise, commercial and small business unit, will take over as Skype CEO.

In other words, the Web collaboration space is about to get a lot more interesting.

Josh Silverman, who ran Skype since 2008, will step aside. Cisco in a blog post said CTO Padmasree Warrior will take over to lead the enterprise, commercial and small business group.  Bates is leaving to pursue another opportunity---Skype.

Skype has been very clear that it plans to be a major collaboration player in business settings. Skype's future growth---earnings and revenue---rides with the enterprise.

With Bates, Skype will clearly have a leader with enterprise chops. Couple the hiring of Bates along with last week's partnership with Avaya and it's clear that Skype is going to be a real thorn in Cisco's side.

More on Skype's enterprise ambitions.

Skype covers consumer, enterprise partner bases

Topics: Cisco, Collaboration, Social Enterprise

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  • Skype's future

    given that Google voice has entered the market doesn't look as good as before
    nomorebs
    • RE: With new CEO, Skype's rivalry with Cisco comes into full view

      @nomorebs

      Don't count on it just yet. Google Voice is only available in the US at the moment and let's not forget that Google can fail too! Buzz hasn't been a huge success either.
      webmasteraaa8
      • RE: With new CEO, Skype's rivalry with Cisco comes into full view

        @webmaster@... Yes, but remember Nokia! They are leaders all around the world but on the U.S. they are slowly disappearing. I don't think Skype wants the same fate. They have to deliver a good answer to Google Voice or they are doomed in the U.S.
        nomorebs
      • RE: With new CEO, Skype's rivalry with Cisco comes into full view

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  • RE: With new CEO, Skype's rivalry with Cisco comes into full view

    Who better to help decide the question of mutual interest between Cisco and Skype. Cisco is betting the farm on presence and Skype is best known provider of that in the consumer space.
    mswift1
  • RE: With new CEO, Skype's rivalry with Cisco comes into full view

    Sad to hear "anyone from Cisco" is having "Any influence" that will effect Skype.
    Skype has been a super program for a lot of years, I hope they can survive the potential bad stuff.
    THEGREENHORNET