Posted by Computer Weekly on February 6, 2019:

Cisco is moving towards a software-based future. We chatted to Susie Wee, founder and leader of Cisco developer and innovation programme, DevNet, to find out how she is helping to enable this change.

As more than one observer was heard to remark at this year’s Cisco Live Europe customer and partner event at Barcelona’s Fira, which has just closed its doors for another year, the day is fast approaching when everyone will have to stop referring to Cisco as a networking supplier, and start calling it a software company.

The news announcements came thick and fast, and at every turn, they were software-defined. From the extension of its intent-based networking (IBN) platform to the edge of the enterprise to support application innovation around the internet of things (IoT), to the introduction of HyperFlex for Branch, which supports “datacentre-class app performance” in branch offices and remote sites, software is on the march at Cisco, and is now well on its way to becoming firmly established at the core of Cisco’s customers’ networks.

For Susie Wee, founder, executive vice-president and chief technology officer of Cisco’s developer and innovation programme, DevNet, one might argue this makes all the hard work since she set up the scheme in 2014 worthwhile.

“People might ask, why does Cisco have a developer programme?” she says, when she sits down with Computer Weekly during a break in the show’s packed agenda. “Part of it is because there’s a huge shift going on in the industry in which the infrastructure is becoming a programmable software system with APIs [application program interfaces].

“What’s interesting is that that now changes things for the developer community because the way that networking and IT is done changes now you have programmatic capabilities. You can do things like automation at scale, policy-based management, baked-in security, all because you have new software control that you weren’t able to do before,” she says.

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