‘It’s not about the pen’: Cisco’s shift to customer-centricity

The tech sector changes so fast that it is understandable why companies operating in it get sucked into product-led marketing, but Cisco has abandoned a top-down approach that had produced a deluge of material that was mostly ignored.

There's a scene in The Wolf of Wall Street, the Martin Scorcese movie about convicted fraudster Jordan Belfort, that strikes a chord with Cisco's marketing director for EMEA. Sitting in a restaurant, Leonardo DiCaprio, playing Belfort, hands a pen to a...