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Dan is the co-founder and chief open source officer at Codefresha software delivery platform with CI/CD, GitOps, and more.

Training and certification programs have always been a popular way for people to pick up new skills and Excellerate their capabilities. When I was in high school, I had the opportunity to do the Cisco networking certification, which had a huge impact on my career. Famed technologist Kelsey Hightower got his start by using his wages at McDonald's to purchase an A+ certification book. Now he’s a distinguished engineer at Google.

These programs traditionally have been expensive and required learners to study physical books and take proctored in-person exams.

In my role at Codefresh, I’ve organized and hosted quite a few open source-centric labs, training and certification workshops over the years, both in-person and online, and we’ve learned a lot along the way. There are some important elements that can not only make a workshop much more successful than the typical labs that we often see available in the community today but also much more accessible.

In the spirit of open source, I’d like to freely share some of the important things we’ve learned.

Use hosted lab environments.

Whether you’re offering the certification training live in-person or virtually, it’s really difficult to account for the myriad personal computer variations you’ll see among the attendees. They’ll arrive with different equipment, different configurations and different experience levels as well. Relying on attendees’ personal machines often means that you, the workshop organizer, will waste much of the allotted training time debugging and/or reconfiguring people’s PCs.

Everything is so much smoother when you utilize a hosted online lab environment. With the help of a provider, you can create online lab environments for course participants that they access via a web browser—the virtual training environment itself is already preconfigured. So even if a course participant is connecting with a tablet, they can go through the training and exercises and never miss a beat.

In my experience, eliminating this variability has dramatically improved the percentage of people who successfully complete a training program. But there are additional benefits as well.

For Codefresh’s certification programs, we’re teaching people to build and deploy software to Kubernetes, a cloud-native orchestration platform. Generally in cloud computing, users have access to larger servers and resources. Putting all of that into a single developer’s machine basically means they get the most under-resourced cloud possible: their laptop.

Using under-equipped work or personal machines introduces a burden that many wouldn’t experience in their professional environment. Many would argue that employers should pony up for better resources (supported on the employer’s time/dime), and I don’t disagree. But while we’re waiting for a utopia, we can enable the next 100 Kelsey Hightowers with a more accessible program.

One of the really big additional advantages of the hosted online lab model is that with each step in the lab, the lab can automatically check to confirm that participants implemented a task correctly and can provide real-time feedback as needed. There’s a transparent and immediate feedback loop built into the model, whereas with conventional BYOPC labs and workshops, it’s not possible for instructors to see if their guidance is being implemented correctly by the participants—maybe they did things right, or maybe they didn’t. The hosted environment approach is a much more effective way to make sure that lab participants are successfully learning the material and implementing it properly.

Side note: If you’re going to offer a hosted environment whereby all of the coursework and interaction flows through a shared IP address, be sure to confirm that the address won’t get throttled if several hundred people try to use it at once for what may be seriously heavy lifting from a compute/bandwidth perspective. Do a dry run in advance to make sure the infrastructure scales as it should. In our case, one particular service we used would throttle us from pulling images students use in the lab.

Hosted lab environments introduce some additional cost, however, so the resources you outlay for the workshop have to make sense on a financial level relative to the anticipated benefits for the community. Some training providers may elect to charge an upfront fee for this accommodation.

Make the training "self-serve"-friendly.

Many technical certification workshops are oriented first and foremost as one-off live/virtual events that mostly benefit the attendees in the audience the day it was hosted. The (potentially large) audience of follow-on registrants will instead access a rebroadcast to follow along with the training as best as they can, but the learning impact just isn’t the same. Participants should be able to flexibly engage with the course content on their terms and timeline with no drop off in course effectiveness.

Consider making the practicing material component of the coursework multi-functional so it can be delivered just as effectively in lecture format to live participants and for self-serve consumption post-event. You’ll find yourself designing the coursework differently—in a way that promotes learning effectiveness (and training continuity) for all course attendees and preserves the shelf life of the content for follow-on registrants.

Stay ahead of the technology.

In the open-source community, in particular, there is a high probability that eagle-eyed course attendees will notice—and not favorably—if you’re behind the times in the techniques you’re imparting. We expect and embrace this with the open-source community because innovation can move very quickly.

It behooves the training and certification course providers themselves to be as up to date as possible. And this ultimately requires a concerted and sustained effort to stay in sync with community innovation so that the coursework is directly relevant and therefore as helpful as it can be.

Conclusion

Embracing an excellent training and certification experience makes it easier for your users to learn and show off their certifications. This viral aspect of certification represents the best of open source: radical sharing.


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This blog was written by Alice Sanchez, a CPX Software Architect and Co-Global Lead of Cisco’s Native American Network (NAN).

November is Native American Heritage Month — in this month we can all come together to celebrate the culture, traditions, history and honor the contributions of our nation’s first people. I am inspired by my culture, the Native/Indigenous community, and the perseverance of my family, and I’m grateful for those who paved the way for me to have the opportunities I’ve had in my career. I am Pomo, Hawaiian, and Choctaw, and my family and community have been impacted by systemic policies meant to eradicate our very existence; that is the reality of my people.

I am a huge advocate for my native community here in Oakland, California. I serve as a board member for the Intertribal Friendship House, where I spend most of my time outside of work volunteering, delivering food to elders and needy families, serving food at drum and dance, the elders luncheons, working the booth at the Red Market, organizing turkey donations, Christmas donations and so much more. To me Intertribal Friendship House is more than an organization. It is the heart of a vibrant Tribal community. My grandmother who I was named after was one of the co-founders back in the 1940’s and I am continuing her legacy. Cisco employees can find information on how to donate here.

I’m proud to work at Cisco and to break through many of the challenges that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) women face in the tech industry. My journey in tech started many years ago as an Executive Assistant for a Fortune 500 financial institution. In that role, I started to support the Information Security Office and learned that I enjoy solution-focused work. This led me to work for several large tech companies, traveling to various countries across the globe.

I joined Cisco in 2018 supporting compliance certifications, and eventually became an Audit Lead for Cisco’s largest customers. During this time I was also nominated for the Excellent Performance Award by a Senior Director. I transitioned to Cisco Meraki to help with standardized security and assurance certifications. Currently, I’m working in Customer & Partner Experience as a Compliance Engineering Architect. While here I was recognized by my leadership to participate in Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Career Advancement Program, an initiative that prepares highly talented, mid-career professionals for senior leadership roles.

Cisco’s Native American Network (NAN)

I’m very passionate about co-leading the Native American Network (NAN), one of Cisco’s Inclusive Communities, as we elevate Native/Indigenous voices. I quickly learned about Cisco’s commitment to full-spectrum diversity and inclusion through employee communities that enable engagement, positive impact, and giving back. This is the first company I have worked for to offer such amazing support and learning opportunities for employees.

NAN is a Native American inclusive community dedicated to growing and empowering Native/Indigenous perspectives at Cisco and beyond. We raise awareness within Cisco (Native and non-Native) on tribal issues, social justice, events, and providing forums to learn about Native cultures. And we achieve this through our five pillars — Community, Connect, Professional Development, Social Justice, and Talent Acquisition. We are open membership and welcome all allies and supporters, Native or Non-Native, and Cisco employees are welcome to join our network through our internal site.

We have hosted many events such as our discussion on “Columbus vs Indigenous Peoples Day” and a cultural appreciation series that highlights Indigenous cooking, beading, and language preservation. We raise awareness of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), and we organize a book club that features Native authors. We also shared an insightful talk with filmmaker Willow O’Feral, documentarian Brad Heck, and artist Gregg Deal.

Here are some ideas on how to get involved during Native American Heritage Month (and all year!):

  • Learn about the Native tribes in your area
  • Check out Native American museums and cultural centers
  • Take a deeper dive with Native American heritage sites
  • Read books by or about Native Americans, Alaska Natives, or Native Hawaiians
  • Connect with the land
  • Learn about traditional Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian music and instruments
  • Sample authentic Native American food
  • Attend a powwow

I’m very honored to work for a company that fosters an environment where historically underrepresented women can be successful, and I’m proud of the commitment Cisco has made to Native/Indigenous communities, to listen, learn and elevate our voices. In partnership with some of our biggest customers, Cisco is dedicated to ensuring state-of-the-art broadband networks are deployed by as many recognized Native American Tribes as possible.

Here, I’m encouraged to be a strong, confident, Native Woman. Thank you, Cisco!

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Killexams : Cisco Expands Learning Portfolio with New Business Architecture Training and Certifications

Cisco announced it is expanding its learning portfolio with new business architecture training and certifications designed to accelerate the pace of business transformation, innovation and growth. Providing professionals with the latest skills, tools and best practices enables them to build and strengthen the bridge between technology solutions and business needs. These new offerings mark the second exact addition to Cisco’s business transformation-focused learning portfolio.

“The relationship between customer and vendor is being significantly disrupted by digital transformation, with the long-term result being a closer relationship, spanning more than the deal,” said Shadi Salama, Channel Leader – East Region, Cisco Middle East. “As the industry transforms and companies try to evolve their businesses, new talent gaps are forming. Our new Business Architecture training and certification offerings target the business skills that go hand in hand in conjunction with the technology skills to address the growing talent needs brought forth by business transformation.”

According to a exact analyst report, only about 15 percent of organizations feel they have the right talent in place for digital transformation. Cisco is addressing this skill gap by expanding its training, certification and enablement programs. Three new specialist certifications and related training courses have been designed to progressively build and validate expertise in business architecture:

  • Cisco Business Architecture Analyst Certification
    • Equips professionals with a general awareness of business architecture principles and provides a methodology for uncovering a company’s business goals. These desired outcomes could then be bridged to the technology solutions required to achieve them, thus building credibility and rapport with customers or key internal stakeholders.
  • Cisco Business Architecture Specialist Certification
    • Builds on the foundational skills and knowledge assessed at the Analyst level with a focus on change management and the creation of a customized transformation roadmap.
  • Cisco Business Architecture Practitioner Certification
    • Expands upon the Specialist level by validating a candidate’s mastery in leveraging tools, methodologies and best practices to bridge IT solutions with the organization’s business goals. Participants will be assessed for their ability to create and map the customer engagement journey to deliver tangible business outcomes and value.

Training courses supporting each of these certifications, respectively, include:

  • Adopting the Cisco Business Architecture Approach
  • Applying Cisco Business Architecture Techniques
  • Mastering the Cisco Business Architecture Discipline

These new offerings broaden Cisco’s Business Transformation portfolio initiatives, launched in April 2017, with the introduction of the Customer Success Manager certification. Cisco continues to develop a pipeline of additional training and certifications that will further advance skills in this area.

Tejas Vashi, senior director, product strategy and marketing, Cisco Services: “As Cisco helps customers transform their businesses, we’re leveraging our expertise and leadership to address both technology and talent concerns across the industry. Understanding business architecture is key as business transformation continues, because successful organizations will increasingly rely on professionals who can foster flexibility and cross-functional collaboration to deliver optimal business outcomes.”

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Killexams : Cisco Just Demonstrated the Power of Stock Buybacks

Networking-equipment giant Cisco Systems (CSCO -0.21%) reported results this Wednesday, covering the first quarter of fiscal-year 2023. The company generated adjusted earnings of $0.86 per diluted share, surpassing Wall Street's consensus earnings estimate of $0.84 per share.

Investors and analysts applauded Cisco's strong results, and the stock price closed 5% higher on Thursday. However, I don't see a ton of headlines mentioning one of Cisco's most shareholder-friendly qualities: The company is shoveling billions of dollars straight into the pockets of shareholders. I'm particularly impressed by Cisco's effective use of stock buybacks.

Cisco's buybacks make a difference

Fun fact: If not for the anti-dilutive effects of the buyback program, Cisco would barely have satisfied the consensus-earnings target.

Cisco's adjusted net income increased by 2% year over year, landing at $3.5 billion. At the same time, the stock-repurchasing program reduced the share count by 12 million stubs in the first quarter. The canceled stock adds up to 127 million shares on a trailing basis, which works out to a 3% reduction.

In a world where Cisco doesn't worry about share-count reductions, this-quarter's earnings would have landed at $0.84 per share, but only by the skin of its proverbial teeth. With three significant digits, you'd be looking at earnings of $0.856 per share, a rounding error away from missing the analyst target.

OK, that's no surprise

The lower share count shouldn't surprise anyone, especially since the bulk of this-year's buybacks fell in the second quarter of 2022. That period was covered in last-February's earnings update, giving everybody nine months to update their earnings estimates accordingly. The exercise above is just a bit of calculator-based entertainment, illustrating how generous Cisco's buyback program really is.

Cisco has invested an average of $1.1 billion per quarter in stock buybacks over the last three years. Dividend payments averaged $1.6 billion per quarter over the same period. That adds up to $1.69 billion of cash per quarter, sent right back to shareholders in the form of buybacks and dividends. Free cash flows in this time span averaged $3.53 billion per quarter, so the shareholder-bound cash returns consumed 48% of Cisco's average cash profits.

CSCO Stock Buybacks (Quarterly) Chart

CSCO Stock Buybacks (Quarterly) data by YCharts.

Cisco loves to share its cash profits with you, the shareholder

This generous cash return is no accident. Cisco has a history of generating massive cash flow and sharing them freely with stock owners.

On the earnings call, Cisco CFO Scott Herren said that the dividend-payout and buyback activity were "in line with our long-term objective of returning a minimum of 50% of free cash flow annually to our shareholders." That's been an official Cisco policy since the fourth quarter of 2019, three years ago.

I love seeing this shareholder-friendly policy in a veritable cash machine such as Cisco Systems. Even in an off-year like 2022, the company amassed $12.8 billion of trailing free cash flows -- and sent half of it right back to shareholders.

CSCO Free Cash Flow Chart

CSCO Free Cash Flow data by YCharts.

Today, Cisco's stock comes with a shrinking share count and a beefy dividend yield of 3.3%. You should expect the dividend payments to continue rising modestly over the years, while buybacks are adjusted to meet that 50% cash-sharing ambition, year by year. These qualities make Cisco a great buy for income investors, who value a free-flowing stream of cash profits and a tight commitment to cash-based profit sharing.

Anders Bylund has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has positions in and recommends Cisco Systems. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Killexams : Cisco updates SD-WAN to simplify provisioning, management

Cisco is set to unveil a new edition of its SD-WAN software that will extend the system’s reach and include new management capabilities.

Among the most significant enhancements to Cisco SD-WAN release 17.10, expected in December, is the ability to use Cisco SD-WAN Multi Region Fabric (MRF) support with existing Software Defined Cloud Interconnect (SDCI) systems to significantly expand the reach and control of the SD-WAN environment. 

MRF lets customers divide their SD-WAN environments into multiple regional networks that operate distinctly from one another, along with a central core-region network for managing inter-regional traffic, according to Cisco. 

SDCI technology is used to link enterprise resources to a variety of cloud, network, and internet service providers. Cisco customers could use SDCI with their SD-WAN deployments in the past but not MRF.

By combining the two technologies and using the Cloud OnRamp Multicloud Interconnect Gateway in Cisco SD-WAN software, customers can now set network, configuration and security policies across a wide variety of locations from a central site. Cisco’s SD-WAN Cloud OnRamp links branch offices or individual remote users to cloud applications such as Cisco’s Webex, Microsoft 365, AWS, Google, Oracle, Salesforce and more.

Customers can now assign regions and roles to SD-WAN edges deployed within SDCI infrastructure, and they can segment MRF regions into multiple sub-regions and share border routers between these sub-regions, allowing for better redundancy and failover-centric network designs, according to John Joyal, senior manager, product and solutions marketing with Cisco's enterprise SD-WAN and routing group. (Joyal wrote a blog about Cisco's SD-WAN MRF enhancements.)

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Killexams : Cisco: Near-Term Downside Risks, Hold
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We're bearish on Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) under the current macroeconomic environment. We're excited to see Cisco's earning report for its first quarter of FY2023 (expected on 16 November), but believe weaker demand under current financial stresses will gate-keep Cisco's financial performance.

Cisco is an IP-based networking company that provides an array of differentiated services for providers, enterprises, businesses, and commercial users. More recently, the company's expanding its presence in the network security domain, and we expect this focus on security and data centers to serve as growth catalysts in the long run. In the near term, however, we believe the company will face weak demand as businesses and enterprises figure out how they will spend their 2023 budget. We expect enterprise customers that make up most of Cisco's revenue will be more hesitant to spend their budget on network security under current macroeconomic volatility. We also believe Cisco itself will be directly pressured by the macroeconomic headwinds resulting from foreign exchange headwinds. We recommend investors wait for a better entry point on Cisco stock.

Enterprise spending decisions to gate-keep growth

Cisco is among the largest players in the networking space, but we believe the company is not immune to macroeconomic headwinds impacting customer demand. The current macroeconomic environment is harsh, to say the least, with inflation at the highest it's been in 40 years. Enterprises and businesses are facing increased financial stress, and we expect this to be reflected in their spending habits regarding network security and data centers. Enterprise customers reported a 15% Y/Y growth in fiscal Q4 2022, making it Cisco's fastest-growing customer base. We expect corporate tech buyers to cut costs under inflationary pressures and rising interest rates. While we love Cisco's business model, we believe the company is vulnerable to spending cuts from its customers under current financial stresses.

Cisco also derives a significant amount of its revenue from federal, state, and local government markets. We believe this makes the company exposed to stringent budget behavior by the U.S government. We expect Cisco to grow meaningfully once macroeconomic headwinds ease, but believe the stock price remains volatile in the near term.

The following table outlines Cisco's customer market in its fiscal Q4 2022.

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Cisco's 4Q22 earnings report

Foreign exchange headwinds are also taking a toll

A significant amount of Cisco's revenue is derived from outside the U.S, around 42% in FY2021, subjecting the company to foreign exchange headwinds due to the strong U.S. dollar. We expect the company's financial performance to be exposed to exchange rates of other currencies - euro, pound, renminbi, and yen - compared to the strong U.S. dollar. We maintain our belief that Cisco will grow in the long run but expect the stock to be pressured by FX headwinds toward 2023.

Long-term growth catalysts in the network security domain

Cisco provides various products and services to service providers, enterprises, and businesses, but security and data centers take the cake for Cisco's fastest-expanding markets. We're constructive on Cisco's rapid expansion in the network security domain. The network security domain is expected to grow significantly with a CAGR of 16.7% between 2022-2030.

The following image outlines the forecasted growth in the global network security market.

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Since 2019, Cisco has been focusing its revenue growth on its secure, agile networks segment, and we expect the company to benefit from tailwinds for network security domains worldwide. The company's network security includes products and services preventing unauthorized access to systems. The company's data center products encapsulate Cisco Unified Computing Systems and Server Access Virtualization.

The following graph outlines Cisco's revenue by segment over the past few years.

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Not immune to competition

Cisco's facing stiff competition from Arista Networks, Inc. (ANET), Juniper Networks, Inc. (JNPR), Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE), Huawei, and the Ethernet switch router market. We expect competition will force Cisco's hand to offer discounts and deals to maintain its customer base. Competitors are revamping their product lines in the switch router market, and we believe Cisco needs to bring its A-game to keep up with the competition and maintain profitability.

Stock performance

Cisco grew around 27% over the past five years. YTD, the stock is down about 30% alongside the larger tech peer group. The stock underperforms the S&P (SPY) index on the YTD metric, with SPY declining 17% over the same period. Cisco's competition is also feeling the pressure of macroeconomic headwinds; Juniper is down around 15%, Arista Networks around 11%, Dell (DELL) around 25%, VMware (VMW) about 1%, Aruba (HPE) around 5%, NetGear (NTGR) around 34%, and Extreme Networks (EXTR) up almost 19%. YTD, Cisco underperforms the bulk of its competition. We expect the stock to drop further towards 2023 and recommend investors wait for a better entry point.

The following graphs outline Cisco's YTD performance compared to the index and competition.

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Valuation

Cisco is relatively cheap, but we believe there is more downside to be factored into the stock. On a P/E basis, Cisco is trading at 11.6x C2024 EPS of $3.87 compared to the peer group average of 18.2x. The stock is trading at 3.0x C2024 on an EV/Sales metric versus the peer group average trading at 3.8x. We're bullish on Cisco in the long run but recommend investors wait to see how enterprise spending pans out toward the end of the year.

The following graph outlines Cisco's valuation relative to the peer group.

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Word on Wall Street

Wall Street is divided on the stock. Of the 38 analysts covering the stock, 12 are buy-rated, 16 are hold-rated, and the remaining are sell-rated. We attribute the lack of a unified rating on Cisco to concerns over how near-term macroeconomic headwinds will impact the stock. Cisco is currently trading at $45. The median and mean price targets are set at $53 and $55, respectively, with a potential upside of 17-22%.

The following tables outline sell-side ratings and price targets for Cisco.

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What to do with the stock

We like Cisco's position in the networking space, specifically with its growing focus on security and data center markets. We expect the security and data center markets to enjoy significant growth as the enterprise world becomes more digitized. Yet, we believe the near-term financial stresses will chokehold meaningful growth in the industry towards 2023. We expect more downside to be factored into Cisco stock in the near term and recommend investors wait for a better entry point.

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Killexams : Cisco shares pop on earnings beat and increased 2023 forecast

A sign bearing the logo for communications and security tech giant Cisco Systems Inc is seen outside one of its offices in San Jose, California, August 11, 2022.

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Cisco reported fiscal first-quarter results on Wednesday that beat analysts' estimates and boosted its guidance for fiscal 2023.

The stock rose about 5% in extended trading.

Here's how the company did:

  • Earnings per share: 86 cents vs. 84 cents expected, according to Refinitiv
  • Revenue: $13.6 billion vs. $13.3 billion expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv

Revenue increased 6% year over year, while net income slid 10% to $2.7 billion. The company now expects sales growth in fiscal 2023 of 4.5% to 6.5%, up from a prior forecast that called for growth of 4% to 6%.

CFO Scott Herren said in a company release that Cisco delivered "strong results" and attributed the company's guidance forecast in part to an "easing supply situation."

While Cisco's numbers topped estimates, the company is still struggling to grow as the technology world rapidly shifts to cloud and subscription software and away from buying physical boxes. Cisco's stock price is down 27% this year, while the Nasdaq has dropped 29%.

Cisco's top business segment, which includes data-center networking switches, delivered $6.68 billion in revenue, up 12% from a year earlier.

Internet for the Future, its second-largest unit, saw revenue drop 5% to $1.3 billion. The division contains routed optical networking hardware the company picked up through its 2021 Acacia Communications acquisition.

Sales in the Collaboration segment, which features Webex, contributed $1.1 billion in revenue, down 2% year over year.

Cisco will hold its quarterly call with investors at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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Killexams : Is Cisco Systems Stock a Buy Now?

Cisco's (CSCO -0.21%) stock price jumped 5% on Thursday, Nov. 17, after the networking hardware and software giant posted its latest earnings report. For the first quarter of fiscal 2023, which ended on Oct. 29, Cisco's revenue rose 6% year over year to $13.63 billion and beat analysts' estimates by $340 million. Its adjusted earnings rose 5% to $0.86 per share, which also cleared the consensus forecast by two cents.

Does that steady growth indicate Cisco's stock is worth buying again after being buffeted by macroeconomic headwinds over the past year? Let's review its previous challenges and its exact progress to decide.

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Why were investors panic about Cisco?

Last September, Cisco set some promising long-term goals during its investor day presentation. It predicted its revenue and adjusted EPS would both increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5% to 7% between fiscal 2021 and 2025, driven by the expansion of its subscription-based software and cybersecurity businesses.

But over the past year, Cisco's secure and agile networks division (which houses its switches, enterprise routers, and other wireless and access point hardware) struggled with supply chain disruptions, component shortages, and rising freight costs. The growth of that segment -- which generated 46% of its revenue last year -- decelerated throughout all of fiscal 2022 and declined 1% year over year in the fourth quarter. Its collaboration business, which brought in 9% of its revenue last year, also continued to wither as it struggled to keep pace with Zoom Video Communications  and Microsoft Teams.

Those headwinds offset the stable growth of its end-to-end security and optimized applications businesses (16% of its fiscal 2022 revenue) as well the inorganic growth of the internet of the future division (10% of its revenue), which had been driven by its acquisition of Acacia Communications last March. As a result, Cisco's revenue growth flatlined in the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2022 -- which cast a dark cloud over its ambitious investor day targets.

Why did Cisco's latest report clear away those clouds?

Cisco's first quarter report allayed those fears for three reasons. First, its secure and agile networks revenue rose 12% year over year -- on top of its 10% growth a year ago -- driven by strong sales of its networking hardware and a gradual easing of the supply chain headwinds. Its end-to-end security and optimized applications segments also continued to grow.

Those improvements boosted Cisco's revenue by 6% year over year during the first quarter. It expects that momentum to continue with 4.5%-6.5% growth in both the second quarter and the full year. CFO Scott Herren also reaffirmed the company's investor day goals of achieving 5%-7% revenue and earnings growth over the "long term" during the conference call.

Second, Cisco's margins are stabilizing. Its adjusted gross margin still shrank 150 basis points year over year to 63% in the first quarter -- mainly due to the impact of supply chain headwinds on its product gross margins -- but only declined 30 basis points sequentially. That compares favorably to its sequential drop of 200 basis points in the fourth quarter of 2022. Looking ahead, Cisco expects its adjusted gross margin to finally rise sequentially to 63%-64% in the second quarter. That's a bright green flag that suggests its supply chain headwinds are finally dissipating.

Lastly, that gross margin expansion prompted Cisco to provide upbeat earnings guidance for the rest of fiscal 2023. It expects its adjusted EPS to increase 0%-2% in the second quarter, and to rise 4%-7% for the full year. That's slightly higher than its prior full-year guidance for 4%-6% growth.

Cisco's stock is finally worth buying again

Cisco's stock lost more than a quarter of its value this year as investors fretted over its supply chain challenges and shrinking gross margins. However, its first-quarter report suggests those problems are transitory -- and that it's still well-poised to generate stable growth for the foreseeable future.

At $46 per share, Cisco trades at just 13 times this year's earnings. It also pays an attractive forward dividend yield of 3.3%, which accounts for less than half of its projected EPS for fiscal 2023. By comparison, Cisco's smaller rival Juniper Networks also trades at 13 times forward earnings but pays a lower forward dividend yield of 2.8%.

Cisco certainly isn't a stock for growth-oriented investors. However, investors who are looking for a stable blue-chip tech stalwart that is cheap and generates consistent dividends should consider picking up some shares today. 

Leo Sun has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has positions in and recommends Cisco Systems, Microsoft, and Zoom Video Communications. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Killexams : NCCU, Cisco Systems partner with 'Hybrid Learning' to increase access for students on and off campus

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the NC Central campus buzzed with activity and classrooms were full. "I’d say things have changed alot," said NC Central senior Maurice McKellar, who spent much of his college experience in a virtual learning mode.

He remembers how schools and universities had to quickly adapt to learning online with hopes of returning to the classic classroom model. Now, McKellar prefers both models.

He said, "It definitely gave us like a lot of opportunities to change the way we do things and still get an education."

"The world has changed and hybrid work is going to be the way of the future," says Scott McGregor, with Cisco Systems, an IT and networking company. They have partnered with NC Central as the school has embrace that hybrid model.

Cisco’s Webex app allows people to meet with anyone, anywhere and in real time. "The video and audio capabilities of our technology makes it easy for that student to really feel like they are much more present than it was in the past," said McGregor.

It wasn’t as smooth of a transition for other "sister institutions" according to NCCU’s chief information officer, Leah Kraus. She said, "Because we had prepared with a strong infrastructure, a strong network infrastructure and a strong partnership with CISCO, we were able to really pivot."

Jessica Ganao, chair of NCCU’s Department of Criminal Justice says the new Hybrid-Learning model meets the needs of many of her students who work other jobs. "Where our students will come into the classroom physically, come through Webex or we will record the sessions and allow them to view them after the class has taken place for that day.

School leaders say on-campus learning will always be an important part of the college experience for most students and faculty, however, now they have more options.

"I’ve been calling it moving from hybrid school or hybrid learning. We are really hybrid-living. I don’t really see us going backwards," said Kraus.

NC Central leaders say the flexibility of the hybrid-learning approach will make classes more accessible to students who may not be able to participate on campus.

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