That didn't last long. Just weeks ago, Cisco Systems
Almost as quickly as the experiment started, albeit with numerous delays, it ended.
Cisco Cius. Source: Cisco.
At the recent CiscoLive! conference this past week, CEO John Chambers conceded that the company should have killed the offering nine months earlier than it did: "Once you realize you're not going to reach the volumes you need, you should just stop. We should have made our decision to exit the Cius market nine months ago." After seeing the nearly unstoppable momentum that the iPad was gaining, especially within the enterprise, Cisco should have pulled the Cius plug much earlier. Cisco says 63% of enterprise tablets are iPads.
For those keeping track at home, nine months ago would have meant axing the doomed tablet back in September 2011, only three months after it launched in July after being delayed by more than a year. Translation: We should have pulled an HP.
Now that's something you don't see every day -- a tech stalwart wanting to be more like Hewlett-Packard
On the other hand, Cisco also didn't plunge $1.2 billion into an acquisition that was pretty clearly the worst deal ever in pursuit of its tablet strategy.
The life of a wannabe iPad-killer isn't quite as glamorous as most hope. Farewell, Cius. We hardly knew ye.
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