NEW YORK, (
) -- With
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analyst day kicking off in San Jose on Tuesday, Wall Street will get a good look at the networking shop's strategy.
But for some, the real show is a gander at Cisco's bench, and who might be top candidate to take the role of chief executive officer.
CEO John Chambers is leading the event and though
his tenure has been in question
, there's no indication he will be stepping down any time soon. That said, the day will be a showcase for up-and-coming executives making presentations.
The lineup of heavy hitters includes COO Gary Moore, CTO Padmasree Warrior and sales chief Rob Lloyd.
Here's a scorecard to follow the action. Which executive will make the best play for the boss' job?
Let's get the executive pageantry started.
Warrior leads off and she has her head in the cloud.
In tech circles, the cloud is a good thing, unless you are one of those skeptics who view it as a bunch of marketing blather. The cloud is remote data centers that hold a company's information. Clouds are hot because they are cheaper to run. But bizarrely, for Cisco, the cloud is a place where companies go to spend less money on networking gear.
Anyway, Cisco likes to play in the growth game, even if it's a little cannibalistic.
Warrior is called the "evangelist for what's possible." Prior to Cisco, Warrior was CTO at
Warrior is in all the right places where ideas are being thrown around. Her observations from Davos World Economic Forum this spring included that there was "lots of talk about cloud, which validates our strategy."
As a tech guru, Warrior has to have a great command of the current buzzwords. In a recent summary of where trends were headed, she offered a succinct description: "The future of work will be very different: It will be social, mobile, virtual."
Strength: Best name, hands down.
Weakness: Not much experience running businesses.
In March, when CEO John Chambers and the board needed to bring in someone to fix things, they called Gary Moore