Case | HBS Case Collection | March 2001 (Revised November 2005)

Cisco Systems Architecture: ERP and Web-enabled IT

by Richard L. Nolan, Kelley Porter and Christina Akers


In a seven-year process, Cisco built its strategic I-Net. Beginning in 1994, Cisco completely replaced its back-office legacy systems. At that time, the company standardized Internet protocols. In addition, the company shifted strategic focus from IT back-office applications to front-office applications. After ERP (enterprise resource planning), the company spent the next two years electronically connecting with customers. A rewritten version of two earlier cases. A consolidated version of the Cisco Systems ERP and Cisco Systems Web-enablement cases. Designed to be taught in one class session (if two class sessions are available, it is recommended that Cisco ERP Systems be used for one session followed by Cisco Systems Web-enablement).

Keywords: Internet; Information Technology; Technological Innovation; Search Technology; Management Practices and Processes; Technology Adoption; Information Technology Industry;


Nolan, Richard L., Kelley Porter, and Christina Akers. "Cisco Systems Architecture: ERP and Web-enabled IT." Harvard Business School Case 301-099, March 2001. (Revised November 2005.)