Ian Rutherford

Vice President

Cisco Performance IT

How do you achieve Performance IT, and how will you get your network infrastructure from the 'as is' to the 'to be'? I help Cisco's largest global enterprise clients answer this question. My team builds transformation road maps and business cases for transforming customers' IT infrastructures. Based on each customer's needs (and often competing demands), we design their network and underlying architecture to achieve target outcomes and improved user experiences much faster than would be possible through conventional approaches. Our customers face a daunting reality - while the amount of incoming data that must be quickly secured, protected, and encrypted is increasing and demands for new technology and services is growing, budgets are fixed — or even decreasing. Technology executives have to do more with less. We pride ourselves on developing road maps that deliver our customers new capabilities, better end-user experiences, an ongoing reduction in the cost-to-serve, and — just as importantly — demystifying the steps ahead and clearly show where the investments will go and the time frames involved. Our customers have seen spectacular results, from financial services clients who have realised 20% reductions in IT operating costs to customers whose road map endpoints were achieved in two years rather than five. The best part is coming full circle: Surprising customers with an idea they didn't realise was possible, demystifying the process for them, and then exceeding their expectations.


December 15, 2023


Simplifying IT for Better Experiences

4 min read

In today’s increasingly complex and fragmented technology landscape, organizations must deliver experiences that are reliable, secure, and seamless.

November 5, 2020


Could these inefficiencies be inflating your enterprise collaboration costs?

2 min read

Discover how critical inefficiencies could be inflating your enterprise collaboration costs. Cisco Performance IT is a proven approach to IT modernization that helps organizations optimize collaboration spend.

January 13, 2020


Cisco Performance IT makes multicloud possible for your digital transformation

2 min read

To address the challenges of today's multi-cloud environments, Cisco partners with customers to build a financially feasible model for their network transformation. Cisco Performance IT delivers high performance and superior user experiences, while operating more efficiently and at lower costs.

October 13, 2015


The Branch: A Retail Bank’s Secret Sauce to Success

5 min read

So This Guy Walks into a Branch… I like to think of myself as a tech-savvy consumer, and that includes my banking habits. That means that I rarely step across the...