Manjula Talreja

Vice President, Global Cloud Practice

Cisco Consulting Services

Manjula Talreja is a 25-year information technology (IT) industry veteran who has spent the majority of her career at Cisco, where her extensive experience in general management, business strategy consulting, and operations has helped guide teams through many crucial inflection points.

Talreja is currently vice president of the Global Cloud Practice for Cisco Consulting Services, the company’s business and IT technology consulting arm. In this expanded role, Talreja is helping to shape and drive Cisco’s enterprise and service provider (SP) cloud strategy. Taking advantage of Cisco’s Internet of Everything (IoE) “network of networks” platform, the Global Cloud Practice is helping CIOs transform enterprise IT delivery models to IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) and supporting SPs in developing cloud market-entry and execution strategies.

Most recently, Talreja was vice president of global cloud business development for Cisco, where she and her team created new, innovative cloud business models and partnerships with technology vendors, SPs, and system integrators (SIs).

In 2009, Talreja ran and launched the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition, a partnership between Cisco, EMC and VMware, created to accelerate customers’ abilities to increase business agility with data center virtualization and private cloud. From 2004–2007, she served as senior director of Customer Business Transformation with Cisco’s Voice Technology Group (VTG).

Prior to Cisco, she spent five years with Hewlett Packard (HP) in its IT manufacturing organization, where she worked on global manufacturing systems in the United States, Southeast Asia, and Europe.

Talreja is a highly sought-after industry thought leader. She was named a CloudNOW “2013 Top Ten Women in Cloud,” and also made CableFAX Magazine’s list of the “Most Powerful Women in Cable 2012.”

She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Delhi, and a bachelor’s degree in business with a major in information systems from Santa Clara University.


February 27, 2015


Celebrating Women in the Service Provider Industry

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Whether they are ‘leaning in’ or ‘breaking through the glass ceiling’, the number of women in the global Service Provider (SP) and Cable industries is growing rapidly. Many female executives are at the helm– or in key leadership roles — of SP firms that are transforming their businesses and architectures. These are exciting times that […]

October 15, 2014


Fast IT Top Insights Part 2: Accelerating Innovation through Analytics, Security, and Savings

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In our previous blog, we began our exploration of how Fast IT will transform the role of the IT organization — enabling it to drive innovation in unprecedented ways for the business. And to do so amid the rapid disruption of the Internet of Everything (IoE) economy. Specifically, we examined the role of Fast IT […]

October 7, 2014


Fast IT Top Insights Part 1: IT Transformation and Innovation

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In the Internet of Everything (IoE) era, CIOs face a maze of challenges — along with a wealth of opportunities. But for the IT organization to fully realize those opportunities — and become a source of organizational agility and a true partner for innovation in the business — a wholly new IT operating model is […]

September 16, 2014


#InnovateThink TweetChat on Friday, September 19 at 10 a.m. PST: The Way Forward for IT Innovation

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In the hyper-competitive Internet of Everything (IoE) era, every company must be ready for rapid innovation, sudden market transitions and ever-changing security threats. But IoE — the explosion in network connections among people, process, data, and things — is about far more than vexing challenges. It is also about tremendous opportunity: Cisco predicts a staggering […]

May 16, 2014


Emerging Cloud Models: Community Cloud

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There is no disputing that both enterprises and service providers are embracing cloud.  What’s different today is that not only are telcos cloud providers, but enterprises and governments are also becoming cloud providers through a community cloud model. A community cloud model is a collaborative effort where infrastructure is shared and  jointly accessed by several […]

January 30, 2014


Seamless Solutions for a World of Many Clouds

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Considering all the hype around the cloud, it’s easy to forget that we live in a world of many clouds. Organizations can’t simply tap into a single all-powerful entity located everywhere and nowhere, all at once. In reality, they must dip in and out of a complex and often challenging array of public, private, and […]

October 7, 2013


Emerging Markets Are Upbeat on Cloud

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The sweeping changes driven by cloud and the Internet of Everything (IoE) are upending traditional models of IT consumption in dramatic ways. In order to shed new light on these trends and their impact on IT, Cisco® Consulting Services (CCS), in partnership with Intel®, conducted a wide-ranging study. We explored the powerful changes affecting IT […]

September 16, 2013


As Cloud Empowers Lines of Business, Challenges for IT

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As the key delivery model for the Internet of Everything (IoE) economy, cloud is helping to drive sweeping changes across nearly all aspects of our lives. But while the growth trajectory of cloud has been carefully charted, there has been comparatively little insight into its impact on IT organizations. To gain a better understanding, Cisco® […]

August 19, 2013


Under the Cloud, a Climate Change for IT

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Cloud has had a deep impact on the fundamental ways in which IT services are consumed. Yet we are only on the cusp of the transformation. Cisco estimates that connections among people, processes, data, and things will surge from “only” 10 billion today to 50 billion by 2020. Cloud’s value as a key delivery system […]