Mike Austin

Senior Director, Global Industry Partners

Global Partner Organization (GPO)

Mike is responsible for driving the central strategy around our technology and commercial focus areas for our Global Transformation Focus partners in EMEAR, APJC, and the Americas. Also responsible for full 360 degree relationship including; go-to-market strategy, technology solutions, channel alignment, marketing strategy and Executive Relationships.

Throughout his career, Mike has been successful in implementing new technologies, managing core lines of business, launching key channel partner strategies and programs, as well as the turnaround and high growth in the businesses & partnerships he has been involved with or under his leadership.

Mike has over 20 years’ experience around architectural selling with applications, storage and data centre environments. He has previously held roles with Lexmark, Anixter, and Ameritech. Mike has been with Cisco for over 18 years, joining Cisco in 1999 as a sales representative in the Bay Area.

Mike likes to spend time with his wife, Melissa and two children coaching sports, skiing, traveling and rescuring animals. Mike spends Mike is a graduate of University California Davis, with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, emphasizing on World Trade, and a Minor in Political Science.


August 23, 2023


The Superpower of Partnership: Cisco and Hitachi Vantara Deliver Best-in-class Solutions

3 min read

Cisco and Hitachi Vantara, two leading companies, are working together to deliver best-in-class solutions for digital transformation and data center modernization. Recently, Hitachi Vantara entered into two global partnerships with Cisco.

July 12, 2021


Enhanced Visibility is Key to Improved Cybersecurity at Your Manufacturing Site

5 min read

When you can’t see what’s happening on your network, keeping your manufacturing site secure can be difficult-to-impossible. Together, Cisco and Rockwell Automation give you visibility into your IT and operational technology (OT) assets, accelerating your secure transition to smart manufacturing.

November 17, 2020


OT/IT Convergence – Is There Something Fishy Happening?

3 min read

The big fish needs to exert its own energy and swim against the current to avoid being swept downstream. In our world, this big fish is called OT/IT convergence. Just like salmon are not the only beings who swim upstream, OT/IT convergence is not the only market transition that has required IT to adapt and engage differently to provide deeper, more sustainable value to the business.

June 7, 2019


Find Your Blueprint for Smarter Buildings at Cisco Live 2019

2 min read

At Cisco Live 2019, visit the Digital Building Partner Village in the World of Solutions to see how we’re making it a reality. Our smart building solutions will be on display.

March 28, 2019


Modern manufacturing, secured

1 min read

Cisco teamed up with long-time partner Rockwell Automation to help make today’s manufacturing plants, and the plants of the future, more modern and more secure.