Mike Flannagan

No Longer with Cisco

As Vice President and General Manager for Cisco’s Data & Analytics Group, Mike Flannagan is responsible for the company’s data and analytics strategy, and leads multiple software business units.

Cisco’s Data Virtualization Business Unit provides software and services that enable organizations to efficiently access corporate data assets from a variety of enterprise data sources, Big Data sources, a multitude of cloud services, real-time streaming analytics applications, and the Internet of Things. This agile approach is quickly becoming part of the Enterprise Information Management architecture for leading companies, as they use their data assets more effectively to create competitive advantage.

Cisco’s Analytics Business Unit provides software and services that embed advanced analytics in Cisco’s services, and creates analytics solutions that join IT and network data with operational data to deliver insights that improve business outcomes. Beyond IT Analytics, this group leverages infrastructure and the data it creates to enrich business analytics in areas such as Retail, Oil & Gas and Manufacturing.

Cisco’s ServiceGrid Business Unit provides B2B business process integration in the cloud. These capabilities are also a key part of Cisco’s Internet of Everything (IoE) strategy to connect traditional Information Technology (IT) systems and processes with Operational Technology (OT) systems and processes.

Cisco’s Energy Management Business Unit provides a suite of software and services that measure and manage the energy use of all the connected devices across distributed office and data center environments. The Cisco Energy Management Suite is designed to reduce energy costs across distributed offices by 35 percent and gain full visibility into the energy use of every device in data centers.

Mike joined Cisco in 2000. He previously held IT leadership positions in consulting and global media companies, and founded several start-ups. Mike is a Cisco Certified Internetwork Engineer, patent holder and published author.

He attended the University of Texas at San Antonio, and earned a Masters in Business Administration from Auburn University, where he now serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the College of Business’s graduate programs.


Welcome to Cisco’s Analytics & Automation blog platform!

We see our customers across a range of industries are striving to become digital enterprises. Easier said than done in today’s hyper distributed environments. With over 14 billion devices online today and 50 billion expected by 2020, the exponential increase of data is being created by people and processes connecting from everywhere. It is becoming […]

August 28, 2015


Fostering Innovation in the Startup Community

At last year’s Mobile World Congress, I had the honor of co-announcing a new start up accelerator program along with my industry peers at Intel and Deutsche Telekom. Challenge Up! is a program created jointly by our three companies to help inventive startups from the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR) region go-to-market faster […]

July 27, 2015


Gain Intelligence From Cloud Sprawl

Co-authored with    Robert Dimicco Senior Director, Advanced Services   How many cloud services do you think your enterprise uses? You’ll be surprised: businesses use ~10-15 X more cloud services – unknowingly. This is what we call ‘cloud sprawl,’ because there are too many cloud services in a given environment and not enough visibility or control […]

June 15, 2015


Improving Customer Loyalty with Data & Analytics

You don’t win customer loyalty solely by the “wow!” factor. You win simply by delivering on customer promises and resolving everyday issues. According to research from CEB’s book, The Effortless Experience: Conquering the New Battleground for Customer Loyalty, two major factors affect customer loyalty during an interaction: The first is how much effort is required […]

April 14, 2015


Embracing Data & Analytics in the IoT with Our Partners

Massive amounts of data are being created in new places. A Boeing 787 creates half a terabyte of data per flight. An offshore oil well can create up to 10...

February 18, 2015


The Power of a Complete Data and Analytics Strategy

This week, I’ll join my Cisco colleagues and industry peers at Strata + Hadoop World in San Jose. Participating in conferences such as this is one of my favorite parts of my job, because it gives us an opportunity as an industry to share information, learn from each other, and tackle challenges collectively with creative […]

January 14, 2015


Fog Computing: The New Model for the IoE

Last month, we proudly announced Connected Analytics for the Internet of Everything (IoE), easy-to-deploy software packages that bring analytics to data regardless of its location. It is a continued part of our commitment to delivering on our vision for fog computing, also called edge computing, a model that does not require the movement of data […]

December 11, 2014


Announcing Connected Analytics for IoE

Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared how we are helping our customers address one of their toughest challenges brought on by the Internet of Everything (IoE), Big Data and hybrid IT environments: effective management of the massive amounts of data, types of data and in various locations. With solutions like Data Virtualization , Big […]

November 11, 2014


Enhancing the Customer Experience with Data & Analytics

Last month, I had the honor of presenting at the Internet of Things (IoT) World Forum in Chicago. The event gave me the opportunity to do one of my favorite things, collaborate and network with all of my peers who are doing creative work within the world of IoT. One of my colleagues, Kowsalya Arunprakash, […]