So, today was my first day as a Cisco employee. Feels very different -- not. I realized last night how cool an acquistion really is -- at least this one. First off, you get to work with the same people on the same stuff. This could be good or bad I suppose depending on your situation. For me, its good. In addition, you get a bit of a fresh start. I updated my resume last night -- not because I am looking for a new job but because I like to keep my "records" up to date. I always tell my co-workers to do this because when you look back over a period of a few years, its hard to remember some of the things you should have written down on your resume. Its better to do a yearly assessment.
Plus, this helps bring closure to the last 5 years of my work life with Latitude and opens up a new chapter as Cisco. I always had this mental issue of "I only want to work in one place for 5 years". After about that long, people start wondering why you are still hanging around. Now, with this change, I feel like the clock is reset.
So now I am off to fight the battle which plagues Cisco Systems -- and that is to prove to everyone that we are not the company that delivers food service products to restaurants. Geez. 1/2 the time I say we were acquired by Cisco I either get the response of "Oh them...I lost a ton of money in that stock after the crash" or I get the puzzled look that indicates the confusion over what conferencing has to do with food service products. This could be a long 5 years. ;)