Cisco Systems Inc is next month to open a software development center in New Taipei City’s Linkou District (林口), the first of its kind for the US firm in the Asia-Pacific Region, the company said on Wednesday.
The center is to be inaugurated after the Lunar New Year holiday, which ends on Feb. 16, Cisco vice president of greater China operations George Chen (陳志惟), who is also head of Cisco Systems Taiwan Ltd (台灣思科系統), told a news conference in Taipei.
The US information technology (IT), networking and cybersecurity solutions provider also released a workforce report at the news conference.
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Cisco Taiwan chief technology officer Robert Feng (馮志良) told reporters that the center would house tech start-ups from across the nation.
With the assistance of Cisco’s presence, these firms are expected to speed up their product development, he added.
In the initial stage, the center would focus on rolling out information security solutions, by combining the resources of Cisco and the start-ups, Feng said.
In the long term, Cisco would work with these companies to put out new applications in the global market, he said.
Cisco already operates similar centers in the US and Europe.
Meanwhile, Chen said that when he assumed the role of head of Cisco Taiwan three years ago, the company had about 60 employees, but now has more than 100, focusing on a wide range of areas, such as information security, IT services and 5G networking.
Citing the workforce report, Chen said that last year presented a challenge to enterprises in Taiwan and their employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which led the company to have employees work from home.
Despite the adjustment to curtail infections, many employees said they had a positive experience working remotely, as they found they were able to work more efficiently, he said.
The workforce report showed that 49 percent of the employees polled said they felt more energized working from home, 39 percent said they felt healthier and 37 percent said they were happier.
The report showed that before the pandemic, only 7 percent of employees in Taiwan worked remotely.
Since the pandemic, 71 percent of them said that online work has boosted their independence, 71 percent said they used teleconferencing more often than before and 70 percent agreed that communication could be improved through new technology.
The report analyzed data collected from more than 14,000 employees in 14 markets in the Asia-Pacific region, with remote working the focus of the questions, Cisco said.
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