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Reinventing Innovation to Capture the Internet of Everything Opportunity

…en the Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence (Cisco EIR) program, led by Mala Anand, SVP of Services Platforms (“Open innovation: Harnessing the ideas, talent and passion of the startup eco-system”), and the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE), a startup incubator affiliated with the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and other leading technology organizations in the greater Chicago area. This partnership, announced last April, aims to s…

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Announcing Winners of the IoT Innovation Grand Challenge! #IoTWF

Today we’ve successfully completed the IoT Innovation Grand challenge that was announced in April 2014. When Cisco embarked on this journey, our goal was to discover, recognize, promote and reward innovators, entrepreneurs and early-stage startup businesses with innovative ideas and solutions for IoT. With over 800 submissions from 71 countries, the response has been absolutely amazing. We have received a diverse set of ideas that ranged from co…

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

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 in simplifying complex, cumbersome infrastructure. And how this added agility will open the door to faster provisioning of enterprise ap…

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IoE is the Path to Gartner’s ‘All Things Digital’

…tegic asset. Gartner calls it dual-IT. They discussed how to “keep the lights on” while at the same time driving innovation. In another study, Cisco found that 83 percent of IT spending is still directed towards keeping the lights on, [FAST IT] and only 17 percent is spent on innovation. By implementing a simple, smart, and secure IT strategy — featuring agile and programmable infrastructure —  an IT organization can drive as much as 20-25 percen…

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1871 and Lighting a Fire For IoE innovation

…e.  They’re named after the fire of 1871 – not because of the destructive nature of the fire, but because of the innovation and ingenuity that built up Chicago afterwards.  1871 is true to its name as we’re seeing a similar surge of innovation and ingenuity from the startups that are based there. Cisco was a founding sponsor of 1871 and today we’re expanding that sponsorship.  Cisco will be offering equipment, tools, training, and mentorship to m…

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