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We live in the age of the mega trends. You name it, from high in the Cloud, to everywhere Mobility, Big Data, Social, Analytics and more. The Internet of Things (IoT) became part of that select group of mega trends not that long ago, and its relevance, support and understanding have been growing steadily for the past couple of years.

But IoT is more than just a trend. For business it represents a huge opportunity to create and deliver new and better services to their customers. How big? It depends who you ask, but no matter which group you ask, from the most respected analyst firms to the thought leaders in the industry, they all agree that the opportunity is massive, real, and here now.

Now, from our perspective as a technology solutions company, and reflecting on the topics we are covering with our partners at the World Wide Partner Summit this week in Las Vegas, I believe the following four points can help to explain how relevant IoT is from a business perspective:

This year’s theme for our partner summit is “Amazing Together” and that is exactly what the IoT market expects from Cisco and our partners.  We are working hard to deliver on the expectation, and then some. If you have a passion for IoT, and you are interested in sharing this journey, come and join us.

 

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19 Comments.


  1. I agree that the integration of the IT world with the OT world is just beginning. While most of the media has been focused on consumer applications for IoT, the bigger opportunity is certainly other types of devices and systems as you have mentioned. One of the key areas that MachineShop is focusing on relates to making those old-style devices and systems appear to be connected through the implementation of a subscription middleware layer that handles the communications with those endpoints and effectively allows applications to interact with them using standard RESTful API’s. Once we get to that point, I expect we will see tremendous innovation in OT/IT integration.

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    • Hi Greg, thanks for the comment. And you are right. Consumer oriented products get a lot of attention, and they have their own set of values (bot for the user and the companies providing those solutions). But IoT its more than that, and it will help us to go from B2B to B4B. The incredible number of opportunities that IoT can deliver in terms of automation, efficiency and control require a new model for things-to-network-to-app interactions where REST API’s and other middleware mechanisms are key for smooth, easy integration, and also to address security and privacy concerns. There is a bright future ahead for sure.

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  2. Roberto, great post. I’m especially drawn to the fourth point. The collapsing of previously disparate responsibilities is going to be interesting and, potentially, challenging. Getting operational executives to comprehend the value delivered by IoT is going to require companies like SAP and Cisco to convince these executives of value-based outcomes that deliver to the bottom-line now, as well as the opportunities that will surface when IoT becomes part of the fabric of their enterprise and pervades every process and workflow they have. Looking forward to the challenge!

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    • Thanks Dinesh. Fully agree! IoT can not only expand the reach of our partners, but I am confident it will to create incredible new opportunities for greater relevance for both IT and OT decision makers. We are very happy and excited to be partners with SAP in this journey.

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  3. @Roberto, While the IoT is a big opportunity and at the same time, one of the biggest challenges with the early adoption and proliferation of the Internet of Everything (IoE), Internet of Things (IoT), and the Industrial Internet concerns information management and legal aspects that surround the storage, distribution, and sharing of the information. Due to its sensitivity and the impact on the governments and people, the National and Internet Regulators (Aviation, Railways, Shipping, Transportation, Utilities, Healthcare, Telecom, etc.) have to work in tandem with the National Security and Intelligence Agencies to develop policies, standards, guidelines, and best practices and to enforce compliance through some kind of rating system as that of Financial Markets.

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    • @Fasih Sandhu – Thanks for the comment, and fully agree. Security and privacy are top of mind concerns for most information technology solutions, and they have found its place as top of mind in IoE and IoT. The value and the threats do not come alone from the data, but with the capability to quickly analyze the data and correlate it in a way that will become meaningful information. We live in the age of the social networking tools, and as much as we don’t like at a personal level a lot of people has exposed to the world much more data than what the business will ever show. So from a business perspective we are starting on a playing field that is by definition more secure and private, and building on it to achieve a good level of security and privacy for IoT should take less time than doing the same at the consumer level.

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  4. Ajilon are keen to be involved. Across our industry verticals we have deep operational technology expertise. Our heritage is IT (Consulting, Implementation and Managed Services) but our daily bread is OT. We bring the discipline of IT to the OT space. The internet of things is a logical extension of our business model.

    Regards,

    Brad Parsons
    Consulting Principal

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    • @ Brad Parsons – Thanks Brad, if you want to join us in this journey, please get in touch with your local Cisco representative. We have just announced a new ecosystem partner program and companies like you sound like the perfect fit. Thank you!

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  5. What Cisco hardware will run IOx? If we want to load our application software for an edge solution – connected grid router? others? Love to know when it’s order able.

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    • Hi Marti O, intially we are supporting IOx in the connected grid routers and the 819 ISR. We will extend the range of products shortly. First SW version with IOx support will be available this summer. Thanks!

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  6. It will take a tremendous effort of collaboration between different levels of the supply chain and a lot of creative thinking in the implementation to accomplish this grand vision. Especially if the contribution is from the end devices consumers are already familiar with (e.g. air conditioners in HEMS). How developers utilize this device to contribute to the integrated system automation and analytics will play a huge part in the success and growth of IoT/IoE.

    Speaking from the angle of IoT H/W solution development I found that it is also very important to wrap our heads around the fact that IoT is NOT a segment or industry but an application concept that elevates the existing applications into a cohesive service between supply chains. You don’t just slap on a WIFI dongle onto an air conditioner, connect it to the cloud for remote access using your Smart Phone and call it an IoT device. However I see a lot of end device developers itching to join the IoT/IoE world but still struggle with the concept and the implementation.

    Basically a less intelligent way to reiterate your third point that IoT lives on the “Outside” :)

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    • Hi Randy, you are correct. The level of collaboration needed between stakeholders for the growth of IoT is not small. The consumer products angle will be one that will see many iterations of this effort given the diversity of opinion and use cases. We believe that collaboration of the interested parties in the business side of IoT is something that can be achieved faster because the applications and use cases carry individually a larger benefit, and the number of stakeholders is also smaller. And again you are correct about IoT not being on one segment or industry. The implications and opportunities for IoT are available across many industries and use cases, and go beyond connectivity. Security, management, distributed intelligence, resiliency at scale, application enablement are all key requirements for IoT. Thanks for you comments very interesting.

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  7. What we’re seeing on the ground is CEO’s being excited by the prospect of IoT and the new business it can bring while CIO’s are concerned with the complications this will bring. Our job, as parties in the networking world, to make sure the CIO’s have the tools to support their businesses through this transition and beyond.

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    • @ Yonadav. I can certainly see how CIO’s can be concerned about the IoT implications. It seems that they just came up to breath after the whole BYOD implementation, and now this new area is emerging. Bringing IT and OT together, and helping to define the technology and business process boundaries, and finding mutual paths for success will be critical for successful implementations of IoT solutions, and for the growth of their companies.

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  8. More great discussions on what’s here and now for the last 2 years.

    Have been connection to things (pressure transmitters, level transmitters and smart gear for recycled water processes including web cameras and operating off the iPads as soon as they had 3G connectivity. What a difference to operator involvement and productivity with huge reductions in call outs and the mantra the “Operators Live a normal Life” being realized – have some great stories about convincing management it’s not an overkill – they saw it as “connecting computers” not the brains of the instrumentation on the iPad

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  9. What are the main factors that will affect IoE in the wake of Cisco’s vision for IoE in the nearest future?

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    • Roberto De La Mora
      Roberto De La Mora

      @ Noah – Thanks for the question! I believe that IoE implies a solutions-centric approach to deliver value, directly tied to business relevants outcomes, as such it should be understood in terms of a business-level discussion, not a technology discussion. Making clear the benefits of IoE to LOB decision makers and focusing on the outcomes and measures of success and not in the components and technologies involved will be a major factor to deliver on the vision we have outlined. And we are working hard to make it happen!

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  10. Thanks for your comments. IoT will certainly open interesting opportunities for consumer markets and devices. At the core of those great experiences we need to enable a smarter infrastructure and application platform that leverage secure presence and location information services, and can gather the massive amounts of data that the devices create and turn it into useful insight. Only then these mobile experiences we can enjoy today will be enabled to take a leap and achieve the next level of sophistication and automation that users are craving to have.

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