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When Is a Car Not a Car?

In my last post I talked about companies that are digitizing themselves, and the critically important role of software. When we think about IT and software, we often think of large enterprises and software that resides on servers. But in this new age of the software-centric company, software can live anywhere.

Software is enabling companies to innovate rapidly, and deliver new features and capabilities to customers quickly and cost effectively. Silicon Valley automaker Tesla is widely recognized for transforming the automotive world with its game changing electric cars. But according to the company’s CEO, Tesla isn’t just a car company. It’s a software company.

“Tesla is a software company as much as it is a hardware company. A huge part of what Tesla is, is a Silicon Valley software company.” Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, Bloomberg Business, Oct. 2014

And the Tesla Model S is much more than a car. Read More »

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Denver Broncos: Sports Authority Field at Mile High

The 2015 NFL regular season is in the books, but there is more football still to be played at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, as the Denver Broncos look to defend their home turf in search of a Super Bowl Championship. With their title hopes at stake and a stadium full of passionate fans ready to cheer them on, the state-of-the-art mobile connectivity and video technology in place at Sports Authority Field will be put to the test like never before.

Understanding that today’s sports fans demand an unprecedented level of connectivity, convenience and engaging digital content, the Denver Broncos turned to Cisco Connected Stadium Wi-Fi and Cisco StadiumVision in order to deliver a top-notch in-stadium experience for patrons, as well as a richer sponsorship opportunity for advertising partners.

Utilizing more than 1,200 displays throughout the facility, Broncos fans remain connected and engaged with relevant event information, promotions, immersive HD videos and more.

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IoT, Robotics, Drones: Triggers for Digital Transformation

Happy Disruptive New Year! As 2016 promises to unleash digital innovations across industries, let’s pause for a moment and ask ourselves: What are some of the common triggers of this disruptive transformation to digitize business and society?

Three that immediately spring to my mind are: the Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics and Drones. On the surface, they all appear to be different dimensions of the upcoming technology revolution, but the moment we dig deeper, we discover a fascinating connection. They are all triggers or change agents for digital transformation through their connection with the Internet.

RoboticsBirenBlogPic1That was precisely the core idea behind last month’s RoboUniverse conference in San Diego: Robots, Drones, and The Internet of Everything. It was an honor to speak and share deeper thoughts on this subject during one of the sessions along with Daniel Obodovski, renowned author of an IoT book: The Silent Intelligence.

If we analyze historical facts, only about 12% (61 out of 500) of Fortune 500 companies in 1995 were still around in 2014. Today, 40% of the companies on the Fortune 500 list will either not exist or become irrelevant in the next decade. Professor Richard Foster from Yale University estimates that by 2020, more than three-quarters of the S&P 500 will be companies that we have not heard of yet. Another proof of today’s accelerated pace of change is the fact that “the average lifespan of a company in the S&P 500 index has decreased by more than 50 years in the last century, from 67 years in the 1920s to just 20 years today,” according to Professor Foster’s BBC Business Interview in 2012. Read More »

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Gaining a Competitive Edge with Innovative Services

It’s been a few months since I took on the role of Chief Technology and Strategy Officer for Cisco Services. In that time, I’ve been inspired by the senior technical talent on our team and by the amazing ways we are helping customers.

Every day, our 30 excellent Distinguished Services Engineers (DSEs), Principal Engineers, and Principal Architects are embedded on the ground, on the road, supporting our account teams and building lasting customer relationships. Our Services Senior Technical Community does it all, from delivering integral pre-sales support to serving as virtual Chief Technology Officers.

It’s clear that technology is changing our world as everyone and everything becomes more digitized. And when it comes to our technologists, they are the “final frontier” for serious issues, instrumental to our success—and that’s just their “day jobs”!

Beyond the day to day, our senior technologists participate in community-sponsored programs that deliver high value in and out of Cisco. For example, Cisco Services has a Distinguished Discussions program, where our technologists present internally to our engineering community. While this program has been around for some time, it is now being leveraged externally as part of the Technical Knowledge Library’s biweekly educational seminar series offered to customers to further their success. Read More »

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IoT World Forum

I just recently returned from the Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF) in Dubai. This was the third annual IoTWF, which has quickly become the premiere event showcasing innovations and opportunities made possible by the Internet of Things. I was dazzled and a bit dizzied by all the activities at this exciting three-day event.

Tony Shakib IOTWF Blog_1217The agenda was chock-full of breakout sessions, case studies and expert talks on how IoT is changing the way companies and cities do business. In addition to networking and connecting with peers, partners, and customers, the Forum provided a great opportunity to join the world’s leading technology researchers to discuss new frontiers of IoT research. A fitting end to this incredible event was a closing keynote delivered by Executive Chairman John Chambers, who provided invaluable insights, observations, and a vision for IoT.

With 2400 attendees, the guest list included industry titans such as 3M, IBM, Intel, GE, Rockwell, Accenture, Siemens and many others, as well as startups and other significant IoT stakeholders.

The theme of the Forum was “A New World,” with day one focused on Awakening; day two focused on Activating; and day three focused on Accelerating. For a limited time, you can view many of the keynote presentations on the IoTWF website. Read More »

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