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New Study Reveals How the Internet of Everything (#IoE) Could be The Key to Economic Growth

One noted economist believes “the real impact of the electronic revolutions has already occurred.”  We could not disagree more. With over 2B more people and 37B more things planning to join the Internet by 2020, our economic analysis identifies a potential “value at stake” of $14.4 trillion. This number equates to the impact of increased connectedness that the Internet of Everything (IOE) will make possible for private-sector firms over the next decade.  What does that mean?  A potential 21% aggregate increase in profits for the global private sector between 2013 and 2022.

Every day Cisco works with customers to address their technology opportunities and challenges as they focus on driving growth, improving customer experiences and increasing their productivity.  But it’s not just the technology that is driving the benefit to their business – corresponding shifts in strategy around people and information management is driving the gap between the leaders and the followers. In 2013 alone, over $600B in profits are flowing to some of those leaders as they take advantage of the Internet of Everything  -- the intelligent connection of people, processes, data and things

It’s not just our technologies that help customers achieve amazing things in their organization,. With our role as architects for our customers IT strategy, we also have a window on how they use everyone else’s technology.  We see, first hand, what happens when they connect the unconnected  – both people and things – and how these connections generate more data and require new processes as “everything” comes online. We wanted to better understand how the Internet of Everything can help businesses create economic value and how to design a roadmap to take advantage of the increased connectedness.

Today, we’re releasing the results of the Cisco IoE Value Index that begins to tackle these questions.  This index is a global survey of 7,500 business and IT decision makers providing a sense of how well businesses worldwide are doing in their efforts to realize their share of the value at stake in 2013. We surveyed executives from large and midsize firms across nine different industries in 12 of the world’s largest economies, which together represent approximately 70% of global GDP.

How much value are we talking about here? From a business perspective, the results of the IoE Value Index tell us that private firms will capture a staggering $613 billion in profits in 2013.  How?  By taking advantage of Internet of Everything to increase efficiencies and create better customer experiences.  Some highlights to note:

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Standing Up to Threats: The Cisco 2013 Annual Security Report & Security Intelligence Operations [Infographic]

Are you thinking about the evolving threat landscape? You should be. Each day, new vulnerabilities are found and new exploits are crafted. Attackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated, while industry trends such as cloud computing and mobility are rapidly expanding the attack surfaces. Your mobile device could act like a Trojan horse, passing right through your network perimeter. Or your compromised server could spread an infection to your most sensitive assets.

This is the first in a series of blog posts that focuses on how Cisco stays ahead of the latest security threats. Of course, to stay on top of something as fast changing and widespread as security threats, you need to understand them in great detail.

And that’s what the Cisco 2013 Annual Security Report (ASR) and Cisco Security Intelligence Operations (SIO) offer. Read More »

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Data Visualized: IT Perceptions of the Internet of Things

A few weeks ago Cisco released the Global IT Impact Survey.  For this survey we interviewed over 1300 IT professionals across 13 countries, at all ages of their careers -- those in their 20s all the way through those over 60. We had people from many different industries -- education, construction, government, transportation, consulting, utilities -- and more.

When we released the survey, the analysis we did was really just a small part of what could be looked at.  There was a lot more data there to sift through and analyze than we explicitly discussed.  For example, we found 48% of those surveyed saw business opportunity with the Internet of Things.  However, I was curious how IT knowledge and perceptions of IoT correlated with some of the other data we gathered.  And because I somehow thought it would be faster to put my analysis down in images (hint, it probably wasn’t) I made a data visualization.  Read More »

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How Cisco Partners Win in the Midmarket

Admit it: you hear Cisco and automatically think enterprise networking leader. Well, it’s time to expand that thinking. This week at Cisco Partner Summit we are officially turning the spotlight on the midmarket and the opportunity it offers Cisco channel partners for growth and profit.  With 1.4 million midsize businesses – which we define as companies with 100-1000 employees – spending an estimated $25 billion on technology and $30 billion on services by 2016, we know this is the right market to focus on with our channel partners.

Faced with market trends such as mobility and cloud, today’s midsize businesses have rapidly increasing IT demands with limited resources. They have many of the same needs as a big business, but smaller IT staffs and budgets to meet them. To remain competitive, mid-sized businesses need to be able to evolve quickly to address today’s business challenges and prepare for the future. This is where Cisco and you, our channel partners, can help.  Read More »

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Ghosts, Kyrie Irving & Cisco’s Global IT Impact Survey Infographic

How well do IT and Business align?

How well do IT and Business align?

This morning at Interop Las Vegas Cisco SVP/GM Rob Soderbery introduced the crowd to his vision for the Cisco ONE Architecture, played some hoops with NBA All Star @kyrieirving, and introduced the new Cisco Global IT Impact Survey.The Cisco Global IT Impact Survey was taken by more than 1,300 IT decision makers in 13 countries, and was commissioned to measure the impact of IT professionals on the decisions that shape their businesses.  It also delved in to how those IT professionals viewed some of the big trends the industry is facing -- SDN, IoT, BYOD, etc. -  while also measuring the relevance of the network itself to businesses. Read More »

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