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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014 at 7:30 am PST

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Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:

Off the Top

My friend and colleague Lindy Bartell, was in Orlando Florida this week for the XChange event, Best of Breed (BoB) Conference. She gave us some insight on the first couple of days of the event in her blog this week. Of course at some point she had to make her way home to Oregon, so we’re filling in the rest of BoB coverage in the Weekly Rewind.

As Lindy mentioned, Steve Benvenuto, Senior Director of Cisco Channel Partner Programs, gave a presentation on how partners can enable the Internet of Everything (IoE). Steve also met with Kristen Bent of CRN and talked about forging alliances with Independent Software Vendors (ISV) who are developing apps for specific lines of business, and how those line of business apps, or vertical market apps are critical to winning in IoE.

Kristen’s article, Cisco: ISV Partnerships A Must to Seize Massive Internet of Everything Opportunity, is now available on the BoB site. It is a must read if you are interested in learning more about how partners and ISVs can drive IoE solutions.

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J.P. Bernstein presenting at BoB

Finally, HP’s Meg Whitman kicked off the Wednesday with a Q&A session. Lindy, however, was most excited to tell me about hearing JB Bernstein’s story , the final speaker of the event. He’s the author behind the book and movie “Million Dollar Arm.”  She said he was incredibly personal, authentic and his story of creativity, resilience, and perseverance is relevant to us all.

It was an informative and exciting week for Lindy in Orlando. Feel free to let me know if there is any additional information you need from this year’s BoB event via the comments section. I’ll be sure Lindy or I get you what you need! Read More »

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Reinventing Innovation to Capture the Internet of Everything Opportunity

The Internet of Everything (IoE) is not only disrupting traditional business models, it is also disrupting innovation itself.

While the focus at this week’s 2nd annual Internet of Things World Forum (IOTWF) here in Chicago is on capturing the accelerated opportunity of connected things, we believe there is even greater opportunity with the Internet of Everything: the networked connection of people, processes, data AND things. IoE is already transforming business outcomes, but in order to capture the full potential of its $19 trillion economic opportunity we will need to cultivate new skill sets and ways of thinking by both established organizations and 21st century entrepreneurs.

Innovating with local communities

This, in turn, requires new types of collaborations and investment mechanisms among industry, government and academia to incubate innovative ideas and turn them into commercial, scalable solutions for the betterment of society.

I am very proud of one such exemplary collaboration between 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 support the most promising early-stage startups in the region that are focused on game-changing IoE and Smart Cities solutions by bringing the expertise and resources of Cisco and CIE in a co-incubation environment.

Chicago Innovation Center + Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence First Startup in Chicago

During ceremonies earlier today at the grand opening of CIE’s highly anticipated new facility, I had the pleasure of joining Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer and CIE Executive Director John Flavin to personally acknowledge the first startup to join the co-incubation program of Cisco and CIE – Embedor Technologies.

Spun out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Research Park, Embedor’s IoE solution enables continuous real-time structural health monitoring of civil infrastructure, such as bridges, by using wireless smart sensors linked to the Internet. As a result, infrastructure owners can improve the reliability of inspections, reduce maintenance costs and reduce catastrophic bridge failures.

Embedor will receive strategic funding and mentoring from domain experts and access to resources, including CIE’s local co-working space. We are excited about this opportunity to partner with a startup that has the potential to accelerate our Smart Cities strategy and to further catalyze the entrepreneurial momentum building in Chicago.

Cisco knows the emerging IoE opportunity is too vast, complex and new for any one organization to develop alone. The journey must be a collaborative effort by an ecosystem, and startups have a particularly important role to play. Cisco EIR is connecting Cisco with high-potential IoE startups in key innovation hubs around the world, including Silicon Valley, Chicago, San Diego and Central Europe (Vienna, Austria).

In addition to the EIR program, Cisco nurtures innovation and entrepreneurs through Cisco Centers of Innovation (six announced and more on the way), the IoE Venture Fund (invested in 18 companies globally in the past 12 months), an ecosystem of developer communities, the IoT/IoE Grand Challenges and Hackathons.

Cisco passionately believes that IoE is the biggest technological inflection point in modern history – bigger than the Internet itself. It will take a collective effort globally and locally to help accelerate this unprecedented opportunity to improve the way we live, work, play and learn.

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The Internet of…Outcomes?

At Cisco, as you might imagine, we talk a lot about the Internet of Things, and now about the Internet of Everything (IoE).  You can find some great videos and background about IoE here, here and here.   As technology continues to transform our world – from how businesses operate to how we connect with each other to how we control features in our homes – the paradigm is shifting.  And it’s creating exciting opportunities for companies that are prepared to capitalize on them.

It used to be that technology was itself an outcome – people wanted an application or they wanted a robot programmed to do certain things.  It was viewed simply as a tool, and one that was often operated in a siloed business unit within a company.  That world, at least for companies who want to stay competitive and maximize potential, is no more.

Technology is no longer just a tool.  It’s no longer a means-to-an-end nor is it a strategy that operates in isolation.  As our CEO John Chambers recently predicted, “every company is going to be a technology company” (a prediction that you’ll also find echoed in many leading business journals).  To respond to consumer demands and consumption models, we all must embrace technology and harness its potential to transform businesses.

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IOT World Forum Private Sector Roundtable

The Internet of Things (IoT) is here and driving change in every industry, including the private sector. As companies begin to widely create Internet of Things innovations, businesses are adapting and connecting the unconnected and advancing their business goals. There is approximately $14.4 trillion at stake in the private sector over the next 10 years – and as our panelists today will share, the value realized by introducing their business to the Internet of Things has already been enormous.

In a discussion moderated by Chris, White, Cisco Senior Vice President of Sales for Internet of Everything, our panelists will be sharing how they have deployed Cisco technology to capture the value added by the Internet of Things – and how they are translating that into business outcomes and industry leadership today. Read More »

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The Internet of Things: Capturing the Accelerated Opportunity

As we convene this week in Chicago for the 2nd annual Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF), about 1,500 industry leaders worldwide are laser focused on capturing the $8 trillion economic opportunity of IoT. We launched the first annual IoTWF in Barcelona one year ago, and the industry has since progressed at breakneck speed.

A Forbes headline two months ago summed up the buzz: “It’s Official: The Internet of Things Takes Over Big Data as the Most Hyped Technology,” following the release of a Gartner Hype Cycle report. This is supported by the fact that media mentions of IoT have tripled since 2013 to more than 45,000 so far this year. Read More »

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