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Evolving Millennial Connections Using Wearables

Don’t look now, but that guy’s app just measured his heartbeat when he saw you and we think it’s a match! Sound far-fetched? Well, it’s not.

In a very interesting (and possibly draining) year-long dating social experiment, a Newsweek contributor discovered that finding love has gone beyond reviewing online profiles, as some of the industry’s largest match-making companies are developing “wearables” and apps that are becoming the newest weapon in match-making. Utilizing everything from musical playlists to physiological reactions (like that racing heartbeat) the apps match daters in close vicinity with similar-minded interests. Not surprisingly, millennials are becoming some of the fastest adopters of the wearables movement.

In a recent survey, more than half of millennials revealed they were excited about the growth of the wearables market. And it’s no wonder, considering the fact that overall, millennials are an extremely connected and influential generation. They’ve grown up in a world where smartphones are the norm, social media apps are preferred communication platforms and an untold number of studies have been conducted on best practices for marketing to them. And the lens from which they view technology – as an expected day-to-day necessity – is part of the reason they’re the power behind the growing widespread adoption of wearable technology.

As the Internet of Everything continues to evolve and connect more people, process, data and things, wearable technology is not only delivering more information to us – but also bringing us all closer together. Holidays like Valentine’s Day are the perfect reminder that connections matter and go to the heart of who we are as people. Considering our natural inclination to seek out meaningful connections and the technology we have on-hand, wearables are on trend to become an invaluable networking tool, empowering an entire new level of collaboration and opportunities between employees, clients and business leaders.

According to the Cisco 2014 Connected World Technology Report, millennials believe a wearable device will be an important part of workplace 2020. Indeed, it’s estimated more than 177 million wearable devices will be in use by 2018. With a smart phone in one hand, and perhaps a fitness tracker attached to their wrist, mobility is an essential part of the millennial lifestyle. In other words, they are data-driven and businesses the world over have taken a new look at everything from their recruiting practices (using Skype for interviews) to mobile-office options to recruit and keep millennial talent on board. Companies who have embraced a holistic approach to mobility are moving in the right direction, as the millennial workforce shuns the idea of carrying multiple devices to perform work-related tasks.

A couple of years ago, I talked about a connected workforce, focusing specifically on millennials and how their perspective, as the newest generation of workers, would alter the employment scene as we know it. I’m by no means a fortune teller, but myself and the entire industry have seen this become reality. Through the tools of the Internet of Everything – wearables among them – millennials are empowered to connect with people who they have never had the chance to meet and learn from. These connections and the cross-sharing of ideas, goals and common experiences are opening up a new world of opportunity as the world changes and our connections evolve.

What type of new experiences and opportunities for wearables do you hope to see in the future? Share your thoughts here and be sure to follow the discussion using #Internet of Everything.

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Putting Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence into High Gear: More Startup Innovations for the Internet of Everything

Cisco’s leadership in the emerging market for the Internet of Everything (IoE), Smart Cities and Big Data/analytics rests on our ability to harness the technologies and business models of our global partner ecosystem – especially those of early-stage startups who are building truly disruptive capabilities for the future. I previously shared my vision of Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence (Cisco EIR) pioneering new ways for Cisco, already a successful innovator in the global IT space, to collaborate with innovative entrepreneurs in shaping the emerging technologies that will redefine our industry and change our lives. Since then, six startups joined our first incubation track last spring in Silicon Valley and began collaborating closely with Cisco business and engineering groups to co-create solutions for Cisco’s customers and partners. I shared various updates in the following months about the EIR program’s exciting milestones adding co-incubation partners across the US, taking the program to Europe and selecting the first startups to join our program there.

Today, I am pleased to share two more milestones marking the continued success of our open innovation strategy at Cisco, with Cisco EIR helping to lead the way.

Cisco EIR Demo Day 2014

On December 8th, 2014, we celebrated the successes of the startups in our inaugural cohort with our first Cisco EIR Demo Day (photos) a gathering of over 100 attendees, including Cisco business and technology leaders, VCs, partners and others from the Silicon Valley startup community.

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – February 13, 2015

Partner-Weekly-Rewind-v2Each 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

Value Incentive Program (VIP) 25 has launched and Robb Berger stopped by the Partner Blog this week for an update. Interested in the latest changes to VIP’s structure? Check out Robb’s blog for an overview, and then head over to Partner Central on Cisco.com for a deep dive. (Please note: All partner links to VIP information require a partner login.)

Innovating Beyond Technology

Xander Uyleman blogged this week on how Cisco partner Vodafone has added value to its Cisco Powered Unified Communications service with its unique pricing model. It is an interesting look at innovation in the cloud, and it’s a short, easy read. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Internet of Everything (IoE) Campaign

There is a $19 trillion opportunity in IoE. Claim your share by connecting the unconnected! Check out this campaign in order to share your story and access marketing resources to start conversations about IoE. Read More »

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Cloud Comes to Life at Cisco Live!

What a difference nine months can make!

Last April, Rob Lloyd walked on stage at PS14 and announced our Intercloud strategy. Fast-forward to Cisco Live! last week, where Gee Rittenhouse and Faiyaz Shahpurwala were on the main stage talking with customers and partners about how they’re already bringing Intercloud to life. Cloud was one of the hottest topics this year. No wonder – in a relatively short time, we have become a force to be reckoned with in the world of cloud.

It was exciting to see the Cloud, Software, and Managed Services engine step up a gear at Cisco Live!. Keynotes, demonstrations, booths, and breakout sessions were all about cloud as an enabler for capturing the Internet of Everything (IoE) opportunity. We need to build on that momentum, because the transition is happening now, and it’s happening fast!

There’s a real ‘start-up’ energy to this proactive disruption we’re driving. Accenture is only one of the many industry “big hitters” amongst the 45 partners that have joined us. Together, we will make Intercloud do for the cloud what the Internet did for all those disconnected, proprietary networks back in the ‘80s.

Are you wondering if we have the credibility to lead the charge? Let me tell you … yes, we do! Read More »

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Cisco’s All-Star Starting Five

This week, Cisco and NBA celebrate how the Internet of Everything (IoE) powers the fan experience. Thanks to advancements in technology, we’re changing courtside connectivity between the game, the player and the fan.

Like any NBA team, an IT infrastructure begins with a starting lineup of technologies that enable a winning Internet of Everything strategy. In excitement for the NBA All-Star game, Cisco picked its Starting Five for today’s IT environment. Check out our picks below and share your favorites on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the tag #ConnectedFan.

Point Guard:

A point guard is fast and agile, and responds quickly to pressing demands brought about by unseen difficulties. Any coach can appreciate the “automatic” abilities of a veteran point guard who can sense problems before they happen and eliminate the headaches to improve the overall team’s performance. Like any successful point guard, IoE can help accelerate your organization’s ability to compete in today’s dynamic market. Through the enablement of people, process, data and things, IoE is estimated to drive a 21% increase in corporate profits.

Shooting Guard:

The shooting guard is a high profile position that drives results. The efficient creation, deployment and management of applications in today’s environment greatly affect the bottom line. ACI has the potential to drive high-visibility, high-impact results for the organization that no other technology can make.

Small Forward:

Quick and lean, the small forward is the most versatile player who just gets the job done. Like Fast IT, the small forward is in the trenches and works with the team to accomplish bigger goals. Fast IT is Cisco’s operational model for the Internet of Everything, providing organizations with the ability to provide the connectivity that allows IoE to provide a real impact on businesses that didn’t exist just a few years ago.

Power Forward:

The power forward is the team’s most powerful traveler, known for mid-range jump shots and the ability to fulfill multiple roles in your lineup. With today’s mobile workforce and the continued proliferation of connected devices, your mobility strategy must be equally expansive and adaptable to effectively meet today’s business demands on your network.

Center:

This is your bigman — the tallest player in your lineup who is the anchor for your team’s defense. With a Fast IT model, security enables you to assess, react to, and guard against threats.

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