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Beyond Things: The Internet of Everything Takes Connections to the Power of Four

Over the last year, I (and many of my colleagues) have spent a lot of time talking about the Internet of Everything (IoE) and how it’s transforming our world. I thought, however, it would be good to pause in this blog and clarify what we mean by the “Internet of Everything” in just a little more detail. I’ve mentioned in the past that IoE consists of four “pillars”: people, process, data and things, but let’s take a closer look.

Many people are familiar with the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT). Not only does it have its own Wikipedia article, but last month the Internet of Things was added to the Oxford dictionary, which defines it as “a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.” So it’s not surprising that people might be confused when we start talking about the Internet of Everything. What’s the difference? Is IoE simply a rebranding of IoT?

The fact is, the Internet of Things is just one of four dimensions — people, process, data, and things — we talk about in the Internet of Everything. If we take a closer look at each of these dimensions, and how they work together, we’ll begin to see the transformative value of IoE.

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Emerging Markets Are Upbeat on Cloud

The sweeping changes driven by cloud and the Internet of Everything (IoE) are upending traditional models of IT consumption in dramatic ways.

In order to shed new light on these trends and their impact on IT, Cisco® Consulting Services (CCS), in partnership with Intel®, conducted a wide-ranging study. We explored the powerful changes affecting IT consumption at all stages — how businesses plan, procure, deploy, operate, and govern IT services. We also focused on the ways in which lines of business (LOB) — human resources, sales, and other areas that are end users of IT — are altering overall IT consumption.

Some of our most striking findings related to the differences in perception between developed and emerging markets. The “Impact of Cloud on IT Consumption Models” study surveyed 4,226 IT leaders in 18 industries across nine key economies during March and April 2013. For our purposes, “emerging markets” included Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and Russia,; developed markets were represented by Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, and the United States.

In all markets, cloud is overwhelmingly seen as a good thing. Despite the challenges and added complexity that cloud brings to IT organizations,
a strong majority feels that the business upsides outweigh the negatives. For example, 83 percent of respondents believe that cloud will positively impact IT planning. In addition, 81 percent see a positive impact from cloud on “IT funding and procurement.” Similar percentages apply across all other IT consumption lifecycle stages.

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Connectivity Transforming the World

Cisco Champions ask Challenging Questions.  This is the first in a blog series presented by Carlos Dominguez and Jimmy Ray Purser.

I recently had an opportunity to sit down with our Cisco Champions to discuss a range of topics about the future of technology.  Here’s a question of particular interest from Robert Novak:

“How can we use modern technology to serve the less tech-fortunate?  I’m pretty happy with 70+ mbit of Internet coming into my home. But there’s still a lot of the country and the world wishing for 1mbit. Can mesh technologies provide a greater Internet safety net for people outside tech hubs? Can we combine this with device connectivity and give people a transparent Internet connection that’s as easy to manage as the refrigerator that connects to it, or something like that?”

We live in amazing times. The world is being “rebooted” and changed exponentially through technology – with the most disruption occurring through the power of connectivity. The speed of change in connecting people, data, processes, and things continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Consider that only 10 years ago, there was no social media… and 10 years before that, we didn’t have the Internet…and web programming and mobile technologies didn’t even exist 20+ years ago!

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Two Cisco Blogs Named to StateTech Magazine’s “Top 50 Must-Read State and Local Government IT Blogs!”

The Cisco Government Blog and the Cisco Internet of Everything (IoE) Blog were both named to StateTech Magazine’s “Top 50 Must-Read State and Local Government IT Blogs.” This is a crowd-sourced list, where blogs were submitted and voted on, with the most useful and insightful blog sites for state and local government IT leaders making the top 50. So for those of you who voted for our blogs, thank you!

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Gartner ITxpo: The Internet of Everything Drives Business Innovation

In a few days, I have the opportunity to discuss how the Internet of Everything (IoE) is opening up new levels of innovation, business models, and economic opportunity to CIOs and IT leaders at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013.

It’s no small task explaining the vast possibilities the Internet of Everything can offer, but here’s a sneak peek of the key points including:

  • Understanding the Internet of Everything. Despite all that is connected to the Internet, more than 99% of the world is still unconnected. As IoE works to connect people, process, data, and things that were previously unconnected, networked connections will become more relevant and more valuable than ever before, especially as we connect in new ways.
  • The Tremendous Value at Stake. Cisco predicts that $14.4 trillion of value will be “at stake” over the next decade. That’s the combination of increased revenues and lower costs that is created or will migrate among private-sector companies and industries over the next 10 years. IoE has the potential to grow global corporate profits by an estimated 21% by 2022.
  • Examples of Real-World Innovation. IoE is changing our lives in fields such as education, healthcare, and Smart+Connected Communities. Imagine how networked connections can bring together employees, teachers, students and more to increase productivity and efficiency. We are just cracking the surface of what’s possible.
  • Technology Implications and Solutions for the IoE Economy. The network is the only connection point that touches everything (people, process, data and things) and must provide an intelligent, manageable, secure infrastructure that can scale to support billions of context-aware devices.

If you are attending the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013, join me on October 7 as I demo real-world scenarios and offer steps today’s IT leaders can start taking now to capture the IoE Value at Stake. I look forward to seeing you there.

Presentation Title: Networked Connections Drive Business Innovation: The Internet of Everything

Date and Time:  Monday, October 7, 2013, 3:45-4:30 p.m. ET

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Florida

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