Bill Gerhardt

Director Service Provider Vertical

Internet of Things (IoT) Business Unit

Bill Gerhardt is a Director responsible for defining and executing all aspects of Cisco’s service provider strategy in the emerging IoT/M2M industry. To that end, Bill is helping Cisco identify and prioritize internal investments, as well as external partnerships, needed to develop industry-leading solutions that service providers can use to accelerate their success in this rapidly growing market. In this position, Bill has responsibility for defining the SP’s next generation mobile IoT platform requirements and packaging end-to-end vertical solutions that can be sold through the service provider channel.

Bill moved into his current role after nearly 10 years leading the mobility practice of Cisco’s

Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), which is an industry-leading management consulting organization that works with customer executive teams to accelerate their success in leveraging new technologies for competitive advantage. In that role, Bill crossed global theaters and segments to implement business strategies that evolved the use of mobility, video and analytics to create new opportunities for monetization, while also seeking out areas for greater efficiency. His thought leadership has significantly advanced such topics as as big data analytics, network virtualization, next-generation mobile workforce, multiscreen TV, fixed-mobile convergence and service provider Wi-Fi.

Bill brings over 20 years of engineering, sales and product marketing experience within the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Cisco, he was a line of business manager within Verizon, leading all areas of marketing and product management for a successful global software business unit.

Bill holds an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Marketing from The University of Pittsburgh and a BSEE from Widener University.

Bill lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife and two teenage sons.


November 13, 2019


What does 5G mean for the modern retailer?

3 min read

The retail industry is poised for massive change. New capabilities made possible with 5G are allowing retailers to better engage with their customers and associates, ultimately resulting in an increased bottom line.

November 4, 2019


5G Shopping? A Match Made in Retail Heaven

3 min read

5G has the potential to change how goods and services are exchanged in fundamental ways, both for consumers and retailers. Just as the internet and mobile devices changed many aspects of how people now shop, 5G is likely to spawn a wide range of services and capabilities that will further transform retail for both sellers and buyers.

September 23, 2015


Manage Assets on the Move – Even At Sea

2 min read

The transition to the Internet of Everything represents one of the greatest disruptions the world has ever seen. It is expected to be the one of the most influential catalysts for industrial change. We are seeing entire industries evolve, mature ecosystems break apart, and competition rising to entirely new dimensions. These exciting changes are just […]

IoT at Mobile World Conference with Cisco and SAP

5 min read

Wow, that was one heck of a week.  MWC 2014 is over, but, it was incredible.  The show was packed, the collaboration with customers was dynamic and, once again, Barcelona was a fantastic host.  For me though, it was also a clear statement that the Internet of Things (IoT) is exciting and gaining steam with […]