Tony Shakib

No Longer with Cisco

Tony Shakib was the Vice President of Cisco’s IoE Vertical Solutions Engineering organization, responsible for advancing Cisco’s Internet of Everything (IoE) Digital Platform by applying deep customer understanding to develop and sell successful industry-specific solutions. Cisco’s Digital Platform helps customers make the transformation to a digital business by rapidly light up dark assets, use data analytics to delivery key business insights, and create highly automated, scalable, and intelligent applications.

Shakib drives the CTO function exploring and evaluating leading-edge technologies including sensors, security, converged networks, big data analytics, cloud computing, and IoE applications for Cisco’s IoT architecture. He is responsible for leading Cisco’s IoE solution architecture and engineering effort to integrate Cisco technologies including networking, data center, mobility, collaboration, security, and cloud computing – as well as third-party solutions from Cisco’s ISV partner community to create rapid customer prototypes, pilots, and Cisco validated solutions.

Shakib and his team have extensive subject matter expertise in industries including manufacturing, government, retail, energy (oil & gas), transportation, public safety, mining, utilities, lighting, sports and entertainment, and healthcare. This expertise is crucial to developing deep insights into customer needs and business outcomes that help to shape the solutions Cisco delivers. He and his team contribute to solutions sales by engaging key accounts that deliver large opportunities through Cisco sales, partners, and consulting channels.

Previously at Cisco, Shakib was Vice President of Cisco’s Americas Service Provider Architectures and Vice President of Service Provider for the Cisco Emerging Markets group.

Shakib has more than 27 years of senior leadership experience in global, high-technology companies. Before joining Cisco, he was President and CEO of Zensys, a provider of low-power mesh networking wireless technology. He also held the positions of Vice President and General Manager of Access and Networking for Centillium Communications and was CEO at AOptix Technologies. Previously, Shakib spent 18 years at Nortel Networks leading the broadband access and access networks engineering business units.

Shakib holds a bachelor of science degree in computer engineering from McMaster and Brock Universities in Ontario, Canada.


Cisco Digitizes Industrial Solutions with IoT

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Today Cisco announces the extension of scalable industrial solutions in the Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio with new IoT products. With these new technologies, Cisco continues to extend its leadership in the Industrial IoT space. Enhanced Cisco Solutions Support Three Major IoT Use Cases: Connected Machines: With 92 percent of today’s 64 million machines not connected […]

Hannover Messe and the Focus on IoT

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Germany’s Hannover Messe is the world’s foremost trade fair for industrial technology and it is taking place right now through April 29. Only here will you find the leading key technologies and core areas of industry all under one roof. This includes everything from industrial automation and supply, IT, production technologies and services; to energy […]

Cisco Digital Ceiling: Enhanced Learning through Technology and Digitization

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I remain excited about Cisco’s Digital Ceiling framework and how it is making inroads in the societal landscape of business, governmental, and educational institutions. In particular, Digital Ceiling solutions can significantly impact key verticals like Education. New solutions are needed to support growing trends in education relative to workstyles, as well as physical aspects of […]

February 24, 2016


Security Enables Next Generation Business Outcomes

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The Mobile World Congress this week in Barcelona is host to almost 100,000 attendees. That’s a lot of people! Since the mobile industry has such a significant impact on the world and the worldwide economy, no wonder there is so much interest. This is an industry that employed nearly 13 million men and women in […]

February 17, 2016


Cisco Digital Ceiling: Creating Smart and Securely Connected Indoor Spaces

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Digitization is fundamentally reshaping business — and new technologies are changing the way we think about managing commercial indoor spaces. A couple of interesting facts: 40% of a building’s operational expense is keeping the lights on. Using LED lighting can cut those costs in half and using network-powered smart lighting cuts costs even further. 23% […]

January 12, 2016


The Digital Manufacturer: Differentiating with New Service-Oriented Revenue Models

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I spend a lot of time with manufacturing leaders around the world and often our conversations focus on innovation. It used to be that innovation was simply about creating a great product. Now, in a climate of profound digital disruption and intense global market pressures, business model innovation is just as important. As a result, […]

December 17, 2015


IoT World Forum

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I just recently returned from the Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF) in Dubai. This was the third annual IoTWF, which has quickly become the premiere event showcasing innovations and opportunities made possible by the Internet of Things. I was dazzled and a bit dizzied by all the activities at this exciting three-day event. The […]

October 5, 2015


Cisco’s Solution Framework for the Digital Journey

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Every country, city, industry, and business is becoming digital in order to leverage the unprecedented opportunities possible from rapidly expanding connectivity around the globe. Digitization requires customers to rethink their business, operations, and technology strategies. Cisco’s research, along with countless business experts, forecasts that 40% of today’s leading businesses will be displaced by competitors disrupting […]

IoE and Managing Assets in Motion: Making Better, Smarter, Faster Organizations

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The Internet of Everything (IoE) is connecting everything everywhere — on the land, in the air, and even on the sea. Cisco recently helped a competitive yacht crew win regattas using the IoE to provide the competitive edge. The vessel was outfitted with an IoE ruggedized platform combining boat sensor data; GPS, wind, and weather […]