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.


January 16, 2015


2015 Predictions: The highest-impact IoE advancements in Retail

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Co-Authored by: Shaun Kirby, CTO, Cisco Consulting Services The IoE promises to revolutionize industries by providing access to a wealth of previously hidden information obtained from a myriad of new connected sensors fused intelligently by novel real-time analytics. Retailers have seen early success by connecting dark assets in stores, warehouses and other venues. This week […]

December 22, 2014


Go to the Edge to Unlock Value in the Internet of Everything

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Now that we are connecting billions of things to the Internet, companies are faced with a huge opportunity and a huge dilemma. Connected things are generating an explosion of data that has the potential to save and earn tremendous amounts of money, time, and resources for companies. However, much of that potential is wasted because […]

November 20, 2014


Now’s the Time to Deploy Wireless in the Factory

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Since manufacturers around the globe constantly have to adapt to ever shifting market conditions, any technology that lends a competitive advantage can be a game changer. Implementing wireless on the factory floor can be just that. And our announcement with Rockwell Automation this week at Automation Fair, will make this a no-brainer. The announcement covered […]

November 14, 2014


Four ways the IoT expands the mobile economy

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The Internet of Things opens up a wide range of possibilities for businesses, especially in the context of an increasingly mobile workforce and primarily mobile customers. To distill down which aspects of IoT are meaningful for business, I joined panelists from Google Enterprise, AnyPresence, and OpenMarket at the Open Mobile Summit to share our thoughts […]

October 15, 2014


Want to take full advantage of IoT for your business? Look at the whole value chain.

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This week at the Internet of Things World Forum in Chicago, I premiered Cisco’s blueprint for vertical Internet of Things (IoT) success. When we envision how we can provide value to our customers, we don’t just look at one device or one use case. We want to completely transform how that industry does business. So, […]

November 22, 2013


Cisco Connected Rail: Turning Vision into Reality

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The world’s rail transportation systems are going places. From passenger trains that move people city to city at ever increasing speeds to freight trains that do the heavy lifting of global commerce, rail continues to power modern life. Cisco is thrilled to be a part of this dynamic industry and we enjoyed spotlighting Cisco Connected […]

November 21, 2013


Road to the Connected Factory is made Easier

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The road to the connected factory was made easier today by the announcement of new features which will be highlighted in two new design guides for industrial networks.  The design guides help manufacturers deploy an industrial network that pulls best practices from operational technology (OT) and IT. Many manufacturers are looking to gain the business […]

September 30, 2013


Cisco Positive Train Control: Enhancing End-to-End Rail Safety … and More

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Positive Train Control (PTC) is one of many new safety measures mandated by the U.S. Federal Government to help prevent train-to-train collisions, derailments and other human-caused accidents. If warnings to slow down or to stop a train go unnoticed by an engineer, the locomotive’s onboard computer will automatically apply the brakes after a certain amount […]