I lead a software platform and applications group here at Cisco. Not long ago, my kids asked me what was the Internet of Everything (IoE)? ”You know, Dad What’s IoE?” I told them to imagine a world where everything they owned, everything they cared about, could not only chatter but also engage them in meaningful conversation.

Today we connect to the Internet for all kinds of experiences, but if you just connect everything to the Internet you only receive a ­partial ­benefit. Real value and memorable experiences happen when things engage with people to share relevant data and influence behaviors and outcomes; when you unlock and connect the data that drives the value.

Two years ago, I was really skeptical of the IoE, but with 25 billion ...

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