2The Internet of Everything Will Continue to Grow
Cisco has been among the key evangelists of the Internet of things. Executives have been talking about it for several years, and in October the company created an IoT business unit. The growing connections between intelligent and automated systems and processes and the rise of big data will fuel huge advances in predictive diagnostics. One prediction: within two to four years, insurers may charge people for driving their own cars—which will have high levels of connectivity, automation and intelligence—rather than letting it drive them.
3The Internet of Everything Also Will Mean Lots of Money
4IPv6 Will Become Increasingly Important
There will be some 50 billion devices connecting to the Internet by 2020. Many people wonder if the Internet can handle that kind of deluge. It can, and one way will be through leveraging IPv6 addresses starting next year, said Dave Ward, CTO of engineering and chief architect at Cisco. “It will be a major, major tool,” Ward said. “There are more [IPv6] addresses available than atoms on Earth.”
5WebRTC Will Impact How Businesses Communicate With Customers
WebRTC will enable browser-based video and audio collaboration, and Cisco is pushing the H.264 codec for the WebRTC spec. Within the next year, companies from retailers to financial institutions will embed WebRTC into their Web interfaces, enabling them to engage customers with such tools as live video calls.
6Heading Toward “Augmented Collaboration”
Cisco is working on the idea of bringing together floor-to-ceiling high-definition video collaboration, shared whiteboards, shared documents and resources, and voice control, creating the Augmented Collaboration concept. Within 12 months, the company will take the idea from the experimentation stage in its labs to initial customer proof-of-concept pilots.
7Combining IoT With Collaboration Tools
Also coming next year will be tighter integration of data from the Internet of things with collaboration tools. This mash-up will create “context-aware” environments, giving businesses better insight into their customers. Susie Wee, vice president and CTO of networked experiences at Cisco, said that in the next one to two years, collaboration apps will automatically give users information about people and organizations contacting them. They also will collect useful historical information—such as documents and past interactions—that can be relevant to teams working together.
8SDN Will Move Beyond the Hype Cycle
9New Skill Sets Will Be Needed
10The Rise of ‘Fog Computing’
11The Rise of NaaS Will Be Driven by Apps
Open APIs and developer adoption will help fuel the rise of SDN-enabled network-as-a-service (NaaS) platforms. Apps that address automation, mobility and analytics will be among the most important ones, and will start appearing in 2013, according to Lauren Cooney, senior director of strategy and planning at Cisco.
12Weighing Better Services vs. Protecting Personal Information
Real value from the Internet of everything comes from being able to deliver personalized, relevant and local experiences. Over the next 12 to 24 months, Internet users—in order to have better and more personalized services and information—will become more willing to offer more personal information, according to Guido Jouret, vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Internet of Things Group.
13Protecting the Internet of Things
The IoT is all about more devices—including devices that carry personal financial information—getting onto the Internet. That means privacy and security will become increasingly important. Over the next one to three years, the model for security will shift from “protecting the perimeter” to a multi-layered approach that combines technologies that include clients embedded within devices or localized connections, and centralized cloud-based intelligence that constantly scans to protect, Jouret said.