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Cisco called all “Superheroes of IT” to meet in Las Vegas at the end of June for the 2017 Cisco Live conference, and Ayla Networks was among the “caped crusaders” of the Cisco ecosystem in attendance. 

For the third year in a row, we set up shop in the show pavilion sponsored by Cisco Investments, Cisco’s venture-capital arm supporting ecosystem teams and technologies that change how people work, live, play and learn. 

In fact, change brought by the Internet of Things was the topic at the very heart of CEO Chuck Robbins’ Cisco Live opening keynote. The industry had reached an inflection point as of Q3 last year, he said, when the number of machine-to-machine connections added to the Internet exceeded the number of connected phones and tablets. 

“We’ve been talking about this for a long time and it’s happening,” Robbins said, referring to distributed connectivity across “hundreds of billions” of devices. 

There are 8.4 billion connected “things” on the Internet today, and 3.1 billion of these things already are being used by enterprises to “implement predictive maintenance and drive new revenue streams,” according to Robbins. 

“We have the ability to extract greater insights from these connections than we ever have in the past,” Robbins claimed, and went on to predict that those insights “will change everything.” 

Robbins alluded to an Internet of Things study that Cisco completed in May, entitled,  The Journey to IoT Value: Challenges, Breakthroughs, and Best Practices

The Cisco report stat we’re most jazzed about is that 95 percent of execs surveyed planned to launch an IoT business within three years. Talk about market opportunity! 

You know what else we liked? This finding: That engaging with the IoT partner ecosystem in every phase of a project improves the probability of success. The chart below illustrates the most valuable phases for ecosystem engagement. 

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As cape-wearing superheros of the Cisco IoT ecosystem, we couldn’t agree more. Why build your own when you don’t have to? 

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