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Cisco Systems Inc. Targets the Internet of Things With 700 New Products -- Is It Enough?

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO  )  predicts that the Internet of Things will result in trillions of dollars in economic impact during the next few years. But how will this hardware titan shift its focus in the age of software?

The company plans to approach it with volume, claiming it has more than 700 new products in the works. But, many of those products are simply derivations of existing ones -- ruggedized equipment marketed to industries like oil and gas that are embracing the Internet of Things. The billion-dollar question surrounding Cisco is whether incremental gains from the Internet of Things could outweigh other challenges to its business, such as companies embracing software-defined networking, a trend that could crimp Cisco's profits and overall profitability. 

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  • Report this Comment On May 31, 2014, at 3:27 AM, kutani123 wrote:

    "The company plans to approach it with volume, claiming it has more than 700 new products in the works."

    It's completely non-sense and "pure" marketing skim from Cisco and Chambers..

    Please please some one remember this and open eyes to see what happen in the next 2,3 years and see how much Cisco gain how much from these IoT products..

    Do you remember "UMI"?

    If you do and you know what Cisco will produce in the next 2,3 years..

    Sky Fall!!!

  • Report this Comment On May 31, 2014, at 5:46 AM, Tiger69 wrote:

    This year MF's pick of the year was Calamp which had a great run after MF's endorsement, but has since flopped. It sounds as if Cisco's "Internet of things" is closely related. Are these two companies collaborating on anything?

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