One of the marquee announcements from last year's Cisco Partner Summit was the launch of the Cisco Services Partner Program (CSPP), a program that today boasts 50,000 partners around the world.
At this year's Partner Summit, Cisco told a new services story, this time urging partners to explore three new services offerings on Cisco's road map: consulting services, platform services and industry services.
Industry services will be especially lucrative for partners, said Edzard Overbeek, senior vice president for Cisco Services, particularly with the rise of machine-to-machine communications. Remote energy management services were used as an example, with partners helping companies remotely monitor things like power consumption, or even heating and cooling systems. Overbeek said he values the addressable market for industry services at roughly $120 billion, with platform services and consulting services representing a $32 billion and $10 billion opportunity, respectively.