Like the midmarket and cloud, the Internet of Things emerged as a major theme throughout Partner Summit.
"Three to five years out, our major move will be to become the No. 1 IT player together, and we will do this with partners and in conjunction," Cisco CEO John Chambers told solution providers during the opening day keynote. "To do that, we believe the major transitions will be around the Internet of Things."
Chambers said Cisco estimates the Internet of Things to represent a $14.4 trillion market, with there being 50 billion connected devices by 2020. For partners, Chambers said, the Internet of Things represents a world of opportunity, as more and more organizations will turn to them to establish machine-to-machine connections or offer industry-specific services.