9. Cisco Readies 'Internet Of Everything' Offensive
Cisco CEO John Chambers this year put some very real -- and very large -- numbers around the Internet of Everything phenomenon, or the ability for people, data and everyday objects or "things" to communicate with one another via the Internet. Chambers said the Internet of Everything represents a whopping $14.4 trillion opportunity for Cisco and its customers, and that the company expects there to be 50 billion connected Internet-enabled connections by 2020 (up from a measly 1 million in 1994). "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. To do that, we believe the major transitions will be around the Internet of Things," Chambers said at the Cisco Partner Summit in June. "And we will spend a fair amount of time on how we challenge each other and look at that." Cisco rolled out a number of new Catalyst switches and services routers in 2013 that it said are optimized for the Internet of Everything and the new generation of applications that emerging with the trend.