We’ve all seen how connected products can transform industries, and manufacturing is no exception. Many manufacturers are taking their first steps toward digitization by connecting people, processes, data, and things to capture the value of the Internet of Everything (IoE). A great deal of attention is now being paid to how this shift toward digitization is disrupting manufacturing, launching a new industrial revolution that is creating profound opportunities for IoT entrepreneurs.
In this session, Tony Shakib, Cisco’s Vice President, IoE Vertical Solutions Group, will talk about common themes in industrial digitization. He’ll share insights about how “connected everything,” big data analytics, and cool factory floor apps are changing manufacturing as we know it.
Tony’s session will close with thoughts about how innovators can take advantage of opportunities driven by this digital manufacturing disruption. He’ll showcase a few startups focused on industrial IoT and tell you how you can learn more about their approach to the market and their partnership with Cisco.
As vice president of IoE Vertical Business Solutions for Cisco, Tony Shakib leads Cisco’s Internet of Everything business development, industrial solutions creation, vertical thought leadership and customer relevancy across Process Manufacturing (Oil & Gas and Mining), Discrete Manufacturing, Transportation, Utilities, Smart City, M2M, Retail and Defense verticals.
Tony has more than 27 years of business leadership and management experience in the communications space. Prior to his current role, he held the positions of VP of Americas Service Provider Architectures and VP of Service Provider for Cisco Emerging Markets. His external viewpoint, business acumen, and strong technical foundation drove the organization to achieve notable success with strategic service provider accounts in 134 countries in North America, South America, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Russia.
Before joining Cisco, Tony was President and CEO of Zensys Inc., a leading provider of low-power, mesh networking wireless technology. No stranger to high-growth markets, he led the company to realize 300 percent revenue growth. Prior to Zensys, he held the positions of VP and general manager of access and networking for Centillium Communications, where he harnessed the power of globalization by establishing a strong engineering team in India, while also carrying responsibility for 100 percent of the company’s revenue. Tony’s first CEO role was at AOptix Technologies, where he captured $18 Million in venture funding. He also spent more than 18 years at Nortel driving business units including Broadband Access and Access Networks Engineering.
Shakib holds a bachelor of science degree in computer engineering with honors in math from McMaster and Brock Universities in Ontario, Canada.
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