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Internet of Everything is the biggest thing on our horizon: Cisco (Part II)

Sathya Mithra Ashok | Dec. 17, 2013
In the second part of the interview, Geoff Lawrie, NZ country manager at Cisco Systems, shares his thoughts on how the Internet of Things can improve productivity across important sectors in the country, and thereby assist with economic growth.

One, in terms of being a leader in terms of how they purchase and consume services themselves. They are doing some very interesting things in terms of the syndicated procurement model and their use of IaaS. Good leadership is the first thing.

Secondly, I think they have a very strong leadership responsibility in how they offer citizen services — how they offer to connect citizens in NZ and a big obligation to transition all of that capability to be online and real-time for every citizen in NZ.

There should be no engagement with the government that you cannot do online. The government has a productivity responsibility and a leadership responsibility that services are offered online. There are some great examples are where they have done fantastic things, and other areas where they need to shape it up, the laggard departments and get them online. Fortunately for us there are some great highlights to follow in different parts of the world. There are some governments that are doing some very interesting things.

I'm very optimistic about what the sector can contribute to this country. Technology increasingly has a part to play in how we prosper as a nation. It's a really good market here. Largely straight forward, honest kind of market to do business in. but it is going to be very disruptive in the next few years. Mobility and cloud are the two big things that is going to drive that.


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