Published On: Thu, Oct 22nd, 2015

The Internet of Everything driving British innovation – Andy Chew, Head of Architectures at Cisco UK&I

There are more than 600,000 new businesses set to launch this year, according to StartUp Britain, many of whom will look to embrace new technology in order to create that competitive advantage and deliver the growth and revenue they crave.

The Internet of Everything (IoE) is one market where we are seeing a plethora of new innovation and that offers huge potential for British business. Cisco forecasts that the IoE could create $19 trillion over the next decade, with 50 billion things connected to the network by 2020. Furthermore, a recently launched report revealed that today’s startup community is estimated to make over £100 billion from the IoE by the same year – this revenue potential stretches across verticals with huge opportunity in areas such as retail, manufacturing, energy, transport and healthcare.

With this in mind and embracing the innovation that IoE can offer, we have recently announced the finalists of the Cisco 2015 British Innovation Gateway (BIG) Awards. Each of the unique companies are breaking traditional business boundaries and utilising technology that can truly make an impact in the business community and beyond. From Asset Mapping, that is using IoE technology to help companies visualise the location and health of building assets in real-time, to EMD Ltd, which is utilising IoE technology to harvest energy from the environment through small, low power sensors, the opportunities are vast.

The BIG programme is committed to supporting British innovation with past successes including uMotif, an app that collects data to help monitor and maintain healthcare and retail technology pioneer, SnapFashion, which has just secured its second round of funding. There is, therefore, no denying the potential of IoE in fuelling innovation in the UK and the opportunity to enable the UK economy to further establish itself as the pioneer of creativity and the backbone of Europe business development.

The finalists in the BIG Awards have taken that first step, but it is not just the role of the start-up or entrepreneurs to ensure this innovation is maintained. It is the responsibility of the government, industry bodies, big corporations and influential executives to maintain the focus on British innovation and provide the support, capital, advice and leadership that will enable businesses, like our finalists to develop, into the Uber’s and Airbnb’s that will define the new digital generation.

The six finalists for this year’s Cisco British Innovation Gateway Awards will compete for a $220,000 prize package at the final event set to take place at the National Theatre on 22nd October 2015

For more information on the six finalists please follow this link –

About the Author'

- Andy Chew has more than 20 years executive leadership experience in the IT Software and Services sectors; having held a broad range of senior management positions in the UK, USA, Germany and Netherlands. As a Managing Director at Cisco UK and Ireland, he leads the Architecture Sales Specialist Teams of Enterprise Networks, Datacentre, Security and Collaboration. In this role he is responsible for the development and execution of Cisco’s Architectural strategy and go-to-market objectives. Andy is passionate about attracting, retaining and developing world class talent and building winning teams. As a member of the Cisco UKI Leadership team, he works closely with a diverse range of Partners and Customers, and has a leading role in several of Cisco’s initiatives encouraging innovation and mentoring startups across Britain. Before joining Cisco, Andy spent seven years at Siemens Enterprise Communications where he held various international leadership roles, including heading up global Unified Communications business management and Alliance Development. He holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is a Fellow of the Sloan School of Management.

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