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The hardware-software-data trifecta in Cisco's enterprise AI

February 7, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by SiliconANGLE

Artificial intelligence assistants like Amazon Echo combine a hardware device with software models trained on big data. But not many companies have the necessary chops in all key areas to build a highly intelligent device. Could Cisco Systems Inc.'s position as a legacy hardware provider transitioning to a software platform plant the company in the AI-assistant sizzle spot?

"We went from hardware to software; now we're going from software to being a platform company in many ways," said Jose de Castro (pictured), chief technology officer of cognitive collaboration and Spark platform at Cisco Systems.

The company is pulling together different elements of its portfolio to offer a range of applications and services for collaboration within enterprises. "We think of ourselves as building the operating system for teams," de Castro said, who spoke with John Furrier (@furrier) and Stu Miniman (@stu), co-hosts of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media's mobile livestreaming studio, during the Cisco Live event in Barcelona, Spain. (* Disclosure below.)

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